Mustafapaşa (Sinasos)

Last Updated on July 6, 2022

Like many towns in Cappadocia, central Turkey, Mustafapaşa (MOOS-tah-fah-pah-shah), 5 km (3 miles) south of Ürgüp (map), had a largely Greek population in Ottoman times.

Today it is a thriving town with a university, an excellent Ottoman-Cappadocian style hotel patronized by royalty, and lots to see and do nearby.


Called Sinasos (SEE-nah-sohss) by its Ottoman Greek residents, it is still called that today by many local people.

The Cappadocian tourist towns of Ürgüp and Göreme are better known, but Mustafapaşa is just as interesting, less well known, and therefore a better choice for those seeking authenticity.

If you want to get away from the crowds and spend your Cappadocian time in a real-life Turkish town, Mustafapaşa is a good choice. The place to stay is the Gül Konakları ("Rose Mansions"), whose former guests include the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Queen of SpainMore...

Mustafapaşa is a little closer to the Soğanlı Valleys than are Ürgüp and Göreme, and not much farther from Göreme Valley and Zelve Valley, so you're in a more central position here.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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