Sightseeing and Culture Cappadocia Travel Guide

 

Where to Stay in Cappadocia: Luxury & Budget

 

Argos in Cappadocia

Different hotels offer different vibes; some opt for a more cozy "cave" feel while others upgrade that cave feel to luxury, and luxurious cozy is exactly what Argos in Cappadocia is all about.

If you want something spacious while still being warm and inviting all at the same time, Argos in Cappadocia will leave you delighted! Their modern furnishings combine with authentic Turkish architecture for that exclusive cave getaway feel.

The rooms are perfect if you're craving a little luxurious intimacy. And what better way to unwind after a day of exploring Cappadocia than inside of a private pool? Just you, your lover and that amazing Turkish wine! Click on any picture to learn more and/or see current prices.

 
 
 
 

Mithra Cave Hotel

Has a terrace with stunning views that over looks all of Goreme. Depending on the time of year you visit, Goreme will either look like a winter wonderland or a warm medieval fantasy. There's so many cave hotels in Cappadocia which is why we did all the research for you & are only listing the 2 best hotels (a.k.a the ones we would personally love to stay in). If you would still like to research all of your options though, we have displayed a search box for your convenience. We compared the same hotel rooms on multiple hotel booking platforms and found that agoda offered the best price.

 
 
 

Mystical, Low-key Cappadocia… Activities & What to Do

 

Hot air balloon rides

The best hot air balloon rides are found in iconic Turkey.
Overlooking the town of Goreme, Cappadocia Turkey will make you feel like you are floating above a fairyland... with quirky yet stunning caves, and dozens of balloons that accompany you in the air, can you think of a better way to start your morning?

Tour provided by Cappadocia Tours

Tour provided by Cappadocia Tours

 

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Things to Know about Cappadocia Before Visiting

 

When to visit Cappadocia

This all depends on the type of experience you are looking for when in Cappadocia. The most visited months are in July & August, with that being said, if what you seek is to avoid the massive tourism crowds and instead want a more authentic experience then we suggest visiting during low peak season; which is basically any month but August and July. Visiting Cappadocia during low peak season will not only provide a better experience for you, but it will also contribute to sustainable tourism in Cappadocia. How? When tourists numbers are low they reduce the amount of pressure and damage that is caused to Cappadocia's rock caves, underground cities & churches. Thus by visiting during off-season, you will help preserve the historical sites of Cappadocia.

Avoid this tourist trap

We recommend avoiding tourist complexes for accommodation. These are buildings located right outside of the city of Cappadocia built specifically for tourism and they will not give you a real-feel for the location. What makes Cappadocia unique is its architecture & landscape, & we highly suggest staying in a cave suite like the ones above. It's an experience that is truly unique to the geographical area of Cappadocia. The second reason we don't recommend these complexes is because they don't contribute to the local community of the region. We can enhance the locations we visit for future generations by investing our tourist dollars in the local communities; after all they are what make the countries we visit thrive!

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Food + Culture + Sightseeing in Cappadocia

 

Cave Restaurant

Want to dine on authentic food while delving into Turkish culture? Check out Turkish Night at a Cave Restaurant for a night of unlimited beer and wine! The restaurant offers a 3-4 hour show of impressive cultural dances from 7 different regions. You'll also be able to go on-stage and get professional belly dancing lessons & tips! Be prepared for a night of excitement with all types of captivating shows. Plus, hotels in Goreme get roundtrip transportation to and from the restaurant.

 

Local cooking class

 
 

Have you ever wanted the chance to speak to someone from another part of the world to learn more about their perspective on life, how they view difficult situations, how they deal with different challenges... and just overall to learn about the mindset, personality and vibe of different people on different regions of the world? Because I have! And I think that's what travel is all about. It's about really getting to know the local people and the way they live, connecting the dots really broadens your horizons. But how do you go about that? You can't just walk up to a random local, (or whoever you think is a local) and just start asking them questions like you're interviewing them. Although that might be a pretty hilarious social experiment to see what kind of reactions you get, I've found the perfect way for you to really get in touch with a local; sit down, have a glass of wine, and have a conversation without it having to be awkward.

If you're visiting Cappadocia & want to fully learn and immerse with the people then consider a Private Cooking Class in a Local's Home. Not only is this great for learning about the Turkish culture in the region of Cappadocia, but it's also a great way to learn new cooking techniques; that way you get to recreate the authentic Anatolian flavors you loved while on vacation, when you're back home. "Sharing food and stories". That's what Neon Tours calls it, and connecting with different people, in a new setting, while indulging in one of a kind food is where the genuine value of travel lies.

 

Visit Derinkuyu Underground City

Isn't it amazing? The thought of a civilization living underground? Sounds almost surreal like something out of a movie, or the setting of a mythical legend. What's even more capitaviting is getting to see and experience this city first hand. Explore where eleven thousand people actually live and run their wineries, stables and even churches! And if underground churches isn't enough to fulfill your wanderlust, this once in a lifetime tour will make its journey through isolated cave churches. The tour also includes lunch at a traditional Cappadocian restaurant & round-trip transportation to and from most hotels.

 

Private Art & Culture Tour

 

Cappadocia is home to incredible rock formations including fairy chimneys, rock-cut churches and volcanic cones! These historical sites in Cappadocia are both unique & iconic making it a great way to learn a little more about the culture AND go sightseeing!! If you're excited already the excitement doesn't stop there. Art manifests itself in this tour through local pottery workshops & European religious art at the Goreme Open Air Museum.

(If this tour doesn't do pick ups in your hotel location check out this one as an alternative.)


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