A 16 second video to accompany my earlier post on Goreme.
It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m back again.
Early mornings are one of my favourite times of the day (the other being sunset). Here is a shot of the road to Goreme with all the hot air balloons in full flight taken just after the sunrise.
Here’s a few suggestions if you’re thinking about making a trip to Cappadocia (Goreme only below:)
• One day is enough to see all the major sites and fit in a hot air balloon ride in the morning
• Do make sure you go on a hot air balloon ride to catch the sunrise (4.30am wake up call) Some companies will also offer a later ride at 6am, whereby it’ll be less crowded. There are a number of companies, but we had an excellent time through Butterfly Balloons (http://www.butterflyballoons.com/)
• There are a number of tours, but an alternative is to rent your own bike (motorbike, scooter, ATV, mountain bike) and go around exploring the area at your own pace.
• Must see sites include: Rose Valley, Love Valley, Göreme Open Air Museum, Aktepe Hill (to see the sunset, 2TL entrance fee pp)
• For food, there are three places that serve standout food (keep in mind that Goreme is a relatively small town and so the standard is fairly low). The places to eat at are: Mustafa’s Topdeck Cave Restaurant (bookings required) great home cooked dishes; Dibek Traditional Cook (bookings required) a true feast and be sure to order the testi kebabi, otherwise known as pottery kebab; for something a bit more casual, go to Finn Express, which is a hit with the locals (you’ll see them bring their own mince/ingredients in and have the guys cook them pides/pizzas) - be sure to order their pide/Turkish pizza.
• There is a local market just right outside the Dia supermarket every Wednesday if you need to buy any fresh fruit or vegetables.
• For the sundowners, One Way (have an Efes on their beanbags) and Fat Boys are great for unwinding after a long day.
• Lastly, if you’re a runner and happen to be staying for two nights in Goreme, then make sure you try and get up around 5.15am in the morning to catch the views and more importantly, the sunrise from the ground which is equally as breathtaking.
Even if you’re not staying at Eden Rock, it’s worthwhile grabbing a bite at Sand Bar. Both the food and view won’t disappoint, but be prepared to put up with the egotistical staff members (dressed in shades of Baywatch).
Pictured here is the Simply Cooked Gambas (Gulf Shrimp), recommended with a side of their mixed stir-fry vegetables (bak choi, asparagus and broccoli). If you’re feeling hungry, go for the Grilled local fish sandwich with french fries or for something light, their lobster salad with champagne dressing.