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Cappodocea Travel Guide

by our Turkey expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanAnd now for somewhere completely different. Far removed in style from the Turkish beach holiday, the literal core of Turkey is the central region of Anatolia and at the heart of that is Cappodocia. A mountainous plateau, heavily wooded, with a history that goes back to the Hittite empire and to the dawn of civilisation - it was ancient by the time it was spoken of in the Bible. It is a national park, with limited accommodation in Cappodocia itself, but there are many tours mostly from Ankara or Izmir. If you’re lucky, you can stay on the site of an ancient caravanserai or in a ‘modernised’ rock cave. The lunar landscape is of soft rock, sculpted over millennia into weird formations above ground (‘Rose Valley’ is a notable example) and remarkable caves, grottos and entire cities below. Prehistoric troglodytes lived there and early Christians excavated labyrinths for refuge. (Look for Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.) The volcanic rock soil is also extremely fertile so despite the harsh appearance, the area is rich in agriculture with a very high standard of traditional cuisine in consequence. Probably a ‘few days at a time’ destination for holidays but easily linked with coastal centres. And yes, if you really want, there are balloon excursions over the admittedly fascinating landscapes.
 

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Dialling Code: +90
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