Cappadiocia's spectacular lunar landscape has always appealed to travellers seeking something new. Above the ground its Volcanic anthills and chimneys are totally unique. And below the ground the famous warrens of cave villages hewn into the basalt are equally unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. And if you want to experience this special landscape in style then Ürgüp is for you. Many of the best places to stay in Urgup can be found in the town's best traditional caves, and beautiful honey coloured stone buildings. Most of which have been converted into upmarket hotels or restaurants offering fine dining.
The fertile soil is also excellent for producing grapes, and visiting a winery to taste some of the sweet local Ottoman-Greek specialities is one of the things you should definitely try and fit in. Along with a visit to the local museum, a trip up Temenni Wishing Hill - for the views of Ürgüp, and a balloon ride. It's also quite popular to explore the landscape on horseback.
Cappadocia's moonscape 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 move underground. The volcanic soil makes the area rich and fertile, so this strange countryside was fought over again and again. So people burrowed their cities underground, cutting into the rock and hollowing out around thirty underground cities, and around a thousand churches.
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.
One of the largest towns in Cappadocia, Ürgüp also makes an excellent base for exploring the whole region. And you're right near Ortahisar, where there's a castle, a monastery and a folk museum.
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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.