The small town of Avanos in Cappadochia has two main attractions for visitors: 1) Exquisite pottery and 2) Hair museum. You are sure to visit the town for both or either of the attractions if you visit Cappadochia.
Most of all Avanos is famous for its production of earthenware pottery which has existed here historically and is visible today. The ceramic trade in this area and its countless pottery factories date far back into the history.
Pottery has been produced in the Avanos area for centuries and some of the techniques still used date back as early as to 2000 BC.
Avanos is a mass of family run potteries. These famous potters make wonderful souvenirs from simple ashtrays and mugs to ornate plates and chess sets.
Take a walk around the old center and visit some of the shops. If you are looking for gifts to take home you will find a wide choice and variety to choose from.
You might be interested to try making pottery yourself. This is possible for additional payment at many of the shops, where you can easily spot a potter’s wheel.
The shops look like mini museums or art galleries, so if you don’t buy anything, you can just take a look at various ceramic object. Besides you can make some good pictures.
You should also visit the second main attraction of Avanos, Chez Galip Hari Museum. It was started many years ago by one of the pottery makers.
Besides the town is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river. When you get tired of the shops, you should take a walk around its hilly streets. One of the most interesting features for me were ceramic house numbers.
Strangely we saw them only in the streets going up the hill behind the main pottery area. But they make a great distinctive feature of the town.
Besides the unique ceramic house numbers our attention was attracted by very picturesque old gates and doors in the streets of Avanos.
Avanos is a great half-day trip, which can be combined with a visit to Cavusin castle and possibly a hike through the Rose valley. Alternatively you can book a tour with any travel agency or your hotel in Goreme and a minibus will take you to Avanos and back to your hotel with all the pots, plates and vase.