Right in the centre of Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia is Turkey’s third most visited destination. Cappadocia means “land of beautiful horses”, which was formed due to soft volcanic rock sculpted by erosion to form features that look unique such as clefts, waves, and pinnacles. The region is a mixture of naturally formed round and jagged rocks, valleys, hills, and chimney fountains.
The hues range from clays to pinks, which makes it look like a fairytale. Surviving since ancient times, visiting Cappadocia is a must. Despite being small in size, it is among the world’s outstanding legacies.
Cappadocia offers a unique lunar landscape covered in rock, which is unlike any other destination in the world. Formed due to volcanic eruptions and erosion created multiple cliffs, green valleys, deep gorges, cones, spears, and fairy chimneys. With nature combined with human cave craftsmanship in Cappadocia, the sight will leave you in awe. Savour these moments of breath-taking views aerially of Pigeon Valley Viewpoint or Esentepe.
Hot Air Balloon Views
A great way to enjoy this beautiful place is by flying in a hot air balloon, a must-have experience. Every year, more than 1.5 million people travel to experience the hot air balloon in Cappadocia, which makes this destination the number one place for a hot air balloon ride in the world. Soaring high above the dramatic rock formations and valleys, between chimneys, peeking into caves and pigeon holes, and floating among other hot air balloons would be spectacular.
Another quintessential thing you must do is staying in one of the cave hotels, having rooms carved into rock pillars or mountainsides. These cave hotels aren’t only for the rich travellers, but are affordable by most. A good thing about these cave hotels is the interiors stay cool like an air conditioner.
Ottoman Cave Suites in Goreme and the Kale Konak Cave Hotel in Uchisar are the most famous cave hotels, though many more which are affordable. Also, these hotels come with amenities like Hamams, modern bathrooms, and fast-speed internet. Other highlights are the rock-cut arches, painted walls in volcanic colour, and terrace with panoramic views of the valley.
Goreme Open Air Museum
The UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of churches in classic rock-cut formations with beautiful frescoes dated back to the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. This museum shows the life of the early Christians.
Rose Valley is named after its signature look having a pink hue. The sandstones and minerals give the landscape a pink tinge. This has become a popular place among people for taking wedding photos. The valley is a trekking trail where you can view the fairy chimneys perfectly. The pink colour becomes very evident through the day and peaks at sunset when the sun’s glow hits directly onto the valley, which gives it the shade of pink which many come to witness.
Pasabag Valley is a popular spot that has its cave dwellings and fairy chimneys. The fairy chimneys are quite amazing, attracting large crowds. It can be often seen with a rock that sits on top of the chimney, balancing its way in heavy winds and storms. These are formed through volcanic eruptions and carved beautifully by the wind. Also, you’ll see double and triple storeys of cave dwellings.
Ihlara Valley is an incredible gorge with a stunning river going down the valley for 16 kms in the volcanic rock. It is good to enjoy a peaceful walk amidst nature and you can find cave churches along your trail. 16 of the 105 churches are allowed to the public and include carvings and paintings inside.
Located in a small beautiful town in Cappadocia, Uchisar is one of the top viewpoints. The trek isn’t very tough, with 100 stairs on top. Watching the sunset from the castle will be worth the walk. With a panoramic 360-degree view, a lot is there to view the surrounding valley.
Sunset Horse Riding
Enjoy the fantastic Sunset Horse-Riding Tour in Cappadocia’s spectacular valleys for an unforgettable experience. The breathtaking views are there to be enjoyed while you also get a short tour riding through this historical city.
Enjoy Cappadocia’s traditional Turkish food. Here, the idea is that breakfast is an important meal and they take it to a different level. You can start the day with a variety of fresh cheeses, bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, honey, jam, and the special Turkish coffee and tea. As the day goes on, enjoy the mouth-watering kebabs and wine. Cappadocia is one of the wine capitals in Turkey, and this practice goes back thousand years in this region.
If you really want to step into another world, then you should definitely visit Cappadocia and put this magical place on your dream travel list.