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Pamukkale is in Aegean Turkey.
Take a dolmus, a type of cheap communal taxi usually seating about 10 persons (but it's possible they'll squeeze in more), from nearby Denizli. Frequent mini-buses serve the village of Pamukkale in a 15min ride.
Getting in to Denizli; By Train; There are trains to Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul.
By Air; Closest airport is Denizli - Cardak Airport but there are limited flights.
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 for train schedule) By Bus; Bus to Pamukkale/Denizli can be found from almost all the cities of Turkey.
Even when you're way on the edge of the village, you can reach everything (the village center and the travertine pools) on foot in about ten to fifteen minutes.
The 12000 seat Roman theater should not be missed.
You can walk down barefooted in the waterfalls from the village on top. The place is crowded when the tour-buses arrive. If you stay at one of the small pensions they might give you a tour of the ruins and travertines at night. It is worth seeing the remains of the ancient city of Aphrodisias. You can rent a van to get there. Also there are thermal baths at the top of the travertine pools and the ancient city of Hierapolis with a great Amphytheatre. Of moderate interest might be Denizli it's a bit dull but there's a lively market.
You should try turkish national drink called Ayran, which is very healthy. It is an aquired taste though.
There are small family-run pensions at the village south of the travertines. Most have swimming-pools filled with the warm greenish milky water from the travertines. They also offer very delicious Turkish food.