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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.

Historic Ürgüp

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.

Best places to stay in Ürgüp

Town Centre

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.

  • The Hezen Cave Hotel is a particularly fine example, and one of the best places to stay in Ürgüp if you like your accommodation rustic but chic, and with plenty of exposed stone. But most importantly, above ground!

Ürgüp and Surrounds

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.

  • Serinn House is a wonderfully chic designer hotel in a wonderfully rustic setting. The minimalist decor makes the most of this beautiful, almost fort-like building, against this picturesque backdrop.
  • Argos in Cappadocia is a spectacular place to stay! Once a monastery, this collection of ancient stone houses and tunnels is right in amongst the smooth lunar cliffs, and has one of the most magical views in the region. Closer to Uchisar than Ürgüp, Argos is a great place to stay if you want to explore the whole region.
  • If you don't like the idea of sleeping below ground but you still want a cave hotel experience, the Sultan Cave Suites are an excellent compromise. This regal house is cut into the side of a cliff, so while some of the 30 rooms are cut into the rock they're not below the earth - obviously the impressive views of Göreme are a bonus as well, the city looks like it was dug into a basin from here.

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  • Hezen Cave Hotel

    Urgup, Cappadocia

    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.

    10 rooms from $157
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Bazaars of Urgup and Goreme.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape
  • Serinn House

    Urgup, Cappadocia

    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.

    5 rooms from $150
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Urgup and the surrounding mountains
    Country Escape
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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