Cappadocia is Turkey’s most visually striking region, especially the 'moonscape' area around the towns of Urgup, Goreme and Uchisar. The region was once covered by a torrent of lava, which smothered hundreds of miles of the landscape.
Over the years, floods, rain and winds have eroded this area to form caves, clefts, "fairy chimneys", fissures and valleys. Incredible houses, churches and chapels were carved into the soft rock and visitors today can explore these at the Goreme open-air museum, where frescoes dating back to the 10th to the 13th centuries, still cover the ceilings and walls.
Floating over this incredible lunar landscape at dawn in a hot air balloon, hiking or horse riding through the volcanic valleys, are all wonderful ways to experience this fascinating region.
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Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel
Best for: Adventure
Carved from the walls of a mountain cliff, Yunak Evleri is a collection of 5th and 6th century cave houses and a 19th century Greek mansion, all offering a unique and atmospheric stay in one of Turkey’s most breathtaking regions, Cappadocia.
Best for: Cruise
A unique cave hotel created from the restored ruins of an ancient village, carved deep into a cliff face, Museum Hotel is truly unique and overlooks a breathtaking landscape of rose-coloured ravines, dramatic rock formations and the distant Mount Erciyes.