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Cappadocia at a Glance

Cappadocia is a high plateau in Central Turkey at an altitude of 3270 ft. It lies in a triangle formed by the three main towns of Kayseri, Nevsehir and Nigde. It is a geological wonderland. The unimaginable lunar landscape of Cappadocia was formed 60 million years ago with the movement of the earth’s crust and volcanic eruptions. Erosion over the years has given rise to fantastic forms like cone shaped peaks, pyramids and capped columns referred to as ‘fairy chimneys’. Inside these cone peaks, lie rock cut caves, churches and underground cities with ancient Byzantine fresco paintings. For many centuries Hittites, Assyrian Colonies, Greeks, and Romans lived in the region. There are over 600 hundred rock-cut churches. In some of these, church walls have been decorated with wonderful frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible.

Area 67.4 Square Kilometers

Population 555 Million

Winter Temperature 10 C

Summer Temperature 23 C

Best Time To Visit April to June and September to November



Two airports, Kayseri Airport and Nevsehir Airport serve central Cappadocia. Both have several flights daily to and from Istanbul. The main operators are Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines.

Kaymakli Underground City


Kaymakli underground city is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards.

Goreme Open Air Museum


It is the miraculous and amazing small cave city that is located at Cappadocia’s famous Goreme Valley. This small cave city was built by early Christians in 11th century to protect their faith and life style within this mystic place. As being notable for historic cave churches, the museum has a very deep and rich history. The Goreme Valley holds the region's best collection of painted cave-churches.

Pigeon Valley


Pigeon Valley, just outside Goreme in Cappadocia, is one of Turkey’s most beautiful landscapes. The unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys, or peri bacalar, which are made from wind and water erosion on soft volcanic rock, rise high from the valley floor like chimneys and are dotted in their tops with birdhouses. Pigeons live in these dovecoats carved into the rocks and cliffs.

Uchisar Castle


Uchisar is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia. Many rooms hollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. At the entrances of the rooms, there are millstone doors, just like the ones in the underground settlements, used to control access to these places. This magnificent castle presents the visitors a dreamy panorama area with its miraculous landscape.



The name was derived from some cones carved in tuff stones which stand apart. Currently, there is a vineyard and a number of tuff cones standing right next to the road. Pasabag valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triples rock caps. Its extraordinary scene creates a metaphysical world by relaxing the spirit of visitors.



The town of Avanos is set on the banks of the Red River. Avanos has a lively center with all the usual amenities including a modern, tourist-oriented Turkish Bath. This fantastic region is famous for the pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation and agriculture. Avanos is a mass of family run potteries. These famous potters make wonderful souvenirs and are available at a wide range of prices from simple ashtrays and mugs to ornate plates and chess sets.

Hot Air Ballooning


Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards – through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breath-taking views over the region.

Carpets and Kilims


Cappadocia is well-known for the beautiful kilims, available in many colours, designs and sizes. These flat-woven works of art are perfect for the floor, table or wall. All carpet and kilim shops also offer world-wide shipping to your home. These shops also offer free carpet and kilim demonstrations.



Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery using the ancient kick-wheel technique. For generations, artisan families in the town of Avanos have created unique family designs. They also recreate ancient Hittite pottery pieces. Each location offers pottery demonstrations with master artisans and you can even try your hand using the ancient kick-wheel technique.

Handcrafts and Local Artists


The local women of Cappadocia create amazing knitted, crocheted and beaded items such as scarves, jewelry, knitwear and dolls. These beautiful, unique and affordable handcrafts are perfect gifts to bring home as well a chance to support the local villagers. There are also several local artists, sculptors, painters, etc that exhibit their works around the area or in their homes.

Rasoi Indian Restaurant


Gaferli Mah.50180 GOREME Nevsehir, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Cuisines: Indian


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