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Turkiye's most fascinating travel destinations

In today’s edition of “Turkiye’s Most Fascinating Travel Destinations”, we travel to:

  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985); and
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale (1988)

These spectacular destinations are a blend of both natural and cultural significance, also known as “mixed” UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As of 2022 Turkiye boasts the following two sites (as listed above) we are about to introduce.

Hierapolis, Pamukkale

Finding paradise wherever I go

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

Nearest airport

  • Cardak airport is 53 km away

What's Nearby

  • Traverter Street 0.1 km
  • Denizli Chamber of Commerce 15.3 km
  • Atatürk Museum 15.4 km
  • Denizli State Hospital 15.4 km
  • Pamukkale University Hospital 15.5 km
  • Ataturk Stadium 17.3 km

Stay Near Hierapolis, Pamukkale: Hotel Sahin

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Finding paradise wherever I go

Hotel Sahin is only 300 m from the Pamukkale Travertines which is a preservation area of UNESCO.

The hotel has our vote for the best budget hotel in Pamukkale. Plus, it’s just a few steps away from the Hierapolis. Your best room choice is one with a balcony, so you have an unobstructed view.

Travel Tip(s)

Look for free cancellation options: Some hotels offer free cancellation up until a certain date. Booking accommodations with free cancellation can provide flexibility in case your plans change.

Check the map view: has a map view feature that shows the location of hotels. This can help you identify accommodations in areas that are both desirable and affordable.

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Travel Tip(s)

  • Bring good non-slip footwear.
  • Visit Göreme and Cappadocia from April to early June and late September to early November.

A once in a lifetime experience

Cappadocia has made the list of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—visiting is one of those once-in-a-lifetime type experiences.

An added bonus is the fact that it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there.

Things to do in Göreme

  • Dark Church 1.7 km
  • Uchisar Castle 2.4 km
  • Zelve Open Air Museum‎ 4.8 km
  • Nikolos Monastery 7.3 km
  • Urgup Museum 7.6 km
  • Nevsehir University 7.8 km
  • Tuzlu Su Park 8 km
  • Sehit Polis Ahmet Kara Park 8.2 km
  • Zeki Soyak Park 8.4 km
  • Sehitler Park 13.6 km
  • Apple Church 15.6 km
  • Özkonak Underground City 18.5 km
  • Mazı Underground City 19 km

Stay Near Göreme National Park: Charming Cave Hotel

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With such a perfect location, namely a view over the Göreme Open-Air Museum, it is almost impossible to ask for more. However, you get much more here. Not only is the service excellent, warm, and friendly, but the meals are also amazing and generous.

An incredibly unique feature is the rooftop bubbles. Irrespective of the temperature, you have a stunning view in a comfortable setting.

When it comes to value for money, the Charming Cave Hotel is a solid bet. It’s not only one of Turkiye’s most charming and unique hotels but also on the money with spacious and cozy rooms. 

Turkiye's Cultural World Heritage Sites

This fascinating country, Turkiye, with an enormous chest of cultural jewels, is a traveler’s dream trip. Adventurers from across the world come to walk in the footsteps of what today is only a memory from ancient times gone by.

As per the UNESCO official listing, the following destinations are proud cultural World Heritage Sites within Turkiye.