Hidden in a far-off section of Turkey known as Cappodocia, with a population of only 2,500 at most, Goreme is a hidden treasure within the Goreme National Park, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 due to the beauty of the surrounding landscapes and the fairy chimney rock formations in conjunction with the homes and other buildings carved into the rock throughout the town itself. This is a place of magical appeal, with honeycombed cliffs and valleys crawling their way through, and Goreme definitely stands apart as one of those places where only few have traveled, yet the ones who have speak continually of its wonder.
The rock formations are the primary reason to explore Goreme, and the village itself is fairly small, so walking gets you anywhere you need to go. The surrounding canyons and geographical wonders make for excellent hiking opportunities, from exploring the fairy chimney rocks that were cut by wind and rain, to seeing the wonder of Caravansari, an underground city that is unlike anything else on Earth. Hot-air balloons are one of the ways to get a bird’s eye view of the canyons and cliffs, with flights taking off at either just before sundown or just after sunrise. The pilots somtimes dip down below the ridge lines, often close enough for you to reach out and touch the rock chimneys themselves, and it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is fairly expensive but worth if for the rush of adrenaline and the memories that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Goreme pottery is unique to the region and distinctive to the history of the land. Pottery is also a huge thing in Goreme, and you will have plenty of opportunities to watch local craftsmen at work, and since you are in the heart of Turkey the famous Turkish cuisine awaits, set out in the splendor of a small-town setting where things are far more intimate than you might achieve in one of the major cities. All in all, this is one of the most fantastical places you will ever get a chance to see, and is well worth getting off the beaten path for.
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