I would like to share with you one of most amazing places I have visited so far, and that is Cappadocia in Turkey. This place is made of interestingly shaped rocks and valleys, which provide amazing views in both sunrise and sunset. This is a perfect place for a romantic weekend escape, but you will enjoy it with friends too.
So, Cappadocia is located in Anatolia, and nearest airport is Nevşehir, but you could fly to Kayseri as well as it’s easy to reach too. The weather there is always pretty much warm. I have been there in March and it was pretty sunny for that time of the year. We stayed in a Aren cave hotel, which was a really good choice. Hotel is family run, the owner and his son are super friendly and warm people. Upon arrival they immediately took their time to give us tips on what to do and where to go, and even made reservations for us. If I go there again, I will definitely stay with them.
On the first day we went on a ATV tour around the valleys of Cappadocia. Tour lasts about 4 hours and you finish at sunset at love valley-amazing view. I recommend it if you are ok with getting a bit dusty and want to see a lot in short amount of time.
Second day we got up really early, like 5 am to do hot air ballon ride, and it was totally awesome. I was a bit afraid at first but as soon as we went up all of the fear was gone. It was really peaceful and magical. Tip on ballon ride-if you go for it do dress up really well because it is super cold up in the air especially that early in the morning. They do the rides only at sunrise.
In the evening we went to hammam, turkish spa. Going for treatment in hammam is my favourite type of skincare, because it leaves you feeling refreshed and with baby skin, and the sleep I have after the treatment is super deep.
On the last day, we went on another tour with owner of hotel we stayed at. Besides some nice views he showed us, I can say that ceramics museum was my favourite. And they let you try making your own pot too! All of the ceramics you see on the pictures are handmade and handpainted, isn’t that impressive! The museum has it’s own shop so I bought some cute bowls for the house.
In the town there is a old orthodox monastery, and paintings they were making on the walls remained till now. They made their living in caves, so you can actually see their dining tables and chairs etc.
Oh and one more thing, if you want to refresh your living room definitely visit shops which sell kilims there. You can get a handmade amazing pieces for like 4 times cheaper than what you would pay in Istanbul.
I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 I will write more about gorgeous places in Turkey, so stay updated!