Welcome to Cappadocia!
Unique and beautiful terrains, prolific history and a strong sense of amazing traditions and culture ensure it is a destination, unlike anywhere else in the world.
Quirky cave hotels, thrilling hot air balloon trips and magnificent views are just a few memorable experiences that make Cappadocia an enticing location.
Retrace the steps from well-known civilizations like the Romans, trek through lush green countryside and experience a once in a life event by ascending high into the skies in a hot air balloon.
Listen to the tales and local myths, explore ancient ruins and join in life-long traditions to truly understand the heart of Turkey and its wonderful people. Visiting Cappadocia will open your eyes to a completely different world that is amazing and unique, making it one of Turkey’s natural beauties.
The History of Cappadocia
After that the area was conquered by Alexander the Great but his death meant the end of peace in Cappadocia. There were many rulers that succeeded however a greater evil appeared in 63 BC with the invasion by the Roman Empire.
Their presence in Cappadocia is still evident today, in the form of underground cities that used to secretly house Christians facing persecution because of their religion and beliefs.
In the hundreds of years that followed, the citizens of Cappadocia converted to Islam and in the 15th century, the area fell under the rule of the Ottoman Empire and remained that way until the demise of the Sultans in 1918.
The end of the Ottoman Empire also saw the formation of a new country called The Republic of Turkey in which the Cappadocia region is now a major touristic and historical site.
How to Get to Cappadocia
Hotels in Cappadocia
Regions of Cappadocia
If you are looking for hotel accommodation in quiet and traditional Turkish areas, then consider the resorts of Ortahisar, Zelve and Mustafapasa.
The nearest big city to Cappadocia is Kayseri which is a major trading hub and is often visited as a stop off point on the way to Cappadocia. Mount Erciyes is the skiing destination on the outskirts of Kayseri.
Things to Do and Places to Go
Panoramic view point, Pigeon valley and Rose valley are destinations that people head to when the sun goes down as the vivid orange color on the horizon and cascading landscapes make the perfect holiday photograph.
Further afield is Haci Bektas which is a great introduction to the Alevi branch of the Islam religion while Nevsehir has an ancient castle at the top of steep winding roads and an interesting museum that will keep you busy for the whole day.
The landscape and wind speeds make Cappadocia perfect for hot air balloons trips. Every morning at approximately 5.30 am, twenty or more hot air balloons drift into the skies to float across the fairy chimney landscape.
If you want to keep your feet firmly on the ground a horse safari will take you trekking through the beautiful countryside while a quad bike safari is for those who are looking for an adrenaline rush.
Don't forget to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Goreme open air museum. Within the museum are ancient caves that were once used as homes. Ancient frescoes adorn the walls of the Apple and St Basil Churches. A full morning is needed to explore the open air museum properly.
Trekking and hiking is another reason why people flock to Cappadocia as the area has so many hidden secrets that are not mentioned in any guidebooks. Mount Erciyes and Mount Hasan with challanging peaks are ideal for mountaineering.
We recommend that you take a look at the rest of our site which explains each region of Cappadocia in depth and from there; you can plan the best holiday of your life.
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