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Güllüdere (Rose) Valley

The trails that loop around Güllüdere Vadısı (Rose Valley) are easily accessible to all levels of walkers and provide some of the finest fairy-chimney-strewn vistas in Cappadocia. As well as this, though, they...

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Dark Church

The highlight of Göreme Open-Air Museum is the stunning and fully restored Dark Church, famed for the vivid colours and excellent preservation of its frescoes. The modern name of the church is due to the lack of...

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Göreme Open-Air Museum

Göreme Open-Air Museum

This Unesco World Heritage site is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary. First thought to be a Byzantine monastic settlement that housed some 20 monks, then a pilgrimage site from the 17th century, this...

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Dibek

Diners sprawl on cushions and take a taste-bud tour of village food at this family restaurant. Take our advice and order the tadım (tasting) menu plus a testı kebapı (meat and vegetable stew slow-cooked in a...

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Dusk by Koza

Sip sunset cocktails while taking in the best view in town. Tamer and Lisa have created Göreme's most chilled-out, intimate summer drinking spot on the top two terraces at Koza Cave Hotel. The cocktails (₺60 to...

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Buckle Church

The Buckle Church is 50m back down the hill towards Göreme and across the road from the main Open-Air Museum complex, but is covered by the same entrance ticket. Don't miss it as this is one of Göreme's biggest...

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Pumpkin Cafe

With its wooden balcony and snug stone-cut room decorated with whimsically carved-out pumpkins (what else), this cute-as-a-button restaurant is one of the cosiest dining picks in Göreme. The four-course set menu...

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Topdeck Cave Restaurant

If it feels as though you're dining in a family home, it's because you are. Talented chef Mustafa (aka Topdeck) and his gracious clan have transformed an atmospheric cave room in their house into an intimate...

Church in Göreme

Apple Church

The 12th-century Apple Church (Elmalı Kilise) overlooks a valley of poplars below. Relatively well preserved, it contains both simple, red-ochre daubs and bright frescoes depicting scenes from the New Testament....

Turkish in Göreme

Nazar Börek

Rafik and family have converted their family home on the edge of Güvercinlik Valley, surrounded by fairy chimneys, into one of the town's most scenic places to dine. Come for excellent-value meals of gözleme...

Viewpoint in Göreme

Sunset View Hill

You get one of the best panoramas across Göreme by walking up the steep hill through alleyways to this wooden platform suspended on the edge of the cliff high above the village. From here you can follow a rough...

International in Göreme

Fat Boys

This restaurant-bar is a relaxed and friendly evening hang-out. We love kicking back on the terrace's cushions, munching spring rolls and watching the world go by with an Efes (500ml ₺22) in hand. The menu stars...

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Chapel of St Barbara

It's posited that Byzantine soldiers carved the 11th-century Azize Barbara Şapeli (Chapel of St Barbara), dedicated to their patron saint who is depicted on the left as you enter. The red-ochre scenes on the...

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Kolonlu Kilise

Within Güllüdere (Rose) Valley, this church is easily missed as it's carved out of a nondescript rock facade. Once inside though, the nave is notable for its sturdy columns carved out of the rock. Follow the...

Area in Göreme

Zemi Valley

The trailhead off Müze Caddesi leads into the narrow gorge of Zemi Valley lined with tall poplar trees and sided by cliffs studded with pigeon houses. If you walk the entire length of Zemi you end up coming out...

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Aynalı Kilise

From the Open-Air Museum entrance, a 1km walk uphill along Müze Caddesi brings you to the signposted trail leading down to the Aynalı Kilise. The main chapel is adorned with interesting red-ochre geometric...

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Haçlı Kilise

This church, entered via a rickety wooden staircase, has frescoes dating to the 9th century on its apse and a ceiling carved with a spectacular large cross.On the ridge, just below the rock cone that contains the...

Church in Göreme

Snake Church

The Snake Church (or Church of St Onuphrius) got its modern name when locals mistook St George's ubiquitous dragon-foe, depicted in a fresco here, for a snake.Just after you enter the chapel, look on the...

Kebab in Göreme

Köşem

This wee canteen is Göreme's new favourite for cheap tasty lunches of dönerli sandviç (döner kebap sandwich), dürüm sandviç (the same but wrapped in flatbread) and tantuni sandviç (diced beef, tomatoes and...

Church in Göreme

Chapel of St Basil

Dedicated to Kayseri-born St Basil, this is the first church you come to inside the Göreme Open-Air Museum. The main room holds frescoes of St Basil (left wall) and St George and St Theodore slaying a faded...