Cappadocia Region of Turkey

Cappadocia is a unique area of Turkey and you are unlikely to find anything else like it. The fairy chimneys, rock landscapes, cave hotels and hot air balloon trips make it a fantastic destination to visit. Browse through the articles below and comment if you have any questions or information to add. Don't forget you can also join in the discussions on Facebook.

Loving Old Cavusin & the Church of Saint John

Cavusin Cappadocia Turkey

Cavusin, in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is rarely featured in travel articles. If it does appear, it garners a couple of sentences before the author talks about other more well-known places such as Goreme, the transport and accommodation hub. For this reason, even though, I had been to Cappadocia twice before, I had never bothered to go to Cavusin. It is separated into 2 parts; the new town … [Read more...]

5 Years Later : The Goreme Open Air Museum

Ancient Church of Goreme Open Air museum in Cappadocia Turkey

I first visited the Goreme Open Air Museum of Cappadocia in 2010 and my write-up was neither kind nor full of praise. I accused the guidebook of incorrect information and my exact words to describe the historical UNESCO World Heritage site were… “Goreme Open Air Museum is 13 cave churches that all look the same. Throw in the Cappadocia tour guide that screams at you, the overpriced entrance fee, … [Read more...]

Avanos : Cappadocia’s Pottery Hub & a Hair Museum

Avanos Cappadocia

(Post updated May 2015 ) I have previously written about Avanos. It is a small town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey and on my first visit, I was not impressed. I wrote… “Avanos reminded me of the Wild West films showing deserted streets while playing an eerie whistling tune. I looked up and down the street, completed a full 360 degree turn and the only sign of breathing movement was a stray … [Read more...]

The Abandoned Village and Old Churches of Soganli Valley

Soganli Cappadocia Turkey

I was not expecting much from Soganli Valley. In guidebooks, the likes of Ihlara or Pigeon Valley overshadow its presence. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised. Sitting off the beaten path in the Cappadocia region, the pigeon houses carved into the rock fairy chimneys, and ancient cave churches promoted a surreal appearance but I was mostly in awe at the old abandoned village. My visit was part of … [Read more...]

I was Wrong About Ortahisar

Orthahisar in the Cappadocia area of Turkey

When I started this blog, my aim was to visit every village, town and city in Turkey. Perhaps I was drunk when I made this bucket list because it soon became clear to me; this goal was going to take a lifetime to complete and despite popular rumours, I have not won the lottery nor received a hefty inheritance, so it was also going to take a huge chunk out of my finances. Maybe that was why, … [Read more...]

Was there a Spiritual Presence at Keslik Monastery?

Keslik Monastery Cappadocia Turkey

Despite my vast knowledge about Turkey, I had never heard of Keslik Monastery until I signed up for a Blue Tour of Cappadocia with Bridge the World Travel. The Blue Tour didn’t exist on my last visit to the region but its aim is to satisfy repeat visitors, like myself who have already been to all the popular tourist attractions. Keslik Monastery is “off the beaten track” and my collection of … [Read more...]

I Want to Live in This Hotel : The Castle Inn of Cappadocia

Castle inn of Cappadocia

Sometimes the most unexpected and delightful events occur if we are willing to step outside of our comfort zone. A perfect example is what happened to me on my last visit to Cappadocia. On every visit to the region, I always book hotels in Goreme, Urgup or Uchisar. However Suat, an online acquaintance of two years said that when I was in the region again, I should visit him in Ortahisar … [Read more...]

Hot Air Balloons Of Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

You could be under the assumption that in this post,   I am going to tell of the day I took advantage of the numerous Cappadocia Hot air balloons trips over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Before I left for Cappadocia, I read many blog posts of the experience and saw photos from other blogs of the fantastic views available. I was all geared up to take the trip of a lifetime. However when the … [Read more...]

20 Beautiful Pictures of Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Lately I have been breaking off from my Cappadocia posts to write about other thoughts and my recent Bodrum trip. However last night, I started looking through photos so I can put  together my last posts on the amazing region of Cappadocia. Cappadocia had such an profound impact on me and visiting the area kicked off an interest in photography. I started snapping everything in sight from street … [Read more...]

Where To Stay in Cappadocia

Where to stay in Cappadocia

I received an email from a reader who was asking where to stay in Cappadocia... D wrote... "I was wondering, which town should I make my base? Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar, or...? Which would be the most quaint (for lack of a better word) town to stay, although, I would love to see all 3 towns mentioned and/or more if possible. Having said that, I am also interested to see and experience the … [Read more...]

Urgup In Cappadocia

Urgup

When I was searching for accommodation in Cappadocia, the choice was between Urgup and Goreme. I finally settled on the latter  but still had to go to Urgup for the day to see why my good friend Brenda Farrell loved it so much and recommended it for accommodation. Urgup and Goreme : Both small towns in Cappadocia Both of them have their own unique vibes but within half an hour I had spotted … [Read more...]

