Cappadocia and Central Turkey: Places to Explore

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  • Ankara

    In 1923, right after the War of Independence, Ankara was made the fledgling Turkish Republic's new capital—in part because it was a barren, dusty steppe city more or less in the middle of...

  • Avanos

    Avanos is a fun little town on the Kızılırmak (Red River), so named for the color of the clay that lines its banks. A wobbly suspension footbridge crosses the river near the busy town square...

  • Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı

    The underground cities of Cappadocia have excited the imaginations of travelers since the Greek mercenary leader/historian Xenophon wrote about them in the 5th century BC. Hittite artifacts...

  • Göreme

    Bustling Göreme offers the most options for hotels, dining, nightlife, shopping, and other commercial enterprises. Back in the early days of tourism in Cappadocia, the town was more or less...

  • Ihlara Valley

    A verdant river canyon dotted with rock churches carved into the cliffs above, the Ihlara Valley offers a pleasant change of scenery from the arid terrain typically seen elsewhere in the region...

  • Konya

    Famous for being the location of Rumi’s tomb, Konya has long attracted both religious pilgrims and travelers drawn to the city’s spiritual, even mystical, atmosphere. Its most important site...

  • Niğde

    The small city of Niğde is primarily an agricultural center and offers little of interest to the modern traveler. In the 13th century, however, the city flourished under the Seljuks, who built...

  • Ortahisar

    A rather sleepy farming village overlooking scenic Pancarlık Valley, Ortahisar was traditionally famous for its underground caves where fruit was stored. Although it has recently gotten into the...

  • Soğanlı Valleys

    The swath of Cappadocia between Ürgüp and the Soğanlı Valleys was once considered to be off the beaten path. Though the sights are now well-marked and guided tours are increasingly offered, it...

  • Uçhisar

    A lovely little town on a hill, built around a huge fairy chimney known as Uçhisar Castle, Uçhisar has some of the nicest places to stay in Cappadocia. There are carpet shops and trinket stalls...

  • Ürgüp

    Ürgüp is especially known these days for its charming small hotels, many of which are in restored cave houses and have views overlooking the town and the nearby cliffs. Some beautiful old...

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