Trekking in Capadoccia
The picturesque landscape of Göreme and around can best be explored by hiking. A good option is to go around for some days, taking a tent with you for sleeping wherever you want.
Probably it is better to do this in spring or automn, as the summer is quite hot...
hiking in cappadocia.
hiking is very good around goreme and you have several valleys with good hiking trails.
that is one very good way to see the rock formations and the hiking is generally not that hard.
the biggest problems might be heat and sometimes you might have a decent to the valley that is a little steep.
i have hiked there with tourgroups where people were well over 70 years old, so it should be possible for most though and it is one very good way to see the landscape. make sure to wear some footwear that dosen't slip easily as the sand can make the slopes a little slippy.
Walking along the Kiliclar Valley
Ask in the tourist office for a map of the area with suggested walks and trails. There are several nice loops on packed dirt, sand and rock, that maintain a constant elevation and pass through the scenic valleys.
If I had more time I would take an advantage of this opportunity!
You may watch my 1 min 31 sec VIDEO-Clip Goreme Part IV with Turkish music.
Goreme to Pamukkale
The bus officially only goes upto Denizli. This leg costs 35 YTL per person, and takes 8 hours. Best to buy the tickets from one of the many operators by the bus station. There are several services throughout the day, including overnight ones.
Buying via your hotel would cost 40 YTL.
Then, once in Denizli, get out and turn left, to reach the stand for the local dolmus to Pamukkale. This part is not signposted very well, but rest assured the bus stand is there. Locals can confirm this.
DO NOT go with the guys approaching the bus passengers. They'll claim they are your hotel's representatives, or your pension owner's brothers!!
The local dolmus mentioned is a comfy 20 minute ride, costing a mere 3 YTL.
You'll love Pamukkale. Don't forget to walk along the tombs, and a swim in the cleansing medicinal waters!!
While you are walking on the unique formation of Cappadocia-Goreme , you will feel that you walk like the first steps of Neil Armstrong who walked on the surface of moon at the first time in the human history.
There are numerous rock-cut churches dating to a long time span between the 5th and 13th century. Some of are single-naved, simple and some of triple-naved basilicas. The Open Air Museum of Goreme is unique to Turkey should be visited and revisited.
The Tokali and Karanlik churches are the most striking examples of the religious architecture with their frecoes.
In Karanlik Kilise the frescoe of "Christ Pantocrator"the "Crufixion",the "Metamorphosis" "Last Supper", "Christ and twelve Apostles" the "Evangelists", "Annunciation", "Deesis"
and in Tokali Church my favourite frescoe is ; "The Virgin Mary holding Christ Child" . I see the love , mother love of Mother Mary and I want to cry at that time.
Cappadocia has a great potential in faith tourism. The most fascinating aspect of visiting area is the impression of contiunity; rock caves are still inhabited and pottery is still made from the clay of the Kizilirmak River in Avanos.
Urgup has famous autenthic houses called as "Konak" . They are all very good decorated and furnished. The facade of these houses have special ornaments.
You can participate "Turkish Nights" in Cappadocia. In Turkish Nights you can feel the spirit of folkloric elements such as traditional dances and the food of Anatolia. The gastronomy in Cappadocia is very rich.
and finally I can mention that "Underground Cities" are worth to visit places and very interesting as well in Kaymakli and Derinkuyu.
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