Dreaming of a relaxing break for the whole family, or looking for something a little more adventurous?
There’s something for everyone in Cappadocia. It is not a coincidence that people have lived in this Turkish region for centuries. Even in the winter you always have a clear blue sky which is great for lifting the family mood. The area has almost 300 days of sunshine and children often become good travelers with a great mix of nature and nurture and Cappadocia offers both!
The region has an amazingly rich history besides its unusual landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, mushrooms, and chimneys formed by Mother Nature. Having said that human hands also performed equally incredible works later on.
Here is What You Will Get by Visiting The Magical Landscape of Cappadocia
The Historical Sites Are Interesting For the Whole Family
The region has always been at the crossroads of different civilizations.
The known history dates back to the Neolithic Phase: 5900 – 3200 BC. It was also the center of Christianity from the first century and some of the earliest rock-cut churches are still standing here.
Kids will love strolling in the human-created caves; living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses which are all dug out of the soft stone. Cappadocia has many underground city settlements with different stories hidden underground with mind-blowing ventilation systems.
Staying in a Cave Hotel with Family is Fun
Especially after the hustle and bustle of Istanbul for a few days, sleeping in a cave with all creature comforts like a proper bathroom, a comfy bed, internet connection etc. will be a unique and unforgettable experience for all the family members.
Tons of Great Outdoor Activities
If you plan one site visit for the day and let the family members pick an activity for themselves everyone is happy.
There is hiking, biking, horse riding options as well as canoeing on the Red River (Kizilirmak) in summer and skiing in the nearby Mt. Erciyes in winter.
The Kingdom of Hot Air Ballooning
More than 100 balloons take off every morning with the sunrise. It would be a great start for the day with the whole family if you want to experience or a fantastic opportunity for an amazing photo shooting session.
2000-Years-Old Tradition of Pottery Making Since Hittites
The whole family can improve their artistic skills and create their own masterpieces at a local ceramic atelier.
However, keep in mind that it is not a usual pottery workshop, but the old-style kick wheel that was invented by Hittites.
Food Culture Enriched by Civilizations for Centuries
Locals of the region still produce their own goods and you can enjoy real organic food at a village restaurant, for a delicious tandoori set menu consisting of soup, grape leaves, pottery kebab and some local dessert as a final bite before sipping your Turkish Coffee.
Also, if you share the kids' diet in advance, they will be able to prepare almost anything. Another hands-on cooking session is also fun for most of the people.
It is Easy to Interact with Locals
People are very friendly and willing to meet foreigners. You can easily be a guest of a local home and get to know more about the local life.
Accompanied by your guide, enjoy a real-time translated conversation asking the locals some questions while kids will be enjoying some local games with their new Turkish friends.
It is Quiet & Extremely Peaceful
It is a destination where you can enjoy everything at your own pace…You don't have to wake up early every morning as in bigger cities and touristy areas.
You have the entire view of valleys to yourself while enjoying the big Turkish Breakfast and chat with family.
It is a place that is out of this world and if your children are learning about galaxies or dreaming of being a geologist; this entire geography will be a heaven for them.