"Göreme and Cappadocia" Top 5 Page for this destination Goreme by MalenaN

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The landscape in Cappadocia looks like nothing else with its strange rockformations. The vulcanic tufa rock has been erroded by wind and water for millions of years. The tufa stone is porous and soft until it comes in contact with air and it has been perfect for carving churches and houses.

Tourists come to Göreme to see the amazing landscape, visit the rock cut churches with painted frescos, the underground cities with their labyrinths of rooms and corridores and to walk in the beautiful valleys.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    The flight in a hot air balloon sounds really great. I have never done that, though I used to fly around in helicopters a lot when I was in Vietnam.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      Thank you Don for visiting! Cappadocia was a very good place to do a balloon ride in!

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I'm thinking of visiting Cappadocia in summer and have heard that ballon rides are the attraction not to be missed. Although I've neve done it and for me the price is rather high, I think I'll g for it.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Thank you Malgorzata! Yes, the price is rather high, but the balloon ride is fantastic! And Cappadocia is a good place for balloon rides.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    What a view from the hot air balloon! You certainly have a great hot air balloon ride. The underground cities, Ihlara and Pigeon valleys indeed look wonderful to visit and explore. So are the Fairy Chimneys and Selime Monastery. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you Malena for bringing back memories about this area! I'm working at my own Goreme page now which is coming soon after Kaymakli! Your trip by balloon was exciting I believe. I didn't take this opportunity unfortunately (it was rainy that morning).

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2008 at 3:30 AM

    Fantastic report and pics. Balloon flying must be a sensation.

  • graeme83's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2008 at 6:09 AM

    I am off to Goreme tomorrow and your great tips have made me very excited!

  • aliamiri's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Browsing your Goreme page and tips for the second time after 4 years ... it's really helpful and Goreme and sorroudings is a fantastic destination. Thank you.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:30 AM

    What an amazing place Goreme is!! Strange rock formations, underground cities and hot-air balloon flights! It looks like you had a fantastic time on this part of your Turkish adventures.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Amazing geological structures with human dwellings built into them. What a great way to see them on a ballon ride. Thanks for sharing this fantastic adventure :)

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    Stopping by for some inspiration and useful tips before I return to Turkey in October - this time to Cappadocia and more of Istanbul. Many thanks for the tips and wonderful pictures from the balloon.

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