Turkey, Cappadocia full of tourists to celebrate the New Year

Tourists flock to Cappadocia to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Most of Cappadocia’s hotels are at 100% capacity, full of tourists who come here to celebrate the New Year.

Cappadocia, one of the main tourist destinations in Turkey, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is also becoming a claim for many tourists from inside and outside Turkey, who have chosen this place full of history and natural beauties to spend New Year’s Eve and celebrate the arrival of the new year.

While a year ago the number of tourists in the region fell due to the pandemic and the restrictions imposed to avoid contagion, this year the influx of tourists in the last days of December is such, that many hotels in the area have no rooms available since weeks ago: something that many businessmen in the sector see as a good omen for 2022.

Many hotels in Cappadocia already prepare special celebrations and activities to welcome the New Year. Abdullah Inal, a tourism professional, explained in a statement to the Turkish news agency Anadolu the contrast between what is happening now, and the situation a year ago: “Last year we cancelled all our programs (due to the pandemic). (This year) there is a huge demand for New Year’s Eve, since October”.

“(In our hotel) we have already reached 100% occupancy 3 months ago. Many hotels in the region are about to run out of rooms,” he said, adding that now they expect enough snow to cover Cappadocia in white to give “a romantic touch” to the landscape, in order to celebrate the arrival of 2022.

Not only on New Year’s Eve, but throughout the year, Turkish Cappadocia is known worldwide as a destination for tourists for its balloon tours, its rock-cut monasteries, its underground cities, and its magical landscapes dotted with the famous “fairy chimneys“; geologists claim that the Cappadocian landscape was formed about 60 million years ago – 5 million years after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs – by the erosion of accumulated layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanoes such as Mount Hasan, Mount Erciyes, or Mount Güllü.