Derinkuyu.The Ancient Underground City

Derinkuyu caves

The ancient underground city of Derinkuyu is proof of what man can achieve when his life is threatened. It is a complex network of tunnels and rooms that formed a city 100 meters under the ground. Hundreds of years ago, when the area was attacked, citizens used to flood to the underground city and stay until it was safe to re-enter the land of the living. Warning about Derinkuyu Underground … [Read more...]

Uchisar.The Weird And Wonderful Citizens

Uchisar

Uchisar is a small village high in the hills of Cappadocia. I heard that the view from the castle at the top is one of the best in Turkey. With this in mind, I set off with my camera, my best walking shoes and a rucksack filled with bottles of water. In an effort to save money, I walked by the shop advertising car and bike rentals and instead jumped on the local bus. I was going to walk to the … [Read more...]

Haci Bektas. Seeking and Finding in Cappadocia

Haci Bektas

“Seek and find” were the first words that I came across when visiting the town of Haci Bektas last week. They were listed on a sign that also said “The feature of man lies in the beauty of his word” I thought it is a perfect way to sum up any traveler or blogger, but I wondered why the words were written in English because looking around Haci Bektas, it become obvious that there were no other … [Read more...]

Goreme in Cappadocia

goreme cappadocia

Goreme was our next stop when we left Kayseri. We arrived at the  bus station and asked at the accommodation office for directions to the hotel.  The member of staff got on the phone and within three minutes, car service had arrived from the hotel to pick us up. A good first impression! After checking in, the bags were dumped in our room and we headed straight out to explore. Goreme is not a … [Read more...]

Pigeon Valley in Cappadocia – Losing My Way Again!

Cappadocia

I sometimes wonder if I should be barred from traveling due to my lack of navigation skills. My inability to read maps does not help either and getting lost is not unusual for me. Sometimes it works to my advantage and I discover little gems not listed in any guidebooks. On other occasions, I start to panic, and wonder if this will be the day that I disappear from the face of the earth … [Read more...]

Walking The Ihlara Valley

walking Valley in cappadocia

Ihlara valley in Cappadocia is a place that you will either love or hate. It is a 14Km hike through a gorge that was formed thousands of years ago when there was an earthquake and volcano eruptions one after the other. If you don’t want to complete a full 14km trek, there are four entrances and exits situated at various points. Just completing 4km of the Ihlara Valley trek will amaze you and … [Read more...]

A Panoramic View of Goreme

Cappadocia- Goreme

Near to Goreme in Cappadocia, there is an area called Panoramic View.   If you are in this area, then definitely make the effort to go. It gives you views over the whole of Goreme and if travel photography is your thing, you can guarantee that you will end up with some award winning pictures. There are many seats like the one in the picture, where you can sit and let the world pass you by. There … [Read more...]

Return to Esentepe Panoramic Viewpoint

Panoramic viewpoint Esentepe Goreme

In my opinion, the Panoramic Viewpoint of Esentepe, Goreme is a tacky, touristic spider web. Tourism agencies regularly visit it while taking customers on excursions around Cappadocia. It is marketed as a toilet stop; place for refreshments and of course a wonderful landscape view. Located between the small towns of Uchisar and Goreme, what the guides forget to mention is the dozen or so tacky … [Read more...]

Selime Monastery in Cappadocia

goreme

This week’s Sunday Snap is the view from Selime Monastery. This is a place in Cappadocia and you will probably go and see it if you buy one of the many tours sold by excursion shops in Goreme Town. About Selime Monastery The monastery dates back to the 13th century and in true Goreme style, it is basically a sophisticated cave. Meaning the monks carved their home out of the caves and if you go … [Read more...]

Nevsehir. To the Castle and Back Again

Nevsehir Cappadocia Turkey

One town that I wanted to see while in Cappadocia was Nevsehir. It is the major hub for all the surrounding villages and seems to be the centre of everything.  We jumped in the car, set off and within the hour arrived in a bustling city. One thing we did not do before setting off though, was to find out exactly what there was to do. We did not think this would be a problem as surely there would … [Read more...]

Hotel Review : The Spelunca in Goreme, Cappadocia

hotel spelunca

On my last trip to Goreme in Cappadocia, I took a lot of time deciding which hotel to book. Everything had to be prefect and stress free. I had heard about the cave hotels in Cappadocia, however was unsure if I wanted to stay in one. After all, my knowledge of cave hotels was zilch and I stopped watching the Flintstones when I was 13 years old. Having read Trip Advisor though, a lot of people … [Read more...]

A Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

cave-hotel-cappadocia

My long-suffering husband says I am every hotelier’s worst nightmare. I am not a habitual complainer but am critical of everything from the décor to the cleaning to the staff attitude. As soon as I enter a hotel, I start thinking, “What would I do if this were my business?” I am not sure why I do it. Maybe it is because I have worked in a Turkish hotel before and seen what goes on behind the … [Read more...]