Nestled against high mountains near the Buyuk (Meander) River is Denizli. Surrounded by the natural beauty of a verdant valley, the area is also rich in culture and history. The Luvians were the first inhabitants, followed centuries later by the Hittites. Throughout centuries, the fertile plain nourished other civilisations: The Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and the Ottomans. Modern Denizli is a city of wide streets, parks and hotels.
While shopping in the Kaleici Carsisi look for souvenirs of copper, jewellery, towels and silk blouses. You can choose among Camlik, Incilipinar or Gokpinar Parks for a rest, picnic, or simply a walk through the forest in the shade of pine trees. The fresh water springs and thermal baths attract many visitors. In the surrounding agricultural area the cultivation of cotton, cereals, figs, and tobacco, along with livestock raising, are the principal activities. North of Denizli is Pamukkale (ancient Hierapolis), a resort around which limestone deposits from the hot springs have formed beautiful cascades and basins.
Denizli is linked by a branch line to the Dinar Izmir railway. The wide forests and numerous picnicking and camping areas here contribute to this natural and archaeological richness, while its position as a stopover between the major provinces like Izmir, Ankara and Antalya, increases the tourist attraction of Denizli. The thermal resorts also attract visitors to the provinces with their spring waters of therapeutic effects Gemezli, Cezmeli, Tekke and Kizildere are the main spa resorts, besides the thermal centers of Pamukkale and Karahayit.
Denizli province is divided into 19 districts: Acipayam, Akkoy, Babadag, Baklan, Bekilli, Beyagac, Bozkurt, Buldan, Cal, Cameli, Cardak, Civril, Denizli, Guney, Honaz, Kale, Saraykoy, Serinhisar, Tavas