Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. Cappadocian Region displays a beautiful combination of nature and history. The geographic movements had formed the “peri bacaları” (Fair chimneys) and during the historical development process, mankind had settled and inhabited these natural wonders, fairy chimneys and carved houses and churches inside these formations and adorned these settlements with frescos, carrying the traces of the thousands of years of their civilizations. Hot-air ballooning is very popular in Cappadocia and is available in Goreme. Trekking is enjoyed in Ihlara Valley, Monastery Valley (Guzelyurt), Urgup and Goreme.
Places to Visit:
Nevşehir: The main province of Cappadocia.
Ürgüp: The biggest town and heart of Cappadocia.
Göreme: Cave Houses built into the Fairy Chimneys. Open Air Museum. Dark Church.
Uçhisar: The highest point of the region with its natural rock castle.
Avanos: Pottery town which is divided into two by the longest river of Turkey (Kızılırmak).
Ortahisar: A small village famous with its rock castle.
Mustafapaşa: Old Greek village.
Guzelyurt: Historic Greek Town in Cappadocia. There are underground cities, St. Gregorius church, Red Church, Monestary valley.
Ihlara: Biggest Canyon in Cappadocia. 1.2 million visitors every year
Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi): Lots of churches carved into rocks, this valley is about an hour west of the core of Cappadocia.
Underground cities: Up to 8 stories of underground tunnels and caves in Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu.
Old greek houses in Sinasos.
Zelve Open Air Museum.
Gaziemir Undergorund City.
Cappadocia Balloon Tours
Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.