We are celebrating Valentine’s Day this week, and what better way to do that than with a hot air balloon ride? In Cappadocia, Turkey, you are sure to delight your loved one. Cappadocia is a land of whimsical fairy chimneys and peculiar rock formations and many claim that it feels like you are visiting another planet. You really must see it to believe it. A short trip to Cappadocia will leave you mesmerized. Visit some of the places mentioned below and crown your adventures with a romantic hot air balloon ride. It will be one Valentine’s celebration to remember.
The rock castle at Uchisar is the highest point in Cappadocia, giving visitors the best views over the area. Climbing up through the castle gives you your first chance of many to explore the many caves in the area. Once used as a point of defense for villagers against enemy attacks, the castle has been carved into from the exterior and interior to create a network of tunnels.
Cappadocia is stunning not just above the surface, but also beneath the ground. There are underground cities that were created many centuries ago and some of them are more than ten levels deep. And no, these were not just used as temporary places of shelter but people lived here permanently. More than 40 underground cities have been discovered in Cappadocia and some of them are connected to each other via tunnels. These were hidden for many years and one of the biggest was discovered in 2014. Archeologists say they were created around 1200BC. Underground cities boast remains of schools, chapels, stables and storage cellars that were many levels beneath the ground.
Goreme Open Air Museum
Widely considered the first place you should visit in Cappadocia, the Goreme Open Air Museum has some of the earliest known churches in history, dating back to the 10th to 12th centuries. This is one of the first places that word of Christianity spread, so don’t miss your chance to see the cave churches, their ancient Byzantine frescoes, and what the locals call ‘pigeon homes’ (little holes on the outside of rocks where villagers collected pigeon stool for fertilizer).
Hot air balloon ride
Soar over Cappadocia’s otherworldly peaks and valleys on a 1-hour hot-air balloon tour, including hotel transfers. Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia’s famous fairy chimneys and enjoy an unbeatable bird’s-eye view, then tuck into a Champagne breakfast on landing.