Each year, visitors from all over the world come to Cappadocia. This very special part of Turkey has something for everyone. But the one thing that’s at the top of everyone’s list is flying over the beautiful valley of Göreme in a hot air balloon[1] , and we are proud to offer the best hot air balloon rides[2]  in the region.                         What better way to experience this unique UNESCO world heritage site than from the air. Your hot air balloon[3]  journey begins before you go up and, believe us, waking up before dawn is worth it. Watching your pilot fill the balloon with fire in ...

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Top Photography Spots in Cappadocia

      From stunning volcanic rock valleys to the iconic dawn horizon filled with hot air balloons, Turkey's Cappadocia is quickly becoming a go-to destination of choice for photography addicts. Whether your preferences tend towards sunny wide-angles, evening bokeh or astrophotography, Cappadocia is bound to keep you reaching for your camera time and time again. Read below for a round-up of some of the top photography spots in Cappadocia. 1. Onwards and Upwards: Hot Air Balloons Over the course of two and a half decades, Cappadocia's reputation as one of the most popular hot air ballooning sites in the world has gone from strength to strength. Every day just before dawn, atmospheric conditions permitting, Cappadocia's valley floors and plateaus light up with intermittent flames shooting air into inflating balloons, sometimes as many as a hundred. By the time the sun peaks over the rock formations, the skies of the historical region provide the majestic, dreamlike site of colourful balloons drifting between rocky summits and flat plains. The best way to capture your own must-have balloon shot is, of course, by taking a balloon ride. From stunning balloon-dotted vistas to bird's-eye views of fellow balloon companies, the photographic opportunities are incredible. However, if your time and tolerance for early mornings permits, then it is well worth chasing down the balloons a second time to take shots from the ground. Any one of the surroundings viewpoints will do. A good place to start is by taking the road Bilal Eroğlu Cd. out of Göreme in the direction of Avanos at about 4:30 am; and then following the balloon trucks and company minivans to the launch sites. Tour guides and balloon crew members will happily let you join in taking pictures of the inflating balloons; and then you can follow the footpaths to higher ground for excellent 360-degree views of the balloons taking off. This also works for those of you who are budget travellers who may not wish to purchase a balloon flight, especially if it is something you have already done elsewhere. 2. Wider Angles: Göreme National Park Remember your wide-angle lenses for making the most of the stunning landscape of the Göreme National Park. After millions of years of volcanic activity, the park is home to wide valleys, slopes of rock striated with different colours and the unique, tower-like rock structures of the magical fairy chimneys. The Central Anatolian region is semi-arid and very sunny, allowing for magnificent chiaroscuro; however, there is also an abundance of vivid flowers and trees for getting experimental with depth of field. When exploring the rock churches and Byzantine ...

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Exploring Göreme National Park by Foot

Undeniably the most popular way to experience the unique rock formations and breathtaking fairy chimneys of Cappadocia is by hot air balloon, floating dreamily in the sky with friends and family as the sun climbs higher and bathes the valleys in warm colours. However, so much of the complex history of Cappadocia through the ages makes itself known through the details; rock-hewn churches, pigeon valleys, cave frescoes, stunning panoramas, the asymmetry of light and shadow in the semi-arid wilderness. For these reasons and hundreds of other, the discerning tourist will definitely make time to explore Cappadocia by foot as well as by air.Göreme National Park and the rock sites of Cappadocia are located in the boundaries of Cappadocia in Turkey's Central Anatolian region. Cappadocia is a historical concept used in Christian antiquity that today implies the stretch of natural wonders that can be found largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Kirşehir, Aksaray and Nigde provinces in Turkey. Cappadocia is approximately 750 kilometres from Istanbul and occupies higher ground forming a plateau with an elevation of over 1000 metres above sea level. The area boasts a thriving tourism industry and is easily accessible by air and bus links running daily. The Göreme National Park is located on the peripheries of Göreme town, a vibrant hub of artisanal shops, traditional ateliers, cobblers and clothes specialists, excellent restaurants and a top quality hotel offering. There are a number of hiking and vehicle rental agencies located in the town that can provide practical advice on the best routes to take, the sites to look out for and further information on the geology of the landscape. A short walk through the centre of town taking the main streets of Bilal Eroğlu Cd. and Adnan Menderes Cd. will bring you into contact with several reputable agencies in quick succession. The tourism industry in Göreme is very welcoming, bringing warmth and expertise to every transaction; and bilingual services in English and Turkish are the standard. Visitors need not book ahead or undertake too much research before arrival if they do not wish to, as it is so easy to find what you need in situ. Göreme National Park and the rock sites of Cappadocia are celebrated for both geological and for cultural reasons, the combined international importance of which was formalised when Cappadocia was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1985. The striations and pinnacles of the rock valleys were formed entirely by volcanic eruptions that first eroded the land 30 million years ago, with these now-extinct volcanoes- including Erciyes, Hasan and Melendiz Dağlari- lying to the north and south of the modern communities, dominating the skyline. It is thought, from depictions in Roman art, that Mount Erciyes may have last erupted as late as 234 BC. The eye-catching 'fairy chimneys'- freestanding towers of rock that can reach up to forty metres of height and that draw thousands of tourists every year- were also formed by way of lava erosion and volcanic activity, created from deposits of ...

