Called the Cotton Castle, also known as Pamukkale, this surreal little village in Turkey boasts some of the most beautiful turquoise water terraces you’ll ever see. There are a total of 17 that range in temperature from 35 &degC (95 &degF) to 100 °C (212 °F). Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

What sets this site apart from similar attractions is how the pools – made of travertine – look against the white limestone mountains.

As world traveler Michael Turtle states, “Whereas once you could swim in the travertines, now security guards keep a watchful eye on anyone trying to get too close. Other than a special swimming pool that has been constructed away from the cliffs, Pamukkale is generally to be seen but not touched these day.”