God has created this fairyland which the Turks call Cappadocia. As a destination worth visiting once in a lifetime for a memorable experience, it is on the wishlist of many tourists.
The moment you step into Cappadocia, you are mesmerized by the amazing view. Huge chimneys with unique architecture and design welcome you. In history, people used to hide under these caves to protect themselves from attackers. If you are a history lover and always on the go, be ready because exciting things are waiting for you to start exploring!
To save your time, we have made a list of magical towns in Cappadocia for you to visit!
The beating heart of Cappadocia, Goreme is located in the middle of the valley. There are fairy cones and tall rough cones that are miraculous and natural forms of rocks. There are Churches, worship places, and other hiding spots in these rocks. Today, there are various active worship places.
There is a famous Open Air Museum which is surrounded by monasteries. The Evil Eye church and Sakli Kilise Churches are also within a walking distance of the open-air museum which is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This adds to the worth of this stunning open-air museum. If you come to Goreme, don’t make your trip incomplete by missing this spot!
Location: Goreme, Turkey
Timings: 8 AM – 7.30 PM
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia
If you are a bird lover, then this pigeon valley is the place to be at. Pigeon Valley, also known as Guvercinlik Valley is a hidden gem. If we revisit history, there were no chemicals for producing rich crops in the early days. So, what people used to do was find pigeon dungs and store them. For this purpose, they built hundreds of pigeon houses.
This valley only consists of pigeons in caves but the remains have significant historical importance. Look up the news, and you can find a new fossil in this area every other day.
Red and Rose Valleys
The unique red Red and Rose valleys are located in the villages of Cavusin and Goreme. These cliffs were formed as a result of volcanic activity and water erosion years ago. They emerged as yellow, orange, and pink cliffs. These cliffs are surrounded by floral gardens and vegetable farms, produced by hardworking local farmers to impress international tourists.
These valleys have the best sunrise and sunset views, making them super crowded in the evening. People love to see the sun getting down from the top. In the morning, there are hundreds of hot air balloons ready to fly high and it is a magical sight. One gets spellbound simply by looking at the sky early in the morning. If you have time, spend a day here. Prepare your hiking shoes and hike to different trails with different but equally mesmerizing views!
Pasabag or Monk valley has a unique mushroom-shaped rock formation, locally known as fairy chimneys. These are different from other rock formations as they are triple-headed cones. Keep walking and hiking ad be ready for some Instagram-worthy photographs, because it is the perfect place to take pictures at!
Have you ever seen a police station on a rock? If so, we have news for you. There is a renowned active police station in a cone-shaped rock in Pasabag. Just visit it and see the local policemen busy at work!
Nar Lake Cappadocia
A lake with the name of our favorite fruit Pomegranate is there in Cappadocia. In Turkey, Pomegranate is called ‘’Nar’. Hence, the name is derived from the Nar lake. This lake emerged as a result of a volcanic eruption. The water is known to have therapeutic effects and it clean and pure to drink. People love to stop here and spend some quality time with families and friends. Currently, this lake is not very crowded, but due to its increasing popularity, it will be a hot spot for tourists soon.
Now, big companies are investing in this lake. There is a famous Thermal Hotel near this lake that offers multiple services. You can stay there and have delicious food to tickle your tastebuds. They also have a hot pool which they fill with water coming from this Nar lake.
Formally known as Sinasos and now Mustafapasa, it is a 6 km drive from Urgup. During Ottoman times, it was the center of Cappadocia. There were rich mansions of Ottomans here. The village was the center of attraction for all people coming from outside of town. These mansions were decorated with artifacts and expensive paintings of that time.
On some houses, dates are also carved, and this practice goes back to the late 18th century. The situation of the houses says that people live here for a very short period due to challenging weather conditions.
There is another important site here Sakir Pasa Medrese (Sakir Pesa University). It is now a modern functional educational institution. Established in the 19th century by Sakir Pasa, it was a unique institution of its kind. His motto was to teach education to Turkish locals.
1.Best Time to Travel to Cappadocia
We will recommend you to visit Cappadocia in winter if you can bear cold temperatures. In winters, Cappadocia cave is a magical land seemingly full of fairy tales. However, spring is the most favorable time. Please avoid coming in July and Aug as the temperature exceeds 45 degrees and you will not find air-conditioned rooms here.
2. Total days to spend in Cappadocia
You will be required to visit Cappadocia in two days but if you get four days then it will be best. There are many hiking trails, sightseeing points, balloon rides, souvenir shops, and hidden historical gems that you can completely explore in four days!