Plucked from a whimsical fairy tale Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. It is altogether a different world in the top and an unbelievable one below.
Cappadocia shaded in a palette of dusky orange and cream, is surely an epiphany of a landscape – the stuff of psychedelic daydreams.
The rock castle at Uchisar is the highest point in Cappadocia, between Nevsehir and Goreme road. Having a geostrategic position, dominating the whole city from the top of the heap, this magnificent castle presents the visitors a dreamy panorama area with its miraculous landscape. It has a splendid environment providing the fantastic hues of red on Mt. Erciyes at sunset, the quiet, refreshing valleys and the rainbow of colour created by land and sky.
Derinkuyu Underground City
This ancient Derinkuyu underground city of Cappadocia takes you aback. This 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. Hard to imagine how they could have built all this with hand tools and no electricity!
Pasabag (Monks Valley)
Pronounced Pah-shah-bah, the area is famous for its peculiar fairy chimneys. These stunning natural structures are the result of erosion that took place millions of years ago and locals often refer to them as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. According to folk tales, the area was inhabited by fairies who lived underground, after which monks took refuge there in the early period of Christianity, around 4th to 5th Century, hence the name.
Hot air balloon ride
It is one thing to see the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia from the ground, but a whole new experience to see it from above. Soaring above the valleys and dramatic rock formations, peeking into pigeon holes and caves, and floating among a hundred multi-coloured hot air balloons was nothing short of spectacular. One can absorb the incredulous beauty of the magical land that lay before.
Cappadocia is the jewel that comes alive to wake one’s dream, a Cappadocian dream.
The Pottery Kebab takes about five hours to cook and requires prior booking which is the speciality of Cappadocia. The locals call everything cooked with meat kebab, so don’t get confused. One of the most traditional meals, available in almost every restaurant here, the clay pot meal consists of a ceramic pot filled with meat kebab, vegetables and spices. It is then sealed and baked until all the flavours come together. The end result is a delicious slow-cooked meat and vegetable stew. You can choose from a range of options: lamb, beef, chicken or vegetables and enjoy it with a serving of rice pilaf.