Goreme located among the “fairy chimney” rock formations, is a town in Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey. It is in the Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia and has a population of around 2,800 people.

Former names of the town have been Korama, Matiana, Maccan or Machan, and Avcilar. When Goreme Valley nearby was designated an important tourist destination, a “center” for all tourism in Cappadocia, the name of the town was changed to Goreme for practical reasons.

The Goreme National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Goreme has a wide selection of natural and cultural wonders. Simply walking through the village you will be amazed at the bizarre ‘fairy chimney’ rocks cut naturally by the wind and rain. Travel agencies offer a one day package that includes a stop at a Caravansari, one of the amazing underground cities, a walk through the ancient churches decorated with frescoes

The location of Göreme was first settled back in the Roman period. Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the region, which is evident from many rock churches that can still be seen today.

Among Göreme’s historically important sites are Ortahane, Durmus Kadir, Yusuf Koc and Bezirhane churches, in addition to the richly decorated Tokali Kilise, the Apple Church, and a number of homes and pigeon houses carved straight into the rock formations in the town.

The nearest airports to Goreme are in Kayseri or Nevsehir. To Kayseri Airport, Turkish Airlines as well as Onur Air or Pegasus have several flights a day from Istanbul. SunExpress is another low-cost option. Outside the airport are only taxis (cost 12 TL to the main bus station, otogar) and arranged shuttle buses. The stop for city buses is a bit down the road following the airport exit. The Kayseri otogar is far from the airport. From otogar, there are very limited direct lines to Göreme but more frequent lines to Avanos, where you can transfer to a local bus for the remaining 9km to Göreme; the station is unmarked and the ride costs. If you have a hotel or agency transfer option, take it, it is much more convenient.

Goreme has a wide selection of typical Kebabs and Pide, as well as some unusual ‘pottery’ dishes that are prepared and served in a clay pot which you can ‘break’ open. Often the ‘pottery kebabs’ are precooked earlier in the day so check around to see which restaurants require a ‘pottery kebab’ booking – it’s likely that they will be the places that make the kebab on the spot (they take about an hour to cook). Many of the restaurants and bars change hands on a regular basis, making specific recommendations difficult. Alaturka Restaurant and Bar, is considered to be one of the finer dining establishments in central Turkey, but is overpriced for the quality of food and a stiff service that is out of place in an otherwise informal town. Alaturca is on the secondary road that heads towards the open Air Museum. Safran Restaurant, climb the stone steps to this charming terrace restaurant run by a friendly family from Malatya in Eastern Turkey who have worked in hospitality in Goreme for approximately 20 years. Emine is a superb cook. What makes the food of this restaurant amazing is that this is the only restaurant in the town whatsoever that makes both the eastern and western foods. Ilker, Emine’s German-born nephew speaks excellent English and cooks delicious manti, Turkish ravioli, if he can be coaxed into it.

There is many Cave hotels in Goreme; Anatolian Houses, Cappadocia Cave Suites, Sultan Cave Suites, Stonehouse cave etc.

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