A Guide to a Cappadocia Sunrise at the Sultan Cave Suites

Cappadocia Sunrise

A Cappadocia sunrise is one of those bucket list experiences. It’s a sight to behold from any spot in the town, but there’s a few locations where it’s just a little more special and Sultan Cave Suites is one of those. The hotel knows it, and after all, it has become one of those Insta-famous locations because of it. From the cute pup, to the bowl of fruit and the Turkish rugs, it’s sensational! So here I’m putting together a quick Instagram guide for those heading and looking to capture that picture.

Cappadocia Sunrise

What you need to know about sunrise at the Sultan Cave Suites

One of the first things to know, is that you should be a hotel guest to go up to the terrace and take photos of a Cappadocia sunrise. The second thing to know, is that you won’t be up there alone.

Cappadocia Sunrise

I’m not sure what I was thinking, but for some reason, I thought I was going to have a peaceful and unique experience up there alone with my family. No no no, the whole hotel rises at 5am and heads up there. Some do sit to stop and take it in, but nearly everyone is a temporary social media star having their own photo shoot for the morning. 10 followers to 1,000,000 million followers – it’s hard to resist not wanting to capture a photo up there to remember your time.

I was definitely shocked that there was almost an adhoc queuing system in place, with girls and guys waiting their turn to sit in the hotspots around the terrace. I realised that I’d prefer the light slightly later in the morning so we took the time to sit and marvel at the sheer beauty of the sky. Again, aside from the photos, taking a moment to stop and just look and enjoy the experience is incredible. There’s nowhere quite like it, with hundreds of balloons filling the sky against the fairy chimneys and otherworldly landscape.

Cappadocia Sunrise

Also, it’s cold at 5am, even in the height of summer. Give it one or two hours though and it warms up quickly. Take a blanket from your room up to the terrace whilst you watch the balloons!

The setup and Izmir

The fruit bowl and breakfast setup is put out every morning, for those of you wondering. I thought it was something I’d have to request but that’s not the case. It is set up around 5am and is left there until about 9am.

To have Izmir in the right spot is a mixture of luck and having the staff help you out. She’s a bit of a tricky one and can be a little temperamental! The staff often help out by giving you bits of sausage to get her to come over and then to keep her happy whilst you can try and grab the photo.

Cappadocia Sunrise

Beware that whilst you’re having your pic taken, everyone is watching but you’ve just got to rock it. After all, everyone’s doing the same thing.

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Should I be embarrassed that I openly admit to wanting to get an amazing photo from my time in Cappadocia? I don’t think so. It is once in a lifetime place, and really, relatively easy to get an amazing photo as every single one came out incredibly well. It’s just one of those ultra photogenic places where you can’t really do it wrong.

Cappadocia Sunrise

Cappadocia Sunrise

Did I travel there with the intention of getting this pic?

Of course not, I was enjoying an incredible two week backpacking journey around the incredible country of Turkey. My parents flew out for my birthday and we decided to spend it in Cappadoccia. When you’re in a location that’s as amazing as Cappadoccia, who wouldn’t want to capture it. Don’t let negative people put you down for getting that ‘cliché’ photo – I do what I want to do! Some of my non-travel blogger friends had never seen Cappadocia before, and I must have received SO many messages on my personal account about my stay here!

Cappadocia Sunrise

I hope this has been helpful if you’re planning on heading to the amazing town of Göreme and Cappadocia. Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below!

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Cappadocia Sunrise



  1. November 25, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to visit Cappadocia and this just makes me want to go even more.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Eeek thank you! Definitely visit! 🙂

  2. November 26, 2017 / 4:23 am

    Wow! This is such a splendid experience. Oh that marvellous sunrise.. the golden sunlight painting everything in hues of yellow.. the freshness of the morning.. and the breathtaking view of the city. This is definitely a place to be added to the bucket list. Your pictures are super amazing! Thanks for the helpful tips. I’ve saved this page to my favourites. 🙂

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much! Really appreciate you kind words- it is an absolutely breathtaking destination!

  3. November 26, 2017 / 6:54 am

    I guess the thing about wanting the perfect Instagram photo is that too often the shoot takes over the experience, not just for you but those around you who would also like a photo to remember their once in a lifetime trip. Glad you decided to enjoy the experience first and the photo shoot second, it’s an important thing to remember about why we travel

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      It really is so important to remember this, you’re right! Always trying to strike the right balance in it all!

  4. November 26, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Cappadocia is really fantastic place and I am really happy that I have been there. Landscape there seems unreal. It’s definetely one of the best place to ride hot air balloon which I also dod. Thanks for sharing your experiences and gorgeus pictures.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Ah amazing that you have been there – we’re so lucky to have experienced it!

  5. November 28, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Amazing photos! Cappadocia was not on my radar but after reading this post I think it is now!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Definitely visit! One of the most unique destinations in the world I have ever been!

  6. November 28, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Such a splendid place to be .. Those hot air balloon background in each pics gives such stunning images and life to your pics. Amazing ones.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you, appreciate it! 🙂

  7. November 28, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Wow, you photos look absolutely amazing. I’m impressed you braved the cold at 5 am too. It looks like it was worth the early rise. Capodecia looks like a must see!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you!! Yes it was quite cold up there, but a once in a life time opportunity not to be missed!

  8. November 29, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I’m reading so much about Cappaddocia of late! I’d totally love to visit the place myself and fly in the hot air balloon myself! This is just gorgeous – Sunrise & balloons is such a picturesque combo!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Hey! Yes I definitely think it is becoming one of those trending places but it was so incredible that it’s worth the journey! 🙂

  9. November 30, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I love how honest you are in this post.. 🙂 We all do what we do just to take that awesome photo and I too have gone on several lengths just to get the perfect shot.. 😉 TBH, I couldn’t blame you as your photos are gorgeous! I’d love to see this too as it looks so magical! 😀

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 1, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Hi Marvi!

      Thank you 🙂 I always try and be honest in my posts to give the best picture, good or bad of a place! This really was so amazing, so I hope you go too someday – and it’s totally fine to get that awesome photo! 😉

  10. December 2, 2017 / 2:09 am

    Cappadoccia has to be on every travelers bucket list! I need to understand more as to why the balloons are so famous there. I agree with you that you should not be ashamed for wanting to take photos because everyone else has done it and probably will again.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      December 2, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      It really does! The hot air balloons haven’t always flown above Cappadocia, but I think the locals realised it was an amazing way for visitors to see the incredible scenery! It was a first time for me and I would definitely recommend! x

  11. December 2, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Wow your pictures are awesome and totally make us want to visit Cappadocia! We went to Turkey many years ago, but didn’t make it to Cappadocia. Hopefully soon because we’d LOVE to explore it on a hot air balloon. Thanks for the inspiring post!

  12. December 3, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I’ve thought the same thing when it came to getting an amazing shot, that I would be the only one trying! Of course, that’s rarely the case. I’ve waited in line for my turn, too. Good thing you waited a bit. The lighting is perfect!

  13. December 3, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Haha, I Love this article! Good for you letting us in on how this popular photo shoot really happens. The dog makes me laugh, can just imagine what this dog is thinking every time he has to do a photo shoot. I really enjoyed this post. Your photographs are beautiful and yes I would do it too!!!

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