• Fokke Baarssen

Top 10 things to do in Cappadocia Turkey

Updated: Dec 9, 2018

Things to do in Cappadocia:

1. Sunrise from the hills of Goreme watching the hot air balloons rising high up in the sky.

Rent a motorbike the evening before or if you have a car go out at 4:30 AM, search on Google Maps for The Dalton Brothers, follow the sand path for about 3 minutes, park if you see some balloons lighting up. Hike up on one of the mountains and experience balloons flight all around you.Take some food and coffee with you and enjoy


2. Cappadocia hot air Balloon flight

Moon-like landscapes including hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky are what makes Cappadocia a magical place. This is, without any doubt, one of the best experiences you’ll have in your life..Wake up around 04:00 for a hot air balloon flight with Butterfly Balloons. They pick us up at the hotel and drive to Goreme where we have a small breakfast before we take of.I always dreamed about a hot air balloon flight above Kapadokya or Myanmar these are such a dreamy places. Below you, a unique landscape, a combination of natural beauty and a deep and complex history. From the balloon, you will see it, feel it and fall in love with it.

The Cappadocia region in Turkey is one of those world wonders that came straight out of your dreams.


hot air balloon flight over the hills

3.Visit Goreme open air museum The Cappadocia Open Air Museum is one of Turkey’s Unesco World Heritages. And one of the essential things to see in Cappadocia. Go directly in the mornig or evening because day time a lot of tourist here


Goreme open air museum

4. Stay in a Cave hotel

Our first hotel is Gamirasu Cave Hotel its located near Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia, Ayvali village, with it's 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms, it is the first rock hotel of the region, put into service in 1999.

The hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine Era, offers a strikingly beautiful nature, serenity and contemporary comfort in a pristine village of unspoiled beauty, without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years.

From the hotel, you can easily reach all the highlights of Kapadokya by car for dinner i recommend the restaurant of the hotel they serve delicious food and on the rooftop you can diner during sunset.Letting you rest in a magical atmosphere away from the modern life of the world. Gamirasu


Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

our next hotel Aydinli Cave Hotel a boutique, family-run guesthouse set in the heart of the old town of Goreme. Aydinli Cave Hotel is totally unique. Carved from the natural rock and stone of Cappadocia, the guesthouse is located just a short stroll from the Goreme village centre. There are fourteen individually-styled rooms that offer comfortable and relaxed accomodation furnished with beautiful, locally-made carpets and family antiques.

From hear its easy to exlore the village of Goreme and open air museum


Aydinli Cave Hotel

Aydinli Cave Hotel

5.Pasabag oldest church in Kapadokya

Pasabag Valley is situated about 1 km from Goreme-Avanos road. Many fairy chimneys with multiple sems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon, and a hermit’s shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads.The hermits of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting into fairy chimneys rather than living on top of columns. They hollowed out the chimneys from top to the bottom creating rooms 10-15m high. They lay on beds made from rock.
Pasabag

Pasabag

6. Visit Galeri Ikman

In Göreme, you will see some of the most splendid carpet shops which will make you feel like in the Aladdin movie. The store from the picture is called Galerie Ikman the most photographed shop in Goreme the owner even offer these days is own photography service with a drone and for pics you have to pay a fee so he makes more money with Instagram pics then is carpets i think a real businessman right.



7.Sunset horse riding

Horse riding in Goreme with the Dalton brothers Göreme's resident horse whisperer – trains Cappadocia's wild horses from Erciyes Dağı (Mt Erciyes) and runs this trekking stable from where you can set out to explore Cappadocia from the saddle. I recommend the evening or morning ride


Horse riding Goreme Cappadocia

Horse riding Cappadocia

8. ATV riding


ATV riding Cappadocia

9.Uchisar Castle

Uchisar is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 5 km from Goreme. The top of the Uchisar Castle, provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance.

Uchisar Castle

10.Pigeon Valley

Located between Goreme and Uschisar, Pigeon Valley is so named because of the thousands of pigeon houses which were once carved into the rock to attract pigeons to fertilise the land. There are lots of great viewpoints between Goreme and Uschisar


Pigeon Valley

11.Bonus Ortahisar Kalesi or Ortahisar Castle

Slap in the middle of Ortahisar's town centre, this 18m-high rock outcrop was used as a fortress in Byzantine times. It was reopened after a restoration project stabilised the crumbling edifice, and you can now climb the precarious metal ladders and stairways to the viewing terrace halfway up and admire the glorious view. Head up in late afternoon for the best photography light.

Ortahisar Castle

How to get in Cappadocia

There are three good options to get into Cappadocia.

The night bus runs from multiple cities and will drop you off the next morning in Goreme.

There are also two airports near Goreme, from Istanbul or Antalya or even Izmir to Kayseri, the flight takes about 1 hour. Also, it's possible to drive from the coast in 7/8 hours to Goreme. From Alanya its 7 hours by car so if you have time you can do this and make a nice road trip around.

From Istanbul you can also drive by yourself and visit Ankara to and sleep the night over there.


We flew from Istanbul to Kayseri pick up a rental car and drive to Goreme, we flew back to Alanya. You can try on google maps different options for your trip, I know flying looks good but you lose a lot of time at the airport so it's not the fastest way either.


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