Deep in Central Turkey, magical fairy chimneys and bizarre rock outcrops abound. Cappadocia’s vast lands are sprinkled with extraordinary works of nature, creating a setting fit for fantasy. During a recent trip to Turkey, I ventured deep into the land of elves and fairies, searching for something beyond the ordinary.
Arriving at Kayseri International Airport, I wandered if I’d landed in another planet. Amidst the outlandish landscape, there was silence except for the occasional sounds of eagles circling the skies. It was daybreak as we drove into Göreme, Cappadocia – the sky shrouded in red, and clouds ominously draped over the mountainscape.
Winding my way through the town of Göreme, I found myself staring in the skies as thousands of multi-coloured hot-air balloons float languidly into the air. I had the rare opportunity of hopping onto a hot-air balloon with Cappadocia Voyager Balloons: an inspirational experience that could only be described with superlatives.
I continued my tour around Cappadocia, snaking through entrenched valleys studded with obscure but awestriking works of nature. At Dervent Valley, we chanced upon several hikers and cyclists, hungry for some adventure.
Another highly recommended stop is the Göreme Open-air Museum, where towering fairy-chimneys are on display. I wandered around the clusters of rock outcrops, even climbing within the chimneys to get a feel of living within a cave as a hermit.
By evening, I set off for my abode for the night: Yunak Evleri Boutique Hotel. An exclusive hotel carved right out of the cliff face, Yunak Evleri is a gorgeous property tastefully designed in traditional Ottoman style.
My sprawling deluxe suite was separated into two main areas: the living room and sleeping area. I relaxed in style on my Ottoman kilim sofa, while swaying to soothing music in the background. The day came to an end as I dozed off in my rocking chair, fantasizing about my next day of adventures in Cappadocia.