Creative holidays and workshops

in artisanal town of Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkey

In the centre of Turkey  you’ll find the magical landscape of Cappadocia. This is one of the most beautiful regions of Turkey and unique in the world. It is known for its fantastic and colorful rock formations and valleys, its cave dwellings, painted rock churches and monasteries.

Located in this inspiring landscape, you’ll find the delightful pottery town of Avanos situated on the banks of the river  Kızılırmak (Red River). The Kızılırmak is the longest river in Turkey and since Hittite times, 2000-1500 BC, has been the source of the clay for the traditionally famous Avanos pottery.

Here at Chez Galip, we have been organizing creative holidays & workshops since 1979. 

We offer workshops in ceramics, carpet weaving, sculpture, music and dance.  The workshops can be combined with excursions and hikes throughout Cappadocia.

Our workshops emphasize the traditional craftwork and folklore of Avanos and Cappadocia.

For the other workshops like sculpting in natural stone, dance and music, etc. we work in cooperation with other organisations and guest lecturers/teachers.

Our Tafana guesthouse is one of the old traditional homes in Avanos and located in the center of the old section of town.

Tafana is a specific Avanos word meaning the common family room/kitchen, where family members and friends gathered to enjoy meals, stories and music around the tandir, a ceramic cylindric oven in the floor of the tafana. The oven was used for preparing meals and warming the Tafana in the winter.

Our travel agency is: Galip’s tour, member of the Turkish national travel association TÜRSAB.

We also work with OPOS (Our People Our Story) Tours & Travel.

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