Lalezar Cave Hotel

Gaferli Mah. Aydinkirahi Sok. No:8, Goreme, 34310, Turkey
Lalezar Cave Hotel
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underground cities in cappadocia

by kitcarruthers

hey everybody,

ill be coming to the cappadocia area next spring sometime to write about the underground cities. I'm wondering if someone can give me some tips. How long would it take for me to see all (or at least most) of the cities in the cappadocia area? Would it make sense to have a home base in the goreme and travel around to each village? or would it be economical to move from village to village? i would be traveling on the absolute lowest budget, so im wondering how much a city tour would cost, how much a hot air balloon ride would cost, what would be the cheapest housing, how much is transportation? apologies for peppering you with these questions... i have to submit a budget for all of this stuff.
I'd love to hear anyone's favorite underground cities or spaces or any tips at all. Thank you so much!


Re: underground cities in cappadocia

by DSwede

Obviously a local would be able to give you better specifics. But you can see from my pages, that I visited a good amount of Cappadokia/Goreme.

Honestly, buses in Turkey are quite cheap. If you can manage to learn the bus system, I suggest you get accommodation in/near Goreme and venture from there as a base camp.

If you are full time tourist to the area, I would say that no less than 5 days would be needed to see the best parts.

Re: underground cities in cappadocia

by ozalp

I was in Cappadocia region last June for 5 days. It was a dense schedule but we visited Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve, Ihlara (for a short time), two underground cities, Soganli, Erdemli, Ortahisar... There were many places to visit that we missed but we've seen the main places.
I cannot help you about public transportation, we went there with our car. But I can tell you the price of hot air baloon ride. It is around 150-250 euros for 45 minutes or 1 hour.

You can read my tips in my Urgup page.

Re: underground cities in cappadocia

by momora

There are many underground cities in Cappadocia and they are far apart from each other. Not all are open to the public, because they are in various stages of excavation, and do not yet have safety measures for visitors. I will write again to give a better list of the cities. But here are a few that are commonly on the tourist tours: Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Tatlarin, Mazi near Urgup, and many more.

Travel Tips for Goreme

The Rose Valley Hike

by Paul2001

On my second day in Cappadocia, I took a guided tour through the Rose Valley. It was a very delightful experience that I highly recommend. The scenery in the valley is some of the best in Cappadocia. The valley itself is littered with interesting churches that, if you did not have a guide, you would propably miss as they are somewhat hidden. The hike was probably about 1.5 hours long. Good walking shoes are a must.
If you want to hike on your own just the same, the trailhead is about four kilometers west of Goreme.

we kiss twice :)


Some local customs for you :

If your served some tea or coffee before you asked for or ordered , dont offer any money as it can be rude.This shows Turkish Hospitality.

If your invited into a Turkish house take your shoes off before entering.

Tipping guide ,restaurants, tour drivers are all common in Turkey but we dont tip taxi drivers unless they carry some heavy stuff for us :)

Swords Valley: Goreme's Bedrock City

by Tijavi

The fascinating lunar landscape around Goreme make for great hiking locations.

Accessed through well-beaten tracks running off the Goreme Open Air Museum-Goreme road is Swords Valley (Kiliclar Vadisi), a magnificent collection of out-of-this world rock formations, ancient rock cut dwellings now abandoned, and if you have the energy to climb up a few strategic look outs, breathtaking vistas of the Cappadocian landscape. Not even the damp, cold weather (around 2-5 degrees centigrade) could prevent a couple from having a mid-morning picnic!

The abandoned cave dwellings are the most interesting attractions here. You can still figure out how these rocks have been carved inside to make room for living spaces. It is still possible to imagine how people here lived in the past! The area could have been perfect location for the Flintstones' hometown - Bedrock City.

Swords Valley is one of the most accessible hiking sites from Goreme. To go there, take the spur road to your left (on the way to the Goreme Open Air Museum) at the junction where the "Swords Valley" sign stands. From there, the whole place is virtually all yours to explore. Word of caution, though: some rocks could be very slippery when wet, so use suitable hiking shoes with good traction.

The Church of St. John's

by Paul2001

The Church of St. John's is on the way to the Zelve Open Air Museum from Goreme. As it is just off of the main road, it is easy to visit by car but if you are like me you will probably stop by on the hike along the way to fairy chimneys. The church was carved into the rock around the 13th century. It features sum of the more interesting frescos that you are going to find in Cappadocia.

Authentic village cooking

by Tijavi about Dibek

Housed in a restored village house, Dibek is where you go for authentic village cooking. It is the only restaurant in Goreme that requires advance orders for very famous testi kebap (meat and vegetables in a sealed terracota claypot that is broken during serving) that requires three hours of slow cooking in an oven.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to try this local speciality. But what I had - kurufasulye (white beans with sundried lamb and tomato sauce) - was good. Their locally-produced house wine was surprisingly not bad, and the dessert, apricots cooked in syrup was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

Ambiance is homey, made comfortable by thick cushions around brass tables. Highly recommended.


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