The marvelous and, at the same time, strange shaped rock formations make Cappadocia look like an alien territory, more than a human place on Earth. Three to four million years ago a series of volcanic eruptions shook the Central Anatolian area, forming what we know as the Cappadocia fairytale landscape. The first impression about the area is that you have arrived on the homeland of the Flintstones cartoon family, as many locals and even modern hotels have made accommodations inside the rocks as ancient people used to do many centuries ago.
During our stay, we have visited a number of underground cities, some of them being connected by a network of tunnels. These subterranean settlements leave you without words, being designed in very a complex and multifunctional manner. I would recommend this destination to tourists that are looking for hiking activities, ATV safaris, horse or camel rides. There are spectacular panoramic views and a lot of sites to explore, but be prepared to get dusty! For relaxing, many tourists choose to go to Turkish Baths, kind of traditional turkish SPA, but I would definitely not recommend it for women :)
Hot air balloon flight
That was the main reason why I choose to visit Cappadocia, and it was simply breathtaking! Balloon flights are organised everyday at the sunrise as at this time of the day, the air temperature, a mix between cold and hot, makes the flying experience so smooth. Just imagine a sky full of colorful balloons, like hundreds of candies moving on a perfect pinkish sky. The balloons drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. At the end of the flight, the pilot and his crew will make a champagne toast to celebrate your first balloon flight - it is a magical activity not to be missed!