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Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cappadocia, Turkey

An exotic adventure awaits you!
Chaitrali Datar Jun 25, 2020
Be ready to witness an odd-looking but a mesmerizing landscape, as though you are on a different planet altogether!
Mushroom capped fairy chimneys, stone carvings, mysterious caves, the calcium traventines, and the biggest highlight of CAPPADOCIA.....
The Hot Air Balloons!!!
How to make the most of your trip to this magical land? We take a look.
Cappadocia is an ancient district, in east central Anatolia, situated on the rugged plateau range north of Taurus mountains.
Top places to visit in Cappadocia:
Goreme Open Air Museum.
  • One of the most popular places to visit in Cappadocia.
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
  • The museum is actually a vast monastic complex of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side.
  • It is a must-visit tourist attraction.
Another popular tourist attraction, the Zemi Valley has unique and never seen before rock formations.
Zemi Valley
It is also a popular hiking place for adventure enthusiasts. You will come across scenic views, various caves, and loads of awesome experiences.
Pasabag (Monks Valley)
  • Extremely well-known for its peculiar mushroom-shaped chimneys, the stunning landscape offers mesmerizing views.
According to several folk tales, this area was occupied by fairies who lived underground in the caves and hence the place is popularly called as 'Fairy Chimneys'.
Home to Underground Cities
Beneath the rock formations of Cappadocia , there are underground cities, not 1 or 2 but 36 of them! It was first used by the inhabitants to escape the harsh winter and wild animals.
The caves are literally architectural masterpieces with excellent engineering.
You will be surprised to know that these cities have storage shafts, bedrooms, stables, church and also wineries!
So much for the caves, mountains and rocks? Let us explore the other side of Cappadocia!
One of the most serene locations in Cappadocia, Ihlara valley is a beautiful gorge created by the Melendiz river thousands of years ago.
It used to a favorite among the monks in Cappadocia for recreation owing to the calm atmosphere.
Cappadocia is also home to historic and beautiful churches from the Byzantine empire.
They were built around the 18th century and most of them feature the life of Jesus. The prominient among them are Tokali Kilisi and Karanlik Kilise.
Activities to do in Cappadocia.
There are some must -do activities which you must indulge in for a memorable experience. We take a look.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Top Rated. Should not miss!
Feel that adrenaline rush, as you see scintillating landscapes towering from above.
  • Do not forget your cameras and binoculars.
  • Follow the instructions strictly.
  • Enjoy with precaution!
Popularly called as the 'Turkish Night', it is a cultural extravaganza of Turkish dances.
Most of these shows takes place in the cave hotels and involves the traditional belly dance. The dancers are extremely talented.
Cappadocia is derived from the ancient word 'Katpatuka, which means land of the beautiful horses.
You can explore this unique landscape on a horseback, which is normally a native Anatolian horse or a Arab Horse.
Accommodation in Cappadocia.
  • Wish to experience the pre-historic era? Now you can do by staying in a cave in Cappadocia with all the amenities!
  • Recommended ones-
  • Seraphim and Urgup Evi.
Recommended Cuisines and Hotels in Cappadocia
  • Nazar Borek Cafe.
  • Omurca Art Cafe.
  • Coffedocia.
Pottery Kebab, a highly famous delicacy of Turkey. It takes around 4-5 hours to prepare and is definitely worth the wait!
Travel Tips to visit Cappadocia.
  • It is a good idea to have a pocket WiFi device.
  • Book Early, have Cash and upgrade to Comfort Flight on the Hot Air Balloon.
  • Check for discount passes while going for any expedition.
  • A maximum of 3 days time is enough to see the important points in Cappadocia.
Best time to visit Cappadocia is end of April to June and then from September to October.