What to do in Cappadocia?

A tourist’s dream, Cappadocia has much to offer you no matter what your interest is.  To hike, to photograph, to eat good food, what else is there to life? Cappadocia evokes a romanticism of the Crusades.  In its unique rocks, eroded over millions of years in a region that is extremely volcanic, people have carved whole cities in which to live and hide for centuries. 

Today, most hotels are built into the sides of these rocks to form cave rooms or shops for the millions of visitors that come here each year.

The main attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Göreme Open Air Museum.  This particular area is host to a concentrated amount of churches in which much of the interior wall paintings have survived. You can come here and be completely satiated with cave paintings, but if you have more time, there are plenty more to explore. 

To really get around, it would be best to take one of the tours offered at the guest houses, or even rent a car or bicycle for a day or two. 

There are plenty of free maps of the area to show you where to go.

Some things you can do in Cappadocia:

  • Ride a hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys
  • Rent a four-by-four or go horse-back riding – although these are more for fun than seeing churches from the Crusades
  • Hike in many of the valleys to see out-of-the-way churches and monasteries (two of the most popular are Rose or Pigeon Valleys)
  • Stay in a cave hotel
  • Shop, shop, shop – Cappadocia is one of the most prolific carpet areas in Turkey and with some of the best prices

2 thoughts on “What to do in Cappadocia?”

    1. Cynthia, You will love it! It is one of my favorite places on Earth. Make sure you eat at Dibek (how to on the site here) and even if you don’t take a balloon ride, get up and walk around while the balloons are overhead; it’s magical.

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