Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
Have you never flewn a hot air balloon you should take the chance in Cappadocia. The wind conditions in the morning are perfect and the balloons take off almost every morning during the season.
It's an unforgettable memory!
I flew with Kapadokya Balloons which had been recomended to me. The pilots, Lars and Serhan, are experienced and really good, and as the only company in Göreme they start at different spots every morning - depending on the wind (other companies seems to hang around more just over Göreme).
We were two balloons flying together which was very nice as you can see the others take off, in the air and at the landing.
At the landing we got some champange (mixt with a fruit juice) and snacks. We also got a nice Certificate.
The long tour wish is about 1,5 hours costs 200 dollars
(290 000 000 TL). There is also a shorter, and less expensive, tour.
It is a lot of money but it is a great experiense I will never forget.
Rain and wind, History and Geography has come together and created an art and thats Cappadocia..
Cappadocia is the area around Uçhisar, Göreme, Avanos, Ürgüp, Derinkuyu, Kaymaklý and Ihlara. Definitely an open air museum.. With Fairy chimneys, Underground cities, with churches, Chapels, Mosques, with caves, rock structures and many others..
A movie plato or a natural beaty... A charm and attraction.. Volkanic eruptions and Geological formations has created an area that is worth to see.. Believe it or nor.. it belongs to this world.
Make no mistake, their are no roses here. In fact it is very dry and arid with little vegetation to speak of. However, the gorgeous pink and green colourations in the rock make up for the lack of flora. You can hike here from Goreme to Cavusin. The Kose Pansiyon in Goreme organized a guide for myself and another backpacker, since it is easy to get lost along the way. I think it is worth getting a guide because he took us into cave dwellings that we would never have found on our own.
The Cappadocia Region of Turkey, lies about in the very centre of the country. Ten million years ago, four volcanoes spewed 100-150m of lava and ash on the surrounding area. These deposits eventually hardened into a layer of soft rock, called tufa. Wind and rain over the years have sculpted the tufa into interesting shapes and towers, and man has been digging into the soft rock to find shelter inside these unusual formations. These are called troglodyte dwellings and some are still in use today. There are many overnight tours of the region that you can organize from Goreme.
We hired a guide who took care of us for three days in Cappadocia. He took us on several hikes through the countryside, climbing the rocks and squeezing through the underground passages. We got a lot more out of the trip with a guide than we would have without one.
Cappadocia is a unique place in the world. Nowhere else has the land formed in this way; noplace else has the incredible history. The story dates back to the Byzantine era, when Christian communities carved homes and churches out of the soft rock. They lived there for centuries, safe from invaders, partly because of the incredible underground caverns that they built.
This jewel must be seen... A real open air museum...There's not another Cappadoccia in the world.. You'll be fascinated by monuments of the nature, which was sculpted by rain, wind and natural ways and became a wonder of the world..
There're awesome monastries in the area. Uchisar, Urgup, Goreme, Avanos these are all in Cappadoccia and well connected to eachother..
You can sleep in the nice, clean, modern designed hotels in the caves.. An incredible experience!!!
Try out Cappadoccia wine. You'll love it. ;))
The main places in Capadocia are within a triangle between Nevsehir (west), Avanos (north) and Urgup (east). Everywhere you go in this area you can see these fantastic landscapes. In Goreme (in the middle) there is a group of byzantine painted carved churches.
And a bit more to the south you can visit the subterranean cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu.
One of most unique places in Turkey is Cappadocia. Its landscape is dominated by weird looking rocks, shaped by the wind. The locals benefited from the softness of the rocks for centuries. The entire area is full with caves and even underground cities, some more than 10 floors deep.
Almost in the middle of Turkey lies a region called Cappadocia, with a landscape of beautiful and mystical rock formations often referred to as "fairy chimneys". And in the middle of it all there is the village Göreme, which is more touristy than most other places in the region, but with plenty of charm.
And what better way to see it all than to go ballooning? It is not cheap (and you have to get up at about four in the morning), but definitely worth the money. Unlike a lot of other places where you can go ballooning, there are no limits as to how low you can fly. So you float by fairy chimneys, look at people eating breakfast, and brush past three tops. Fantastic!
Over millions of years,erosion covered the land with thick layers of volcanic tufa forming rock pinnacle,which were than hewn out by man into unique,evocative monuments.What makes it strange are the twisted,billowing forms in the rocks,forming a ream landscape.
it is 5000 km area and there is two part in Cappadocia which means u need to have two full day to explore the whole area..
Its well worth the trip into Cappadocia if you have a few spare days (too much to see in just one day). The varied landscapes of mountains, gorges, underground cities and those amazing rock formations at Goreme are not to be missed. See more info on my Goreme page.
If you need a reason to visit Turkey, one word is enough - Capadoccia.
Of course, you will see many other (also very interesting) places, but this area is... unique.
A couple of days is enough, but Goreme, Uchisar, Zelve and Nevsehir are words that you will never forget.
We read Ürgüp was a good base for exploring Kapadokya (Cappadocia) and that recommendation is definitely accurate. This town is so cute! We stayed in a cave hotel which was exactly what we wanted (until we realized that it was winter and caves are pretty cold). Since it's compact, it's easily walkable with everything you could want. We went to a restaurant for dinner, a bar in the evening (and even found our way back to the hotel afterward), a cafe/bakery for breakfast and strolled by the shops in the morning. It's clean and safe and the people are friendly. If you're interested in taking a tour or even just getting information on the area attractions, there's a visitors center here and tour company offices.
While Ürgüp has plenty to offer on its own, another appeal it has is that it's located near all the other places you'll want to visit.
A weird and wacky landscape!
The landscape was formed some 10 million years ago from the volcanic outpourings of Mount Erciyes, Hasandagi and Golludag.
The variety of composition of the volcanic rock has lead to differential weathering of the strata providing the strange hoodoo and fairly chimney affect of the region.
Mankinds impact on the area has been to mold these strange shapes into dwellings and churches.
The area has many interesting towns. Urgup is a good centre for exporing the area. Goreme has an interesting open air museum with monasteries and chruches carved into the rock as the area became a bolt hole for christians during roman persecution.
If you are lucky you can stay in a cave as many old cave dwellings have been turned into hotels and hostels.
If you get the chance go ballooning, it is expensive, but good value compared to other places in the world, and the scenery is unique.
Cappadocia is out of this world.
It's among the most amazing places on this earth with weird and wobderful rock formations shaped by ancient vulcanic erutions.
The area is quite big and you should set aside several days to explore the area if you have the time for it.
It´s both a natural aswell as a cultural destination and you should do your uttermost to visit this place.
The biggest must see in turkey i would say.