"The magical, fantasy world of Kapadokya" Top 5 Page for this destination Goreme by Tijavi

Goreme Travel Guide: 514 reviews and 1,588 photos

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Kapadokya's whimsical fairy chimneys and nature-scarred lunar landscape capture the essence of what 'otherworldly' represents. Whether viewed above from a hot air balloon or experienced up close, these magnificent wonders of nature create a feeling of being in another world - a magical, fantasy world that is as sublime as it is surreal. With Kapadokya, who needs to spend millions to fly to the moon or experience interplanetary tourism?

Beneath this out-of-this-world facade, Kapadokya is in reality 'earthly' at its core. The food is glorious, the wines are a revelation, and the village life that pervades (after weekend tourists have left, that is) is pleasantly rustic and friendly. Spiritually and culturally, those seeking more profound divine inspiration will rejoice in Kapadokya's Byzantine frescoes etched inside rock-cut churches.

The more I rhapsodize about Kapadokya's charms, the more I realize the three days I had there as not enough, and the more I dream of coming back. What is comforting is that unlike interplanetary tourism or utopias like the Land of Oz or Shangri-la, there is a fair chance of fulfilling my Kapadokyan dream. Yet again.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town appeal, spectacular attractions
  • Cons:Very touristy during major holidays
  • In a nutshell:Best travel destination in central Turkey
  • Last visit to Goreme: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 16, 2008
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  • Feb 2, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    this is a really wonderful page TV! i am glad to have 'discovered' you via trekki's homepage. i loved your writing style, and the photos are very impressive. great!

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    May 11, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    Great page! Cappadocia is a real fantasy. I like Ihlara Valley, Buckle Church and Pigeon Valley too. Also Ballon advanture is a must see. Bora

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    Feb 10, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    TV, fantastic page with outstanding photos and helpful descriptions. I haven't been to this part of Europe, but it is on my list.

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    Oct 10, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Oh wow! You made me place a balooning trip also on my wishlist :-) The frescoes are magic and hiking in Ihlara Valley must be fantastic!

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Great pics and great opportunity to baloon flying!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Another great page of yours. Those underground cities will soon be a reality to me. Thanks for sharing your experience with us ;-)

  • Oct 18, 2008 at 2:08 AM

    A'laturca is a jewel amongst Goreme's fairy castle. It serves elegant creative food at a fraction of what it costs in western Europe or the US. Most notable was the service. The team couldn't have been more attentive and passionate about their restaurant.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Fantastic tips and pics here - fantastic photos from the balloon trip - what a must do!- and how lucky to get such good shots of the frescoes!All the best.

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    May 13, 2008 at 6:28 AM

    The Tardelli restaurant has now closed down!!!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Awesome! What a group of tips!! Outstanding introduction; incredible photographs, and your usual topnotch narrations. This are, indeed, star-worthy pages. An enjoyable, educational, and worthwhile experience to read and view.


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