I know I should be limiting my travel lists to Asia, but I can’t help but want to put Cappadocia, Turkey on the top of my list. The stunning terrain was created millions of years ago by lava and ashes from Mount Erciyes and Mount Hasandağı.
You can actually stay in these caves! The turrets have been carved by water and wind over time, but also sculpted further in some instances by monks, priests and master stone cutters. The people here date back much further–they were mentioned in the Bible at both Pentecost and in Paul’s writings in 1 Peter.
The hotel Argos in Capadocia is built on the grounds of an ancient monastery, above a five-and-a-half kilometer ancient tunnel and an underground city connecting various mansions. The hidden rooms now house the hotel’s meeting rooms and wine cellars. I discovered this hotel on the fabulous designer Anna Bond’s Rifle Paper Co. blog.