North Cappadocia , the Red Tour.

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Whenever you heard about Turkey, pretty sure you'll know about Cappadocia. Why? That's the place for the must-do Hot Air Balloon right? :) But for now, I am going to introduce more about North Cappadocia.

Out of all city in Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the city that I like the most. The beauty in the nature of it, their famous moon-like landscape, the one of a kind houses of living in the cave, a place that full of history and culture, thank god, the government has done a great job taking care of this beautiful landscape.

While you take a tour on the North of Cappadocia, in Goreme, here's what basically you will see :) 

1) Goreme Open Air Museum

The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions. It is only 15 minutes walk (1.5km, 1 mile) from Goreme village center. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique.

The entrance fee to the museum is 25 TL per person.

2) Devrent Valley

Known as Imaginary Valley and also as Pink Valley, does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. There are no Roman castles or Roman tombs in Devrent Valley, either. Actually it was never inhabited. So what makes it so famous? The lunar landscape!

Devrent Valley reveals many different rock formations and is only a 10 minute drive from Goreme. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Some of the most important, or the easiest seen animal shapes are camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. If you let your imagination run free you will find many others. It is like looking at clouds and seeing a dragon.

3) Pasabag

Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Pacha means "General", the military rank, in Turkish and it is a very common nick name. This site is also called Monks Valley. The name was derived from some cones carved in tuff stones which stand apart. Currently, there is a vineyard and a number of tuff cones standing right next to the road.

4) Cavusin village

Cavusin Village, located between Avanos and Goreme towns, is surrounded by a valley, which becomes gradually wider, called as Red Valley. The houses of the village were cut into massive rock formations. The insides of many of the dwellings are exposed to natural erosions such as rain, wind and earthquakes too. They are covered in rubble, huge rocks and boulders. You can climb up to top of the village through a twisty path, which offers breathtaking views of Red Valley and Uchisar Castle.

5) Turkish Night Show

The Turkish Night Show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey, complete with traditional costumes and of course, exhilarating belly dancers. This lively performance is a great way to enjoy traditional Turkish music, dancing and join in the festivities during audience participation.

The rate of the Turkish Night is 45 Euro per person including drinks and fruits or 50 Euro per person including drinks, fruits and dinner. Both of the rates also include transfer between hotel and restaurant. What I LIKE the most about Turkish Night is that you have unlimited ALCOHOL drinks! *evil smile

6) Uranos Restaurant Avanos

This is a cave restaurant, it's an amazing experience to dine in a cave :) From the entrance towards the restaurant, you can feel a different cooling sensation while walking in.

The ambience is particularly good, there's a special performance singing Turkish traditional song, that's an one of a kind experience of singing in a cave.

Cr : Goreme

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  1. I love to visit to turkey too..They are in my bucket list now !! I like the unlimited alcohol drinks~ haha

  2. This place looks like straight out of some movie set. I am sure this would have been a great experience.

  3. What a beautiful trip and experience.. I do so wish I can do this too... pray one fine day I can have the chance to visit Cappadocia...

  4. I love the cave dining pictures the most - but I have this fear of small places so I wonder if I can survive here hehe

  5. everytime i come to your blog i feel so jelous! i wish i could travel as much as you!