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
called that today by many local people.
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
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
Mansions"), whose former guests
include the Ecumenical Patriarch and
the Queen of Spain. More...
Mustafapaşa is a
little closer to the Soğanlı
are Ürgüp and Göreme,
and not much farther from Göreme
so you're in a more central position
—by Tom Brosnahan