Avanos Oren Yeri
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fernando o
San Diego, CA95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
After our morning balloon experience we visited the caves of Goreme Oren Yeri. This is a designated World Heritage site. The caves have frescos dating back to the early beginning of the Catholic Church, unfortunately some of the frescos were defaced by the Turks. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as it requires a bit of a walk and climb to visit this unique site.
Written 26 June 2023
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SUBHMUKH
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Most tourists head for Goreme in Cappadocia. It has got all the infrastructure and is a tourist hub. About 10km away is Avanos, a small town by a river, not yet spoilt by the tourist influx though it has got all the infrastructure and much cheaper. At the most, tourists are herded into pottery workshops on the periphery of the town by tour guides. Here an elaborate ritual leads to the shop where you will mostly end up being fleeced. Head for the town and you will be pleasantly surprised by the kind of deals you get their on souvenirs. But that's not the real charm of Avanos. It's the river that runs through it and the riverfront, revived just two years back, which has become the lifeline of the city. Turkish families are having picnics with elaborate lunches even on weekdays on benches that have been very thoughtfully provided along the riverfront. The river has got a huge colony of ducks and there are gondolas to give you a ride. There are many cafes on both banks. We spent an entire day at the riverfront, making occasional forays into the city, crossing a suspension bridge next to the town's main mosque. There are some lovely restaurants. The food that we had at one of these, Konak, was among the best we had in Turkey. It is run by Ahmet Yerlikaya, a charming Turk, and has a woman chef. The shopkeepers are very friendly and the taxi drivers so helpful that when we went for a return trip to Goreme, they put us on a bus, saving us many precious liras. We would recommend this town to tourists who had their fill of fairy chimneys and caves.
SUBHENDU MUKHERJEE, New Delhi
Written 31 May 2014
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mikezcooler
Manchester39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
We were in Goreme, but took a taxi to Avanos, and it was well worth it. Its a nice lovely little town. It had some gondolas on the river as well, but at it was hot and we didn't stay till evening we didn't try them, but they looked good.

We tried the Mado restaurant next to the river and that was well worth it. Their special ice cream served with pistacho dolama is out of this world. I don't normally eat ice cream at all, but that was an exception, think the pistacho dolama made the difference.
Written 15 July 2013
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Corrine R
Clovis, NM934 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
If you’re visiting the region of Cappadocia I recommend you visit the small village of Avanos. Avanos is considered the pottery capitol of the Cappadocian Region. North past the river, its streets and alleys are lined with shop after shop of beautiful pottery varying from traditional design to the lively colorful contemporary Turkish style paintings. Most shops have their own pottery wheel that are the old antique spinning wheel type on the floor they kick with their feet, but many have been upgraded to spin electronically. Anyhow you can watch the shop owner create much of his own pieces; most shop keepers will extend the invitation to their guests to try the pottery wheel themselves!
The secret I do here during my visits is I stay off the main road and venture down the back alleyways to shop. I’ve visited the pottery/hair museum before; it’s interesting to see once but I now stay clear of it. I find that if you stick to the alleys you stay away from the large busloads of tourist, and the shops will normally be cheaper and able to give you their undivided attention with one-on-one pottery lessons, Turkish tea, and just polite conversation. I will warn you that bathrooms are a bit hard to find in these area's other then a tight alley-way converted to an "out-house".
Most people don’t wander around too much, but if you continue walking east down the main road on the left side is a small shop full of Green Agate carvings. The owner here speaks some English and has a sign posted that if you can speak 20 words in Turkish you get a free Agate carved egg. But me and my friends having lived in Turkey for over a year now and learning much of the language easily excepted the challenge. But the shop keeper was only willing to part with one egg between the four of us, and I would assume due to our encounter he has upped the stakes to win.
The village has a mosque which lights up at night along with a walking suspended bridge also with lights. There is a cute fountain of a pottery pitcher pouring water into a bowl. And if you look closely, the small island you see while driving over the bridge is littered with pottery pieces and ducks.
Another reason I like this village is because it’s the location of Evranos Restaurant. Evranos is one of the restaurants that hosts; “Turkish Nights” for approx. $30ea. I have been to two different shows, the second one in Uchisar. So far Evranos in Avanos I would recommend as best. Their costumes are nicer, the dancers more appealing, selection of alcohol larger, and the food was better, not to mention the service! –But I do recommend that you not purchase dinner with the show, they will automatically sit you farther from the dance floor, although it’s not that big of a deal because the farther tables are tiered higher so you can see above the table in front of you. Directly to the left of Evranos Restaurant is a neat shop entrance covered with pottery hanging around it. Take the entryway in front of it upstairs to a café and pub. I forget the name, but there is no entry fee. This is a fun experience for getting an authentic Turkish feel. The bar has friendly locals, live Turkish music, and decent alcohol list. They have food as well but we did not eat here.
Written 2 July 2013
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Gorame
London, UK84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
Avanos (named Vanessa in ancient times) is a small town on the river Kizilirmak river(red river) which is the longest river in Turkey.
This is a lovely place with cobbled streets lined with pottery shops (pottery is the mainstay of the local economy).
One can take a leisurely stroll across the swinging wooden bridge and along the river, to stop for a snack at one of the small cafes dotted along the town. We found it a relaxing day well worth the visit.
Written 17 May 2014
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Carrie G
Wichita, KS31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
Yes, it sounds weird and creepy. Chez Galip is a pottery shop in Avanos that also houses the world's largest collection of women's hair clippings. Women give Galip clippings of their hair and leave a note with their names and addresses and those are displayed along the cave walls. It actually IS kind of creepy, but it's a must-see if you appreciate originality. Be aware that if you're a woman and you tour the hair museum, Galip will invite you to leave your own clipping. Galip's pottery is beautiful and some of the best in Avanos as well.
Written 15 September 2012
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XXXMM
London, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
if You're visitng Avanos,-- yes, it's the land of the pottery and you can visit those demonstration sessions with the tourist group and all that.

Please be aware of the shops you enter at the potter's paradise. They are all very attractive and beautifully hand painted. You can get all types of antiques made up of red and white clay.. The shopkeeper's marketing skills are excellent too.. .. But BEWARE......one coffee mug HERE costs about 70-130 lira. When we visited kusadasi and Pammukale, the same coffee mug (with the white/red clay/hand made/ hand painted) costed only 20 lira!!!! One antique plate meant for wall hanging here costed 1000 lira whereas in the town of kusadasi, it costed 200 liras.

So please!!!, compare prices at other places (Istanbul, pammukale, kusadasi) before visiting Avanos... We were fooled and we don't want anyone reading this to be fooled either..... Also ..Haggling skills -very important in turkey
Written 16 June 2015
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Montreal_Canada2011
Montreal, Canada260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
It's hard to believe that people used to live there. It's a great place to visit. Pictures are amazing. Worth going.
Written 6 August 2013
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TerryPerth
Perth, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Visit his cave gallery and watch the master at work. And maybe buy some of his ceramics. With some bargaining, you can get 50% discount on the items for sale in the shop.
Written 31 July 2012
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Amanda C
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
in a restaurant here a tour brought us by. The pottery sold is overpriced and available elsewhere in Turkey for the most part.
Written 17 July 2012
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