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
If you are planning a Cappadocia holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Burcu Kaya Hotel Cappadocia
The Burca Kaya building was modelled on ancient Seljuk architecture and carved into rocks. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated with neutral colours. The stone walls and rich wooden panelling give the accommodation a truly authentic feel, whilst still maintaining a high level of comfort. The swimming pool has views of the famous fairy chimneys and the restaurant uses locally produced fruit and vegetables. The hotel is located in Ortahisar, the centre of Cappadocia.
Kelebek Hotel Cappadocia
Kelebek - the Butterfly in English - guarantees every visitor a completely unique stay. With rooms situated in the caves and chimneys of the conical rocks that characterise Goreme, guests are sure to be enchanted with the raw stone and simple plush furnishings of the accommodation. Filled with historical pieces, the Kelebek is a quirky and comfortable place to stay. Kelebek has a wonderful location, right in the heart of Goreme's historic old village, with spectacular views looking out towards Uchisar and Cavusin.
Yunak Evleri Cappadocia
Yunak Evleri consists of six cave houses with a total of 30 private cave rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and crowned with a 19th century Greek Mansion. These exceptional cave houses have been renovated and decorated with care to reflect the traditional style of the region, the decor is elegant and personalized with beautiful hand-crafted furnishings and antiques. In the evenings, local cuisine is served and eaten al fresco, lit by candles and an outdoor fireplace. The hotel is located in the centre of Ürgüp.
Cappadocia Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Cappadocia.