Why you should visit Cappadocia
- Hike through the dramatic Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia
- Visit Konya, the home of the Whirling Dervishes, beautifully spiritual
- Çatalhöyük, a fascinating Neolithic site, one of the oldest towns in the world
- Explore the underground cities and their turbulent history
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia – some are over 3,000 years old, are full of character and are cool in both senses of the word.
We recommend the added option of an excellent guide when visiting the underground cities - they can really bring to life the history and past of these ancient labyrinthine caves.
A little bit more about Cappadocia & CENTRAL ANATOLIA
Home to the countries capital, Ankara, this plateau-like, arid highland area of Turkey is considered the heartland of the country and in parts the landscape is akin to the Russian Steppes. Konya blends ancient mosques and traditional markets with a more contemporary side and is the birthplace of the whirling dervishes. Just south of Konya is Çatalhöyük, a fascinating Neolithic site dating from the 10th-8th millennium B.C., making it one of the world's oldest towns. Kayseri is in the centre of Anatolia and is one of the best places in Turkey to watch and then purchase beautifully handmade carpets and kilims.
Central Anatolia's mountain lined plains hide a unique land of fairy chimneys and valleys full of underground cities. The spectacular landscape of Cappadocia is entirely sculpted by erosion and an amazing way to appreciate the varied formations is by hot air balloon.
Cappadocia is also home to some of Turkey's finest accommodation and allows visitors the opportunity to experience cave dwelling in comfort! Stay in Goreme, the meeting point of three deep valleys lined with tuff chimneys, where locals still live in caves and you can visit the Open Air Museum, a world heritage site. Alternatively, for boutique hotels and fine dining look no further than Urgup with its spectacular natural setting in the heart of Cappadocia.
When to go to CAPPADOCIA
It is possible to visit Central Anatolia at any time of the year, but winter can get very cold and much of the accommodation is closed. Summer can be hot and busier so Autumn and Spring are best for those wanting to hike and pack in the site seeing.
During December the Whirling Dervish festival takes place in nearby Konya - throughout the festival the dervishes dance and the final night is wonderful when they dance to commemorate Mevlana's wedding night.