Cappadocia as a Mystery of Underground City: 5 Reasons Why you Should Visit this Land of Fairy Chimneys
Why wouldn’t you wake up in a unique pointy fairy chimneys hotel and start your day by enjoying the sunrise inside of a hot air balloon that each morning brightens up the skies above Cappadocia?
Sounds good, huh? Scroll down to learn more about this magical underground land full of history and heritage.
Here we present the 7 biggest reasons why you shouldn’t miss visiting this amazing city.
1. What do you say about spending a couple of nights in castles built in a real white stone cave?
Volcanic eruptions created this surreal moonscape that shaped rocks through wind and rain into curved valleys and cliffs. Those fairy chimneys today are homes of Cappadocians and became unique boutique hotels for thousands of tourists from all over the world.
2. Feels like you are in time machine: Go back to the Byzantine era and feel the charms of history
One of the most magnificent and vivid landmarks that make Cappadocia unique are the frescoes painted on dry plaster by the Byzantines. The Dark Church in Cappadocia, which was then home to Christian refugees, has the best examples of paintings made by colorful angels that cover pillars and ceilings. As a result, the lack of light has preserved those frescoes that still look fresh and colorful even after millennia.
Today, in the area of Cappadocia, you can visit hundreds of cave churches carved in limestone rocks with wall frescoes.
Can you imagine?
More than 600 cave churches and dozens of underground cities have been discovered in this area.
3. The "Land of Beautiful Horses"- How about riding horses in Cappadocia?
In the ancient Persian language, the word Cappadocia carries the meaning of beautiful wild horses that this region still possesses. Horses and donkeys are still used by locals more than cars. The valleys of Cappadocia are one of the main destinations for hiking and
horseback riding in Turkey. Many tourists enjoy city tours on these beautiful fields by riding the horses and feel another dimension of the ancient centuries that this city carries.
4. Feel the Sunrise in Air Balloon- Recharge your batteries in the endless landscape
If you really want to get the feeling of touching the sky you will have to wake up and be ready before the sunrise- that usually means around 4 am. Once you arrive to the valley you will see hundreds of colorful balloons covering the sky. This astonishing view will give you a sense of being positioned between dream and reality. Due to weather conditions, the best season to experience this few hours lasting adventure is from March to June or August to October. Air balloon experience in Cappadocia is considered as a thrilling and must-see activity.
5. You don't need a silver fork to eat good food!
Why wouldn’t you end your day by enjoying the taste of traditional Turkish food under the open sky, surrounded by belly dancers and Ottoman music?
In the heart of Cappadocia, there are plenty of cave or rooftop restaurants that offer traditional Turkish cuisine and folk performances for their valuable guests. At these spots you won’t be able to resist tasting a fresh-squeezed pomegranate, Turkish pide, small pasta packets, usually stuffed with meat or cheese called manti and pottery kebab meat, and a glass of local wine.
How many days is enough to see Cappadocia?
If you are well organized and have a tourist guide or a local person, three to four days are enough to experience most of the beauties of Cappadocia.
Is Cappadocia safe place to stay?
Central Turkey has also been given a green light by the FCO, which has no warnings in place for the region. Lonely Planet says that “even compared to many other popular traveler destinations across the world, Cappadocia remains an incredibly safe place”, including for solo female travelers.
Is Cappadocia a wonder of the world?
UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are indeed two of the wonders of our planet.
What is the currency of Cappadocia?
You can obtain currency exchange before traveling Cappadocia region, or on arrival. We recommend you to get Turkish Liras after you arrive in Turkey as the exchange rates are usually better in Turkey and you can find exchange offices in Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) or Kayseri Airport (ASR).
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