If there is one place on the planet that is guaranteed to blow your mind, it is Cappadocia. Situated in Central Turkey and consisting of thousands of bizarre conical shaped rocks with pointed tips, this fascinating landscape is utterly unique in the world. The rugged plains stretch out for miles all around and are a reddish hue in colour. While nature has certainly done her bit to make this region one of the most spectacular on earth, man has contributed to its impressiveness as well by carving a network of caves and tunnels in to the surprisingly soft rock.Read More
The main attraction within the Cappadocia region is Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage listed village that boasts a staggering 30 Byzantine rock churches. This little town, nestled within the imposing rocks, feels like it has stepped straight out of a fairytale. Goreme is also the home of a vast open air museum, which is where the churches and their accompanying frescoes are located. The structures date back to the 10-12th century AD, yet the vivid colours used in the paintings still retain their original splendour.
There are numerous ways to explore this rocky region but the most exciting is, without a doubt, taking a hot air balloon ride over the plains. The aerial view afforded to those who float is breathtaking and unrivalled in sheer beauty. For those who would rather keep their feet on terra firma, there are other options available. 4x4 tours cart visitors around, showing them the highlights of the region while hiking guides trek up and down the rugged slopes and in and out of some of the finest rock-based structures on offer.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Cappadocia. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Cappadocia on a bespoke touring itinerary to Turkey, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.