Welcome to Cappadocia
Cappadocia in central Turkey is an otherworldly, magical landscape beckoning dreamers and explorers alike.
Legends of its “fairy chimneys,” cave cities, and hot air balloons draw travelers looking to escape into a moonscape of ochre mountains and pink valleys, where spires of rock reach up into the vast sky and towns emerge from the very earth.
The “fairy chimneys,” or mushroom-like rock formations created by volcanic activity then wind and water erosion, were later used by early Christians evading Roman persecution. Those communities went on to create entire cities out of mountains, creating a fantastical blend of history and nature.
Hike through magnificent valleys, like the Rose and Red Valleys where the stones glow at sunset, and Lovers Valley, whose trails through “fairy chimneys” and cave churches deliver you to the honeycombed Uchisar Castle. Built on the highest point in Cappadocia, the Byzantine castle offers breathtaking views of the Anatolian Plateau. Explore the open air museums of Zelve and Göreme to experience how the early Christians lived and worshipped in their cave cities, and travel to Derinkuyu City where 20,000 people once lived completely underground.
Every sunrise, the boundless sky over Cappadocia is filled with the curves of almost 100 hot air balloons! Drift in one over the valleys and rocks below or get up early enough to watch them rise like twinkling lanterns as the sun crests the horizon.
Stay in one of the region’s unique cave hotels and explore its small towns where friendly locals will happily share their daily pleasures: markets and restaurants, coffee and wine, hookahs and backgammon.
Whether you explore by foot, balloon, ATV or horse, Cappadocia is a magical place you have to see to believe. Contact one of our fantastic photographers in the region, and make the dream come true!