road tripping in Cappadocia, Turkey

Monday, January 05, 2015

Cappadocia, Turkey - famous for it's stunning landscape, fairy chimneys, hot air ballooning and pottery kebabs. Heard of it? To be honest I hadn't until a few months ago when hubby and I decided to spend Christmas and New Years in Turkey, and I was googling for places of interest.

What I found was a landscape like nothing I have seen before, anywhere. The mountains, valleys, fairy chimneys and the greenery mixed with snow blew me away. I spent most of my time in Cappadocia gaping upwards with my mouth hanging open, and the rest of it trying to capture the stunning vistas on camera.

Exploring Cappadocia National Park, Turkey

We spent four days exploring Cappadocia National Park via car and foot, and I did my best to video as much as I could on my new iPhone 6 plus (whoa!). Here's the finished product - my first ever blog video of what it was like on the road in Cappadocia. It's a bit shaky but hey, that's what 'road tripping' is all about...

My top tips for visiting Cappadocia...
  1. Hire a car. Cappadocia National Park is a large area that spans over 400km with diverse landscape, mountains, underground cities, ancient cities built into the rock and more. You need a car to see this place. Don't make do with a bus tour.
  2. Stay in a cave house. Our friends and I found our very own cave house on AirBnB, and I have to say this place was the coolest lodging I've slept in for a while.
  3. Pack your walking shoes. There are hundreds of ancient cave dwellings to explore and gape at in Cappadocia. Be prepared to do some walking - it's well worth the exercise, and you don't want to be that tourist who turns up in heels (yes I saw someone in heels climbing a mountain).
  4. Allow at least three whole days to see the best of what Cappadocia has to offer. We had four days and managed to pack in a lot without feeling rushed.
  5. Pack your camera. This is one spot in the world where you'll want it.
Let me know what you think of this video - it's my first go with moving image (I've even set up a YouTube channel) so I welcome any constructive feedback. I have a few more videos to come, including Cappadocia highlights so keep your eyes peeled!

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  1. Woow this looks amazing! Turkey is totally on my must visit list, I hope I get there soon and this park will definitely be on my list! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Hi Jasmin, thanks for stopping by. Yep, Turkey is a pretty cool travel destination.

  2. I love love loved our time in Turkey (we lived there a year before London) and we enjoyed Cappadocia. Good for you to brave driving there! They have some wild drivers. Did you get to do the hot air balloon?

    1. The driving was okay actually - I've experienced much more chaos in Italy! :) No balloon ride this time due to wind but I'll get there one day.

  3. What a breathtaking roadtrip (I loved the soundtrack too!)

  4. Love the video! You are so right - what incredible scenery, completely unlike anything I have ever seen before either!

    Carly xo

    1. I know right. It was unreal in person. Thanks Carly.