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How to tour in Cappadocia?

Writer: Yavuz İşçen
January 2010/Ankara

First of all, standart tours might be satisfactory for you to visit the most famous places of Cappadocia. However, Cappadocia is not a place to explore within two or three days. In fact, the unknown Cappadocia is much more larger and interesting. We may tell you that, in order to have a simple Cappadocia tour you need at least fifteen days even one month. Or you pop in just for the weekend? Gosh! Cappadocia is being visited by the people who have different interest, cultural backgrounds and different expectations. Therefore, it seems impossible to organize a tour which will correspond everybody. That’s why we have not prepare a standart list for you. The list includes places you might like to visit due to your interests. It is your choice. During your visit, we believe that the information included in the website will be guiding you.

The bridge between Asia and Europe

The country, officially called Turkish Republic, has most of its land in Asian continent and a small part in European continent. By this geological position, Turkey is somehow a bridge between Asia and Europe. Since 1923, the country is a secular republic and most of the population is Muslim. The capital city is Ankara and some of the big cities are İstanbul, Bursa, İzmir, Antalya and Adana. Turkey is surrounded by the sea; from north by Black Sea, from west by Aegean Sea, from south by Mediterranean Sea. The neighboring countries are Greece and Bulgaria from northwest, Georgia and Armenia from northeast, Iran from east, Iraq from southeast and Syria from south.

A world brand in culture tourism

Cappadocia is a name given to a historical region during the first era. At present, Cappadocia region stands in Central Anatolia region, in the middle part of Turkey. The region used to cover a bigger area during the first era, later on it decreased. Presently, touristical Cappadocia covers the city of Nevşehir as a center; historically and geographically the neighboring cities Aksaray, Kayseri and Niğde cover the land of Cappadocia. In addition to its unique geological formation, with its historical and cultural elements Cappadocia is one of the most important culture and faith tourism centers both in Turkey and in the world.

Transport to Cappadocia 
It is easy to get to Cappadocia by land from anywhere in Turkey.  There are regular bus services from several cities to Nevşehir, Aksaray, Kayseri, and Niğde. The region has two airports: the first, Nevşehir-Cappadocia Tuzköy Airport, is 30 km from Nevşehir, while the other, Kayseri Airport, is 100 km from Nevşehir. Turkish Airlines (THY) flies regularly from İstanbul Atatürk Airport and İzmir Airport to Kayseri and Nevşehir. Alternatively, Pegasus Airlines flies from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Nevşehir. 

Transportation in Cappadocia
Transportation within the Cappadocia region is easy since the distance between the city centers isn't very large. It is possible to take a dolmuş, bus or taxi within the cities.  Most of the tourists rent a car, a motorcycle or use an ATV. Bicycle hire can be a good alternative for those who are sportier. There are many firms offering these vehicles for rental.  

The altitude of the Cappadocia region is around 1100 meters. It has a continental climate where the summers are hot and rainless and the winters are cold and rainy. The winter starts from mid December and lasts until mid March and brings with it snow, while the Spring brings rain. Usually it doesn't rain during the summer and autumn months. The region is poor in greenery and the vegetation can be described as steppe. In order to have more information about the weather forecast, you may visit the below address:
Meteorology Tel: +90 (312) 359 75 45

The communication network in Turkey is under the supervision of a public authority known with the abbreviation of PTT. By using PTT, you may send every kind of letter, postcards and packages to any country safely and economically. There are also other private cargo companies providing the similar service. Beside the postal, you may also have domestic and international telephone and fax service from PTT. The central PTT offices in cities and districts are at your service 7 days 24 hours. The other PTT offices can be used in working hours.

In some of the major PTT offices and in all of the premises that you will be accommodating, you will find cable or wireless internet connection. In addition especially during summer most of the internet cafes are open till late at night.

Hospital and pharmacy
In the city centers of the region, there are major hospitals with the capacity of many of the surgeries. In districts and villages there are hospitals and clinics that you may refer in every kind of health problems. These structures will be at your service 7 days 24 hours. There are also pharmacies serving during the working hours and during the evenings you may find pharmacy on duty.

Working Hours
The public institutions are open during the week days from 9 am to 5 pm. The lunch break is between 12 am and 1 pm. The private enterprises are usually open 6 days of the week accept Sundays and their working hours are a bit longer. The touristical enterprises of the region almost are not closed and they are open till late at night.

The currency in Turkey is TL (Türk Lirası). The banknotes in circulation are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 TL. The coins are 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Kuruş and 1 TL. In Cappadocia region in touristical enterprises it is common to use US dollar and Euro. If you want you can pay in these currencies. In every bank or exchange offices in the region your can change the currency you have into Turkish Lira.

Note: This article has been published in “Cappadocia Life and Travel Guide-2010”. It is under protection of the copyrights of the book. No part of this article may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by electronic, mechanical or other means without prior permission from the owner.

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