Cappadocia, a historical region of Anatolia, is a highlight of any trip to Turkey. After returning from the Grand Tour of Turkey this December, Director of Web Marketing Asha shared her top three reasons you should visit the region.
The Derinkuyu Underground City
Imagine walking through the equivalent of a fourth century bomb shelter that accommodated an estimated 20,000 people, their livestock and food stores for decades. The network of tunnels and living spaces is the largest of several complexes found across Cappadocia. We saw what were once actively used kitchens, wineries, bedrooms and more. There were also secret passageways and dead ends that kept inhabitants safe from intruders.
The meals of manti
Turkey’s take on ravioli is quite delicious! The tiny pasta pockets are filled with mince meat, served hot and topped with cool yogurt and lemony sumac. They are considered a specialty in Cappadocia, and making the pasta into the tiniest pieces possible is a measure of a skilled artisan.
The curious rock formations
Cappadocia is filled with rock formations that defy one’s concept of physics. I found myself questioning how rocks got on top of the “fairy chimneys” and often wondered whether some of the features were naturally occurring or man-made. Those mysteries are what make the region such a delight to visit.
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