My girlfriend and I will be entering/leaving from Antalya for a 4 day stint in southern Turkey, and I'd like to try to tie in Pamukkale if possible. Excluding nearby Hieropolis or somewhat-nearby Aphrodisias, it seems to be somewhat stranded from the Turquoise Coast - or, for that matter, the Izmir/Selçuk/Ephesus cluster on the Aegean.
We'll have a car and it seems it's a manageable 3 hour drive direct from Antalya to Pamukkale. Instead of heading directly back to Antalya, I was thinking of going south to Fethiye or Kus to take in some coastal day hiking for a day or two. Either way, I'd like to maximize all that road time, though, so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for worthwhile destinations to or from the coast to Pumakkale. Our preferences are in-line with the typical RS criteria for great places with a slant towards outdoorsy activities.