There are like 20 different names for Monk’s Valley so I got confused and wound up in Cavusin. It was a welcomed mistake, similar to how we found the best sunset spot in Cappadocia.
Sunsets are underrated in Cappadocia, and understandably so.
There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia with Kaymakli and Derinkuyu being the most popular among visitors. Kaymakli Underground City is a 30 minutes drive outside of Goreme and a super easy trip to make.
Millions of years ago volcanic eruptions covered this entire region with thick ash. The ash solidified into soft rock, and natural erosion over the years has created the unique geological formations Cappadocia is known for. In as early as 1800-1200 B.
Multiple sources highly recommended that our first stop in Cappadocia be the Goreme Open Air Museum. Even the front desk lady at our hotel circled it’s location on our map several times and stated that it was the most important stop. Point taken.
If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve seen a lot of Gaudi while in Barcelona…naturally. We’ve been to La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and now Park Guell completes the trifecta.
If you know very little about a destination, it’s hard to pick the best area of a city to stay in. I chose our Barcelona hotel based on reviews and accessibility but we didn’t really know where we were going.