Exploring Goreme and Cappadocia
Overnight buses are a popular mode of travel all over the world for both budget travellers and anyone trying to get the most out of their time in a country. The overnight bus kills two birds with one stone so to speak, in getting you to a destination and providing a night of accommodation. This option saves you time and money and is something very common in places through South America where long distance between major travel destinations occur.
Turkey also happens to be a place where the overnight bus system becomes a useful and popular mode of getting around. With Turkey offering so much over such a large distance it is common for buses both day and overnight to leave from all major hubs with Istanbul being the busiest. Taking an overnight bus from Istanbul can get you to one particular place of interest, that being the town of Goreme and the famous rock formations of Cappadocia.
For information on where to stay in Cappadocia I recommend a look at Koza Cave Hotel here
The town of Goreme has plenty to offer and after arriving in the small town most accommodation is only walking distance from the bus port. Once settled in you can walk around the local shops or have a beer and a steak at Fat Boys, the local bar and cafe.
From here there are a few walks through the whimsical rock formations of Cappadocia and there is an open air museum nearby. The open air museum allows you to walk through the homes and churches carved out of the chimney-like rocks hundreds of years ago.
If hikes aren’t your thing, Goreme offers tours through the various workshops both in Goreme and a short drive to the surrounding villages. Here you can find rug makers, onyx factories and our favourite, the ceramic workshops where you can even try your hand at making something on the wheel. Put on a pair of your nanna’s pyjama pants and take to the wheel like Jen and I did.
Goreme also boasts a huge underground city where the early inhabitants fled during times of war. It is fascinating to discover these underground tunnels spanned a couple of kilometres and had everything from wine storage to dining rooms.
By the time night falls, there is nowhere better to eat than at a traditional restaurant called Dibek Traditional Cook. Here you can feast on great traditional dishes like bulgur or lentil soup, Cacik (cucumber in yoghurt similar to Greek tatziki) or my favourite the pottery kebab which consists of either meat or mushrooms cooked in a ceramic pot with eggplant, tomato, potato, pepper and garlic and served with rice. After main course you can try baklava or aside, the traditional dessert of the village. All this while sitting cross-legged on cushions around a warm fire! This was the perfect place to be for the cold nights in Goreme.
Now I haven’t even covered the one attraction of Cappadocia which is the hot air ballooning because I have so many photos to show you so it will have to wait. 🙂