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Top Choice Area in Göreme

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 hide …
Top Choice Historic Site in Göreme

Göreme Open-Air Museum

One of Turkey's Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Göreme Open-Air Museum is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary and deserves a two-hour visit. First an important Byzantine monastic settlement that housed s…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Göreme

Seten Restaurant

Brimming with an artful Anatolian aesthetic, Seten is a feast for the eye as well as for the stomach. Named after the old millstones used to grind bulgur wheat, this restaurant is an education for newcomers to Turki…
Top Choice Anatolian in Göreme

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 a cosy restaurant w…
Church in Göreme

Tokalı Kilise

When you exit the Open-Air Museum, don't forget to cross the road to visit the Tokalı Kilise (Buckle Church) 50m down the hill towards Göreme and covered by the same ticket.This is one of Göreme's biggest and finest…
Church in Göreme

Karanlık Kilise

The stunning fresco-filled Karanlık Kilise, is the most famous of the Open-Air Museum's churches. It takes its name from the fact that it originally had very few windows. Luckily this lack of light preserved the viv…
Church in Göreme

Yılanlı Kilise

Uphill from the Azize Barbara Şapeli is the Yılanlı Kilise (Snake Church, or Church of St Onuphrius), where St George's ubiquitous dragon-foe is still having a bad day. To add insult to its fatal injuries, the churc…
Church in Göreme

Elmalı Kilise

Above the Aziz Basil Şapeli, bow down to enter the 12th-century Apple Church (Elmalı Kilise), overlooking a valley of poplars. Relatively well preserved, it contains both simple, red-ochre daubs and professionally p…
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Aziz Basil Şapeli

From the Göreme Open-Air Museum ticket booth, follow the cobbled path until you reach this chapel dedicated to Kayseri-born St Basil; one of Cappadocia's most important saints. In the main room, St Basil is pictured…
Turkish in Göreme

Nazar Börek

Head here for gözleme (savoury pancake) and sosyete böregi (stuffed spiral pastries served with yoghurt and tomato sauce) served by friendly Rafik and his team. Dessert fans should also pull in to taste Turkey's wac…