Cappadocia or Kapadokya (in turkish) – This unique, UNESCO World Heritage area is just amazing, and a “must visit” if you are into both history and nature. You will just fall in love with the beautiful landscape, the views, the fairy chimneys, the sunset, the sunrise, the changing weather. I have to admit, this is one of the most unique places I have ever visited, and I just can’t wait to go back and explore and learn more about all of it.
In addition, Cappadocia is becoming famous of all the Instagram photos of the Hot Air balloons and the charming settings from all the different Cave Hotels in the different town Göreme, Uçhisar and Ürgüp. However, Cappadocia deserves much more attention than all the amazing photos posted on Instagram..
Even if it might be the Hot Air Balloons that is most featured from Cappadocia at the moment, just be aware that this is not a “everyday” happening. If the weather or wind is not favorable, the balloons are cancelled. Therefor my recommendations are to at least stay a 3-4 days while visiting Cappadocia, so you are sure experiencing the Hot Air Balloons as well, because it is truly a beautiful setting in the sunrise. Otherwise, there are so much to see, do and learn about while visiting the area, if not just relaxing in the amazing scenery of Cappadocia.
I stayed two days in Göreme, at Charming Cave Hotel. Charming Cave Hotel, has a wonderful setting, and here, you are staying with a family doing whatever they can to give you a pleasant stay. The room are nice, but the quality of the equipment’s could be better. The shower fell almost apart and the hotel amenities, was already been used. Otherwise, everything was fine and very authentic. The friendliness of the family, and their hospitality was great.
Make sure that you experience the Turkish food and wine. The food has a lot of flavor and colors. The local wine is getting quite good quality.
The last night I stayed at the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Turkey, Museum Hotel. The hotel is actually a museum and there are so much history. As the Hot Air Balloons is getting Cappadocia famous, the view and settings are getting Museum Hotel famous, even if it is so much more to it. There will be a separate post from Museum Hotel
I have to admit my first visit to Turkey was truly wonderful, much more that I expected. And my prejudice to the travelling there due to feedback from others are completely gone and I will return and explore more.