About Us

Aravan Evi is a family Boutique Hotel placed in Ayvali’s village.  Our Hotel is just 10-minute from the town of Urgup by car.

Aravan Evi built in 2002 and was initially familiar with its outstanding restaurant and was serving its home-made foods to its quests. Vegetarians are also not forgotten and catered for. We earned an unique reputation thanks to our tandir style dishes and we were defined in Conde Nast and Lonely Planet.

 Aravan Evi has been made by natural stones of Cappadocia and also handcrafted. Our humble but growing hotel has five bedrooms with bathrooms that were fully marbled. The rooms were decorated beautifully. When will step out of the hotel you will be in few minutes in a hiking trail and near to a beautiful stream.


Village is still intact underground city is not excavated. There is an early istian Byzantine church that contains frescoes could be seen.

Be happy with peacefulness of this little gem is called home, after a happy long day in Cappadocia Where Is full with tourists

If you need to find a sophisticated place to stay and enjoy your time in, don’t look further. Aravan Evi make you feel comfortable with its village style and beautiful features. In Aravan Evi We offer you Turkish hospitality, warmth and this excellent blend will come with modern facilities also clean.  And We are doing our best our guests make feel them they are at their sweet homes far away their homes.


The Best Small Towns and Villages in Turkey

Ayvali Village : The smell of apricots permeates the village as the harvest blankets the roofs of the flat-topped houses. Down in the valley is an almost eerie grouping of cave facades that retain the curvy lines of the smooth cave surfaces. At sunset, the sound of drums in the distance and the image of village women baking the evening meal's bread in ancient rock ovens create an unforgettable vision of rural life.



Cappadocia has a reputation with its historical properties and located in central of Turkey, and stands 750km south east of Istanbul and 300 km south east of Ankara is the capital city of country. Actually Cappadocia lies on different cities such as Nevsehir, Kayseri, Nigde and Aksaray and this area is around 100 square miles and the most important towns of It are Ürgüp and Göreme.

It is better to rent a car or join a tour to get around in Cappadocia, because the distances between places are easier to go with a car or by bus.

To see Cappadocia’s the historical sites you should get around of Ürgüp. Ürgüp is one of the most beautiful valleys located in Cappadocia. Most historical sites can be found in 10 km south of Ürgüp. When you go in that direction you should take the road to Mustafapasa and look for signboard of Maziköy Roman Tombs.


It is a silent small road with amazing geographical formations. Ayvali is a pretty small village full of bird tweets. Ayvali is far away from crowded tourists’ herds and still there is a culture that still has a intact tradition of a living style is being living. There is no shop and no pitchman selling stuffs around you.

 Historical Structures and Visiting places in Ayvali

•Ayvali cavern church: Enclosed to Gamirasu Hotel, built in 12th century and has frescoes.

•Haci Ismail Deresi Old Byzantine churches where in caves with frescoes

• At top of the Hill was built a historical Orthodox church in the middle of Golgoli Hill cave town

• There are underground settlements around 40.

Iceri dere and Uludere are peaceful valleys with lots of pigeon houses. These places have also a beautiful view with untouched hidden beauties among houses and refreshing orchards. Also Gomeda valley will be a good choice to visit. Gomeda Valley has a small interesting outdoor museum with old cave monastery and historical cave churches. Another historical place to be visit is Roman Tombs area and a nearby place underground city which can be found in Mazikoy. Among all, most exciting place is Goreme Open Air Museum with no doubt. You can see here beautiful Fairy Chimneys and some Underground Cities which people used to hide for a long time ago. Underground Cities are going really far below so be ready for cold here. Goreme is aproximately 15 minutes from Ayvali Village and the best way to watch this beauty is renting a hot air balloon. Balloon trips are really economic but the view is priceless.

Tourism in Ayvali

One of the most attractive tourism places in Cappadocia is Ayvali Village. The place is ed and well known as sample village of Cappadocia because of its fascinating nature and well protected historical texture. It is possible to find 2 accommodations in Ayvali, Arayan Evi and Garamisu Hotel. Especially Arayan Evi, both hotels are harmonic with environment of Ayvali Village. Aravan Evi has a plus point to be chosen, because this hotel serves traditional Cappadocian home style cooking during your stay.
There are lots of activities you can join during your visit to Ayvali Village. Horse riding, mountain biking are popular ones but if you would like more peaceful activities you can join sightseeing tours as well.

Cave & Stone Houses
Cappadocia is famous for Fairy Chimneys that are carved out of volcanic rocks. You can see the same architecture in Ayvali also, there are some caves and some stone houses that are built out of tufa layer. Tufa layer is some kind of soft stone which occures by a volcanic activity. Volcanic stones found in Cappadocia occurred by Erciyes Mountain's volcanic activities a long time ago. Some of these homes are still inhabited today.

People of Cappadocia has the hospitality which you can see in whole Anatolia. During your visits you will be probably invited to have a drink by people who live here. It is an important tradition of Ayvali Village to serve all the guests who visit. One of the most exciting activities you can join here is a wedding party. If you are lucky enough to join an Ayvali wedding, you will be delighted to taste many delicious meals, enjoy music and traditional dancing of course. According to Ayvali Village traditions, girl and boys who want to marry tell their families and families organize the wedding with a great support of everyone who lives in the village. All villagers have close relations with each other and traditions, especially hospitality and respect is well protected for generations.





Most of villagers, who live in Ayvali Village, make a living by farming. These farmers produce apricots, potatoes, grapes mostly. You can still see the traditional life here which will show you women still go to get water from fountains with pitches, and do embroidery with traditional patterns. Men are good stone masons here and they are well known in this area. They even go to different towns to work in this area.

Population & Administration
 Around one thousand people nowadays live in the center place of the Ayvali village. An elected Mayor runs this village's administrative works and Mayor works in this area for 4 years. Every 4 years elections are being made and the ed Mayor will be in charge next 4 years. The mayor is responsible for registration of births and sometimes if needed registering marriages as well. But this is not a must, most administrative works are done in Urgup, anyway.

Village has its own primary school wich provides 8 years compulsory education. According to Turkiye laws, each person has to complete primary school, so the village has a primary school for their own children. But as high school is not a must, children who finish primary school are going to Urgup for high school if they intend to continue their educational life. There is not a university around here yet, so students go to bigger cities such as Kayseri, Ankara, Istanbul if they aim to have an academic life.



Post Address : Aravan Evi Ayvali Köyü Ürgüp Cappadocia / Turkey /  E-mail :  /  Phone : +90 384 354 58 38
Mobil : +90-532-437-79-77   /  Fax : +90 384 354 58 48