Why visit Cappadocia?
I will be honest here, I had no idea where Cappadocia was or what was even there when my friend first mentioned this place to me. As we researched it, it sounded like a spectacular place.
Cappadocia is famous for its very unique land formation which is home to many ‘fairy chimneys’ (rock formations). However, it has a very interesting history behind it. Within the rock formations is an exploration of Bronze Age homes which were later used as refuges by the Christians.
The underground city extends around 60m (200 feet) deep and it is large enough to shelter 20,000 people with livestock and stores.
Me and my friend decided to stay here for 2 days and 1 night.
Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour
As part of a package deal with our hotel, we took a Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour which started at Goreme Open Air Museum, where we could see the most spectacular forms of “fairy chimneys”. We then visited the local pottery, where we experienced making our own ceramic in the pottery factory. To finish the tour we visited more valleys with mushroom shaped chimneys and underground homes.
Underground City Tour
As mentioned in the introduction – a spectacular underground city where you explore the Bronze Age homes which were later used by Christians. Tour guides are very informative and tell what each room was used for and the history of the area.
Hot Air Balloon Tour
This has got to be one of my favourite experiences ever! Absolutely fantastic views of Cappadocia and the pilot we had was very knowledgeable about the area. This is a fantastic experience and the views really are out of this world. The hot air balloon company we toured with was Royal Balloon.
Where did we stay?
Usually I am not one for staying in fancy hotels. As long as it is clean, easily accessible and a reasonable price that usually ticks all the boxes for me. But this holiday was celebrating my friend’s 21st birthday, so for one night we wanted something special.
We stayed in the Kayakapi Premium Caves. It is by far, the most characteristic accommodation I have ever stayed in. The rooms are mini apartments and suites built within the caves. The room we had, had its own personal sauna and Turkish bath. It is rated as the best hotel in Turkey.
The pool is located on the edge of a cliff, with spectacular views over Cappadocia. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were well looked after and our tours were well arranged.