oreme has, to some extent, become the focus of the Cappadocian tourist industry. It's proximity to the Open Air Museum, Zelve and other bits and pieces of fairy chimney charm, coupled with it's downright cheapness has been drawing people from all over the world for the last 20 years or so.
Basic accommodation and supplies are here in volume as a result of the rapid response to the areas tourist potential and Goreme is a favourite amongst budget travelers, many of whom stay a while, sometimes finding work in the tourist industry themselves.
Central location and cheapness apart you may not feel there's much to distinguish Goreme from it's neighbors. It is, perhaps, less organised and a little bit more laid back than Urgup or Avanos and it's probably livelier than either in the season. If you're looking for somewhere to hang out for a while, meet people and maybe blend in a little then Goreme is probably the place for you.
If you're there for anytime at all, or even
just passing through, take the time to have a look at the
Konak Turk Evi, a finely appointed 19th century house.
Hacibektas - The founder
of the Bektashi dervishes founded a monastery in the 14th
Century. A place of pilgrimage for many Muslims.
Ortahisar - Village dominated
by a vast fortress rock, riddled with excavations and giving
a great view out over the surrounding landscape.
Ozkanak - The most recently discovered and possibly the largest of Cappadocia's Troglodyte cities. Recent research estimates it's one time population at 60,000. Take a torch 25km N of Urgup
Nigde - Built around an 11th Century citadel, Nigde is visited for it's 14th Century Monastery. Worth a visit if you have time for its excellent frescoes and unique design 105km S of Urgup
Soganli - Another delightful
church filled valley.