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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!

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What is the best time to visit Cappadocia?

The best time to visit Cappadocia is from April to May and September and October. This is the time when the weather is warm during the daytime and cold during the evening, which allows you to move through the region. It is also the best time to check out the rock formations such as the fairy chimneys and the cones present in Love Valley.

April to May is Spring in Cappadocia, and it is the perfect time to hike and explore the caves of the Red and Rose valleys. Cycling through Gorome in the spring or autumn months will undoubtedly bring you joy. Cappadocia’s spring brings colour to the land of fairy chimneys in forms of flowers. Autumn in Cappadocia is equal to the Spring season experienced by the region and falls in September and October. In the spring and autumn, the temperatures are pleasant, the flowers in the valleys are budding in the spring, and the trees have taken a beautiful red shade during the autumn. The crowds are at a minimum, and you will be able to find reasonable prices. Summer months from June to September is the peak season for visiting this region of Turkey. Summers tend to get hot in Cappadocia, but the temperature remains within 40 degrees Celsius. It is also the time when the rains aren’t frequent. You may want to avoid visiting Cappadocia during the winter months of December to March when the weather is wet and windy. But it is an ideal season for those people who would like to enjoy skiing in any of the resorts. A hot air balloon ride is an integral part of experiencing the beautiful terrains of Cappadocia, and it is available all year long.
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What is the 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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What are the top hotels in Cappadocia?

There are 374 in Cappadocia which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Cappadocia are Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi - Special Category, Hotel Surban - Special Category, Tafoni Houses Cave Hotel, Cappa Cave Hotel, Cozy Villa Cappadocia, Osiana Hotel. You can see all the hotels in Cappadocia here

What are the things to do in Cappadocia?

The top things to do in Cappadocia are Gšreme, Gšreme Open-air Museum, Kaymaklõ Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Zelve Open Air Museum, Ihlara Valley. You can see all the places to visit in Cappadocia here

What are the places near Cappadocia?

The top places near to Cappadocia are Ankara which is 222 km from Cappadocia, Istanbul which is located 565 km from Cappadocia, Antalya which is located 411 km from Cappadocia, Kas which is located 533 km from Cappadocia, Pamukalle which is located 505 km from Cappadocia

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