Hot Shots: Cappadocia, Turkey

Today's daily dose of Escapism is an epic shot over the twisting landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey, where hot air balloons fill the sky.

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia, Turkey

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.