traditionally been the tourism center
though nowadays nearby Göreme
Town has become an equally
important touring base.
used to be that Ürgüp was
tour groups, and Göreme for backpackers,
but that has changed. There are now
hotels and inns in both towns, although Ürgüp does
have many more of these.
center of Ürgüp (EWR-gewp,
pop. 15,000) boasts many fine
old houses of carved Cappadocian
stone. The soft volcanic tufa lends
itself to carving for decoration
and to expansion:
if the house needs a new room, the
residents merely hollow one out of
the hillside into which the house
towns, Ürgüp clings
to the walls of a valley and tumbles
down along the valley floor for some
town has many fine inns
with cave rooms such as the Esbelli
Evi, as well as cheaper pensions.
On the outskirts of the town toward Kayseri are
large modern hotels designed
for tour groups.
restaurants in Ürgüp
Café and Dimrit, just
down the hill from the Esbelli
center of Ürgüp has
shops, a historic hamam (Turkish
bath), and the Temenni
a high rock ledge looming above the
very center of town, with a saint's
tomb at its edge. Temenni was a
favorite place to go for the fine
to watch the sunset. In spring
2007 a section of the rock collapsed
on several buildings in the town,
so the viewing terrace is now smaller.
you plan to take a hot-air
balloon flight, and you're
staying in Ürgüp, your
ballooning company will pick you
up from your Ürgüp
hotel and drive you to the launch
Travel is a good
tour and travel agency in Ürgüp.
In fact, they run the Turkish
buses between Ürgüp
and Kayseri's Erkilet
|Above, a troglodyte
home cut into
soft volcanic rock in Ürgüp.
Below, view of