Cappadocia

Cappadocia is located in the heart of Anatolia . It has quite unique landscapes, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1985. Cappadocia , was formed about 10 million years ago from the eruption in a surge of lava, mud and dust, of three volcanoes: Erciyes Dag, Hasan Dag and Göllü Dag. Continuous erosion of wind, rain and frost have then sculpted this unique landscape in what it is today, a magical place of cones, canyons, peaks and fairy chimeys that have never stopped fascinating people and sheltering them too. 

The history of Cappadocia, made of conquests, wars and successive invasions can be easily perceived thru its landscapes and remarkable treasures:underground churches, subterranean cities, caravanserais along the silk road…

The magnificence of the setting, particularly of Uchisar itself, is reinforced by the warmth and friendliness of the locals : the visitor is welcomed with a generosity that we in the West are no longer accustomed to. Children are precious and can wonder around without problem.

It needs to be said : Cappadocia is far removed from the geographic, social, and political turmoil that one generally associates with the southern borders of Turkey. Here, village life continues unperturbed in the rhythm of the seasons, and the cock’s morning crowing is the sole break in the calm.

Weather

The notion that the climate in Cappadocia is torrid and uncomfortable is quite simply wrong. Our climate is continental. In summer, the days are sunny and dry ; the evenings and nights generally cool, thanks to the 1300 m elevation of Uchisar.

The swing seasons can see rain and the evenings can be chilly. In winter, snow covers the valleys and the temperature is often below freezing. On the other hand, the average humidity of 35% means that the winter cold is a dry type, making outdoor exploration of the region possible.

Activities

Cappadocia is one of those places which charms every visitor. And Uchisar, which fortunately has been saved from the devastation of mass tourism, is unquestionably an ideal base to discover the region. Aficionados of history, religion and archaeology will find an inexhaustible source of delights there. Photographers will appreciate the extraordinary luminosity of deaybreak and approaching dusk, flooding luxurious landscapes. Antique and crafts lovers will relish the hunt for “treasures” in the village shops, taking pleasure in negotiating pillows, kilims and susani, etc., while sipping apple teas. Sportsmen will enjoy a morning jog in the Pigeon Valley, a horseback ride for a few hours or a few days, or may be decide to rent a bike or a quad. Cooks will visit the markets stalls of local producers as a prelude to trying out the local flavors in their fully-equipped kitchen. Children will play Indiana Jones, exploring fairy chimneys. And everyone will appreciate having time to slow down and simply do nothing, enjoying the scenery from the terrace!