Central Anatolia is one of the seven regions in Turkey. This huge region takes up about a quarter of Turkey’s land area and includes the capital city, Ankara, as well as some of Turkey’s popular inland tourist destinations including Cappadocia, Goreme and underground cities. Self catering accommodation in Central Anatolia is a great choice for visitors who want to experience the culture of this interesting country, rather than the touristy beach resorts on the coasts.
As the region covers such a huge area there are countless things that you could do on holiday here, though these will depend on where your Central Anatolia accommodation is situated. Activities such as hiking are popular around the Cappadocia area; the Pigeon Valley is one of the top spots for this. Or take the weight off your feet and travel on horse back or on a quad bike! This area is also one of the most popular places in the country for hot air ballooning as this presents a spectacular way to see the lunar-like landscape. There are several companies operating in the area to choose from.
The largest city, and capital of the whole of Turkey, is Ankara. Though not as big a tourist destination as somewhere like Istanbul, Ankara does still have some attractions worth visiting for, depending on whether your self catering accommodation in Central Anatolia is anywhere near to the city.
The top attraction for many tourists is the Cappadocia region. The famous fairy chimneys and cave dwellings can be found here and you can even stay in one of these unique homes when you holiday in self catering accommodation in Central Anatolia. This amazing landscape consists of soft rock which has been eroded by the weather as well as carved out by man over thousands of years to form dwellings and churches. Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to see churches and other caves, and enjoy the town of Goreme for some excellent restaurants and interesting shops. There are also underground cities to explore too and the region includes several of them. Employ a guide as you enter for extra insight into what you’re seeing below ground.
As this is such a large region the weather can vary from one end to the next, however if your Central Anatolia self catering accommodation is situated within the Cappadocia area you should be aware that this sits on a plateau at a high elevation. Summers are warm, though cooler than on the southern coast, and winters can be quite cold here with snow not unusual.
There are several options for flights to your self catering holiday rental in Central Anatolia, depending on where you are staying. If you’re heading to Ankara you can fly here with various airlines, via Istanbul. The closest airport to the Cappadocia area is at Kayseri, about 50 miles (80km) from Goreme. You can reach the Kayseri Erkilet Airport on flights via Istanbul.