Things To Do In Cappadocia

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1. Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise

Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise
4.5 /5

1 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Cappadocia in Turkey is one of the most famous places in the world for a hot air balloon ride. These hot air balloon rides are group tours, and there are at least 100 hot air balloons at a time, taking passengers as high as 3,000 feet above the ground. Riding a hot air balloon also provides a chance to catch the stunning sunset over the magnificent Cappadocia landscape and also to take aesthetic photographs.

2. Red and Rose Valley

Red and Rose Valley
3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

One of the most gorgeous places in Cappadocia for a hike.

3. Gšreme Open-air Museum

Gšreme Open-air Museum
4.3 /5

8,272 km
from city center
3 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Located just outside the main village, this is perhaps Cappadocia's biggest tourist attraction. ItÍs a stunning clutter of churches, chapels and monasteries built into the rock.

4. Gšreme

Gšreme
4.5 /5

8,272 km
from city center
4 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

G_reme is a village in the fair chimney rock formations, and the huge rocks are laid out throughout the town.

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5. Visit Fair Chimneys at Pasabag Valley

Visit Fair Chimneys at Pasabag Valley
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
5 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Fairy Chimneys, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is synonymous with thousands of unique rock formations created due to the erosion of volcanic tuff or soft rock. They are found predominantly within the Goreme National Park. Some of the most well-known places to see Fairy Chimneys include Zelve Valley, Red Valley, Devrent Valley, and Pigeon Valley. Another way to see these mesmerising structures is while on a hot air balloon ride.

6. Climb the Uchisar Castle

Climb the Uchisar Castle

4 km
from city center
6 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Situated at the highest point in the Cappadocia region, Uchisar Castle is well-known for its panoramic views. It is a short trek from the towns of Uchisar or Goreme and it takes about 120 steps to climb up to the castle. It overlooks the famous fairy chimneys, Pigeon Valley, Goreme, Mt. Erciyes and other tourist sites around. The castle is also an ideal spot for catching the magnificent sunset.

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7. Ihlara Valley Hike

Ihlara Valley Hike
3.7 /5

66 km
from city center
7 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Ihlara Valley is a picturesque gorge created by the Melendiz river over thousands of years. This 14km long valley is one of the most beautiful and serene locations in Cappadocia. It used to be a favourite place among the monks for recreation, seen by the many churches along the valley's length. It is famous for its hiking excursions.

8. Walk Around Zelve Valley

Walk Around Zelve Valley
4.3 /5

11 km
from city center
8 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Situated between Ürgüp and Avanos in Cappadocia, Zelve Valley is one of the region’s last-abandoned monastic valleys. It dates back to the Byzantine era and has been turned into an open-air museum. Belonging to the pre-iconoclastic times, it is spread out across three valleys and is visited for its unique architecture.

9. Hike or Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pigeon Valley

Hike or Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pigeon Valley

4 km
from city center
9 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Also known as Guvercinlik Valley, Pigeon Valley is a very popular hiking destination in Cappadocia, located between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar. The trek can be done from either town, although Uchisar is the preferred starting point as it is mostly downhill from there; the hike is not too arduous and is suitable for beginners as well. Hot air balloon tour is also popular here.

10. Day Trip to Pink Salt Lake Tuz

Day Trip to Pink Salt Lake Tuz
4.0 /5

150 km
from city center
10 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Lake Tuz is one of the largest salt lakes in the world, located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Tourists flock to the lake to witness its seasonal colour changes and walk on the salt beds. The lake is so bright during summers that it can be observed from space. And during other seasons, the lake turns into a beautiful pink colour due to the blooming of algae which has several beneficial health properties.

11. Watch Sunset at Devrent Valley

Watch Sunset at Devrent Valley

5 km
from city center
11 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Devrent Valley is famous due to its rock formations which are in different shades of pink. It is also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley and is full of numerous naturally formed pillar-like structures, rock formations and the famous fairy chimneys. Many rock formations resemble animals such as a snake, alligator, dolphin, seal, and one even looks like a praying Mary. The valley also offers stunning views of the sunset and is an ideal place for photography.

12. Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City
3.8 /5

32 km
from city center
12 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Derinkuyu Underground City is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia, with an impressive depth of 85 metres.

13. Zemi Valley Hiking

Zemi Valley Hiking
3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
13 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Zemi Valley is a popular tourist attraction owing to its unique and fascinating rock formations. Many visitors hike through its unique terrains, created by volcanic activities over thousands of years. The trek brings you across many scenic views, fairy chimneys, awesome caves, and also a small chapel carved into a rock with frescoes all over the ceiling.

