Denizli is surrounded by a string of ancient Roman ruins and unique urban attractions, including a scenic cable car and local ethnography museum. It’s also a gateway to Pamukkale, a UNESCO-listed village known for its sparkling travertine pools.
Things to do in Denizli
Denizli is just 20 minutes from Pamukkale, where its thermal waters and mineral-laden mud work wonders for the skin. The name translates to "Cotton Castle" in a nod to the calcite-rich water that gives the pools a translucent white colour.
Nearby is Hierapolis, an ancient Roman and Byzantine spa city perched above the Pamukkale terraces and dotted with ruins that date back to 190 BC. You can wander around the impressive Roman Theatre, gaze up at the Necropolis and visit the on-site museum.
For some of the best views in town, head up the Denizli Teleferik cable car, which whisks passengers 1,400 metres high in just six minutes. From the top of the Bagbası Plateau you'll enjoy sweeping views over Denizli and the Buyuk Menderes River. The summit also features open-air cafes and restaurants.
The Ataturk & Ethnography Museum offers a window into Denizli's colourful history. It's located in the Ucancibasi Quarter and is housed in the building where Ataturk stayed during his visits to Denizli. Admire its collection of antiques, photographs and traditional Denizli textiles.
Getting around Denizli
Denizli is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. The city is also well-serviced by local minibuses, also known as “dolmuses”, and taxis. Flights touch down at Cardak Airport, located around one hour from the city centre.