The Essential
Avanos has preserved the memory of its Hittite, Greek and Roman past through its pottery, a craft that dates back several thousand years and has changed little even today. Weaving is another skill that is omnipresent here, with kilim shops seemingly at every turn. Visitors to Avanos will also be tempted by the area's agricultural produce and renowned cuisine, including delicious trout caught on the banks of the Red River. The town is also worth a detour for its fine Ottoman houses and its charming way of life.