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Top 7 Things To Do in Cappadocia
A place like no other, Cappadocia will captivate you with it's incredibly bizarre, yet beautiful landscape. This semi-arid region in central Turkey offers fascinating history, museums, palaces, beaches, and white cliff waterfalls -- the best of everything you'd want on a holiday!
1. Goreme Open Air Museum
This is a must-see wonderland with rock-cut churches and vibrant frescoes. A former Byzantine monastic settlement that housed some 20 monks, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Kaymakli Underground City
Houses were built around nearly 100 tunnels of this underground city. This gerbil-like metropolis of tunnels was excavated as early as Hittite times -- and four floors remain open for exploring.
3. Devrent Valley
Otherwise known as 'Imagination Valley', this is astoundingly absurd and mesmerizing valley contains a variety of rock formations shaped like animals, all naturally created by nature. Enter the rock formed zoo!
4. Ihlara Valley
This canyon was formed thousands of years ago, and flows the 7-mile distance from Ihlara village to Selime village. Walk along the gushing water past the vineyards, poplars, and pistachio trees.
Now we enter monks valley on the road to Zelve, and the dream continues with pillars made of earth standing tall in the middle of the vineyard, which stylites and hermits once used to hide inside.
6. Topdeck Cave Restaurant
One of Cappadocia's top rated restaurants, this cave eatery in Goreme is worth a visit. All ingredients used are from local farmers, but there's just 10 tables, so don't delay!
7. Ala Daglar National Park
Also known as the 'The Alps of Turkey', this mountain region is popular for mountaineering, hiking, and trekking among waterfalls, fir trees, birds, wild goats, bears, lynx, and sable.
Frequently asked questions about Cappadocia
What top attractions are a must-see in Cappadocia?
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Planning Your Visit
Terrorist attacks have happened in Turkey. Is it safe to go there?
Millions of foreigners visit Turkey every year and most visits are trouble-free. Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces are the places advised to avoid.
Do I have to be careful about how I dress in a country with many Muslim people?
Tourists should respect religious customs, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines.
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- Best time to visit
- Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the weather is cooler and the top sites are less crowded. Summertime is more active with tourists and you might find higher prices during this time.
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What people are saying about Cappadocia
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We had a great time during this whole day worth of travelling, thanks to our tour guide and driver. We enjoyed the sites and loved the joyful spirit of everyone in the tour including our fellow guests. Highly recommend.
The tour was incredible, the guide was very nice and friendly and explained everything very well. he took us to some extra places and taught us everything about Kapadokya. would definitely recommend the tour.
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