Two years ago, I visited a place called Cappadocia, which is in Turkey. This place is full of magic and words are not enough to describe the beauty. At first sight, Cappadocia feels like an another world or another planet.
WHY TO VISIT CAPPADOCIA?
- FAIRY CHIMNEYS- Cappadocia is dotted with these dream like structures . Volcanic eruptions created this surreal landscape: the lava flows formed tuff rock, which wind and rain sculpted into meandering valleys with curvy cliff faces and pointy fairy chimneys giving us a chance to revel at the works of mother nature.
2. HOT AIR BALLOON- This is what dreams are mde of! It offers the breathtaking opportunity to drift over the mountains and valleys to enjoy the beauty of Cappadocia. I was in an awe when I saw the stunning view of the fairy chimneys from the top. I would highly recommend you to check this out .
COST- $550 for a family
3. YOU GET TO BECOME A CAVE DWELLER– Cappadocia’s beauty is surrounded by these rock formations. Ancient volcanic eruptions blanketed this region with thick ash, which solidified into a soft rock. Wind and water left only its harder elements behind to form a fairy tale landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, and chimneys. The rocky wonderland is covered with a network of human-created caves; living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses were all dug into the soft stone. Most of these caves also turned into many cave hotels. I stayed in the ELIKA CAVE SUITES, CAPPADOCIA. I would never forget its hospitality and stunning interiors. While staying in a cave of your own is a bit expensive, it is definitely worth every single penny.
COST- $180 per night for one room
4. WITNESS THE MAGICAL SUNRISE AND SUNSET- The sunrise and sunset will cure you for life. It is amazing to see how the sky is jeweled with colorful hot air balloons.
5. IT OFFERS LOADS OF TOURIST DESTINATIONS-
- DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY– Cappadocia has hundreds of underground cities but Derinkuyu Underground Cityis the most famous and popular. Used by locals at times of invasion, they enabled the locals to protect themselves and their livestock. The size, structure and safety allowed communities could live underground for up to three months at a time. It has low ceilings and thin passageways. We can see how the locals used the kitchen, rooms etc.
- POTTERY IN AVANOS- Pottery demonstrations in Avanosare fun and your chance to create a masterpiece. This area is well known throughout the whole of Turkey for pottery pieces produced using clay from the nearby Red River.
- PASABAG MONASTERY- Pasabag, an old monk’s monastery displaying beautiful fairy chimneys sits on the outskirts of Goreme and takes just 30 minutes to see. You’ll need good walking shoes to get inside the old caves, where Byzantine monks lived and prayed.
- PIGEON VALLEY- Pigeon Valley has a walking route from Uchisar to Goreme. Along the trail, manmade ancient caves although no longer inhabited are visible, and a further insight into the history of the region. Gaining its name because farmers carved pigeon coves into the cave walls and then collected the droppings for fertilizer. It also consists a evil eye tree.
- GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM- It resembles a vast monastic complex composed of numerous monasteries placed side by side each with its own fantastic church. It contains the finest rock cut churches with beautiful frescoes( wall paintings) . It has been a member of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE since 1984. Goreme Open Air Museum also represents historical unity. In summer the best time to visit the museum is early in the morning or late afternoon instead mid- day. There are many churches and chapels but the most important ones are: st Barbara Church, Snake Church, Dark Church
If you want to forget about the real world and land in a magical place, then Cappadocia is definitely for you. Did you enjoy reading this article and would love to visit Cappadocia? Please let me know in the comments.