Where is Avanos?
Avanos town is on the North of popular Cappadocia. Cappadocia’s most popular sites are located in a triangle and Avanos is on the Northern corner of the triangle where Urgup marks the Eastern and Uchisar marks the Western corner. Silk Road used to pass by Avanos town in the ancient times. Today, same route is one of the busiest trading routes of Republic of Turkey. As a result, you will definitely drive by Avanos town on the way from one of the airports of Cappadocia to your hotel. As Avanos town is just ten minutes away from Ozkonak Underground City, it is quite possible for you to take a break in Avanos town before or after your visit to the underground city. It is not only the underground city of Ozkonak bringing tourists to Avanos town.
What to do in Avanos?
Red River is the longest river flowing through Republic of Turkey. Biblical rivers like Euphrates and Tigris rivers up streams are located in our country. But majority of these rivers are streaming in our neighboring countries. Red River however flows through our country only and meets with Black Sea in the north of Cappadocia. Red River was mainly used for irrigation and fishing before the tourism industry. Today, gondolas are gently carrying tourists while a jet boat is drifting in the upstream of Avanos. You can just collect your take away coffee walk peacefully in the parks around the Red River in Avanos town. There are a few restaurants with good local food in Avanos town. A walk in the old town of Avanos is highly recommended for tourists interested in handcrafts. Avanos town is still a big ceramic producer. Today, it is possible to walk into a random shop and sit on the ancient kick wheel like a Hittite master did thousands of years ago. Your failure on the kick wheel will be one of the most memorable experiences of your party and you. Besides experiencing the kick wheel like in Ghost Movie, you can visit one of the big carpet manufacturers in Avanos town and learn about thousands of years old Turkish Carpet weaving. From shopping to kayaking, gondolas to jet boats, pottery classes to cooking classes, Avanos town is full of activities convenient for any type of travelers. If you are not interested in any of the activities above, you can just take a walk in the old town of Avanos and experience the suspension bridge connecting the old town to the new part of Avanos. Get seated in one of the cafes across the old town and enjoy the view and the rhythm of Cappadocia.
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