Cycling along quiet back roads and farm tracks we discover the beautiful region of Cappadocia in central Turkey. Soft lava and ash rock has eroded to form a landscape unlike any other on earth. We cycle among the contoured cliffs and rock-cut churches of the Ihlara Valley and discover the underground network of tunnels and cities in Kaymakli. We cycle mainly on small, unsurfaced farm tracks and minor rural back roads. There is relatively little ascent/descent, but routes can easily be extended for keener cyclists. Cycle on 50% farm tracks; 50% asphalt.
Try optional hot air ballooning over the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia.
Ihlara - Rock-cut churches.
Kaymakli - Fascinating underground city.
Mustafapasa (Sinasos) - Unspoilt former Greek village.
Kizilcukur Valley - Fairy chimneys.
Byzantine - Frescoes.
Zelve - Troglodyte village.
Goreme - Market town in heart of Cappadocia region.
Uchisar - Medieval fortress.