Cappadocia was blanketed by ash during an ancient volcanic eruption. The ash solidified into a soft rock called tuff. This layer of soft rock was tens of metres thick and after exposure to the elements over the ages, has formed a spectacular and unique landscape.
Looking out across the plateau, it’s hard to miss the fairytale scenery of pinnacles, chimneys, pillars, mushrooms and cones stretching up to 40 metres into the sky. The most famous structures are known as fairy chimneys and come in a range of shapes and sizes.
Some of the local sites are World Heritage-listed because of their cultural and natural importance. The rocky landscape in the area is honeycombed with networks of ancient underground settlements and authentic Byzantine art examples.
Entire towns are located up to eight stories underground in tunnels. You can find homes, storehouses, stables and places of worship all below the surface.
Hot air ballooning is also popular in the area and is most easily available from the city of Goreme. As you rise above the land, you’ll gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, and over stunning vineyards and orchards. The diversity of colours in the natural landscape will leave you breathless.
Cappadocia is located just one hour from Istanbul or Izmir by plane, which makes adding this wonder of nature to your itinerary easy.
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