The Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls (Kapuzbaşı
Şelalesi) in Aladağlar
National Park 156
km (97 miles) south of Ürgüp and
east of Niğde (map),
are among Turkey's most unusual:
the seven waterfalls spurt right
from a solid-rock cliff face.
It's striking: a crease in the vertical
cliff face. Above it, dry rock. Below
it, a cascade of chill white water.
Over the ages, the water found its
way through the porous limestone, ending
at the cliff face, where it tumbles
to a stream below.
The cold water is potable
and in fact is from the same source
as the popular Hayat brand
of spring water sold throughout Turkey.
Picnic tables and
toilets accommodate visitors. A vendor
sells tea, soft drinks and snacks.
At the base of the falls is a tiny,
old, primitive grain mill, a
low-roofed ramshackle structure set
above a channel of racing water that
turns the wheel. Inside, the village
miller squats and scoops and sacks
the flour that sifts from the grinding
Upstream and downstream from the waterfalls
a few kms are small villages with
a few basic services. The lower village
has several simple family-run
you can dine on fresh grilled fish
and local vegetables. A few also have
simple guest rooms so you can spend
Valley Tourism & Travel of Ürgüp operates
day trips to the park and the waterfalls. More...