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Well over 900 destinations are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and while they are all have their appeal, there are several in particular that stand above the rest. You can visit some of the most popular on a tour of Turkey, including the world famous Goreme National Park, which is home to many striking rock formations that will leave a lasting impression long after you've headed home.
The first thing you'll notice about Goreme National Park is how removed from the rest of Turkey it is. Situated in the historical region of Cappadocia, the stunning landscape of Goreme is a far cry from the bustling city streets of Istanbul. Many unique natural formations pepper the grounds of the national park, but by far its most famous features are the fairy chimney rock formations. Whittled down by time and erosion, these figures stand as a testament to the power of nature.
While the landscape is certainly a big draw, it's not the only reason to visit Goreme National Park during your tour of Turkey. This particular region of the country has been occupied as far back as the fourth century, and as a result those who settled near Goreme used its unusual landscape to their advantage. Today, you can see reminders of their presence including dwellings, churches and underground cities that were carved into the surrounding formations
Goreme is among the best UNESCO sites not only because of its landscape but also its location. Thanks to its being in Cappadocia, you can easily visit many of the other natural highlights of Turkey. For instance, after you explore Goreme, you should make the effort to check out the town of Ürgüp, which has plenty to offer in its own right. Ürgüp is a popular destination because it combines the natural appeal of Goreme with an active nightlife that befits larger cities.
Whether you're drawn to Turkey by its rich history, one-of-a-kind topography or thriving nightlife, you can't pass up the opportunity to visit Goreme, and it will certainly be one of the most memorable experiences of your time there.
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