The dining room at Kirkit Pension is carved out of the tufa stone which famously forms the landscape of Cappadocia, and it was here we were welcomed to a wonderful meal after travelling by bus all afternoon from Ankara.
Breakfast at the Kirkit was superb: lots of crispy fresh bread, tasty white cheese, green and black olives, egg, strwberry and aprocot jam, delicious strawberries and a lovely sesame spread, plus endless tea from a steaming stainless steel samovar. Thus fortified we commenced our five day hike through the carved landscape of Cappadocia.
We arrived in Avanos via Nevsehir and Goreme, the latter the famous backpacking Mecca with its fairy chimney houses. Particularly taken by the mosque carved into the rock (see below).
First a slippery descent into Pigeon Valley, lots of pigeon houses carved into the cliffs. Lunch at Goreme.
Then a steep climb up to Uchisar, and a welcome beer on the terrace of Pension Uchisar, stunning view across to the volcano Erciyes. Next we tackled the Kale just above our pension:
From the terrace, a view across the landscape: