All our Cappadocia collections
Cappadocia's wondrous lunar landscape was created around 70 million years ago, by a massive volcanic eruption. But it was the threat of a different kind of violence which lead people to dig the area's famous cave villages into the basalt. The volcanic soil had made the area rich and fertile, so there were plenty of people competing for this land. So people burrowed their cities underground, cutting into the rock and hollowing out around thirty underground cities and around a thousand churches. Creating a landscape, and a place, like no other on earth. Some of the best places to stay in Cappadocia are within these cave villages.
These days visitors to the region are the primary cave dwellers. Drawn by the crazy scenery - and the wonderful dwellings and churches, the region's dramatic and fascinating history and the opportunity for an active break against an incredible backdrop.
This peaceful scenery was created by drama and violence, but there's now a sense, in Cappadocia, of people living beside nature - there's a village-y rhythm to things. So it's a wonderful place to come to relax and to live at your own pace.
If you're here to relax, or for the scenery, then one of the first things you'll want to do is book your hot-air ballon trip. Even if this isn't the sort of thing you'd usually do you should definitely consider trying it here. This landscape is even more breathtaking from the air, when you're looking down on the 'fairy chimneys' - eroding volcanic pillars rising out of the land - and peach coloured gorges. The colours the land turns at sunset here are really something special…
Right in amongst the fairy chimneys and cliffs crenelated like honeycomb, Göreme is so beautiful that it really does defy description. It's not entirely unspoilt, as a destination this beautiful is bound to attract visitors, but it somehow manages to retain its feeling of being a traditional village. And one where visitors are welcomed.
If you've done any research at all you'll know the Göreme Open Air Museum deserves your attention, and with it its myriad of wonderful churches and all their frescoes. You might also want to stroll the trails around the Rose Valley, for the best views.
Ürgüp is one of the region's largest towns and its upmarket hotels and fine restaurants have given it the reputation for being one of the best places to stay in Cappadocia, and possibly all of Turkey as well. Ürgüp is also a good spot to explore this whole region from, and you're right near Ortahisar, where there's a castle, a monastery and a folk museum.
Most of the best accommodation in Ürgüp is in the town's honey coloured buildings, or in the back alleys of the Old Town where there are some prime examples of the local architecture.
Uçhisar has some of the best views of the whole of Cappadocia, because from the top of its castle you can see pretty much the whole region. Uçhisar also has some wonderful Ottoman style markets.
Goreme (Aydinli Mahallesi)
A rustic hotel that offers a traditional Turkish experience. Rooms (some sleep up to 6) are sparse in decoration with stone walls, killim rugs, and fireplaces. Fantastic authentic Turkish cuisine and cooking lessons. A great value choice for groups of friends and families exploring the area.
A wonderfully traditional Sultanesque house with huge cavernous rooms. Bedrooms and suites are sparsely decorated but elegant with stone walls, attractive beds, and killim rugs. Lovely open-air restaurant and lots to do in the hills around.
An excellent value boutique hotel with stunning views. Traditional rooms and suites combine history and romance. Stone walls, killim rugs, fireplaces and stepped terraces. An excellent choice for a couple or family, plenty to explore in the immediate surrounds.
A stunning and unique hotel comprising of restored historical caves carved into soft stone cliffs of Kayakapi neighborhood, in Göreme National Park. Rooms highly luxurious with white-washed walls, antique furnishings and fireplaces. With Turkish baths, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant.
A traditional Turkish building at the highest point of Uchisar. More medieval rustic than rustic chic. Large traditional rooms and suites with no frills attached. Stunning views and easy access to restaurants and outdoor pursuits. A great value choice for a family.
A sunny sandstone hotel in a lovely village. Rustic chic rooms and suites have creamy furnishings, light stone walls, and splashes of deep red. Wonderful terraces and views over beautiful landscapes. A chic, but understated spot to explore the region from.
A small chic boutique hotel. Luxurious rooms combine minimalist style and tradition for luxurious effect. Four poster beds, shiny parquet floors, cavernous stone arches, chandeliers and modern furniture. Lovely terraces with gorgeous views. An understated spot.
A cluster of old stone houses and sumptuous suites and tunnels set on a hill and in the rock face. Luxurious and romantic rooms have stone walls, sumptuous furnishings and hot tubs. Lovely terraces have stunning views over the landscape. Very romantic but family friendly too.
A stunning luxury hotel in magical surroundings. Historical, romantic and opulent cavernous interiors make for a perfect honeymoon or couples getaway. Rooms and suites have subtle lighting, large warm spaces and hot tubs. Fabulous restaurant, spa, and gorgeous countryside to explore.
A stunning hotel built into the hillside with stunning views over the valleys below. A theatrical setting and architectural marvel with cavernous rooms and suites, fabulous restaurants, and an impressive spa. A luxury spot in a privileged location.