What to do in Cappadocia?
What is Cappadocia, and where on Earth is it?
As in Wikipedia “Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notable sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians.”
Feast On Delicious Turkish Cuisine
Turkish food is rich in flavour, and as Turkey spans Asia and Europe, it has plenty of interesting influences. From kebabs, to mezze dishes and pide (similar to pizza) there are plenty of tasty meals to choose from.
While in Cappadocia you have to try a testi kebap (pottery kebab). The traditional tomato-based stew comes with a choice of meat baked inside a sealed clay pot. It comes to the table intact, then it’s up to you to crack it open with a big knife. It’s a theatrical moment!
Cappadocia’s Cave Hotels
When it comes to unique places to stay, Cappadocia wins! When did you last stay in a cave hotel?! Most are cute boutique cave hotels and hostels located in the major towns of Göreme, Urgüp and Uchisar.
When you hear the word cave, you’re probably thinking of a cold, dark, damp place. But no–many of the cave hotels in Cappadocia are stunning, incorporating old cave features, while providing all the modern amenities you’re used to seeing in a hotel.
Magical Landscaping and Historic Caves
It’s so amazing when you go around the area and start seeing rock formations.Several volcanic eruptions followed by natural weathering and erosion, have created the weird and wonderful landscape of craters, canyons and fairy chimneys (they’re the tall pillars with little caps on).
It will be really also fascinating when you find out how much used to happen underground. There are vast underground cities and cave houses dating back to 1800 BC.
Take a Hot-air Balloon Flight
Soaring above Cappadocia’s other-worldly landscapes in a hot air balloon was the highlight of my trip. Not only are the views incredible, but it’s also special taking to the skies with so many other balloons around. You’re in safe hands too; the pilots here train for five times longer than anywhere else in the world. Before planning your hot air balloon flight.
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