Cappadocia is a unique and breathtaking region located in central Anatolia, Turkey. Its otherworldly landscape, characterized by towering fairy chimneys, underground cities, and rock-cut churches, has made it a popular tourist destination for travelers from around the world.
In October this year, we were lucky enough to visit the region, and this is a recap of the amazing things we found there.
One of the top things to do in Cappadocia is to take a hot air balloon ride over the region. As the sun rises and illuminates the landscape, the hot air balloons gently lift off the ground, offering panoramic views of the fairy chimneys and valleys below. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
Another must-see attraction in Cappadocia is the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can explore a complex of rock-cut churches and monasteries, many of which date back to the 10th century. The museum also features well-preserved frescoes and murals, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of the region.
For a taste of adventure, consider exploring one of Cappadocia’s underground cities. The Derinkuyu Underground City, for example, is an ancient underground city that was carved out of the soft rock. It was once home to thousands of people and could be sealed from the outside world in times of danger. Today, visitors can explore the city’s underground tunnels and rooms, learning about the way of life of its ancient inhabitants.
Cappadocia is also home to many beautiful valleys and gorges, such as the Red Valley and the Love Valley. These areas offer great hiking opportunities, and many travelers enjoy spending a day exploring the trails and taking in the stunning views.
If you’re looking for a unique cultural experience, be sure to visit the Uchisar Castle, a rock-cut fortress located on the highest point in Cappadocia. From the top, you’ll have panoramic views of the region and can learn about the castle’s history.
Another must-see attraction in Cappadocia is the Selime Monastery, a large rock-cut monastery and cathedral. The monastery, which dates back to the 13th century, is a beautiful example of the region’s rich history and architecture.
In addition to the attractions mentioned above, Cappadocia is home to many other interesting sites and activities, such as the Kaymakli Underground City, horseback riding through the beautiful landscape, and the Esentepe Panoramic Viewpoint. And for a taste of the local culture, consider taking a cooking class and learning how to make traditional Turkish dishes.
Or if that’s not enough, you can visit Chez Galip Pottery Studio to do your own pottery workshop. Afterwards you’ll also be able to admire Mr Galip’s impressive collection of pottery art, with Mr Galip and his team personally on hand to answer any of your questions about the Cappadocian Pottery.
Overall, Cappadocia is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and natural beauty. Its unique landscape and rich history make it a truly special place that should not be missed.
We love editing our travels into action packed videos, and you can see our Cappadocia episode here: