Are you planning a visit to Cappadocia and wonder what are the top things to do? Or do you want some inspiration to choose your next destination? Don’t worry we got you completely covered with this article. After learning about this magical place it will be the number one destination in your travel plans.
A place like no other, Cappadocia, also known as the “ land of beautiful horses", is located in the heart of Turkey. Cappadocia is bounded by the cities Nevşehir, Kayseri, Aksaray, and Hacıbektaş and is mostly known for its moonscape, caves, and whimsical fairy chimneys. The best time to visit Cappadocia is spring or autumn but it is possible to travel all year round. Cappadocia is a place that offers activities year-round and during winter it seems out of this world. If you are interested, do not forget to research festivals and competitions that might take place throughout all year. You will have a different experience any time you visit. To travel to Cappadocia, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus both operate routes to the Kayseri Airport and Nevsehir Airport from Sabiha Gokcen (an airport on Istanbul's Asian side). The center of Nevşehir is located 25 km away from Nevşehir Aiport and 79 km away from Kayseri Airport. You can rent a car directly at the airport or for a nostalgic experience you can rent old vintage cars in Cappadocia. When you arrive at Cappadocia, it will captivate you with fantastic landscapes, museums, palaces, fascinating history, and so on.
Top Things To Do In Cappadocia
The first thing you must do in Cappadocia is to wake up early, go to your hotels' terrace and watch the sunrise. Cappadocia is a semi-arid land that might result in very cold mornings. Do not forget to pack some warm and cozy clothes. Instead of watching, you can also go on a hot air balloon flight but prepared to be picked up at 4 am. Fly serenely over the valleys watching the sunrise and enjoy a champagne celebration at landing. During the day it is possible to explore the Derinkuyu Underground Village or stroll through Goreme Open Air Museum to learn about the rich culture and history of Cappadocia. For the sunset, you can go for a horse ride in the Red Valley or watch the sunset in Rose Valley.
Stay and Dine In Cappadocia
Since Goreme is the tourism capital and historic center of the region of Cappadocia, it is considered to be the most popular place to stay and appreciate the fairy chimneys scattered throughout. Göreme is also the place where you have one of the best landscapes with hot air balloons in the morning. You have a wide selection to choose from including authentic cave or manmade buildings. To experience the authentic atmosphere of Goreme, Carus Cappadocia, or the Mithra Cave Hotel with a breathtaking terrace might be the perfect choice. While exploring Cappadocia, you should try Turkish Cuisine. The Turkish cuisine is a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Armenian and Balkan cuisines. There are a lot of options in Göreme and it might be difficult to choose where you want to dine but Seten Anatolian Cuisine outstands the most. It is the place where you can try one of the most famous dishes of Turkish Cuisine testi kebab. For a more relatively quiet and remote vacation spot than Goreme, Uchisar is the way to go. You can get away from the crowd and hike through Pigeon Valley in the mornings. In Uchisar, the hotel called Argos in Cappadocia where underground cities were carved into houses thousands of years ago and now used as a hotel or Museum Hotel is recommended. When you are in Uchisar we recommend eating pit roasted duck or lamb shank at Lil’a. And if you preferred to stay in Argos there is a restaurant called Seki Restaurant located inside. At last, a sophisticated spot Urgup is located on top of a hill and it offers spectacular views. As for hotels Dere Suites Cappadocia and Kayakapı Premium Caves can be chosen. As we mentioned about views, Ziggy Cafe offers a variety of meze, or tapas-style Eastern appetizers accompanied by beautiful views of Urgup.