Top 9 Things to do in Cappadocia, Turkey

August 4, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Lying in south central Turkey, the moonscaped region of Cappadocia, southeast of Ankara, is most famous for unique geological features called fairy chimneys. The large, cone-like formations were created over time by erosion of the relatively soft volcanic ash around them. Past cultures have dug into them to create dwellings, castles (like Uchisar) and even entire underground cities like Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, used as hiding places by early Christians. Nearby Kayseri is the gateway to the area.
Restaurants in Cappadocia

1. Goreme National Park

Goreme, Turkey +90 384 271 3545
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5 based on 3 reviews

Goreme National Park

Reviewed By Medeea P - London, United Kingdom

An amazing place, definitely worth a visit and totally worth paying the extra 10 TRY for the dark chapel. The frescos are incredible and views amazing as always. You should keep in mind your national park ticket also includes entrance to another bigger church a few meters down the road.

2. Fairy Chimneys

Goreme, Turkey +90 555 275 69 53
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fairy Chimneys

Reviewed By Libertad V

This geography is truly extraordinary. You can wander safely around and even go into some where people lived. Must visit site in Cappadocia. Unique mushroom like rock formation. You can see the different rate of erosion of the different rocks. There's also a cave church here, very important place for cristianity, San Simone Church

3. Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Urgup, Turkey +90 384 271 31 11
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4.5 based on 905 reviews

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Reviewed By Freddy M

If you are interested in what nature has to offer this is a place to visit. You go back in time admiring what the ancestors lived. It Is like opening a book which unveils many secrets. The caves will show hidden secrets to get your full attention

4. Pasabag

Urgup, Turkey
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4.5 based on 752 reviews

Pasabag

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

Magical geological formations made of lava eruptions and melded by rain and wind. So impressive,So unique it does not look posible something like this can exist, and how the top of some of these chimneys do not fall?

5. Peri Bacalari

Avanos 1, Avanos, Turkey
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5 based on 99 reviews

Peri Bacalari

Reviewed By Marianna L

although it was very crowded here, i took a moment to enjoy the beauty of the nature and closed my ears & eyes while i opened my heart and soul.

6. Selime Monastery

Guzelyurt, Turkey
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Selime Monastery

Reviewed By Rodman100 - Wellington, New Zealand

The Monastery is included on the green tour, otherwise transport is required to visit. There is a little climb from the entrance to the rock caves that housed the Monastery, kitchen, dining area and Cathedral. Very impressive. Expect to spend around 30 minutes at the site

7. Gulludere Vadisi

Goreme 42152, Turkey
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gulludere Vadisi

Reviewed By rogerw109 - Market Weighton, United Kingdom

One of the many famous Valleys in the region. Rose valley is a magical place with winding paths through the valley with many wild flowers along the way and a tremendous rock carved church. As in most of these Valleys there is always someone selling freshly squeezed orange juice which comes just at the right time. Tremendous place with magical rock formations

8. Kocabag Winery

Adnan Menderes Caddesi, No: 40 | Pigeon Valley, Uchisar 50240, Turkey +90 384 219 29 79
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Kocabag Winery

Reviewed By Feza K - Ankara, Turkey

Kocabag vinery was just at the end of the long slope from Göreme to Uchisar. As we were biking, this was the perfect location to stop and drink some vine. They have nice vine but we went for a bottle of their limited superior vine. We purchased it and drunk it against the beautiful Uchisar view.

9. Ihlara Valley

Guzelyurt 68500, Turkey +90-382-213-24-74
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4.5 based on 931 reviews

Ihlara Valley

Reviewed By Helena B - Cape Town Central, South Africa

From Aksaray you can get a minibus from the old bus station near the city center. The journey takes about 45 minutes.You can plan your walk according to time and fitness but if possible give yourself a day to explore this beautiful valley. There is various entrances to enter the valley and we entered at the Ihlara Vadisi entrance. There you climb down 350 steps and you can walk to Blisirama and exit or on to Selimi. The steps are well constructed and easy to climb and the walk along the river is flat and easy to walk. On this route there are two stops for refreshments but I suggest take your own water and something to eat and have a picnic along the river. The scenery along the river is beautiful and along the way you can enter the rock carved churches if you feel like climbing. The signs marking the route and churches are excellent and you cannot get lost. To do the valley you should be reasonable fit and a good walker. That said my companion was 71 years old and she managed very well. I would recommend a visit to this beautiful and peaceful valley.

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