Over 104,000 tourists visited Turkey's Pamukkale during Eid holiday
More than 104,000 local and foreign tourists visited the travertine falls of Pamukkale, together with the adjacent ancient city of Hierapolis, in the first eight days of the nine-day Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, according to tourism representatives.
Pamukkale, which means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is located in the western province of Denizli and charms more than 2 million visitors each year.
Pamukkale Operations Director Kazim Tali on Aug. 25 told Anadolu Agency the site has attracted mainly local tourists in the last eight days.
“We have hosted more than 104,000 tourists in this period,” he said.
Tali noted that an average of 13,000 tourists visit the site, with the largest number of foreign holidaymakers coming from the Far East, Europe and Russia.
Hierapolis-Pamukkale, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, was an ancient spa.
At the end of the second century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.