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Nevsehir Travel Essentials


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Ideal duration: 1 -2 Days

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"Gateway to Cappadocia"

Nevsehir Tourism

Nevşehir, nestled within the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia in central Turkey, stands as a gateway to a world of ancient wonders and captivating natural beauty. It serves as a gateway to the captivating landscapes of Cappadocia, characterized by fairy chimneys, unique rock formations, and surreal valleys. The city offers stunning views of the region's geological wonders.

One of the key highlights of Nevşehir is its wealth of historical sites and archaeological wonders. Visitors can explore the Göreme Open-Air Museum, an UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting ancient rock-cut churches adorned with breathtaking frescoes. Nearby, the Uchisar Castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, while the Zelve Open-Air Museum showcases cave dwellings carved into the soft tuff rock.

Nevşehir's allure extends beyond its archaeological treasures; it's a destination that invites travelers to unravel the mysteries of underground cities like Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı, once bustling underground complexes offering a glimpse into ancient subterranean life. Moreover, the city is a gateway to Ürgüp, a charming town renowned for its boutique cave hotels, vineyards, and a vibrant local culture deeply rooted in the traditions of Cappadocia.

Travelers are drawn to Nevşehir not only for its historical and geological marvels but also for the opportunity to immerse themselves in the warmth of Turkish hospitality and cuisine. From savoring traditional Turkish dishes to exploring local markets brimming with crafts and regional specialties, Nevşehir invites visitors to experience the authentic essence of Turkey's heartland, making it an unmissable stop for those seeking an extraordinary journey through history, culture, and nature.

Things to do in Nevsehir

1. Zelve Open Air Museum

Zelve Open Air Museum
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 ope (Read More)n-air museum. Belonging to the pre-iconoclastic times, it is spread out across three valleys and is visited for its unique architecture.

2. Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle
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 cli (Read More)mb 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. Pigeon Valley

Pigeon Valley
Also known as Guvercinlik Valley, Pigeon Valley is a very popular hiking destination in the Cappadocia region in Turkey, specifically between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar. The trek can be done from (Read More) 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.

4. Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goreme Open Air Museum is a monastery complex with a cluster of Church ruins carved in Cappadocian stone. This historical site is nestled in the Nevsehir region and is qu (Read More)ite popular for its signature landmark, the Dark Church. Goreme is visited by hundreds of thousands each year for the fascinating churches adorned with beautifully painted frescoes along the walls.

5. Red Valley

Red Valley
The most spectacular hikes in Cappadocia are considered to be the trail to Red & Rose Valley, close to Gerome. The loop trail of Rose valley connects it to the Red Valley Trail. The hike starts fr (Read More)om Buffe, a shop marked on Google Maps. Take a bus to Cavusin and then walk, or walk straight from Göreme. The trek isn't strenuous, takes around 2-3 hours to complete, and has marvellous viewpoints all along the way! The hike is ideal for beginners.

6. Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City
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 raid (Read More)s 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.

Must Know Before You Travel to Nevsehir

  • Nevsehir can be used as a base to explore Cappadocia, Goreme Open Air Museum, and Urgup
  • Most buses coming from Istanbul and other major Turkish cities drop you at Nevsehir from where you need to change to a servis minibus or taxi to be shuttled to the smaller town

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Panoramic view from Nevsehir Castle
View of the Cappadocia landscape in Nevsehir province
Kayasehir and the surrounding seen from Nevsehir Castle

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