On your trip to Turkey, you should definitely visit Cappadocia, the homeland of Saint George, fairy chimneys and other unique rock formations where the inhabitants lived for millenia in cave dwellings, underground cities at Kaymakli and Derinkuyu mentioned in Xenophon’s Anabasis, and the greatest concentration of Byzantine cave churches with remarkable in-situ frescos at Goreme Open Air Museum.
The rocky lunar landscape is spectacular, and you will come to understand the country and people of Turkey in a different way as traditional life and culture are still alive and well in Cappadocia’s towns and villages.
Goreme National Park and the Rock Sights of Cappadocia were placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985, both because of the regions historical value and because it is an outstanding example of the Earth’s evolutionary history.
While here, you can stay in a cave hotel — either in a cave room or historical stone room — and wake up in the morning knowing you are somewhere special and different. There are boutique style cave hotels with full comfort for every budget. You can check out our own centrally located Hotel Cave Konak
Balloon flights in the early morning have become very popular because the incredible rockscape makes it one of the best places in the world for that first hot air ballooning experience. On our website you will see unique offers for the original 1 hour balloon flight and the deluxe balloon flight.
Wherever you stay in the region, you will need transportation or tours of some kind to get to the main sights. We offer private tours, small group tours, and driver only trips (no guiding), to suite every budget and help you make the most of your time here. When planning your trip, it is best to allow two or three full days to see the most of Cappadocia. But if you only have one day, we can help you too.
We invite you to browse our website to see if any of our services will help you in planning your trip. Rest assured that our emphasis is on quality combined with value for money. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
The Weather in Goreme, Urgup & Cappadocia
Cappadocia has four very clear seasons, each with special associations for Cappadocians:
Spring: the nightingale's song, wild flowers, and the overpowering scent from the Russian Olive.
Summer: strawberries, cherries, apricots, and the sweetest oranges from the cave depots.
Autumn: grapes, and making pekmez (grape molasses) and tomato paste in the garden.
Winter: snowmen with sun, skiing on Mount Erciyes, and warm, cosy stone and cave houses.
In summer, especially in August, the hottest temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Farenheight), but there is usually a cooler background breeze to offset the heat. In addition, humidity is low, so it is always cooler in the shade.
As the world’s weather is changing, the air seems to be getting cooler in Cappadocia, which means that even in late spring and early autumn, evenings can be cool enough to require a cardigan or light jacket.
Winter, especially January, can be very cold with snow followed by sunny but cold days. All days are suitable for tours and museums are open every day.
The Turkish State Meteorological Service gives weather information for all of Turkey in English.
Museums in Goreme & Cappadocia
You can visit Cappadocia any time of the year. All the main museums are open 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. The Special Summer Opening Times of 8am to 7pm (last entrance 6:15pm) apply between 15th April and 15th October 2013 to the following: Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Ozkonak Underground City and Ihlara Valley.
Entrance Fees for Museums in Goreme & Cappadocia
For the main sights in Cappadocia, the following entrance fees are correct as of 1st April 2013:
|Historical Site||Entrance Fee|
|Goreme Open Air Museum||20 TL|
|Kaymakli Underground City||20 TL|
|Derinkuyu Underground City||20 TL|
|Dark Church||10 TL|
|Cavusin Church||10 TL|
|El Nazar Church||10 TL|
|Pancarlik Church||10 TL|
|Zelve Open Air Museum||10 TL|
|Mazi Underground City||10 TL|
|Ozkonak Underground City||10 TL|
|Ihlara Valley||10 TL|
|Guzelyurt (all sights together)||7 TL|
|Red Valley Sunset Point||5 TL|
|Soganli Valley||5 TL|
|Keslik Monastery||5 TL|
|Hacibektas Museum||5 TL|
|Constantine and Elena Church||5 TL|
|Saint Basil’s Church||5 TL|
|Saint Nicholas’ Monastery||5 TL|