Cappadocia Guide For The First Timers
Cappadocia is a wonderland in the center of Turkey. The history of this magical beauty, which is a district of Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia, goes back to prehistoric times. Cappadocia, which was used as a trade route by many civilizations, was under attack in certain periods of time. People who lived around the area built underground cities to protect themselves from such attacks. Today this brilliant area gives many fascinating sights to its visitors. How to get to this beautiful region, when to visit, where to visit, what to do and where to go? You will find the answers to these questions in our article.
How To Get To Cappadocia?
There are multiple ways to get to Cappadocia depending on where you’re coming from. It is likely to go to Cappadocia by car, plane, bus or train. It takes approximately one hr and 15 mins to fly to Cappadocia from Istanbul. There are two close airports to get to Cappadocia — Nevsehir Kapadokya and Kayseri Erkilet airports. There are direct flights daily from Istanbul’s both airports. You can use shuttle services from both Nevsehir and Erkilet airports. Instead of the plane, you can use bus too. You can go to Nevşehir by bus which is reasonably priced and can be reached to Cappadocia by shuttle services. Or you can reach Cappadocia from Kayseri railway station. In addition to all these, it is possible to make a pleasant journey by private car.
How is the Transportation Inside Cappadocia?
Public transport in Cappadocia is unfortunately not developed. Using a taxi is possible. But since this alternative can be a bit expensive, renting a car is quite reasonable. If you arrive by airline or bus, you can rent a car from the reliable car rental companies in the area.
When should I Visit Cappadocia?
Many people often ask this question to try to experience this magnificent region most beautifully, “When should I go to Cappadocia?” Cappadocia is beautiful in every season. The spring or the winter both seasons are fascinating because it’s lovely to see fairy chimneys under snow or the sun. If you want to go in winter, by watching Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film “Winter Sleep,” you can have an idea about how Cappadocia looks. If you go in the summer, do not forget to take your hat and sun cream with you! And your jacket not to get cold in the evening!
Which events and festivals are held in Cappadocia?
Would you like to join the beautiful festivals in the charming atmosphere of fairy chimneys? Let us take this as follows: Cappadox, Hacı Bektash Veli Commemoration Ceremony of Culture and Art Festival, Erciyes Cappadocia Cycling Festival, Ürgüp Grape Harvesting Festival, International Avanos Tourism, and Handicraft Festival.
Ride a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia
Many people are eager to join hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia. Well, it is not unfair! Because seeing Cappadocia from above is priceless. You can get different price offers from the tour companies. In the event program, there might be some changes related to weather conditions. But if you want to have a moment that you will never forget during the best times of the morning, join Cappadocia hot air balloon tours.
Places To Visit In Cappadocia
There are dozens of spots to visit in Cappadocia. Places to visit are spread over a wide area. Therefore, the trip program should be done in an organized process. Places to visit in Cappadocia, Gaziemir Underground City, Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Cavusin Village, Devrent Valley, Avanos Guray Museum, Avanos, O Agacin Alti Cafe, Uchisar, Uchisar Castle, Üç Guzeller, Ortahisar Castle, Asmali Konak, Urgup, The Church of St. John the Baptist, the Red Valley, the Ihlara Valley, the Love Valley, the Paşabağ Valley, the Güllüdere Valley, the Güvercinlik Valley and the Ortahisar Castle.
What to Do in Cappadocia?
There are several things to entertain in Cappadocia. Apart from visiting places to see and making balloon tours; valley walks, horse-riding, pottery making, bicycle tours, ATV trips, and wine tasting are possible.
What to Eat in Cappadocia?
If you participate in pottery and pot making courses, you will also discover the taste of the dishes cooked in the potteries and well-known pots of this region. The region which is famous for its pots(testi) of course will be famous for its Testi Kebab. In addition to these, you can eat pot roast beans, rice pudding, Coban kavurma(roasting) on the tile, stuffed zucchini flower, stuffed onions and different kinds of meat dishes.