Turkey’s Lunar Region
Volcanic eruptions helped forge this geological anomaly millions of years ago so it’s no wonder that the region of Cappadocia has a transcendental aura about it. As if plucked from a fairy-tale dreamworld and placed in the centre of Turkey, this moon-like landscape depicts honeycombed hills and towering boulders. The result is a visually striking region with a wealth of history and enchanting culture.
Human habitation dates all the way back to the pre-historic Paleolithic era and since then houses, churches and other buildings have been carved into the cave and rock formations to establish civilisation. The numerous underground cities within Cappadocia, many of which are connected by tunnels, are said to have been used as places of hiding and shelter for a multitude of people throughout the city’s history.
Over the centuries, the various inhabitants of this unique region have utilised the landscapes to develop a world suitable for living in and have consequently scattered the countryside with fascinating cavern architecture, such as rock-cut churches and the aforementioned subterranean refuges. Spanning a distance of 5,000 kilometres, the terrain’s mineral-rich soil has also allowed Cappadocia to become a vibrant agricultural region with excellent crop-growing capabilities.
There are numerous luxury hotel options within the region, including the Alia Cave Hotel. Located in the tranquil area of Goreme, this boutique hotel marries classic Cappadocian style with modernity. Its Honeymoon Suite Caves offer spacious exuberance in a lavish setting and the spa and wellness centre (located at the sister hotel Yunak Evleri) provides the ultimate relaxation and stress-relieving experience.
During a stay in Cappadocia, you’ll be able to partake in a number of experiences and excursions that are made especially memorable due to the area’s extraordinary scenery. Whether it’s a hot air balloon ride at dawn, a horseback riding excursion, a jeep safari, a tour of the cave churches or a vineyard visit, there’s a plethora of ways to be a part of this natural wonder.
Combining culinary traditions from Central Asia with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, Turkish cuisine is widely considered amongst the best in the world. Traditional organic farming methods help produce healthy and fresh ingredients which are used to create the flavoursome dishes that can be found.
Meze followed by grilled meats and fish, kebabs, stews and Mediterranean salads account for Turkey’s typical cuisine, however, when in Cappadocia it’s imperative to sample the signature delicacy manti. This stuffed pasta dish is simple and homely but exquisite in taste. Opened in 2010, Seten Restaurant and Rooftop Bar sits within a beautifully crafted stone setting and serves high-end traditional plates as well as hosting a classical music concert twice a year.
From sublime natural landscapes to incomparable architecture and steeped in an intriguing history, Cappadocia presents a truly unique destination. Please get in touch to find out how we can create a Cappadocia experience for you