The Aladağlar National Park is in the province of Nigde, south of Kayseri, and lies 30km from Yahyalı. The park is adjacent to the main highway from Niğde to Kayseri, and can also be accessed from Yahyalı. Inside this huge park of around 55,000 hectares, the summit of Demirkazık at 3756m is the highest point in the middle Taurus mountain range. Make sure to stay in a rental loft that is centrally located so you can see the most of it from nearby. There is a huge range of flora and fauna, and visitors may fish in the streams full of trout. Wildlife includes wild goats, bears, lynx and sable.

The park has extremes of climate, with hot summers and very cold and snowy winters, with snow-capped peaks throughout the year. There is also a huge difference between night and day temperatures; with the lake usually freezing at night yet can reach up to 30°C during the day.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Nigde

This Los Angeles apartment hotel is situated in the city center of Nigde with air-conditioned rooms, only a 5-minute walk from the bus terminal. Facilities include a fitness center, sauna and a Turkish bath. The modern rooms of Grand Hotel Nigde are elegantly decorated in solid colors. They are all equipped with a seating area, satellite TV and a minibar. Free Wi-Fi is also included. The Nahita Restaurant serves delicious dishes of French, Italian and local cuisine in the stylish dining room. The Apple Bar offers a variety of drinks and light snacks. Nigde Castle is only 300 meters from Grand Hotel Nigde. The museum of Ak Medrese and the Clock Tower are within 450 meters. Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is 107 km away.