Nevsehir is located in Central Anatolia. Nevsehir is 727 mile far from Istanbul. Nevşehir is one of Turkey’s most unique tourist havens with its rich tapestry of culture acquired from many centuries of civilization combining history with nature. Nevsehir a very large plateau formed from an accumulation of the ash and lava of ancient and extinct volcanoes such as Erciyes, Melendiz and Ilasan. The region has a mainland climate and continues to attract tourists throughout all of the year. Nevsehir is the capital of the Cappadocia region and is a perfect starting point for extensively visiting the area. The first settlements date back to 3000 BC; its oldest name was “Nyssa.” The city also has some interesting remains from the Seljuk period, such as the castle which stands at the highest point of the city. The Kursunlu Mosque has an impressive complex of buildings and a medresse surrounding it which dates back to 1726. The museum displays a rich collection of the local finds.

Cappadocia is truly one of the most enjoyable and interesting visits I have ever made, impressing even my beloved Proserpina. The number of sites available is huge for instance, there are known to be over 30 underground cities of which many are available for tourism. Cave churches are around every bend in the road. Several famous valleys amaze with landscape, churches, and scenery scattered throughout the region. One could easily spend four or five days and not see everything, but three days is the absolute minimum to at least sample one or two of each of the classes of sites.

Cappadocia divided into a northern and a southern tour. For those with appropriate weather conditions, which we did have, early morning balloon tours of the valleys and churches are alleged to be a highlight. Armed with a good map, independent travel is certainly possible, but private tours will add greater understanding especially for the cave church frescoes. And with tours, meals are at selected restaurants. Our best meals in Turkey were lunches with guides.

The most important towns and destinations in Cappadocia are Urgup, Goreme, Ihlara Valley, Uchisar, Avanos, Ortahisar, MustafaPasa, Gulsehir, Hacibektas and Zelve. Among the underground cities worth seeing are Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Gaziemir, and Ozkanak. The best historic mansions and cave houses for tourist stays are in Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar and Mustafapasa.

Nevşehir’s cuisine is rich and the most of the dishes are made with meat and pastries. Here are some of the most popular local dishes; Biryan (Meat based dish), Testi Kebabi (meat dishes), Nevşehir Mantısı (a special ravioli-like dish served with yogurt), Kayısı Dolması (stuffed apricots), Ayva dolması (stuffed quince).

 Districts of Nevsehir Province

  1. Urgup
  2. Uchisar
  3. Mustafapasa
  4. Kaymaklı
  5. Ihlara Valley
  6. Goreme
  7. Derinkuyu
  8. Avanos
  9. Ortahisar
  10. Hacibektas
  11. Kozakli

There are 10 underground cities at Nevsehir. Underground cities which are reflective of the daily lives on the earth surface are settlement areas which are used for hiding purposes in case of a probable attack, designed to continue living without climbing the earth surface during long-term invasions and include everything from barn to water well and from kitchen to graveyard.

Underground Cities of Nevsehir

Acıgol Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City

Mazi Underground City

Ozkonak Underground City

Ozluce (Zile) Underground City

Sivasa Gokcetoprak Underground City

Tatlarin Underground City

Nevsehir valleys which have many charms from walking-tracks to rock churches, from different land forms to many fruit trees, are ideal places to see the formations of fairy chimneys. Beside of capped, conic, sharp, mushroom shaped, columnar or sharp fairy chimneys, every valley has its unique color and vegetation cover. There are 21 valleys at Nevsehir are.

Valleys of Nevsehir

Baglidere Valley

Balkaderesi Valley

Beydere Valley

Çat Valley

Dream Valley

Firinasma Valley

Gibos Valley

Golgoli Valley

Gomeda Valley

Gorkundere Valley

Gulludere Valley

Kiliclar Valley

Kizilcukur Valley

Meskendir Valley

Monastery Valley

Pancarlik Valley

Pigeon Valley

Uzengi Valley

Zemi Valley


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