Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site located roughly in the centre of Turkey.
How to get to Cappadocia
My friend and I hired a car in Istanbul and drove 8 hours to get there. I would only recommend hiring a car if you are 100% confident at driving. Its right hand side drive and also they don’t tend to follow many road rules so It can be extremely stressful. Other than that you can take a short plane ride or an over night bus which also takes 8 hours. Cappadocia is a small quaint town so you can get around without your own vehicle.
Where to stay in Cappadocia
I would definitely recommend staying at the Sultan Cave Suites. I was greeted and looked after by Mehmet. He went above and beyond expectation for service. They have a rooftop terrace which you can climb onto and view the balloons taking off every morning at sunrise. The rooms are all uniqule, clean, spacious and did I mention they are caves!! The buffet breakfast every morning was like no other, they cater to every taste and diet. You are greeted by a warm welcome, given info about the town, where to and not to go and pick up service to go on a balloon ride in the morning.
Ballooning is quite expensive (100-150 $) but it is a one in a lifetime experience and well worth it! You can pay to go see the fairy chimneyls and heritage site but If you ask some locals they can point you in the right direction to Rose Valley where you can go on a hour walk for free and see these!
How much time do you need in Cappadocia
I would say at least 2 days, you need an early morning there so you can see the balloons at sunrise and If the weather conditions aren’t right one day and they don’t fly at least you may be able to do it the next. and the rest of the day or next day can be spent soaking up the rich culture and uniqueness of the town.
When is the best time to go
In summer – Check with your balloon company that the weather conditions are right, in summer the balloons run more frequently. Also it gets extremely hot so I suggest adventuring to the valleys and fairy chimneys early morning or late afternoon! The tourist areas such as the world heritage site are extremely popular so if you are wanting to go to those go early! Rose valley is free and not many people know you can walk through there so its not busy at all which is awesome!
What to do
Fairy chimneys, Rose Valley, ballooning and you MUST have a Turkish Testi Kebab – You smash a clay pot to eat your kebab, its traditional and a lot of fun!
What not to do
See above about Rose Valley. Also be careful of Ballooning prices, some companies charge huge amounts which are unnecessary, make sure you do your research first!
Why should Cappadocia be on my bucket list?
You will never see a place like it in the world, it is pure magic!