Land of fairy tales… Mysterious and enchanting… Just some of the incredible sights waiting to be discovered here are the fairy chimneys, underground cities, hot air balloon tours on this incredible landscape.
Having thousands of years of culture, Cappadocia has become a rare natural structure due to the volcanic activities and weather effects started millions of years ago. Most of the historical and natural beings in the region has an enchanting beauty and you can dream yourself as you are in a fairy-tale. Having these historical and natural beings, it’s included in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage due to their value.
Cappadocia has a world-class reputation for mountain and road biking due to its natural trails. However, the best way to explore the area is to walk. Moreover, if you find yourself too hungry while walking, you can explore the area by participating in ATV tours or take incredible photos of the breath-taking scenes by balloon tours. Hot air balloon cappadocia tour are available all year around in cappadocia.
When you think of places to visit in Cappadocia, Fairy Chimneys is the first one that comes to mind. The chimneys have formed as a result of weather events which eroded the soft layer from the volcanic activities from the mountains of Erciyes, Hasandagi and Gulludag 60 million years ago. The people who had lived in the area for thousands of years, had used these chimneys for various needs like housing and storage. You can closely see the most beautiful shapes of these chimneys during your visit to Cappadocia, especially in Goreme National Park.
If you want you make the best of your visit, you should have good walking shoes and make the effort to climb and explore all the caves. Every corner you turn, you will meet with another truly magical beauty of the nature. If you’re the fan of running, hiking, mountain biking, strolling…you can even spend a month here.
Cappadocia is a great place to visit, something unique that you can have in your life. The more you explore, the more you learn about the history of the man-made caves and churches around.
10 Interesting Facts About Cappadocia
- Cappadocia’s attraction to tourists is mainly because of the lunar-like mushroom shaped fairies. They were formed by erosion of volcanic sediments that later solidified into a soft rock known as tuff. In due time, the winds will then erode the rocks’ surface leaving the smooth core of the rocks.
- The soft tuff rocks were easily carved and presented a chance for the early inhabitants of Cappadocia to carve underground and over-ground shelters.
- Cappadocia cuts across 3 central Anatolia provinces including; Nevsehir, Kayseri, and Nigde. It covers an area of about 5,000 square kilometers.
- The name ‘Cappadocia’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Katpaktukya’ which is translated as ‘the land of beautiful horses’.
- Not all parts of Cappadocia get tourists. If you are lucky enough to visit a town such as Gulsehir, you will receive more than your fair share of attention in a bid to market it as tourist friendly too.
- Cappadocia was formed about three to four million years when a series of volcanic eruptions shook the Central Anatolia plateau. The results were the Cappadocia fairies.
- During the Arab invasion, the retreating Christians used to hide in the underground cities in Gerome. The name Gorome is translated to mea ‘you cannot see in here’.
- Cappadocia of the Ancient was largely a monastery. The lifestyle was established by Basil of Caesarea who encouraged Christian monks to gather in the monasteries and pray together.
- In Byzantine Cappadocia, Tokali Kilise church was the main prayer site. It boasts some of the best preserved paintings from the Middle Ages.
- The Mount Aktepe near Goreme and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.