Not many locations can boast having a secret city underground for the purpose of hiding whilst their above ground city was under siege. If, or perhaps rather when, the city was under threat, the clever folk would migrate into these underground cities where they would remain until it was safe to come out. Along with their livestock and supplies they even had access to water via a fresh water stream running underneath the city.
Welcome to Göreme in Turkey, and the shortest way we can put it is this: go there now! We highly doubt you will find anything to regret from making this a travel priority. This is one of those places that you will brag and gloat about visiting for a long time and let’s face it, that’s why we travel right! right?
It is no wonder that Göreme scored a place on TripAdvisors 2015 travellers choice list, at position 14. At a glance, here is what you can expect.
A city carved out of the volcanic rock in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, Hotels that have also been carved out of the rock walls, an open-air museum that has monasteries stacked alongside each other - with churches that are, you guessed it, also carved out of these impressive volcanic formations: inside these churches are a number of stunning fresco paintings.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1984), filled with interesting, intriguing and amazing sites and if you needed any further convincing you can also go and taste some of the best turkish cuisine.
This is not a destination that has stayed off the tourist radar and the region survives off this ever-green industry so don’t be surprised when you bump into others in khaki and wearing a camera around their shoulder. However, you can try to minimise this slightly by going around Spring - when it is slightly less touristy, yet still has nice weather. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Goreme is a city in Turkey's region of Nevsehir. It has a population of 6,350, is situated at an altitude of 3655ft and the best airport to fly into is NAV (Nevsehir, Nevsehir)
- The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY)
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