Cappadocia, which means the land of beautiful horses, is in the central Anatolian region of Turkey. Cappadocia is full of intrigue, mysteries and historical richness. With unique lunar landscape, underground cities, ancient churches and splendid walking trails, Cappadocia is a must-see destination in Turkey. Here’s a list of things to do in Cappadocia:
Visit Ihlara Valley
Cappadocia has a lot of valleys but Ihlara Valley is the best well-known out of them. The valley is in the Aksaray province. Thousand years ago, Ihlara valley was formed by the earthquake. It has river streaming through the middle of the valley and the ancient churches hidden inside the walls of valley.
Learn history at Goreme open air museum
Goreme open air museum, a world heritage UNESCO site is a huge collection of cave churches and the dark church with magnificent frescoes intricated on the church’s walls. Even today these frescoes retain their original freshness. The museum is not far from the town of Goreme. There you can go by yourself or with a tour guide to learn about the historical importance of the nunneries and monasteries.
See Cappadocia and Goreme from the hot air balloon.
A hot air balloon trip is highly recommended. Every early morning, 20 balloons fly up to the sky above Goreme and the Cappadocia valleys. The balloon soars above the valleys and the breathtaking rock formations and peeks into the pigeon holes and caves. Flying with a balloon and see the dramatic landscape is the spectacular experience.
Explore Derinkuyu underground city
Beneath the grand and majestic landscape of Cappadocia is hundred of underground cities. Derinkuyu underground city is the most prominent. It is the deepest underground city. Most of the underground city were used to escape the harsh winter and wild animals but Derinkuyu was used to hide from the enemy attacks during the 5th to 10th centuries.
Visit Uchisar Castle
Uchisar Castle is located on the highest point of the Cappadocia region. At the top of the Uchisar Castle, you will find a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance.
Find unique souvenir at Pottery Demonstrations in Avanos
The pottery from this area is well-known throughout the whole of Turkey. It made by the clay from the red river. There you can create your own masterpiece, watch a master craftsman at work or buy some unique souvenirs.