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Pamukkale - Turkey

Pamukkale - which translates as 'cotton fortress' - is one of the world's most beautiful natural spas. Hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff, and, as they cool, they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools.

It has been a spa since Roman times, focused around a hot water spring. Ecotourists will be impressed with the Sacred pool - in which, for a fee, you can still swim - and the whole area which is littered with the marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo.

The green traveller wanting to make the most of the sights on offer at Pamukkale will be pleased with the offer from Pamukkale.net. Top of the list is the vast array of ornithology on offer to the avid or amateur bird-watcher. Best places to enjoy bird watching are : Isikli, Suleymanl?, and Ac?gol (Beylerli) Lakes. Gemis Town, which is located in the ancient city of Anava next to Ac?gol, is especially important because it is the mating place of 203 different bird kind including flamingos and ducks.

Isikli Lake is also worth a separate mention. It was proposed to become a protected area for the birds by the Denizli National Park Administration and has great importance in the life cycle of the birds. Most of the birds come here to mate. Different kinds of fish-eating birds, ruddy sheldrakes, sea eagles, geese, and red falcon can be seen.

If you are an ecotourist looking for an extended break, then why not try Travel Shop Turkey's 21 Day Ecotourism Tour, where you will get to view not only Pamukkale, but much of the country as well.

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly holiday package, then the Pamukkale Thermal Holiday, offered by EcoTurkey.com is the thing for you.