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'''Denizli''' is the commercial and transportation hub of inland region of [[Southern Aegean|southeastern]] [[Aegean Turkey]]. It is nesteled against the hillside at the southern side of the Büyük Menderes river plane. It's a busy place partly because of nearby [[Pamukkale]] and its travertine pools but mainly because it's the main commercial hub for the agricultural produce coming from the region. It's also the place where you probably need to go if you're in need of cash.
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'''Denizli''' is the commercial and transportation hub of inland region of [[Southern Aegean|southeastern]] [[Aegean Turkey]]. It is nestled against the hillside at the southern side of the plains of Büyük Menderes River. It's a busy place partly because of nearby [[Pamukkale]] and its travertine pools but mainly because it's the main commercial hub for the agricultural produce coming from the region. It's also the place where you probably need to go if you're in need of cash.
  
Don't let its looks deceive you when you arrive at the ''otogar'' once you proceed beyond the main thorougfare and it's dreary concrete facades which are repeated throughout the city, you find there's a lively market and all sorts of eateries. Since tourists don't really come here, you probably won't be harassed.
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Don't let its looks deceive you when you arrive at the ''otogar'' once you proceed beyond the main thorougfare and its dreary concrete facades which are repeated throughout the city, you find there's a lively market and all sorts of eateries. Since tourists don't really come here, you probably won't be harassed.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
There are busses here (directly or indirectly) to and from [[Nevsehir]] (for [[Goreme]]), [[Istanbul]], [[Fethiye]] and [[Selcuk]] (for [[Ephesus]]). Actually, as a whole, Turkey offers a very well connected bus system. You can reach almost every cities of Turkey from Denizli. The most notable ones are Adana, İzmir,İstanbul,Diyarbakır, Ankara and so on.
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===By bus===
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There are busses here (directly or indirectly) to and from [[Nevsehir]] (for [[Goreme]]), [[Istanbul]], [[Fethiye]], and [[Selcuk]] (for [[Ephesus]]). In addition to these well travelled towns, the extensive, reliable, and almost always on time Turkish bus system links Denizli with almost any major city in the country. The most notable ones are [[Adana]], [[Izmir]], [[Istanbul]], [[Diyarbakir|Diyarbakır]], [[Ankara]] and so on. As in the rest of the country, when you consider buying a ticket, always try to use the well-known companies. Usually they have bigger signs in the ''otogar'' (main coach stations). Also, always check your departure time and gate as well as the destination. The agent most probably will not know any word in English so you may need to use body language instead.
  
You can take a so called "dolmus" (minibus) from here to [[Pamukkale]] they run approximately twice an hour.
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You can take a ''dolmuş'' (minibus) from Denizli to [[Pamukkale]]. They run approximately twice an hour.
  
===By Train;===
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===By train===
  
There are trains to/from Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul. However, unfortunately, the train connections of Turkey are as good as its European counterparts. There is still a construction work on the railroad that connects Denizli to Izmir and Istanbul so always try to avoid using trains.
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Currently there are trains only from [[Izmir]] to the city. The daily [[Istanbul]] service (''Pamukkale Express'') was suspended in 2008 due to track renovations, and it is not certain when/if it will re-start service. Check with Turkish State Railways' (''TCDD'') website [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/] for most up-to-date information on this.
  
Trains between Istanbul and Denizli seem to be out of order. Verify with seat61.com
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===By air===
  
===By Air;===
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Closest airport is Denizli - Çardak Airport ({{IATA|DNZ}}, {{ICAO|LTAY}}). The national carrier [[Turkish Airlines]] [http://www.thy.com] provide two daily services from [[Istanbul]] Atatürk Airport.
 
