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Introducing Avanos

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.