The road between Aksaray and Nevşehir follows one of the oldest trade routes in the world, the Uzun Yol (Long Road). The route linked Konya, the Seljuk capital, with its other great cities (Kayseri, Sivas and Erzurum) and ultimately with Persia (Iran).
The Long Road was formerly dotted with hans (caravanserais) where the traders would stop for accommodation and business. The remains of three of these can be visited from Aksaray, the best preserved being the impressive Ağzıkara Hanı, 16km northeast of Aksaray, which was built between 1231 and 1239.
Further towards Nevşehir you'll pass the scant remains of the 13th-century Tepesidelik Hanı, 23km northeast of Aksaray, and the 12th-century Alay Hanı, another 10km on.