A Weekend in Cappadocia
Cappadocia, perhaps the most magical place on earth. Cappadocia is found in central turkey and is famed for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. It's the ideal place for a weekend getaway.
If you have never taken a hot air balloon ride, Cappadocia is one of the best places in the world to try it. Seeing this area's remarkable landscape from above is a truly magical experience and many travellers judge it to be the highlight of their trip. Flights take place at dawn and come with a hefty price tag but the views and experience really does make it justifiable and worthwhile.
Göreme Open-Air Museum is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary, home to ruins of monasteries, churches and houses carved into soft volcanic rock many of which are the earliest recorded churches in history.This area was one of the first to embrace Christianity and the Cappadocia fathers can take a huge amount of credit for spreading the word throughout the rest of the world.
Zelve was first a monastic settlement and then a village, abandoned in the 50's due to rock collapse its a truly fascinating place to explore for a few hours.
Uchisar Castle is the highest point in Cappadocia, giving visitors the best views over the area. Riddled with tunnels it was previously used by villagers as a place of refuge. Wind your way up the stairs to its peak for panoramic views over the rock valleys.
Cappadocia is home to many 4-5* cave hotels, a truly unique experience. Rooms are cut into the caves and are surprisingly spacious and comfortable. We recommend Seraphim Cave Hotel for luxurious rooms, and friendly staff.