Ortahisar's most obvious attraction is the nearly 90 meter high rock castle that dominates the village below. In Byzantine times, the rock was used as a fortress and once the whole town lived here. Now, it can be visited for great views over the surrounding valley. It costs 2 YTL to visit between 7:30am and 8:30pm.more
Tour took us to see how local pottery is made. Interesting, but then you get the hard sell in the showroom. I wish they wouldn't do that. You just feel exploited.I surprised myself by buying something, even though my more knowledgable friend advised it was all overpriced...more
An 8 level (5 open to public) underground city dating from 6th to 9th centuries. Tunnels, cellers, store rooms, stables etc. All exacvated from the soft volcanic rock.Absolutely astonishing.DO NOT MISS IT.However, if you're big its no use. You'll get stuck. Not for anyone with claustrophobia. Go early, when not busy.more
We went on a 2 hour trek down the valley. Fascinating to see the weird rock formations, churches, pigeon houses etc carved from the rock, and the local fruits grown in the valley.We were lucky that the weather was cooler than usual for July, with a northerly cooling breeze. Otherwise, the walk would have been taxing!more
Goreme Kavsagi, Ortahisar, Urgup, Cappadocia, 50650, Turkey
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It was a sunny day and there was a good spot here, under the tree. After so much wandering around we were in need of some tea and appetizers. We wanted some “pide” (again, Turkish pizza with less ingredient) with cheese and tea. The waiter was quite helpful and kind. We enjoyed sitting there. People came and went. Some drank beer against the...more
Since I was with a tour, I didn't have a choice about where to eat lunch. While this place wasn't bad, it was definitely not the type of place I would normally choose. You'll walk up some stairs and find yourself in a different, cleaner, more modern world than the street below. We ate outside on the terrace, which has a great view of the castle....more
Its just a local restaurant, mostly outdoors in summer. Quiet and friendly. We had an excellent dinner, and it cost almost nothing! 40ytl (£16; €26; US$32) for main course, pide bread and salad for 2, plus red wine for 1. We both had a lamb + vegetable stew cooked inside an clay pot. Apparently its a very typical local dish. It was delicious. Our...more
Our tour agents gave us the choice between overnight bus from Istanbul, or flights via Kayseri. We took latter - Turkish Airlines out and Onur Air back. Both were just fine.
Tour operator arranged transfers to/from hotel. About 45 minutes.
Kayseri airport is not much to get excited about, and I wouldn't fancy a long stay there, but our departure was right on time.
Onur has a suspect safety record with EU regulators, so we were a bit apprehensive, but all went well.
If you are going ballooning, take a light sweater - it can be cool at dawn even in July. In fact, there was a cool breeze all the time when we were there, so a sweater would have been good for sitting outside in evening. Take trainers or walking boots. Several sites involve walking in valleys or rough ground. We saw many people struggling in high heels!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A first aid kit. Our hotel didn't have one - kind of remiss since I'd just been bitten on the leg by the manager's Doberman.
Take sun block - you can be in the open for long periods.