9 Reasons Why Traveling to Cappadocia Should Be on Your Bucket List

Traveling to Cappadocia in Turkey, you’ll encounter a magical lunar-like landscape formed as wind and water eroded soft rock left behind by prehistoric volcanic eruptions. Ancient civilizations found the material–known as ‘tufa’–suitable for carving out cave homes and churches, many of which remain remarkably well preserved to this day. If a Cappadocia holiday isn’t already on your travel wish list, here are nine reasons why you should add it.

1. Hot-air balloon rides above one of the most incredible landscapes in the world

Balloons - Cappadocia, Turkey by: Clark & Kim Kays (CC)
Balloons – Cappadocia, Turkey by: Clark & Kim Kays (CC)

2. Sleeping in a cave hotel carved into the soft tufa rock

LOCAL CAVE HOUSE HOTEL GOREME CAPPADOCIA CENTRAL TURKEY OCT 2011 by: calflier001 (CC)
LOCAL CAVE HOUSE HOTEL GOREME CAPPADOCIA CENTRAL TURKEY OCT 2011 by: calflier001 (CC)

3. Walking among the otherworldly fairy chimneys

Cappadoce Fairy Chimneys by: Benh LIEU SONG (CC)
Cappadoce Fairy Chimneys by: Benh LIEU SONG (CC)

4. Shopping for colorful and intricately patterned Anatolian carpets

red, green, blue by: mimma-p (CC)
red, green, blue by: mimma-p (CC)

5. Visiting the millennium-old rock-cut churches of Goreme Open Air Museum

Göreme Open Air Museum by: Anita Gould (CC)
Göreme Open Air Museum by: Anita Gould (CC)

6. …and gazing at their incredibly well-preserved frescoes

Church ceiling, Cappadocia by: Timothy Neesam (CC)
Church ceiling, Cappadocia by: Timothy Neesam (CC)

7. Acquiring a piece of Avanos pottery, prized for its rich red color

Avanos by: Travel Turkey (CC)
Avanos by: Travel Turkey (CC)

8. Experiencing life in ancient towns carved out of stone

Stone carved town by: Desmond Kavanagh (CC)
Stone carved town by: Desmond Kavanagh (CC)

9. Hiking past some of the most remarkable scenery you’ll ever witness

Cappadocia Mount Aktepe by: Benh LIEU SONG (CC)
Cappadocia Mount Aktepe by: Benh LIEU SONG (CC)

Whether you’re traveling to Cappadocia or elsewhere, plan your trip on Inspirock so you can see and do more.

Steve

Steve

Born, raised, and educated in idyllic New England surroundings, Steve has traveled to nearly three dozen countries across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. His nomadic past decade has included extended stints in Boston and Seattle, and he's called Belgrade, Serbia home for the past four years.
Steve