The ancient city made of rocks!
The region was formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions from Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz, covering the whole countryside with layer of layers of thick tuff. It was dramatically chaotic and no one can ever live on such state. Many years passed, with the wind and rain worked together, the rocks then softens – carving out amazing gorges making unique lunar landscapes and spectacular rock formations that we can see until this time.
Cappadocia is in the central Anatolian region of Turkey that means “the land of beautiful horses”. The most famous towns are Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar and Guzelyurt. Furthermore, Ihlara Valley is more famous on trekking activity.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time to explore Cappadocia is from the end of April to June; from mid-September to October as these months, the days are warm, the nights are cool and there is little chance of rain. First few weeks of April are not suitable for Hot Air Ballooning, as winds are strong and can be dangerous.
5 BUCKET LISTS TO DO IN CAPPADOCIA
Most recommended things while in Cappadocia.
Stay in a CAVE HOTEL
Step back in time and experience traditional life while staying in a cave hotel with modern amenities. This is one of a life time experience where you can tell a tale, as old as time, to your grandchildren where many people have lived in Cappadociancave homes for centuries. Rooms carved from stone offers free wifi, luxurious showers, upscale décor, swimming pools, fireplaces, and even balconies offering majestic views, or a spot to sip glass of wine with your loved ones.
Take a Magical Flight of Hot Air Balloon
As you take off for sunrise, be hypnotized by the spectacular and surreal landscape that lies below; the valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards, floating among a hundred multi-colored balloons will leave you breathless. This is a 1-hour flight with a capacity of 16 to 24 people that includes a buffet breakfast and champagne toast on landing. An activity not to be missed.
Horse Back Ride Experience
Forget the tour buses or your private rented cars, and experience horse ride which goes up to 1000 meters above sea level where the views are breathtaking. After all, Cappadocia means “Land of Beautiful Horses”, so better enjoy the ride along apple, apricot and walnut orchards and meet local Turks as you pass through villages. Go cowboy!
A must visit at GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM
UNESCO World Heritage since 1984, this is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, which contains the finest of the rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes or wall paintings whose colors still retain all their original freshness.
Tip: A very good experience awaits at the Dark Church, where its walls were long protected by pigeon droppings.
Go Down at the UNDERGROUND CITIES
About 36 underground cities are in Cappadocia. The deepest one is the Derinkuyu underground city, and the widest is Kaymakli underground city. Each underground is closed from the inside with large stone doors. Each floor could be separately closed off. The underground city composed of homes, schools, chapels, stables, storage rooms, and cellars.
Cappadocia is full of history, mystique and legend. That’s why the area was featured as well in several films due to its topography. Once of which was Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance by Nicolas Cage; Assassin’s Creed: Revelations where Cappadocia is dominated by Templars on underground cities; Slipstream and a Turkish Film – Winter Sleep.
VISA Information to TURKEY
UAE Expats who has a valid US, UK, Ireland or Schengen Visa are eligible to apply for a Turkey Electronic Visa.
For other nationalities with a valid UAE Residence Visa only, apply at the Embassy of Turkey in Dubai directly.