Looking for an alternative to a European ski holiday? How about the winter wonderland of Kayseri in Turkey? Home to Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of the best skiing in the country. Get inspired by the wonders of Kayseri below.
Observe the rock hats of Fairy Chimney
That's not a typo. You read that right! With these unique rock formations, as well as churches and monasteries made from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits – no wonder Cappadocia is one of the most popular regions of Turkey. Fairy chimneys have conical shaped bodies and rock blocks on their upper parts. The types of fairy chimneys formed by erosion in Cappadocia include ones with a 'hat', ones that are conical in shape, ones that are mushroom shape, ones that have a column shape, and sharp rock shapes. Kayseri is around 80 km away from the site and you can take a short 1 hour bus to get there. A perfect day trip from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri.
Ski the slopes of Mount Erciyes
Kayseri offers both culture tours and outdoor activities including winter sports and hot air ballooning. If it's your first time, check out our first timer's guide to hot air ballooning. Paragliding, rafting, horse riding and trekking are also some of the open air activities to experience in Kayseri. The 6000 year old city is the home of Mount Erciyes (Second highest mountain in Turkey at 3917 meters) with 200km long slopes, state of the art technology and gorgeous scenery.
Mount Erciyes is located in the center of Kayseri and the world’s nearest ski centers to an international airport - only 29 kms away. You can reach Kayseri via one of the 14 flights a day from Istanbul which will only take you approximately an hour. The Mount Erciyes Ski Center offers the highest ski stations in Europe (lowest station is 2200 metres high and highest is 3200 metres) and consists of 5 slopes all differing in difficulty levels.
Slopes are suitable for variety of winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowkiting, sledging and snow biking.
Where to stay in Kayseri
There are so many winter activities to do in Kayseri, you'll obviously need more than one day to fully experience them all. The stylish Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri makes a perfect base to experience the undisputed best ski destination in Turkey!