8 Places Certainly To Visit In Cappadocia

8 Places Certainly To Visit In Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a heavenly place which looks straight out of a fairytale with a lot to see and to do. Cappadocia’s beautiful and magical landscapes, traditional cuisine and various activities make Cappadocia, one of the favorites among all the visit places all around the World for travelers. We have listed the most beautiful and mesmerizing locations in Cappadocia for you, which certainly should be visited while on a Cappadocia visitation.

⇒ ⇒Göreme Open Air Museum

Göreme Open Air Museum is a settlement 2 kilometers away from Göreme. This area has been used as a monastery beginning from the 4th century to the 13th century. Churches, chapels, dining halls and sitting areas are visible almost in every rock formations. The current Göreme Open Air Museum is accepted to be the location where the monastic education system started. Soğanlı, Ihlara, Açıksaray are the locations where the same education system has been seen later on. The churches here have been painted with two painting techniques. The first technique, is direct painting on the rock which requires the rock surface to be polished first. The second technique is called secco also known as tempera. The topics that have been engraved in the churches are Torah, Bible and Jesus’ life. There are 11 churches in Göreme Open Air Museum, the name of these churches are St. Basil, Elmalı, St. Barbara, Yılanlı, Pantokrator, Malta Haçlı, St. Catherine, Karanlık, Çarklı and Tokalı, besides these churches there are also monasteries for girls and boys. UNESCO took Göreme Open Air Museum on World Heritage List as a natural and cultural legacy on 6th of December 1985.

⇒ ⇒Zelve Open Air Museum

Zelve Open Air Museum is a location which includes three valleys and is one of the oldest settlements. Zelve is 5 kilometers away from Avanos and 1 kilometer away from Paşabağları. The name “Zelve” comes from the hard and strong plowing sticks which are put around the necks of oxen. Zelve is believed to be the first location where Christians settled down, due to it is possible to see numerous churches and monasteries. Zelve is the location where the Fairy Chimneys are in the most density. Zelve Valley mostly attracts the visitors with its architecture made into rock formations. The most important churches in Zelve are Balıklı Church, Üzümlü Church and Geyikli Church. Dovecotes are quite remarkable at this location which have been utilized to get fertilizer for agriculture. Zelve was an example with churches in Cappadocia, also it has been a settlement and religious center for Christians between the 9th and 13th centuries. The first religious ceremonies were given in Zelve.

⇒ ⇒The Three Beauties

The Three Beauties are three Fairy Chimneys that are very close to each other at the entrance of Ürgüp. These three Fairy Chimneys remind of a family with two tall ones and a small one. The Three Beauties is the symbol of Cappadocia and is one of the visitor’s favorites. Visiting these three is like visiting a relative family. The Three Beauties are one of Cappadocia’s most photographed place which is in the Unesco World Heritage List.

⇒ ⇒Avanos Town

Avanos is a town 18 kilometers away from Nevşehir. The names of Avanos in the ancient periods were Venessa, Zuwinassa and Ouenasa. In the Ottoman records the name of Avanos were Enes and Evenez. Avanos has many Pottery Workshops, the tradition of making ceramics has been going on since the Hittites. In Avanos it is possible to see relics such from the Old Bronze Period, Late Roman Periods, and 13th Century Seljuk Period. It was affiliated to Kırşehir Province until 1954, its municipality was established in 1884. It became a town with the establishment of Nevşehir Province in 1954.

⇒ ⇒Uçhisar

Uçhisar the highest peak of Cappadocia, looks like a shattered rock with holes when viewed from afar, but up close it offers a truly mesmerizing ambient with its fairytale-like houses of all sizes, tiny streets, narrow passages and pathways that takes you on a journey through time. Uçhisar is 7 kilometers away from Nevşehir. It is one of the best places to watch the Sunset in Cappadocia. Uçhisar joined the “world’s extraordinarily beautiful natural and cultural heritage” by Unesco in 1985. Uçhisar was established on the Silk Road, which was the King’s Road of the Persians and the trade route of the Seljuks. Uçhisar has the magnificant Uçhisar Castle. Uçhisar Castle is the highest peak of Cappadocia also the largest Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia. Uçhisar Castle lays Cappadocia under your feet for an amazing overview.

⇒ ⇒Kaymaklı Underground City

This Underground city is in Kaymaklı Town and is one of most important among 200 underground cities in Cappadocia. The distance between Kaymaklı and Nevşehir is 20 kilometers, and it has been on Unesco’s World Heritage List since 1984. Kaymaklı Underground City was opened to visitors in 1964, it is also known as Kaymaklı Castle. Local folk in a village called Enegüp(which is its ancient name) has made their houses around tunnels with a number close to one hundred. The locals still use the eligible rooms of this underground city through its tunnels as cellars, storage and stables. Kaymaklı Underground City has 8 layers, only 4 of them have been brought into open. Only these 4 layers can be visited and explored. Kaymaklı Underground City is very different from the other known underground cities in the area, as in plan and establishment. The chambers are made around ventilation shafts and the passages are very narrow, low and sloped. The first layer of this underground city has been used as a stable. The second layer was built with one nave and two apses, it was controlled by sliders and was used as a church with baptism stones, resting places around the chamber and it had tombs for the people who were in service for the church. The most important layer mostly is the third layer in many underground cities. The third layer has been used as supply storage, cellars, a winery and as a dining hall. The fourth layer also has been used as a storage and cellar.

