Buyer’s Guide

05/07/2010
Anatolia Dreaming

Cappadocia lies in eastern Anatolia, in the center of what is now Turkey. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks, with Mount Erciyes (ancient Argaeus) near Kayseri, being the tallest at 3916m, and Hassan Dagi m 3268. The boundaries of historical Cappadocia are vague, particularly towards the west. To the south, the Taurus Mountains (with mount Embler 3623m) form the boundary with Cilicia and separate Cappadocia from the Mediterranean Sea.

The area is a famous and popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features. The Cappadocia region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia region carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries.

Having visited Argeo mountain we came to Develi where we had a break for a turkey pizza (fantastic!) and shopping: bread, cheese, fruit and milk, what a nice street market!

We saw Deryhkuyu and Helvadere village and finally we met Hasan Dagi, a perfect location for alpine ski! Everything is exciting, from the snow to the landscape. After a wonderful trekking on Ihlara canyon between rocky churches we came to Nidge village, at the feet of Tuari mountains, in a sticking “dolomitic” scenario lost in the wild anatolic world.

Here the rise to Embler mount (3723 m ) complete our adventure in Cappadocia: everything was perfect, the blue sky and the wiggly great white valley coming down from the peak to the tents of the base camp overlying Nidge, with a 1800m descent.

Franco Gionco