The red clay for which Avanos is famed comes from the Kızılırmak (Red River), which runs through its centre. For centuries, local potters have used it to make the simple pots that today still form the backbone of the local economy. Visitors have been coming here since Roman times (Avanos was once the Roman city of Venasa), but quite frankly we don’t see the attraction of this place. Its setting is bland indeed when compared with those of Ürgüp, Göreme and Uçhisar, and it doesn’t have any attractions other than the pottery workshops to distract attention from this fact. Some may choose to stay in Avanos as it is a convenient base for exploration.
Avanos destination guides
Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Devrent Valley, Ozkonak, Pasabag, Avanos and Goreme Open-Air Museum
Behold the spectacular rock formations and cave churches of Turkey’s Cappadocia region on this full-day sightseeing trip from Istanbul, including round-trip transfers, flights and lunch! Drive through valleys crowded with surreal volcanic pillars and pinnacles; ogle the painted cave churches of UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum; and explore the hand-carved tunnels of Özkona.
Cappadocia Guided Walk
Follow ancient trails to discover the lunar landscape of Cappadocia on foot