Folks, I know it’s cold out there! Why not consider some winter sports?
About a 4 mile drive from Ankara lies Kayseri. I call it the “financial heart” of Turkey. But it’s more than that, it boasts a mountain larger than those in the German Alps! Erciyes, how I love ye, how I love ye.
If you haven’t been, it’s a stone’s throw from Kapadokya. It’s lovely. It has fabulous trails. A lovely new “gondola” was installed around 2012.
Here is a link to my prior post complete with pics: Mt. Erciyes Has New Trails!
If you google “Mt. Erciyes,” you will find a lot of additional information such as where to stay, trail maps, etc. Sorry, but I don’t have any personal suggestions as to where to stay near the mountain; we were hosted by locals. There are plenty of places nearby.
Happy New Year!