We were then taken back to Göreme and went to visit the Göreme open air museum where there are churches cut into the rock, some with beautifully painted frescoes. Sadly many of these have been defaced – literally – the faces have been scratched away by fanatics who don’t believe in representation of the human form.
More information about these churches can be found here.
From here we proceeded up to the Göreme panorama at the top of the hill just outside the town from where there was a good view across the valley. There were lots of souvenir shops and trees with evil eye decorations hanging on the branches.
Then we went to the hill-top town of Uchisar where we could drive right up to the castle.
Then we went to the top of Pigeon valley for more photos.
Then to Çavuşın, where the soft rock of the hillside is riddled with dwellings many of which were inhabited until the 1950’s
Nearby Avanos is famous for its pottery shops
Then we went to see the fairy chimneys at Paşabağı. These weird formations have been caused by wind and weather erosion
Last place on the itinerary was Urgup. We stopped by a block of flats so that I could take a photo looking up towards the buildings cut into the rock.
Out of the car in front of me 2 guys removed a sheep for the sacrificial Bayram and dragged it into the building. Urgup looked to be the Gordes (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Provence) of Cappadocia as it was full of boutique hotels and restaurants. It had obviously gone up in the world since our visit 30 years ago!
Then we drove back stopping for coffee in the small village of Çardak and through Derinkuyu. In many of the fields up on the plateau the pumpkins/marrow/squash were being harvested and seeds removed and spread out to dry.
Pumpkin seeds are a great delicacy here and you’ll find empty shells littering the ground pretty much wherever you go.