12,000), on the banks of the Kızılırmak
River in Cappadocia (map),
is all about pottery-making.
not as well known as Ürgüp,
Avanos has several
good hotels (including a DoubleTree by Hilton) and restaurants,
as well as plenty of shops.
clay from the riverbanks is
excellent for traditional household
pottery as well as industrial uses
such as building blocks and roof
can see pottery being made, and even
take a pottery-making class and
make some yourself.
artisans also carve alabaster,
the light-colored, translucent
Han (Yellow Caravanserai),
a caravanserai built
by the Selcuk
Turks, is out in the country
6 km (4 mi) east of Avanos. Unless
you're a good walker, hire a taxi to
get there as there's little hitching
traffic on the road to Sarı Han.
17 km (11 mi, 25 minutes) NE of Nevşehir,
8 km (5 miles) N of Göreme,
13 km (8.1 mi) NW of Ürgüp.
and 70 km (44 miles) W of Kayseri (map).
It's not quite as central as Ürgüp or Göreme to
use as a base for your visit, but
it's a bit less touristy, and still
has a small selection of hotels and
Distances & Travel
Open-Air Museum: 12 km
(8 miles) S, 18 minutes
Town: 10 km (6 miles)
S, 15 minutes
km (56 miles) E, 1.5 hours
km (11 miles) SW, 20 minutes
km (7 miles) S, 15 minutes
8 km (5 miles) N, 15 minutes