Chasing Sunrise in Cappadocia 

 Sunrise in Cappadocia is pure magic ✨ Yes, it is definitely worth waking up for!:) 
I stayed in Cappadocia during the month of August. The best place to watch sunrise is called “Sunset Point”. You could easily find it on Google map by searching for “Sunset Aydın Kırağı Seyir Yeri” and it is about 15min walk from Göreme’s otogari (bus station).

Personally I would recommend you to get to the sunset point around 5:45am, bring along some refreshments and wait for the magic to begin:) 

On this blog most of the pictures are taken around 6:15am, enjoy:) 
    
    
 

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Cappadocia Hike 3 – Paşabağ, Zelve Open Air Museum and Devrent Valley 


Most of the pictures from this post are taken along Paşabağ Yolu, which personally I think the most scenic part for Hike 3.

click on this picture for a more insider story by my fellow German Blogger Christian 🇩🇪

Hike 3 starts at Çavuşin Village. You can easily take a dolmuş from Göreme bus station to Çavuşin Village for ₺2 (one way) and that would be the starting point of your hike.


Following the blue arrow, you would be hiking along Paşabağ Yolu, where you would see a lot of interesting rock formations and landscapes.

However, once you hit the main road, you would be hiking along the highway until you reach the area marked with a black pointy glove on the map.  Once you are here, it is impossible to miss as it is packed with tour buses and tourists.

Of course my instinct is let’s escape this tourist crowd now!

As you hike further down Zelve Yolu, you would have the option to visit Zelve Yolu Museum (marked by a yellow star on the map) or take a dolmus further to Devrent Valley (marked by a red arrow)

  
  
  
  

Cappadocia Hike 2 – Love Valley 

The first thing you would notice about Love Valley is the abundance of greenery in addition to the scenery between the chimney rocks.

The second thing you would notice is the unusual shapes of the rock pillars. They are simply the result of ancient volcanic eruptions, approximately 9 to 3 million years ago during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs. 

the famous asparagus or phallic-shaped pillars

  
    
    
   

Cappadocia Hike 1 – Pigeon Valley 

  
I picked Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi in Turkish) for my first hike in Cappadocia. After some online research, I was convinced that’s where I would find the famous Tree of Evil eyes. 

  

“In Turkey, and Greece, the Evil Eye has a deep cultural symbolism and the talisman is fixed to anything perceived to attract greed, envy, or ill-will to ward off the evil eye.”
  

I hiked the long trail from Göreme to Uçhısar via Görçeli Sk. 

 

  

At the start of my hike, I passed by Traveller’s cave hotel. I went inside with the intention to get a bottle of water but ended up discovering they have the most beautiful terrace that would be perfect to watch sunrise in Cappadocia. 

Here are some pictures from the start of my hike. 

   
  
 

A Natural Wonder: Pamukkale Turkey 

  
 
Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale. 
Pamukkale, literally means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, is indeed a natural wonder. 

Pamukkale is made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. 

However, if you are looking for the most iconic google image of Pamukkale, you will be disappointed. The area is left empty and there is no spring water in those terraced basins
    

At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

Karahayit Red Hot Spring, Pamukkale Turkey 

   

 Karahayit is a small village situated just 7 km after Pamukkale. You can easily take a dolmuş there from Pamukkale for ₺2 one way. 

  
The highlight of Karahayit is a natural hot spring. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they provide healing to the visitors for 5000 years. 

  

   

Locally known as ‘Kirmiz Su’, which translates to red water, it is very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs, at about 56 degrees.

Şirince, Turkey 2015 

On Oona’s last day of visit, we decided to go to Şirince, an old Greek village located near the town of Selcuk, in the province of Izmir, Turkey. Once a Greek-populated mountain village, Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century.  Most of what one sees today was built around the 19th century.       There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Şirince (meaning “Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.      Şirince has long winemaking tradition with different types of fruits, particularly peaches, blueberries, cherries& pomegranate.  The last dolmus leaves Sirince at 21:00, Hence, you could afford to stay a night at one of the boutique hotels, you could experience true beauty of Sirince and its sunset.   

₺7 to Paradise: Dilek Peninsula National Park

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Dilek Peninsula National Park, also locally known as Milli Park, is just 15 miles (30km approx.) south of Kusadasi.

The three main beaches of Milli Park are:

Icmeler, sandy beach (1st stop, closest to the entrance)
Aydinlik Koyu, little stone beach (2nd)
Kavakli Burun, big stone beach (3rd and most beautiful, least crowded)

It’s about 45min drive from Kusadasi city centre to the park entrance or you can simply take a “dolmus”. The dolmus are minibuses that run very frequently and you can take them everywhere along bus routes and you can also get off wherever and whenever you want.
The dolmus system could easily be the most common and affordable form of transportation for Kusadasi and its surrounding area.