The next few posts will be about my short time spent visiting amazing Turkey, well more specifically Cappadocia, Pammukale and Istanbul. Turkey is such a large country, with so many amazing places to visit. I had less than a week to spend in Turkey, so did not really see enough. But what I did see, I absolutely loved, and will definitely make another trip back, most probably to the Turquoise Coast and Eastern Turkey.
After spending just a night in Istanbul, I had an early morning flight to Kayseri and then onto the region known as Cappadocia, or in Turkish, Kapadokya. This rural region in central Turkey has topped most visitors’ must see list due to the interesting land formations caused by spirts of ash as a result of volcanic activity in the area thousands of years ago.
If you don’t have a car, I would recommend taking a day tour (there are many providers which offer day tours from Goreme), over at least two days, of the region, as it isn’t very well accessible by public transport. On these tours you will visit and experience the region’s great walking tracks, magnificent landscapes, friendly people, fantastic food, and the list goes on.
Here are a few photos on my first day in the region, which comprised of taking a walking through the scenic countryside, visiting a carpet weaving collective, exploring the town of Goreme and witnessing a beautiful sunset over the surrounding landscape.
Atlas Airlines and Turkish Airlines have regular flights to and from Istanbul to Kayseri. From Kayseri, try to organise a transfer with your accommodation in Cappadocia, as there public transport system doesn’t cater for this route, as far as I know. There are also regular buses to and from Istanbul, and other cities around Turkey from Goreme.
There is a plethora of accommodation options in Goreme. Do the touristy thing, and stay in a cave hotel – a hotel which is built into the ashen rock formations which are found throughout Goreme. I stayed at Peri Cave hostel – the rooms were basic, but clean, the staff helpful and the breakfast amazing – I had an entire table full of an array of fruit, fresh bread, a selection cheeses and olives, boiled eggs, cold meats….