The slopes of the hills down the cascade of snow-white in the valley Lykos. At a distance, it seems that the unusual steps that form the baths with bright blue water, as if it was diluted into vitriol, emit the very frosty freshness that should come from the laundry just washed with newfangled powder. And a carpet of green grass is spread around it. The sun tries in vain to turn this piece of winter into liquid, but its strength is only enough for the bushes making their way between the “icicles” to be covered with fragrant pink flowers. None other than the skillfully executed props in which the intricate creator decided to combine “ice and fire”.
Those who come to Pamukkale in the summer — and, as a rule, go to Turkey during the warmest time of the year — open mouth with delight and throwing off their clothes, run to the wonderful snow-white rapids to cool down a bit. But it was not there. In practice, it turns out that the Snow Queen did not work on all this magnificence, and the dazzlingly white slope was not at all made of snow and ice. Water flowing down from the top of hot mineral springs carries a large amount of dissolved calcium, which settles on the stones, creating such a magnificent sight. The best souvenir brought from here can be made independently, but with the help of nature. Any object (bottle or jug) should be placed under a small waterfall – and in a couple of days you get your little thing absolutely white.
Pamukkale is far from the sea, and therefore people visiting Turkey with the aim of sunbathing and swimming, when the street is almost forty-degree heat, without a particular hunt, embarks on a non-competitive journey. But even in winter, during the mass pilgrimage of tourists who do not come here after the sun, but in order to climb the numerous ruins and to sweep the country’s sightseeing routes in full, Pamukkale makes an extraordinary impression: after all, even then the local grass does not fall asleep snow.
So far, only rare of our compatriots come to mind to purchase a “off-season” tour in what seems to be the only beach edge, and even in the advertising brochures of the capital travel agencies, such offers cannot be found. Airplanes flying in bad weather on the opposite coast of the Black Sea are mostly filled with shopkeepers. And, by the way, in vain: in Turkey there is something to see!
Further away from the salted seas, almost in the center of the state, lies the “land of beautiful horses” – Cappadocia. Here, the fantasy of nature embodied in very different colors and shapes.
Bizarre images of stone, as if painted by the setting sun, correspond to the nicknames given to them: Napoleon’s Tricorne, Romeo and Juliet (reminds two kissing lovers), Lying camel … If you go further, crossing the Great Silk Road, you will see another attraction of Kappadokia. Her symbol, scattered around the world printed on colorful cards, – rocks, resembling mushrooms with thick legs and small truffle hats.
But there are also such interesting places that you can see only by sweating and freezing at the same time. In the “Land of Beautiful Horses” there are 36 underground cities. All of them were dug by Byzantines, who fled from the raids of the Arabs around the VII century. The Christians left these lands in the XI century, when the Turks who came from Mongolia and China occupied the territories inhabited by them. Today, only curious tourists make their way along narrow corridors going inland to 50-60 meters. Experienced guides warn in advance that there is nothing to do for claustrophobic people in a dungeon.
In Turkey, there are many hidden treasures from prying eyes. To admire the frescoes of churches, carved directly into the rocks, you will have to first find the entrance. And you can see the “apartments” of the ancient settlers only after a long climb to the mountain peaks. And if you are so lazy that you don’t want to go to Turkey in winter, when it’s time to travel around the country, but you still want to see the beauties there with just one glance, watch one of the Star Wars series, where aliens from the future supposedly live on a distant planet, in fact, live in the houses that the ancient humans had built …