Things To Do In Goreme

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1. Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum

3 km
from city center
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The Göreme Open Air Museum, situated in Göreme, Cappadocia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exceptional collection of rock-cut churches, monasteries, and religious frescoes dating back to the Byzantine era. It features numerous cave churches, some with multiple chambers, adorned with intricately painted frescoes. Among the notable churches, the Karanlık Church (Dark Church) is the most famous.

2. Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle

1 km
from city center
2 out of 14
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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.

3. Cavusin Castle

Cavusin Castle

4 km
from city center
3 out of 14
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Cavusin Castle, located in a small town in Cappadocia, is a beautiful castle carved into a mountain. The castle along with the surrounding houses was inhabited by locals until the 1950s and 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.

4. Fairy Chimneys

Fairy Chimneys
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7 km
from city center
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The Fairy Chimneys in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is synonymous with thousands of unique rock formations created due to the erosion of volcanic tuff or soft rock. One of the country’s most popular attractions, 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.

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5. Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City
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31 km
from city center
5 out of 14
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The Derinkuyu Underground City is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia, with an impressive depth of 85 metres. It is a giant labyrinth of cave-like rooms with an elaborate ventilation system, connecting passageways, and discrete entrances. With huge well-lit passages, explore every part of the city, including churches, schools, wine cellars, livestock and food storage places, graveyards, and communal places where people could eat, meet, and worship together.

6. Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City
4.2 /5

21 km
from city center
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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.

7. Love Valley

Love Valley

2 km
from city center
7 out of 14
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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.

8. Zelve Valley

Zelve Valley
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8 km
from city center
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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. Rose Valley

Rose Valley

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Rose Valley, named after the rosy hues that paint the landscape during sunset, offers panoramic views of the unique rock formations, cave dwellings, and vineyards. The valley's gentle slopes and cliffs provide ideal vantage points to witness the sunset. The romantic allure of watching the sunset amidst the captivating scenery of Rose Valley makes it a popular spot for couples. Access to various viewpoints in Rose Valley is relatively easy, allowing visitors to find their preferred spot to witness the sunset.

10. Pigeon Valley

Pigeon Valley

3 km
from city center
10 out of 14
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Also known as Guvercinlik Valley, Pigeon Valley is a very popular hiking destination, specifically 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.

11. Devrent Valley

Devrent Valley

7 km
from city center
11 out of 14
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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. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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A hot air balloon ride in Göreme is a quintessential experience, offering an unparalleled view of Cappadocia's mesmerizing landscape. These are group tours, and there are at least 100 hot air balloons in the air at a time, flying as high as 3,000 feet above the ground. Book the hot air balloon rides well in advance, as they can often be sold out. Also, these are weather dependent and may be cancelled. So, plan to spend a few days and keep a buffer. The take-off site changes daily depending on the wind direction.

13. Göreme Panorama Viewpoint

Göreme Panorama Viewpoint

5 km
from city center
13 out of 14
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Göreme Panorama, also known as Sunset Point or Sunrise Point, is a vantage spot offering panoramic views of Göreme and its stunning surroundings. Situated atop a hill, it provides a captivating vista of the unique rock formations, valleys, and fairy chimneys that define Cappadocia's landscape.

14. Watch Turkish Night Show

Watch Turkish Night Show

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Experience an evening of cultural immersion with a Turkish night show featuring traditional music, dance performances, and local cuisine. It is a vibrant and cultural extravaganza that feature a variety of performances such as the lively and colorful "halay" dance or the mesmerizing "belly dance". Some shows include the mystical Sufi ritual of the Whirling Dervishes. These shows are typically held in various venues, including restaurants, cultural centers, or entertainment establishments.

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