After having visited Konya and the shrine of Maulana Rumi, we took a bus headed to Cappadocia which took about 3 and a half hours. It’s always tough to know whether a destination will live up to its expectations. On our way The moment we entered into Cappadocia, I was in love. It seemed outer-worldly. There were caves protruding from the ground everywhere and the homes carved into the caves felt like it was straight out of the Flintstones. We came in right before sunset and caught the city as the Call for prayer echoed through it as well as the whole city being lit up. I was in awe.
- Have an apple tea on a rooftop
Cappadocia felt like a good change from Istanbul. People are a lot more tourist-friendly and very hospitable. We stayed at the Traveller’s Cave Hotel. You have the choice of staying at a normal hotel or inside the caves. We wanted to experience the caves and it was phenomenal proving to be a must-do in Turkey. The Traveller’s Cave Hotel also has a beautiful rooftop and amazing apple tea to enjoy the city from above. Their breakfast was extensive and one of the best breakfasts I’ve had. I’d highly recommend this place.
2. Derinkyu Underground City
Unfortunately, the winds did not allow for us to go on Cappadocia’s insta-famous hot-air balloons but instead we explored the Derinkuyu Underground City. If you’re claustrophobic, I would not recommend this. If you aren’t it’s a jewel to see this mind-blowing underground city which has the capacity to house over 20 000 people as well as livestock and food storage. There are guides at the beginning of the Underground city, which I would highly recommend to provide you with the history and the background that will enrich your experience (They are not too pricey).
As Cappadocia is a slower-paced city, I’d recommend it to catch up on your Turkish Hamam. If you haven’t experienced this, this is another truly Turkish experience that can be done here. Several hotels offer different packages ranging from massages, facials to the full-blown Hammam