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Cappadocia and Central Turkey Travel Guide

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Plan Your Cappadocia and Central Turkey Vacation

Some of the world’s oldest known human habitations were established in the hills and valleys of Central Anatolia, but today the main attraction here is the magical landscape of Cappadocia, where wind and rain have shaped the area's soft volcanic rock into a kind of fairytale landscape.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Balloon over Cappadocia Dangling high above the spectacular terrain in a basket, you will sail past ethereal rock cones and photogenic fairy chimneys.
  2. Explore underground cities Kaymaklı, Derinkuyu, and other vast, multistoried subterranean complexes once housed tens of thousands of inhabitants.
  3. Hike the valleys of Cappadocia Trails lead past fantastical rock formations and deposit you at cave entrances that open on ornately decorated churches.
  4. Luxuriate in a cave Some of Cappadocia's finest hotels are tucked into elaborately appointed caves, where soft lighting, plush beds, antique accents, and even Jacuzzis are common amenities.
  5. Peer into the past From the displays at Ankara’s Museum of Anatolian Civilizations to Konya’s Seljuk-era mosques, Central Turkey bears traces of the numerous cultures that have occupied it.

When To Go

When to Go

Much of Central Anatolia is blazing hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. The best time to visit is in the spring (May) before the crowds and h...

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