SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

Updated May 2, 2021 (first posted March 10, 2013)

In trying to decide on today’s spot I decided to update an older post as I believe it is worth a re-visit. And, in all honesty, I didn’t have much information listed about this stunning locale originally. I have wanted to see this part of the country for some time now. Turkey just offers so much – it is permeated with history and culture yet maintains a modern flair with eco-tourism, adventure travel and pure beauty in a Mediterranean climate. I have yet to meet someone who has been to Turkey and has not liked it. Since visiting Istanbul in 2015 I have wanted to see more of the country and the region of Cappadocia is right up there.

Hot air balloons floating above Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey – Photo credit: Daniela Cuevas danielacuevasCappadocia, Turkey, 2015-06-09 (Unsplash)CC0 1.0

Cappadocia, which is found in the Central Anatolia area of Turkey, is a vast region spanning 5,000 sq km / 1930 sq miles and is home natural volcanic rock vistas as well much history. The landscape, which brings to mind an almost otherworldly element, is a plateau that is filled with volcanic mountains and peaks punching through it. In some areas there are ancient “fairy chimneys”, the result of erosion over time. Due to the soft nature of these “chimneys”, the locals of years back created carved homes, churches, temples and other structures into them. It is estimated that the land has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. These ancient lands have seen the likes of the Hittites to Persians to the ancient Romans; then it saw the influence of Christians, Byzantines and then the Ottomans. Today, as part of modern-day Turkey, it is a popular tourist destination for both Turks and foreign visitors alike.

Described as a not-to-miss destination there are numerous activities to partake in during a visit to this incredible region. Possibly the most popular is to watch the sun rise with the hot air balloons floating serenely on the horizon. Or if you are like me, you want to take to the air and glide over the landscape with a vantage point like no other. Other ways to see the area are by taking to the numerous hiking trails or riding around on a ATV, seeing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Göreme Open-Air Museum to learn about those who lived in the caves, or unwinding at a traditional Turkish Bath (a hammam). This area does look to be a wonderful way to spend a few days. I can’t wait to see more of Turkey.

Carved caves at Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey – Photo credit: Can Alkan159A7158CC BY-SA 4.0
The Rose Valley in Cappadocia – Photo credit: rheins, Mouth of Rose Valley – 2014.10 – panoramioCC BY 3.0

Some closures and restrictions may still be in place due to Covid-19.

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