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Closest airport is Denizli - Cardak Airport. The national carrier Turkish Airlines provide two daily services from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. (Check Turkish Airlines Official Website [http://www.thy.com THY] )
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Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is another alternative to the area. Pamukkale is 252 km from the airport, a drive of about 4 hours (4-1/2 to 5 hours by bus)or 6-7 hours by train. (Check TCDD [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr] for train schedule).
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===By Bus;===
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Bus to Pamukkale/Denizli can be found from almost all the cities of Turkey. Turkish Buses are reliable, almost always on time. When you consider to buy a ticket always try to use the well-known companies. Usually they have bigger signs in the so called "Otogar"(Bus Terminal)s. Also, always check your departure time and gate as well as the destination. The agent most probably will not know any word in English so you may need to use Body Language instead.
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[[Izmir]] Adnan Menderes Airport is another alternative to the area. Denizli is about 260 km from the airport, a drive of about 4 hours (4 1/2 to 5 hours by bus) or 6-7 hours by train.
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Denizli is not a very big city. You won't need to use the transportation system very often. Minibuses and buses provide service. There is either metro nor trams running. Just rely on your foot as the center of the city is so small. If want to go to outskirts of the city you can take buses. Every bus has a sign on it stating where it goes and terminates. You can try to ask the driver as well.
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Denizli is not a very big city. You won't need to use the transportation system very often. Minibuses and buses provide service. There is neither metro nor trams running. Just rely on your foot as the center of the city is so small. If want to go to outskirts of the city you can take buses. Every bus has a sign on it stating where it goes and terminates. You can try to ask the driver as well.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
As not being a very popular tourist destination Denizli do not have tons of stuff to offer. However, there are very beautiful parks in the city. They are called as "İncilipınar Parkı" and "Çamlık". You can go there to take some fresh air. There is one very famous museum which was the house used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk - the founder of modern Turkis Republic - when he visited Denizli. Also, there is a very important historical site in Pamukkale on the ancient site of Hieropolis. In that historical site, you can find a well preserved ancient theater and graveyards. Hieropolis Mesuem and antic site is well worth seeing.
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As not being a very popular tourist destination Denizli do not have tons of stuff to offer. However, there are very beautiful parks in the city. The ones that are worth a look—also for some fresh air—are '''İncilipınar Parkı''' and '''Çamlık'''. There is one very famous '''museum''' which was the house used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk—the founder of the Turkish Republic—when he visited Denizli. Also, there is a very important historical site in [[Pamukkale]]—the ancient site of''' Hieropolis'''. In that historical site, you can find a well preserved ancient theater and necropolis. Hieropolis Museum and antique site is well worth seeing.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Denizli is a very well-known textile city in Turkey. It may offer you a wide-variety of textile products. Also, one can find some hand-made clothes and so on. The biggest place for buying traditional handmade clothes is "Babadağlılar İşhanı" located in the heart of the city. Moreover, huge shopping malls such as "Teraspark" and "Forum Çamlık" are good options for famous world-wide-known stores.
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Denizli is well-known for its '''textile''' in Turkey. It may offer you a wide-variety of textile products. Also, one can find some hand-made clothes and so on. The biggest place for buying traditional handmade clothes is "Babadağlılar İşhanı" located in the heart of the city. Moreover, huge shopping malls such as "Teraspark" and "Forum Çamlık" are good options for world-wide-known stores.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
You can find some different choices in Denizli to eat. The very first one of these is "Denizli Kebabı" The best denizli kebabi is at enver kebabci that is located at bayramyeri . You can taste it in "Bayramyeri" district. It is also known as "Tandır" in some parts of Turkey. Denizli Kebabı can be consumed best in the mid-day.
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You can find some local tastes in Denizli to eat. The very first one that is worth a mention of these is ''Denizli Kebabı''. The best ''Denizli kebabi'' is at '''Enver Kebabci''' that is located at Bayramyeri district. This local type of kebab is also known as ''Tandır'' in some other regions of Turkey. ''Denizli Kebabı'' is best eaten around noon.
Also, another option would be "Kaşarlı Alabalık". A kind of meal made from fish and cheese in a very special oven.
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You should also try the toasts of "Karadam" which is located in the city centre "Çınar". The "Dörtlü" is something that you should not miss.
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Also, another option would be ''Kaşarlı Alabalık''—a kind of meal made from fish covered with some grated cheese in a very special oven.
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You should also try the toasts of the buffet "Karadam" which is located in the city centre "Çınar". The ''Dörtlü'' is also something that you should not miss.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
The places to stay in the city centre are not the only choices. Pamukkale and especially Karahayıt offers some better places to stay at affordable prices. In the hotels of Karahayıt you can have a good service including special messages and thermal SPA. Be aware that in some hotels around the "Otogar" you may face with some illegal activities such as prostution.
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While there are places to stay in the city centre, the hotels in nearby [[Pamukkale]] and especially Karahayıt (further north from Pamukkale) offers some better places to stay at affordable prices. In the hotels of Karahayıt you can have a good service including special messages and thermal spa. Be aware that in some hotels around the ''otogar'' you may encounter some illegal activities such as prostution.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
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* Visiting [[Pamukkale]] is possibly why you are in Denizli in the first place.
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* Nearby [[Aphrodisias]] is one of the best preserved Roman cities in Turkey, and without the usual crowds of better known sites such as [[Ephesus]].
  
