Cappadocia: Eat, Play, Stay

Cappadocia is one of the most interesting, untouched and exotic regions in Turkey. Located in the middle of the country, in a area commonly referred to as Central Anatolia. Cappadocia is one of the oldest regions know to man. Famous for the lunar like landscape, and   cone – like formations that serve as housing for the residents, this region is one of the hippest new destinations.

As one drives down the dirt road to reach Goreme, one of the main town, it’s the twinkling lights and pre-historic limestone based rock formation that steals the show. With a landscape that looks like a scene from Star Wars, it’s easy to see why this destination is at the top of every exotic travelers must do list.

For an out of this world adventure to match the dramatic topography; here are a few of my favorite experiences to be had in this rocky region:

EAT:

With a history that dates back thousand of years its no wonder that some of the cooking methods are still stuck in Byzantines times. Swing by Dibek restaurant where one can step back in time and enjoy a home cooked meal in an handmade clay pot.  The clay is collected from the nearby river just as it has been for centuries.The best part is finding the perfect crease to crack the pot open to release the delicious aromas. Whoever knew that smashing pots would be so appetizing!

Hot Air Balloon rides over Cappadocia

PLAY:

There’s no better way to explore the lunar landscape than through a birds eye view in a hot air balloon. Butterfly Balloons is the premier operator of hot air balloons in this region and they provide an experience like no other. With knowledgable staff and a pilot that seems to know every inch of the skies, you can feel secure in the fact that you’re in good hands as you drift through the clouds.The trip starts at dawn and one sees the landscapes in all the glory of the first morning light. An unforgettable ride later, the crew is ready upon your decent with a glass of crisp bubbly. Trust me, it’s a perfect way to kick off  your day!

STAY:

Rated as one of the best hotels in Cappadocia, Kelebek is a small boutique hotel with a mere 14 rooms, all of which are situated in the historic caves. What it might miss in size, it makes up in warmth. It’s a hotel in which one immediately feels comfortable, from the home spun blankets that cover the sofas to the friendly staff that serve fresh apple tea at all hours, one can’t help but feel at home. There’s something remarkable about sleeping in an ancient cave that has all of the conveniences of a modern day luxurious hotel room. Let’s face it, Cave men never had it so good!

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Cave Hotel room
Photo credit: Kelebek Cave Hotel

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