Located in the Anatolian region of
Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the most surreal landscapes in the
world. Volcanic eruptions nearly four million years ago left the
landscape dotted with rock structures known as fairies, leaving the
region looking like something out of a Star Wars film. Now
scattered with underground cities and carved out cave dwellings,
Cappadocia has only begun to attract visitors (and their
imaginations) in recent years.
A well-kept travel secret until the
80s, Cappadocia was a spot for backpackers hitchhiking the
famous hippie trail from Europe to Asia. Now known as one of the
most unique places in the world, this largely untouched region is
gaining traction among tourists – make sure you’re among them.
When to go
We recommend visiting in in spring or autumn when the
temperatures are moderate.
Who to take with you
With modest living quarters and an active schedule, you’ll want
to go with someone who’s up for anything.
Most likely to bump into
Well-travelled backpackers and adventure-seekers.
A hot air balloon ride through Fairy Valley. Famous as one of
the best hot air ballooning destinations in the world, Cappadocia
is the perfect location to scratch one off your bucket list. Go
early in the morning right after sunrise and enjoy a Turkish style
breakfast while soaring above the lunar-esque landscape below.
An essential to bring with you
A good pair of hiking boots; whether you’re trekking through the
highlands, exploring underground cities, or riding horseback
through the valleys you’ll want sturdy shoes to carry you
How to get there
Make a connecting flight through
Istanbul to one of the region’s two airports, Nevsehir
Kapadokya or Kayseri Erkilet. There are direct flights daily to
either airport, although Nevsehir is closer to the main towns of
Goreme and Urgup where you are likely to stay.