The “Land of Beautiful Horses” and Fairy Chimneys
A moonscape region carved by the nature and men, Cappadocia, southeast of Ankara, is most famous for its unique geological features and layers of history.
Cappadocia is the name of the region created by the erosion of the soft layers formed by the lava and ashes sprayed by the volcanic mountains of Erciyes, Hasandağ and Güllüdağ, and shaped by rain, wind, and ice for millions of years.
Past cultures have dug into them to create dwellings, castles, and even entire underground cities, used as hiding places by early inhabitants.
The local people referred to these unique rock formations as "fairy chimneys", a name that has endured throughout the ages. If nature was the first artist to arrange the decor, it was Anatolian humankind who carved the rock and created Cappadocia as an open-air museum full of unparalleled natural and cultural phenomena.
Explore and experience this fantastic land, from riding to cycling, from exploration to sumptuous cuisine. No matter the season or time of year, this fantasy land has something to stimulate, captivate and invigorate the senses.
One of the leading destinations for hot air balloon tourism in the world, Cappadocia offers mesmerizing rides over the open-air museum and you can start the day with a breathtaking view of the fairy chimneys. As an alternative to Cappadocia’s sepia hues, Pamukkale’s unique white travertines have become a rising star for balloon tourism in the recent years.