14. Explore Kaymakli Underground City

Explore Kaymakli Underground City
4.2 /5

22 km
from city center
14 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Located in Goreme, the Kaymakli Underground City is the widest and one of the largest of the 36 underground cities in Cappadocia. It was built during the Hittite era to act as a safe haven during raids and attacks. There are 8 floors full of cellars, storage spaces, stables, and wineries. Only 4 floors are open to the public, and most of the things of interest are on the 3rd floor.

15. Walk Around Cavusin Castle

Walk Around Cavusin Castle

3 km
from city center
15 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Cavusin Castle, located in a small town in Cappadocia, is a beautiful castle carved into a mountain. It is a great sightseeing location for those who are interested in Turkey's archaeological heritage. To reach the castle, you will have to walk from the Cavusin Church, through the Cavusin Valley. The top of the Cavusin Castle is an ideal spot to watch the Cappadocia hot air balloons at sunrise.

16. Watch Sunset from Love Valley

Watch Sunset from Love Valley

3 km
from city center
16 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Love Valley, located outside the city of Goreme in Cappadocia, is an architectural wonder with natural and gigantic structures that have been formed due to volcanic eruptions. The unique geological site is the most visually stunning region of Turkey. It is famous for hiking, biking and hot air balloon ride. The Cappadocia Love Valley also has one of the most beautiful sunset views and is especially popular amongst couples for proposals.

17. Day Trip to Aladaglar National Park

Day Trip to Aladaglar National Park

77 km
from city center
17 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Aladaglar National Park in Cappadocia is known for its majestic mountain range, often known as the “Alps of Turkey,” which appear rust-coloured at sunset. It is spread out across the provinces of Kayseri, Niğde and Adana in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The park is home to the tallest mountains of Turkey's Central Taurus Mountains and is an ideal place for hiking, trekking, mountaineering and bird watching,

18. Mount Hasan

Mount Hasan
4.0 /5

83 km
from city center
18 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

Mount Hasan, south of the Ihlara Valley, is a volcanic mountain with two peaks and is a well-known hiking destination. These two peaks are the Small Hasan Dagi and the Big Hasan Dagi, which are above 3,000 metres high. It is stunning in the wintertime when the peak is covered in snow. There is also a picnic area close to the base of the mountain.

19. Hike to Selime Monastery

Hike to Selime Monastery
4.0 /5

64 km
from city center
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The largest religious structure in Cappadocia, Selime Cathedral, is carved into a volcanic rock and is essentially a part of Selime Monastery that has been turned into a museum because of its historical significance. Located atop the Ihlara Valley, you will have to hike up through rocky caves to reach the monastery.

20. Anti-Taurus Mountains

Anti-Taurus Mountains

96 km
from city center
20 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Anti-Taurus Mountains is a mountain range running northeast from the Taurus Mountains in Cappadocia. It is covered in snow during most seasons. During spring, the melting snow forms many lakes. These lakes, as well as the Kapuzbasi Waterfall, are beautiful attractions in the mountain range with breathtaking views. It is also popular for camping.

21. Guray Muze

Guray Muze
3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
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things to do in Cappadocia

Guray Museum in Avanos, Turkey, is the first and unique underground ceramic cave museum in the world. It displays both antique and modern collections of Turkish ceramics, pottery and artefacts. The museum is hidden inside caves and tunnels beneath the Guray Ceramic showroom and is divided into three main sections.

22. Dark Church

Dark Church
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
22 out of 22
things to do in Cappadocia

The Dark Church or Karanlik Kilise is the most beautiful cave church in Cappadocia and is famous for its bright and gorgeous paintings on every wall. Located inside a monastery, the church dates back to the mid-11th-century and depicts centuries-old colourful and detailed frescoes. It is located inside the Goreme Open Air Museum and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its mediaeval monastic heritage.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Cappadocia?

The top sightseeing places in Cappadocia are Gšreme, Gšreme Open-air Museum, Kaymaklõ Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Zelve Open Air Museum, Ihlara Valley.

What are the top activities in Cappadocia?

The top activities in Cappadocia are Green Tour with Trekking in Ihlara Valley, Historical Cappadocia Red Tour, Horseback Riding in Cappadocia, Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant in Cappadocia, 4G SIM Card (MY Delivery) for Turkey from joytel2u, Quad Safari Ride in Cappadocia.

What are the top hotels in Cappadocia?

There are 374 Hotels in Cappadocia which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Cappadocia are Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi - Special Category, Hotel Surban - Special Category, Tafoni Houses Cave Hotel, Cappa Cave Hotel, Cozy Villa Cappadocia, Osiana Hotel. You can see all the hotels in Cappadocia here
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