 
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Revision as of 20:02, 22 April 2010

Denizli is the commercial and transportation hub of inland region of southeastern Aegean Turkey. It is nestled against the hillside at the southern side of the plains of Büyük Menderes River. It's a busy place partly because of nearby Pamukkale and its travertine pools but mainly because it's the main commercial hub for the agricultural produce coming from the region. It's also the place where you probably need to go if you're in need of cash.

Don't let its looks deceive you when you arrive at the otogar once you proceed beyond the main thorougfare and its dreary concrete facades which are repeated throughout the city, you find there's a lively market and all sorts of eateries. Since tourists don't really come here, you probably won't be harassed.

Contents

Get in

By bus

There are busses here (directly or indirectly) to and from Nevsehir (for Goreme), Istanbul, Fethiye, and Selcuk (for Ephesus). In addition to these well travelled towns, the extensive, reliable, and almost always on time Turkish bus system links Denizli with almost any major city in the country. The most notable ones are Adana, Izmir, Istanbul, Diyarbakır, Ankara and so on. As in the rest of the country, when you consider buying a ticket, always try to use the well-known companies. Usually they have bigger signs in the otogar (main coach stations). Also, always check your departure time and gate as well as the destination. The agent most probably will not know any word in English so you may need to use body language instead.

You can take a dolmuş (minibus) from Denizli to Pamukkale. They run approximately twice an hour.

By train

Currently there are trains only from Izmir to the city. The daily Istanbul service (Pamukkale Express) was suspended in 2008 due to track renovations, and it is not certain when/if it will re-start service. Check with Turkish State Railways' (TCDD) website [1] for most up-to-date information on this.

By air

Closest airport is Denizli - Çardak Airport (IATA: DNZ, ICAO: LTAY). The national carrier Turkish Airlines [2] provide two daily services from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is another alternative to the area. Denizli is about 260 km from the airport, a drive of about 4 hours (4 1/2 to 5 hours by bus) or 6-7 hours by train.

Get around

Denizli is not a very big city. You won't need to use the transportation system very often. Minibuses and buses provide service. There is neither metro nor trams running. Just rely on your foot as the center of the city is so small. If want to go to outskirts of the city you can take buses. Every bus has a sign on it stating where it goes and terminates. You can try to ask the driver as well.

See

As not being a very popular tourist destination Denizli do not have tons of stuff to offer. However, there are very beautiful parks in the city. The ones that are worth a look—also for some fresh air—are İncilipınar Parkı and Çamlık. There is one very famous museum which was the house used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk—the founder of the Turkish Republic—when he visited Denizli. Also, there is a very important historical site in Pamukkale—the ancient site of Hieropolis. In that historical site, you can find a well preserved ancient theater and necropolis. Hieropolis Museum and antique site is well worth seeing.

Do

Buy

Denizli is well-known for its textile in Turkey. It may offer you a wide-variety of textile products. Also, one can find some hand-made clothes and so on. The biggest place for buying traditional handmade clothes is "Babadağlılar İşhanı" located in the heart of the city. Moreover, huge shopping malls such as "Teraspark" and "Forum Çamlık" are good options for world-wide-known stores.

Eat

You can find some local tastes in Denizli to eat. The very first one that is worth a mention of these is Denizli Kebabı. The best Denizli kebabi is at Enver Kebabci that is located at Bayramyeri district. This local type of kebab is also known as Tandır in some other regions of Turkey. Denizli Kebabı is best eaten around noon.

Also, another option would be Kaşarlı Alabalık—a kind of meal made from fish covered with some grated cheese in a very special oven.

You should also try the toasts of the buffet "Karadam" which is located in the city centre "Çınar". The Dörtlü is also something that you should not miss.

Drink

Sleep

While there are places to stay in the city centre, the hotels in nearby Pamukkale and especially Karahayıt (further north from Pamukkale) offers some better places to stay at affordable prices. In the hotels of Karahayıt you can have a good service including special messages and thermal spa. Be aware that in some hotels around the otogar you may encounter some illegal activities such as prostution.

Get out

  • Visiting Pamukkale is possibly why you are in Denizli in the first place.
  • Nearby Aphrodisias is one of the best preserved Roman cities in Turkey, and without the usual crowds of better known sites such as Ephesus.


Routes through Denizli
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