So, I went to Cappadocia! I know…how original… It seems like for at least the past year Cappadocia has been THE place to visit as all the bloggers and influencers have gone there to take pictures with the hot air balloons…and you know what?? I wanted to do the same!!
The truth is that I fell in love with this place since I saw all the pictures on everyone’s Instagram feed…And you know how I think… ”Don’t trust what they say…go see!” And that’s what I did!
My friends and I first flew to Istanbul and spent a couple of days there before we flew to Kayseri, being Goreme the final destination. We decided to stay in a typical cave hotel and for that, we chose the Roc of Cappadocia.
Goreme…I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this place is. Our hotel was next to this hill (called Sunset Point) from where you can oversee the village on one side and the valley on the other side. The beautiful landscape is just breathtaking.
Obviously, I could not go to Cappadocia and not go on a hot air balloon ride! I was sooo nervous! Keep in mind I am extremely afraid of heights and often experience vertigo, but I couldn’t miss on an opportunity like this.
But, for some reason, it wasn’t scary at all. As we left the ground and began to rise higher and higher, I was not afraid but only amazed.
First of all, the balloon basket is super steady and the ride was super smooth, and as you begin to look around at the beauty that surrounds you and the hundreds of colourful balloons everywhere, it only feels like magic.
The control the pilot has over the balloon is just incredible, he would change altitude so quickly but smoothly and even fly super close over the hills.
The hot air balloon ride was for sure the highlight of this trip, but something that somehow felt just as magical was to witness it from the ground.
Thankfully, Sunset Point was right next to our hotel, and it is the best place in Goreme to do this. Every morning there is almost just as many people on the ground as there is in the air, all enjoying the same moment.
Please keep in mind that for both these experiences you need to wake up super early. To go on the balloon, you will be picked up around 4:30am and the balloons start to rise around 5:30/6am. But I can tell you that for both, it is totally worth it!
Not all of the most interesting places to see are of a walking distance from Goreme, so if you want to see everything and know more about the history, I would recommend going on a tour.
There are a lot of tours you can opt from and even your hotel will have information for you when you arrive. But we decided to get a guide just for our group (there was 6 of us) that drove us around and gave us an in-depth understanding of the history of this amazing place.
He drove us to the Open Air Museum, the Fairy Chimneys Valley, the Imagination Valley, the Underground City, the Roc Castle, and much more. It was a full day but still quite relaxed.
I would say that going on a tour is very interesting because you learn about the history of each place. You can definitely rent a car or a bike and go on your own, but you won’t learn as much or appreciate each place as much.
Another activity we did and that I completely recommend is a quad tour. We were unlucky that it was raining during the whole time we were on this tour, but it was still a lot of fun! Not only you get to ride a quad (which in my opinion is always great) but you also get to see more of the area as there will be stops and time for you to explore.
If you are thinking about going to Cappadocia I would say 3 days is enough, although I’m sure you will find things to do in case you want to stay more time.
Like I explained in the beginning, our only goal wasn’t to see Cappadocia, we also got to know Istanbul that was also amazing and that would need another blog post on its own. So, if you have the time, please do both, you will not regret it!
I am so grateful that I got to have this experience and that I am now able to share it with you! The message that I want to share is that this is truly a magical place worth visiting, and if you want to know more details about exactly what to see in Cappadocia, I leave you with this really detailed article:
Also, there is many more photos of this amazing trip on my Instagram, as well as videos saved on the highlights, so you can always go over there to check them out – @anafcmartins
Thanks for reading and never stop travelling!!
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