CAPPADOCIA TRAVEL GUIDE AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS FOR 2023
About Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia has natural wonders that are not to be found anywhere else on earth. The area has a unique panorama of pinnacles, known as fairy chimneys, and canyons, as well as the Ihlara Valley, underground cities and archaelogical marvels that make it one of Turkey's most important tourist destinations.
Formed by an unusual geological phenomenon, people have tunnelled into the soft volcanic rocks and used the fairy chimneys as houses and churches, many of which are decorated with frescoes. Indeed, there is evidence in Cappadocia of civilisations that are thousands of years old.
On the historic Silk Road, the region is linked to the Kizilirmak River and for centuries was visited by differnt people and civilisations. Today it hosts visitors from across the world.
Mystical but also tranquil, it offers the unique pleasure of hosting meetings in luxury hotels and then staying in boutique hotels. The region's grapes make wines worth tasting and there is the opportunity to fly in a balloon to see this unmatched natural beauty from the air.
Summers are hot and dry, winters cold and snowy, spring and autumn are rainy, a typical rural stepe climate. Annual average temperature is 10.6 degrees Celsius.
Places to See
Excursions and Outings
Wine Competitions (Urgup-June), International Avanos Tourism and Handicrafts Festival (August), Urgup Grape Harvest Festival (October)
Hiking and trekking, hunting (around Damsa Dam and Uchisar)l climbing, ballooning, photo safari
Pide (local thin pizza) and kebabs have a special place in the cuisine of Cappadocia. Regional pit-oven lamb (kuzu tandir) and stews, vegetable dishes shoul be tasted. Don't leave without trying the wine made from local grapes.
The local handicrafts and gift shops are well developed. You can get imitations of fairy chimneys of various materials, Cappadocian dolls, earthenware pots and products made from the local grapes including the famous wines.