It is already vintage time now, when I am writing this tip. It starts in September for my country. There are several regions in Turkey famous with their vintage tourism. Cappadocia region is one of them. If you can go there on time you can enjoy the delicious grapes and wine.
We were there in June and grapes were little babies then. You can see them in the picture. I’ve take it in Pasabagi. I’m sure they are fully grown or already eaten now.
Somebody told me that the rocks here are amazing under moonlight. If you have this opportunity, be there in full moon, find a local guide to lead you a nice path, stroll under the moon. This could be quite an experience. Even you can propose to your loved one!
Actually, every one who visits Ihlara Valley beats that path. But I am sure few of them stops to see the village. If you are in need of a drink, go find a chair in the café (kahve), sit and watch the people passing by.
In small villages, “kahve” has an important place in daily life. People earn their living from agriculture and they have too much spare time in certain times of the year. So, men go to mosques for praying and to kahve for chatting, sitting, playing cards, reading newspapers, etc. Women do not go to kahve, they do house work. You cannot see any local woman sitting in a kahve. But if you are a tourist, you can sit and enjoj the relaxing ambiance of kahve.
This village has a particular view and a nice kahve. If you have time, stop for a Turkish tea or coffee.
We found this beauty on the way to Ihlara. We were going there from Derinkuyu and saw the sign. It has a beautiful color, don’t you think? This is the first Crater Lake that I saw. Since I am very curious about seeing an active volcano, I impressed by seeing an inactive one.
It is a small lake and you can drive around it. The road was not very comfortable but it is better. So, it is very well preserved. You can listen to the frogs here for a while. Also you can encounter people, because there were some orchards here.
Since the sun was above us, the water was so tempting. But I couldn’t have the courage.
(I couldn't find a place to take the photograph of whole lake so the photo is panoramic. I recommend you to click on it.)
Did you know that you can reach everywhere on foot in Cappadocia triangle : A suggestion for a day in Cappadocia you can start an enjoyable trek from Urgup.If you accomodate in Urgup its even easier ; Your starting point is Turasan wine factory.Right opposite to the factory there is path-like way you need to follow.That path will take you directly to ortahisar.On the way you will spot a huge complex of 'nuns monastery' on the right.So you will have chance for a historical break. This path contains lots and lots of fruit treas (especially apricot) and just so enjoyable in the late spring.It takes about 1 hour to reach Ortahisar and there is kind of 'mummy' museum that illustrates local livings&customs also provides a roof restaurant with breath taking view of the ruins.If you head up to Ortahisar fortress in the centre you will take the first right to stroll down.That narrow path will take you down to Balkanderesi.It another narrow valley that contains lots of chapels.But dont go further as you will need to climb up from the pigeon holes you will spot on the above left. From pigeon holes move on a bit and soon you will see a gorge like formation just get in there.After climbing a while you will see the path of Sinasos village.Just go ahead and dont get in any small paths along the both sides.There will a junction you will see in the front of you : A huge flat rock formation with grave yard-like places and pigeon houses and a small stream right on the front.When you spot that turn right and move on.Pass through the stream. There you will see wallmarks so you can follow them for the rest of the trail. This part takes about 2.5 hours....Enjoy !
**If i dint encourage you enough , drop me a line when you make it to Cappadocia i ll join you :)
beside the underground cities in cappadocia area , all paths,(discovered one i am sure there are lots of undiscovered valleys and hidden paths located in the area).but my favarite route is a short one(through the vineyards) from pasabag to cavusin-old greek-turkish village....everytime i get there i meet the same fox and i am sure we can become friends one day.you know the poem by robert frost called "the road that not taken" always remind me the lines....when you walk through the path , actually you dont want to follow the footprints and the same destination...you want to get in the bushes and make your own way..lovely ! tempting...after trekking for half and hour and so( well , up your speed) you reach out the rock-cut churches on the way to cavusin.these churches located out of the village on tle left hand side and reach to the top through stairs.you always feel different in cappadocia , because each place you see and experience switch on/off your moods..landscape is fantastic...but when you get into the churches and hermitt cells you suddenly realize that life was not that easy in the past...early chrisitan lives,frescos tell us ehole story......wow ! and you see how lucky you are today in your life !
you can easily do this trip on your own..but incase you get lost get a map but best way is try to get a guide...i dont recommend joining massy tours coz those are rather commercial and you dont go for trekking at all...i suggest you to get a guide for a reasonble price !
The landscape is whimsical and powerful at the same time. Rock formations fashioned by ancient dieties with divine humor. A campground for extraterrestials.