⇒ ⇒Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City is in Derinkuyu which is 30 kilometers away from Nevşehir. Derinkuyu Underground City is also designed like Kaymaklı Underground City to inhabit a large population and to provide this population’s needs. Derinkuyu Underground City has a missionary school, confession chamber, baptism pool and an intriguing well unlike Kaymaklı Underground City. The first locals of Derinkuyu goes way back to the Assyrian Colonies. The first Christian Colonies fleed to Cappadocia over Antioch and Kayseri, from the tyranny of the Roman Empire in the 2nd Century. The Christians in the area have made the underground entrances inconspicuously so they can be well hidden from the Romans. Derinkuyu Underground City has every trait that an underground city must have from missionary schools, churches, cellars, storages, wineries and dining halls so the inhabiters can survive without having a need to come to the surface.

⇒ ⇒Sinasos- Mustafapaşa Town

The Mustafapaşa Town was a Greek Town called Sinasos. One of Cappadocia’s untouched natural and historical locations which is 6 kilometers away from Ürgüp and 25 kilometers away from Nevşehir. A historically rich place with a lot to explore. Sinasos was a village which has stone mansions close to 700, where Orthodox Greeks and Muslims lived together peacefully. The village residents mostly were wealthy Greek merchants who traded wine and medical products. With the population exchange in 1924, the Greeks were sent to Greece and the Turkish population were placed in the village. At the present time Sinasos is protected by the Ministry of Tourism and was opened to visitors in 1981. Mustafapaşa offers and visual historical feast with its 93 houses, almost 30 churches and chapels.


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Know These Before a Cappadocia Trip

In this article we will answer the most asked questions while giving some tips for you to know Cappadocia better.

Cappadocia is a wonderful and majestic touristic location with its every aspect from its landscapes, history, culture and people.

Where is Cappadocia located?

Cappadocia is in the Center Anatolia region in Turkey. The borders of Cappadocia are between Kırşehir the north side, Niğde the south side, Kayseri in the west side and Aksaray in the east side. The center of Cappadocia is Nevşehir.

How to get to Cappadocia?

To get to Cappadocia you can take an exterior or interior flight to Kayseri Erkilet Airport Turkey from any airport. If you are already in Turkey you can also prefer to take a bus ticket to Nevşehir.

What should l expect to see in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia is known and famous for its unlike nature created by volcanic eruptions and harsh environmental conditions thousands of years ago. These magnificent creations by nature are Fairy Chimneys, diverse rock formations, caves and beautiful valleys.

How was Cappadocia formed?

The formation of Cappadocia is stated to be about 60 million years ago. The most striking ones between these formations are the Fairy Chimneys. The Cappadocia region was an inland sea at first, with the eruptions of surrounding volcanoes Cappadocia began to dry and started to form tuff formations which are rocks mainly made of lava and ash. These surrounding volcanoes are Mt. Erciyes, Mt. Hasan and Mt. Güllüdağ. With the interaction of harsh environmental conditions like intense winds, floods and rain over millions of years these tuff rocks began to shape into valleys, caves and Fairy Chimneys caused by erosions. The best places to see Fairy Chimneys are Göreme, Uçhisar and Ürgüp.

When was Cappadocia discovered?

Cappadocia hosted many civilizations through time periods, which are known by the names of various states, societies and important people. The history of Cappadocia dates way back to BC, it goes back to Assyrian trade colonies and Hittites who lived in 3000 BC. Cappadocia can be examined in three main periods, the paleolithic, neolithic and ancient periods are the part of the first period. The second period is the Roman and Byzantine period and last period is the Turkish period.

When to visit Cappadocia?

Cappadocia is located in The Central Anatolia Region due to every season can be experienced clearly. Cappadocia has a different beauty in every season. Cappadocia can be visited every season during the year. Cappadocia is mostly crowded between March and June, after the heat in July and August the visitations start to rise from September to December.

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Suggestions for Cappadocia

Cappadocia has a lot to offer for its visitors. At this article we will give answers and tips for certain questions to enhance your Cappadocia experience.

Why is Cappadocia famous?

Cappadocia is famous for its unique tuff rock formations named Fairy Chimneys, a natural formation without any resemblance on Earth. Cappadocia is a magical location with its every aspect.

Where to stay in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia has beautiful accommodation locations like Ürgüp, Göreme, Uçhisar and Avanos where you can watch balloon flights in the early morning or to have beautiful sceneries from your hotels. There are 3 types of hotels in Cappadocia, the modern type, historical type and cave type. Modern-type hotels are mostly luxurious 5-star hotels built with modern construction materials. The historical type hotels are authentic hotels restored and renovated from old houses used by the locals centuries ago. The last and most unique hotel type is the cave type, hotels which are built into naturally formed tuff rocks.