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How to Get Cappadocia by Airplane

The weekend is coming or you have some days off, and you would like to escape the noisiness and the promiscuity of city, however you still don’t know which destination to pick and how to make it happen?  we recommend you then to visit Cappadocia region, the land of beautiful horses, to discover the uniqueness of this divine piece of art, enjoy hot air balloon and magnificent horses tours.   Often we all get muddled by the different options available on internet for the practicalities: best airplane companies, airports options, transfers, etc . Don’t worry !  we have collected all the necessary info for you so you can jump into plane and visit stress free.    A little twinkle to alone travelers especially to woman, Cappadocia region is very SAFE, you can encounter during your trip many people sharing your passion of traveling .   Where  :    Goreme is the main city in Cappadocia , an open air  museum literately . If you are coming from Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya, there are daily direct flights to Kayseri.   How to get to Cappadocia by airplane  

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Top Facts about Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia - 4

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia started with an International hot air balloon competition organised in the area during early 1990s. Since then Cappadocia is know as one of the most amazing and suitable place to do hot air balloon ride in the world. At the moment Cappadocia is home to twenty six hot air balloon companies with a combined balloon fleet of well over 200. More than 25,000 balloon flights will take to the skies of Cappadocia over the course of an average year and approximately 500,000 passengers will have the experience of a lifetime. Cappadocia is home to the largest balloon company in the world with a fleet that is 22 balloons strong. Cappadocia ballooning industry has been going strong for a quarter of a century.

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Top Facts about Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia - 3

     Cappadocia as an International Ballooning Site The historical region of Cappadocia has enjoyed an important international reputation for years, with the National Park of Göreme and its surroundings having been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as early as 1985 due to its geological and cultural significance. However, Cappadocia is now recognised as one of the most popular sites for hot air ballooning in the world, too. Stunning pictures of Cappadocia balloon flights are now one of the most popular travel themes on social networking sites like Instagram and the region is host to some of the most important ballooning events in the world. There is no such thing as exaggeration when it comes to describing ballooning in Cappadocia, only the beautiful fact of going where the wind takes you.

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Top Facts about Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia - 2

      Safety First: Ballooning standards are very rigorous…  The ballooning companies in Cappadocia take safety very seriously. From pilot licensing to fleet maintenance to aeronautical expertise, the ballooning industry in Cappadocia is now more sufficiently regulated than ever. Ballooning does involve an element of risk, just like all forms of air transportation. There are a number of points to consider when deciding upon your balloon flight and what company to choose. Firstly, that the industry as a whole is working to reduce the dangers. For example, the decision as to when climatic conditions are optimal for safe flight is now decided by a central agency rather than by individual companies. Secondly, that all of those involved in Cappadocia’s ballooning industry- from booking agents to flight captains- are exceptionally experienced. Thirdly, hot air ballooning remains one of the safest forms of flying known to man, wıth the majority of in-flight problems still allowing for captains to make safe landings. ...

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Top Facts about Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia - 1

The best time to fly hot air balloons in Cappadocia is just before down! The Central Anatolian region of Cappadocia not only boasts its stunning formations of volcanic rock and distinctive fairy chimneys, it also has a unique continental climate that lends itself to the aeronautical art of hot air ballooning. With its inland location and moderate altitude, this provides a number of key climatic factors that contribute to ballooning success: gentle, stable winds; long, hot summers; and minimal rainfall. Cappadocia also tends towards hot days followed by much cooler nights, especially during the prime ballooning season between April and October. All of this contributes to the fact that dawn is the absolute perfect time to sail into the skies of Cappadocia. Just before dawn is the coolest moment of the day and this helps the hot air balloons to ascend into the air, as the hot air of the balloon needs to be surrounded by cooler air in order to power flight. Dawn in the valleys of Cappadocia, with its indescribable rays of warm light painting the land, is definitely something worth seeing!

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            There is no other place on earth quite like Cappadocia. When people talk about architecture, they usually talk about buildings and other structures that are man-made, but Cappadocia’s incredible architecture was made entirely by nature. The magical fairy chimneys were the result of volcanic eruptions that began millions of years ago. Humans started living in them centuries ago and many of them are still inhabited today. They are also enjoyed by visitors from all over the world who come to stay in the cave hotels.               At the top of many of the visitors’ list of things to see and do in Cappadocia is flying in a hot air balloon because this is one of the most unique places in the world to do it. It is something that anyone of any age will enjoy and is a special experience whether you do it alone or with family and friends. The baskets come in different sizes, depending on the number of people. Couples who are here on a romantic holiday or on their honeymoon can fly privately. Private flights are also ideal for proposals and anniversaries. Some large families choose the deluxe package, which offers baskets that accommodate up to 8 people. A standard basket can carry up to 20 people. It’s a great way to meet people, who often take off as strangers and land as friends.  

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