Some 477,757 people visited Cappadocia, the historic region of central Anatolia famous for its fairy chimneys, in May this year, a number nearly eight times higher than in the same month a year earlier, the report said. office of the governor of the province of Nevşehir.
“In May 2021, the number of visitors was 61,634,” the office said in a June 7 statement.
The office listed the most visited sites in Cappadocia during the mentioned period: Ürgüp Museum, Hacıbektaş Archeology Museum, Gülşehir St. Hean Church, Derinkuyu, Kaymaklı, Özkonak, Göreme, Zelve and Hacıbektaş Atatürk House.
Cappadocia, which means “the land of beautiful horses”, is a picturesque wonder located in six provinces, including Nevşehir.
The region is a popular tourist destination with unique geological, historical and cultural features.
Meanwhile, local tourism officials in the Aegean province of Denizli reported the number of visitors to Pamukkale, another landscape in Turkey known for its travertine terraces.
“Some 431,083 people came to see Pamukkale in the first five months of this year. The number was 127,870 during the aforementioned period last year,” Demirören news agency reported on June 7, citing local officials.
The most significant difference in numbers was seen in May with some 190,200 tourists. The number was only 38,378 in May 2021.
The data showed that the city will reach the target of two million tourists this year, said Gazi Murat Şen, head of Denizli Tourist Hotel Owners Association.
Recalling the war in Ukraine, Şen added: “We have a huge demand for European tourists in Pamukkale. If the war did not exist, we could have reached the number of tourists of 2019, before the pandemic.