Discover Cappadocia and small fairytale towns
Every town of Cappadocia offers travelers a surreal journey of discovery and adventure with its unique natural structure and mysterious corners. Here is a list of 6 fairytale towns to visit in Cappadocia.
Known as Korama in ancient times, Goreme is situated in the centre of a valley that is full of fascinating fairy chimneys and tuff rock cones. There are many churches, chapels and living spaces carved into the rocks of this valley. Because of its proximity to the Goreme Open Air Museum, this small town is very popular and it still retains much of its charm, especially in the back streets.
It is the bustling heart of Cappadocia. Hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops, you can find them all in Goreme.
One of the most important and largest towns of Cappadocia, Urgup is famous with its rock cones and beautiful stone houses belonging to the ancient settlements. The town is a lively tourism centre and a must-see place in Cappadocia. Situated within the region of vineyards, Urgup hosts also International Wine Competition and Vintage Festival in October every year.
Avanos, a large town built along the shores of Kizilirmak River has very interesting examples of local architecture and is also famous for its traditional handicrafts. One of the top places to visit in Cappadocia, Avanos is particularly famous with its pottery workshops. When visiting these workshops, tourists are encouraged to try out their potting skills. The town hosts Avanos International Tourism and Handicrafts Festival in August every year.
The highest area in Cappadocia, Uchisar is perched high on a rock. In terms of its type of settlement, Uchisar resembles the settlements in Ortahisar. There are three castles here, including the impressive Uchisar Castle. Watching the views from the castle, especially at sunset, is truly an unforgettable experience.
Ortahisar, which is clustered around a rock-cut castle like Uchisar's, and boasts fine old houses and the Ethnography Museum. You can also visit the famous Ortahisar Castle, and churches and monasteries dating from Christian times.
Known as Sinasos in ancient times, Mustafapasa is one of the most recommended places to visit in the area. The town leads us to the remnants of a very different age with its beautiful houses and churches carved in stone.