What to eat in Cappadocia?

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Turkey is a paradise for gourmets and people who enjoy to experience different tastes. The Turkish Cuisine is very rich and varied, every region offers a different taste and delicacies. And Cappadocia isn’t any different, we already have listed the savory delicacies for you, which you should try for sure;

  ✔ Testi Kebab

   ✔ Zucchini Seed Noodles

   ✔ Yaprak Sarma

   ✔ Ürgüp Köfte

   ✔ Nevşehir and Kayseri Mantı

   ✔ Düğün Soup

   ✔ Dry Kaymak

   ✔ Dolaz

   ✔ Köftür

   ✔ Chickpea Stew

   ✔ Quince Dolma

   ✔ Zerdeli Pilav

   ✔ Zerde

   ✔ Apricot Stew

   ✔ Gendirme

Souvenirs that can be bought from Cappadocia?

Cappadocia has gifts for everyone and everything. And some gifts can be taken home for decoration or for your loved ones. These gifts can be;

  ✔ Items with Onyx Stones

   ✔ Handmade Pottery

   ✔ Miniature Fairy Chimneys

   ✔ Exquisite Wines

   ✔ Woven Cappadocian Carpets

   ✔ Artistic Ceramic Items

   ✔ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

   ✔ Handmade Shoes

   ✔ Zultanite Jewelry

   ✔ Handmade Exotic Items and Accessories

Travel Tips

Travel Tips For Turkey 2023

Travel Tips for Turkey

A comprehensive travel guide to one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Discover the rich culture, history and beauty of Turkey through our travel tips. The best places to visit in Turkey are home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Learn about history and nature in many cities, from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Turkey is one of the East Mediterranean’s most enjoyable and affordable destinations. The country has much to offer in terms of history, culture, architecture, outdoor activities and scenery. Spotting the latest archaeological discovery or visiting a cave church are just two ways you can escape the modern world at home while discovering a world filled with natural beauty, including endless coastline and dramatic landscapes.

Best Holiday Destinations in Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Kapalıçarşı, Sultanahmet Mosque, Asos, Yanartaş(Chimera), Pamukkale, Cappadocia are just examples of some of the spectacular places you can visit in Turkey where tourism is linked both in Asia and Europe. You can enjoy both history and nature at the same time in a Turkey vacation.

Important Travel Destinations for Tourists

⇒ ⇒ Istanbul, if you want to have an all in one holiday İstanbul is your first route.

⇒ ⇒ Marmaris, a budget friendy location surrounded in golden beaches and clear blue seas.

⇒ ⇒ Cappadocia, a remarkable location with its rich history, culture and nature unlike anything you have seen before specially the famous Fairy Chimneys.

⇒ ⇒ The Nemrut Mountain in Adıyaman with gigantic statues straight out of tale.

⇒ ⇒ Göbeklitepe in Şanlıurfa, where you can see the oldest relics and settlements on Earth.

⇒ ⇒ Fethiye, Antalya, Bodrum are the locations where you can stay in ultra luxurious hotels, enjoy both the sun and sea.

Things to do in Turkey

⇒ ⇒ Turkish Bath

⇒ ⇒ Shopping in Kapalıçarşı

⇒ ⇒ Nemrut sunset

⇒ ⇒ Çoruh River rafting

⇒ ⇒ Turkish Night Show

⇒ ⇒ Fethiye & Cappadocia paragliding

⇒ ⇒ Cappadocia Balloon Tour

⇒ ⇒ Konya-Nevşehir Whirling Dervish Show

⇒ ⇒ Aegean Blue Cruise

⇒ ⇒ Kaş Scuba Diving

Turkish Cuisine Destinations for Gourmet

⇒ ⇒ Prepare yourself to put a few pounds. Turkey is the home of desserts with sherbet, well seasoned meat with different kinds of spices and pastries. Turkey is specially famous for its street delicacies like döner and kebab.

Locations with its delicacies;


Homeland of the famous dessert Baklava. The chosen city with the title “Most Creative City” given by UNESCO in the gastronomy field due to its famous kebabs and desserts.


Istanbul provides everything from famous cuisines in the finest Turkish restaurants to tatsty street delicacies against the Bosphorus.

The Blacksea Region

A region famous for its recipies with corns and fish, the locals can make thousands of different recipies only using these two ingredients. Specially bread with corn flour, hamsi rice are the most known delicacies.


A rival location in terms of street delicacies with famous seafood restaurants and costermongers.


⇒ ⇒ The one and only place where you can enjoy the legendary Iskender Kebab.

The South-Eastern Anatolia Region

⇒ ⇒ The Region famous for all kinds of Kebabs. Adana, Urfa, Diyarbakır, Mardin are the mainly known locations.

The East Anatolia Region

⇒ ⇒ The go to location for tasty, refreshing cheese and breakfasts.

Food for Vegans and Vegetarians

⇒ ⇒ There are plenty of recipes for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy.

Is Turkey safe to Travel?

Holidays in Turkey are safe and enjoyable. Of course some unpleasant situations can happen in every country, but these problems will never happen in Turkey as long as you visit places with good reviews and high popularity.