Cappadocia – Uchisar : Touristic village and rock citadel
Beautiful village of Uçhisar!
Uçhisar is the highest point in Cappadocia and can be seen from far away. It is a very cute touristic village, perfect to spend an afternoon strolling around and enjoy vacation life …
We came to Uchisar from Göreme by walking Pigeon Valley (see post) which I highly recommend if you are planning a visit in the area. It was a really cool hike and very easy to do. No excuse for taking a taxi to Uchisar. We were just on time for lunch but before settling down and enjoy a well deserved meal we decided to walk up to the citadel.
The walk is not difficult. You just need to follow the main road up, this will lead you straight to it – impossible to get lost.
Around the citadel is located the more touristic area of Uchisar with a lot of souvenir shops and snacks stands. Our original plan was to climb to the top (where the flag is!) just for the fun of saying that “we did it” but sadly we learn that it costs 5 TL to enter the citadel. Having seen quite a lot of churches and cave houses in Göreme Open Air Museum as well as during our hikes we decided to skip it and head down to find a place eat instead. In retrospect we should have went for it. I am definitely the kind of person who like to see every corners of the place I visit and I certainly feel a bit of regrets about it. So if you have been there or will go there to visit, I would be happy to head about what I missed.:)
The view from the foot of the citadel was still fantastic …
For lunch we headed down to a restaurant recommended in the “blue guidebook” called “Le Mouton Rouge” (The Red Sheep) – see coming post for full review, pictures and menu.
Although the settings was very nice and well arranged, I felt that it was not worth the price. It was too “made for tourists” and a little pricey in my opinion. Granted we didn’t try the fancy dishes and it was empty when we went there (late lunch) so we maybe missed the true “Le Mouton Rouge” experience but if I return to Uchisar I would probably try to find a more authentic tavern.
After lunch we decided to stroll around in Uchisar and walk down to reach Love Valley – our next hike. We had heard that Göreme is more “budget friendly” and that Uchisar is more “upper class” and indeed everything felt luxurious in this town. The streets are just…
Look at all those decorations…
… and cool terraces.
If my wallet had allowed it, I would probably have stepped in one of the fancy hotels and restaurants we passed… maybe next time!
I definitely enjoyed Uchisar and would recommend it if you want to spend a lazy afternoon or if like us you want to visit both Pigeon Valley and Love Valley and cannot go back and forth to your apartment to eat. Uchisar is the perfect spot in between to relax before attacking the next part of your hiking day.
Next post : Love valley – discover why it is called this way…. <3 <3 <3
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