CAPPADOCIA

 

 

CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia is a magical land built of volcanic rock formations that later transformed into cave-like structures forming the town’s restaurants, hotels, and houses. The minute you step foot onto this Flintstone-like land, you’ll see why Cappadocia is unlike any other place in the world. The best way to experience Cappadocia is from above. Take a ride on one of their famous hot air balloon rides for sunrise and end it with a champagne toast. Eat an amazing Turkish meal of salt bass or crack open your own pot of testi kabab in one of the the rock built restaurants. Find yourself infatuated with the crisp dry air and the smell of freshly grilled lamb in a quiet town whose rock walls echo your deepest thoughts and conversations. After taking grasp of your surroundings in its architectural brilliance, the next question is where to begin in this World Heritage Site.

Transportation

BUS: The bus ride from Istanbul, passing Ankara (costing only 18 Turkish lira) is scenic enough but is easily overshadowed by the first visual site of the Cappadocia terrain; mountain side structures turned into huts. Tour are easily available but for more financially-savvy travelers, bus tickets are easily obtainable at a low cost. Night buses are available to help you sleep most of the way. The bus ride can range from 8-10 hours depending on the shuttle itself.

PLANE: You can fly directly into NAV. Tickets will be more expensive if purchased outside of Turkey so I recommend flying into Istanbul and buying your domestic ticket there. This is an hour flight with an additional 44 minute drive into Cappadocia by car.

FOOD:

Top Deck Cave Restaurant- A wonderful dining experience in a dimly lit underground rock structure. The food is all cooked in a tiny kitchen where the smells surround the entire restaurant. Sit turkish-style on a beautifully cushioned floor or at a table. The ambiance and fresh quality food makes this a must go-to restaurant in Gerome. Make reservations before you go! They fill up fast! Walk-ins are usually not accepted.

Coffeedocia– Located right outside of the bus drop off. A great place to stop for a pick-me-up coffee with an even better outdoor area!

N’joy Cafe & Bistro- Try something new and fun! Go in for a turkish coffee or chocolate pancake while sitting on one of their very enjoyable swinging tables.

WHAT TO SEE

Gerome National Park: This open air museum is a fantastic way to see the history of the land. Easy to walk around for any age! Bring lots of water if you go in the summer! It gets HOT! You can also explore the outer Red and Rose Valleys for free. Prepare for an awesome intermediate-hike and discover rock houses from the byzantine-era.

Fairy Chimneys: Stretching as far as 130 feet into the air, these magical “fairy chimneys” are the perfect photo opportunity!

Guray Museum: If you have more time, check out this amazing cave museum featuring Turkish artifacts and pottery.