The landscapes of Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey, are nothing short of magical. The area’s soft volcanic rock has been carved by eruptions, wind and rain over the centuries and the result is a moon-like terrain of thin rock spires, rippling valleys and dimpled cliffs.

Adding to the region’s enchanting ambiance is a fascinating cultural history, with a network of man-made caves, tunnels, chambers and religious sites carved below its surface.

While there are many different ways to take in the oddities of Cappadocia, hot-air balloon rides have become a favourite with tourists. The popularity of the experience means the skies over Cappadocia are peppered with hundreds of colourful balloons almost every morning.