Cappadocia, the "Land of Beautiful Horses" shaped by fire, water and wind for centuries, resembles a fairytale land. It is possible to list many reasons to visit the region, where many civilizations have left traces behind and fascinate its guests with its culture. Based on this situation, we have listed 10 reasons to travel to Cappadocia. Of course, we did not neglect to tell you about the stone hotels, which are considered the symbol of the region and shown as the most beautiful examples of stone carving.
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1- Natural Beauties You Cannot Get Over For A Long Time
When Cappadocia is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is always natural beauty. Indeed, the region is one of the most special geographies not only in Central Anatolia but in Turkey as a whole. The region, which is within the borders of 5 provinces including Nevşehir and Kayseri, was shaped millions of years ago under the influence of various natural phenomena and took on its current eye-catching form.
If you wish, you can travel to Cappadocia during the winter months and witness with your own eyes the region's scenery resembling a wedding dress under the snow cover. If your aim is to get to know the historical and cultural background of the region, you can arrange your Cappadocia vacation between April and June. It is more enjoyable to visit fairy chimneys, valleys and underground cities during these months.
2- Fairy Chimneys of Rare Beauty
Of course, when talking about the natural beauties of the region, the uniquely beautiful fairy chimneys should be considered under a separate heading. Considered one of the most important symbols of the region, these landforms were formed exactly 60 million years ago by lava eruptions from Hasandağı, Erciyes and Göllüdağ. Rain and wind played a leading role in shaping the soft layer formed by the accumulation of lava.
You can go to Paşabağ to see the most beautiful examples of fairy chimneys. However, pay attention to whether the weather is windy on the day you go to the region. Because sandstorms are common in this part of Cappadocia on windy days. You can visit the Three Beauties and Devrent Valley to photograph formations in different shapes.
3- Cappadocia's Rich Historical Heritage
Cappadocia has made a name for itself among travelers with its deep-rooted history as well as its exquisite and fascinating natural beauty. According to various sources discovered, the region has been inhabited by various communities since the 6th century BC. During your vacation, you can easily see traces of the Hittite, Ancient Greek, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods in the region.
Göreme Open Air Museum is one of the ideal places to understand the historical background of Cappadocia. When you visit the area within the boundaries of the cultural facility, you can see the rock settlements and worship areas created by Christians between the 4th and 12th centuries. You can come across more magnificent structures of this kind while visiting the underground cities, which we will tell you all the details in the next section.
4- Opportunity to Visit Magnificent Underground Cities
Among the places that add excitement and mystery to a Cappadocia vacation are the underground cities that have preserved their existence for centuries. It is estimated that there are nearly 200 such settlements in the region. Most of the settlements, which were built by the first Christians during the Roman Empire to escape persecution and worship freely, consist of several floors.
If you want to witness the splendor of Cappadocia's underground cities with your own eyes, we recommend you first go to the 8-story Derinkuyu Underground City. Kaymaklı Underground City, founded by the Hittites around 3000 BC, is one of the oldest examples of such settlements. 10 kilometers away from Kaymaklı is Mazı Underground City, which was used both in Roman and Byzantine times.
5- Opportunity to Know Cappadocia from Different Perspectives with Balloon and Safari Tours
You can also join private tours to explore Cappadocia more closely. When the words "Cappadocia" and "tour" are used in the same sentence, balloon rides before sunrise immediately come to mind. However, safari tours that offer vacationers the opportunity to view the environment from different angles should not be overlooked.
If you join the tours with colorful balloons, you can not only enjoy the sunrise but also observe the valleys within the borders of Cappadocia from a bird's eye view. On safari tours with all-terrain vehicles, you can have the opportunity to be close to the rock settlements in the valleys, the beauties of the Taurus Mountains and the landscapes where fairy chimneys add beauty.
6- The Excitement of Following Trekking Routes and Discovering Hidden Beauties in the Valleys
When you intend to explore the beauties of Cappadocia by interacting with the environment, you can also follow trekking routes. If you aim to overcome the routes that provide hours of pleasure for trekking enthusiasts, you can focus on the most special places of Cappadocia, such as the Love and Güvercinlik valleys.
If you want to be alone with nature, you can first follow the trekking route covering the Ihlara Valley. On this route, which is a favorite of local and foreign guests vacationing in the region, structures built by carving rocks on steep slopes await you. Of course, if walking does not provide enough adrenaline for you, you can also visit the region on two wheels. Cappadocia is home to the world's most important mountain biking routes.
7- Tables where you can taste palate-pleasing flavors
If you feel hungry while visiting historical sites, museums and valleys, you can immediately enter a restaurant and fill your stomach with the delicacies of Cappadocia cuisine. Legumes and meat varieties are used in a balanced way in the local cuisine culture, where even the simplest meal turns into a feast with a few small touches. With the addition of fruits and vegetables grown in the fertile soils of the region, the dishes unique to Cappadocia cuisine become even more delicious.
The first of the flavors we recommend you to taste in Cappadocia is the region's famous test kebab. Dry beans and pilaf are the dishes that locals frequently consume and serve to their guests. If you want to try different flavors, you can choose stuffed quince, chickpea stew or dıvılı.
8- Shopping Options for Every Budget and Taste
During your Cappadocia vacation, you can spend some of your time shopping. There are two different options for shopping that make the region an attractive holiday destination for travelers. If you wish, you can buy objects that are the products of handicrafts with origins dating back hundreds of years from the shops in various parts of Cappadocia. If you are interested in gastronomy, you can focus on wine varieties specific to the region instead of items that will add beauty to your home decor.
When it comes to handicrafts, carpets and rugs with Anatolian motifs stand out. These are followed by ceramic items. If you want to buy small items that you can give as gifts to your loved ones or that will remind you of your Cappadocia vacation for a long time, you can turn to fairy chimney figures, magnets and key chains in various sizes.
9- Enjoying a Spa Full of Pleasure in an Authentic Atmosphere
On a Cappadocia vacation, you can spend your time relaxing and rejuvenating yourself instead of focusing on busy activities such as sightseeing and shopping opportunities. There are many wellness centers in the region, catering to travelers who want to pamper themselves and relieve the stress of the whole year.
For an authentic spa experience, you can head to the rock hotels, which are known as the most beautiful examples of stone carving. If you are wondering which are the most beautiful hotels of this type, you can find a detailed answer to your question in the next section.
10- Opportunity to Stay at Facilities in Kaya Hotel Concept
Most of the hotels in Cappadocia operate in stone-carved structures in old neighborhoods. This gives travelers a unique accommodation experience. Many hotels in the region such as Taşkonaklar Hotel, Kayakapı Premium Caves, Museum Hotel, Argos in Cappadocia are mesmerizing their guests with their architecture. Cappadocia hotels, which offer travelers a home-like accommodation experience, mainly operate in Ürgüp and Göreme. While vacationing in these hotels, you can also enjoy the exquisite views and have romantic moments with your lover.
Of course, you need to make your reservation early so that you can experience the unique atmosphere of the hotels on the date you have planned. Because Cappadocia, whose popularity is increasing every year, attracts intense interest throughout all four seasons.