Cappadocia

Vast valley, rock formations, aromatic Turkish coffee, can you picture the scenario I am trying to describe? If yes, then let’s explore further Cappadocia Turkey, The Land of Fairy Tales.

Cappadocia has been in my bucket list ever since and I am glad that I have been able to visit.

I took a short flight from Istanbul Airport to Kayseri Airport. It is the nearest airport to Cappadocia.

Kayseri Airport

Before heading to Cappadocia, I and my friend passed by Mt. Erciyes, a ski resort. It was actually my first time to witness a snow so the inner child in me came out. And it was a pretty good experience though it was extremely cold.

Mt. Erciyes
Mt. Erciyes

We decided to head on to love valley since it was too early to check in. Love valley are rock formations or fairy chimneys made up from volcanic activities millions of years ago.

Love valley
Love valley

Then we went to Goreme open air museum. Goreme is a district in Cappadocia region. You will see the wonders of nature here as well as the ancient man made wonders.

Goreme open air museum
Goreme open air museum

I was surprised that early Christian Church started from this region, completely different to the Muslim dominant nation Turkey is now. You need to get a museum card in order to enter this site. You will see hand painted pictures on cave walls depicting early Christian life.

Goreme Earlly Church
Goreme Earlly Church

There are human skeletons preserved too. You were not allowed to take pictures of it but I was informed late and I already took a shot.

Goreme Museum
Goreme Museum

After spending the morning around Goreme, we headed to Museum hotel, our accommodation for 2 nights. Museum hotel is the best cave hotel in Cappadocia. I made a review about the hotel, just click here to see.

Cappadocia is even more magical at night. So just drive around the town and you will feel like you entered an enchanted world.

Cappadocia at night
Cappadocia at night

Next morning, we woke up early and went to Kaymakli Underground city. You can skip this part if you are claustrophobic.  This one was a literal city because it has houses, storage areas, wine cellars and churches. Rooms were to small as well as tunnel ways so you need to crawl at some point.

Kaymakli Underground city
Kaymakli Underground city

We then headed to Ihlara valley after spending the morning in Kaymakli. It is a 14 km long valley that was said to have 100 cave churches. Prepare yourself for a long trek but you be closer to mother nature. Winter will be a perfect season for me to have this part.

Ihlara valley
Ihlara valley

We decided to stop by Uchisar and check the castle before going back to the hotel, . I was amazed how the town was preserved. I felt like I went back in the good old days. Uchisar is the highest point of Cappadocia. On top of this castle you will have a nice view of the region. Again, be ready for another climb but as I said it was worth it to have that panoramic view.

Uchisar castle
Uchisar castle

This 2 day trip will be forever etched in my memory. Crossing out one item in your bucket list is an achievement. Indeed Cappadocia is a must go destination. Cappadocia Turkey is a fairy tale world.

Have you visited Cappadocia? How was your experience?

 

 

 

 

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Tony Payne

    The rock formations and dwellings there look amazing, I will have to do some research on Cappadocia.
    I haven’t been to Turkey, but would love to see the ruins of Troy, the Trojan wars havng fascinated me since I was very young.

    1. Edward Venzon

      Hello Tony! It is indeed like fairy tale. I mean Cappadocia is all in one. Valleys, ancient ruins, underground cities. You must check that place:)

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