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Cappadocia

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Ideal duration: 3 days

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Cappadocia Tourism

This historic region in central Turkey was once a province of the Byzantine and Roman empire, and was inhabited by several Christian communities over the centuries. It is popular for it's amazing collections of caves and churches carved into rocks, fair chimneys, and the numerous fascinating underground cities, all adorned with beautiful rock paintings.

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Currency in Cappadocia

The Turkish Lira is the only currency accepted throughout Cappadocia. Not many places accept cards, so it's best to always carry cash. ATMs are located at every popular tourist destination, and also near some hotels.

Daily Budget for Cappadocia

Cappadocia is not very expensive, since there are not too many places where you can actually splurge. A low budget would lie around TRY 50 - 70, a mid range budget in the region of TRY 100 - 200, and a high end budget would lie somewhere around TRY 300 - 500 and higher.

Religion of Cappadocia

Christianity and Islam

Cappadocia Customs

You should dress decently, since the place is high on religious importance and orthodox people, so public displays of affection with your partner are best kept to a minimum as well. At the same time, smiling at people as you pass them will be appreciated as the Turks are a polite people. Tipping is expected in most places in Cappadocia, especially by the guides and porters. Around 10% of restaurant and hotel bills is enough, and for guides tips in the region of TRY 50 per day should suffice. For porters and attendants, TRY 3- 5 is enough.

Language of Cappadocia

Cappadocian Greek is the native language spoken in the region, but now a lot of the people have shifted to Turkish. Since it is a major tourist place, you will find English speaking people as well.

History of Cappadocia

Cappadocia has a long history of being ruled by various empires and rulers, the earliest being that of the Persians. They were succeeded by Alexander the Great, who's military commander Ariarethes became king of Cappadocia and expanded the empire greatly. By the time of Ariarethes IV, Cappadocia came into conflict with the Roman empire, but then became an ally due to similar interests. Around 130 BCE, the Cappadocian and Roman empire marched on Pergamon and were handsomely defeated, and after various civil wars Cappadocia became a province of the Roman empire. Cappadocia was a major centre for Christians, as can be seen by the hundreds of churches. Turkish influence began after the 11th century, and the Ottoman Empire took over in the 15th century. Today this city is part of Turkey and is one of the country's prime tourist places due to the rich history and points of interest.

Nightlife in Cappadocia

Nightlife in Cappadocia, as you'd expect, isn't the most popular. That being said, there are a few places in the region, especially in Goreme where you can kick back and have fun, such as the Flintstone's Cave Bar, or the Angel Cafe in Urgup, or you can find some entertainment exclusive to the land, such as Turkish Belly Dances and other performances at the Uranos restaurant. There isn't a huge array of options, but your needs will be taken care of for sure in Cappadocia!

Shopping in Cappadocia

Shopping isn't too elaborate or extensive in the region. Most of the shops have to do with souvenirs or handlooms. Hand-woven rugs are very popular in Turkey, and Cappadocia has some of the finest which you can find in the Gallery Cappadocia in Goreme. The region is also home to some fine pottery, and you should at least have a look at the Avanos Pottery. Other shops include souvenirs and clothes created by the domestic women of the region themselves, and you might find something you like!

Restaurants and Local Food in Cappadocia

You'll find many restaurants in the towns around Cappadocia. Most of these are Turkish cuisine, and while you're here you just have to try the world famous Turkish kebabs, or the manti which is indigenous to the region. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely try the Baklava to see what its original taste is!
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