After an interesting time getting to Göreme it was time to stretch our legs. Göreme is a small town in the Cappadocia valley, very close to Nevşehir, the capital city of the Cappadocia region. We could help ourselves but choose to stay in the flintstone cave hotel. If you`re coming to Cappadocia, even on a tight budget. Stay at least one night in any of the cave hotels. There are so many, you are sure to find one in your price range. Also, while we only drove through it on a tour, the town of Ürgüp is possible the nicest looking town in the area. Google it.
The Flintstone Cave Hotel is located an easy walk from the main roads through Nevşehir. It has many rooms and suites that, if split between two people, are affordable, have lots of space, big bathrooms (with jacuzzi) and while it doesn’t have a lot of variety, includes a big breakfast. The view around it is from another world. Fairy chimneys and updated cave dewellings are everywhere. I’ll never forget the one morning a pack of dogs, in the midst of wrestling with eachother, would take turns howling out over the town from a near by cliff. To much of the attention of the hotel dog.
This dog was special. So friendly and calm, she was a huge comfort at the end of a long day of sight seeing. During breakfast, she was particularly friendly. In the evenings, she would escort you to your room. Sure, there was a few late night barks and howls but in her mind, she’s just trying to keep everyone safe.
The staff were responsive. We were able to book the “green” tour. That’s not an enviromentally friendly tour. It’s the south tour offerred by most of the hotels & tour companies. The other north tour is called the “red” tour. It refers to the tour companies maps. One loop in red, the other in green. There is a restaurant and bar in the evenings, and while we were eating mostly in town it smelled very good. Also a pool table & dart board round out the social area.
Göreme was surprisingly quick to figure out given it could be a maze. It’s not a big town, and it’s only a small trek to the Göreme open air museum. Not cheap exactly cheap to get in, but you do get to explore and climb in to the many caves. There is some signage to explain what the rooms were but we got more information by staying close to an English-speaking guide. There are trails all around for the hiking enthusiast, some with well warm paths others with not.
You won’t really find any grocery stores here. Just little shops selling fruits and vegitables, turkish delight, and convenience stores for pre-packaged goodies. We did find some cheap eats, essentially the turkish verion of a gyro for 4TL! Now you don`t get too much but it was a perfect lunch (pictured below). One place we really like was run by an Aussie expat. He serves up turkish food on his low table and cushion tarrece and also has a number of board games and cards for backpackers who are passing through.
Göreme even has a little night life. While it`s not the bee-boppin in to the am kind of night life, it`s more traditional but lots of fun. Staying out to eat, having drinks in local restaurants and even enjoying a water pipe and while we watch football/soccar.
The town of Göreme was a great base for exploring the area. Though, as I said in the beginning I would try Urgup next time. Cappadocia offerred us a lot more, unfortunately it was in the form of the worst case of food posining I’ve ever had and a birds eye view from a hot air baloon. More to come!