I received an email from a reader who was asking where to stay in Cappadocia…
“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 ongoings of Turkish rural life as well, as I am a photographer and would like to capture the essence of rural Turkey”
Where to Stay in Cappadocia – My Answer
The answer really depends on your budget. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, you will find that in Goreme. This town is also classed as the hub of the region because of the good transport links. There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars and it is close to the Goreme open-air museum.
If you have no budget, Uchisar is a quaint place to stay. It is not as busy as Goreme but it has its own attractions and great photo opportunities. On my last visit, I stayed at the Taskonaklar hotel and enjoyed wandering the small side streets, which eventually led me up to the castle.
I also walked from Uchisar to Goreme on two occasions, which took me past Panoramic View Point. If walking is not your thing, there is a regular bus between the two places.
A lot of the tour companies stay in Urgup and I went there for a day. It seems very nice however; I would not choose to stay overnight there because it seemed out of the way for someone who was relying on public transport.
In terms of capturing the essence of rural Turkey, I found it easier to do this in other destinations. The Cappadocia region is focused on tourism and they seem to be a very tight knit community.
One man that may be able to help you is an expat called Duke. He runs the website called “Captivating Cappadocia” and can give you more in-depth information regarding rural Turkey because he lives there.
There is also another expat called Pat Yale who lives in the region and has extensive knowledge. Her website is “Turkey from the inside” and I am sure she will be able to direct you toward rural areas.