Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cappadocia, Turkey

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Thinking of visiting the amazing fairytale chimneys and valleys of Cappadocia? I’ve put together a list of the top things to do and see in the area – so read on to find out more!

A Hot Air Balloon Ride

It goes without staying that this is an absolute bucket list experience for many, as well as being the sole reason travellers visit Cappadocia. It is as incredible and as special as you can possibly imagine.

There are a fair few companies in town offering rides, and your hotel will be able to too. Butterfly Balloons is widely considered the premium company to go with, as they offer more private rides with less people.

However, we went with a company called Kapadokya Balloons, whose service and experience was faultless! You even enjoy a champagne reception at the end of your flight!

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Visit the Göreme Open Air Museum

A bit of an otherworldly destination, the Göreme Open Air Museum is a vast complex of monasteries and churches. The whole complex dates back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. Each carved into the rock faces and with beautiful and well-preserved frescoes, it is quite something.

It is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and for good reason. You can easily visit here alone, as it’s just a short walk from the town centre, but I highly recommend going with a guide. It would be impossible otherwise to really grasp an understanding of this truly unique place and learn its unusual history without a local guide.

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Visit Uçhisar

The small village of Uçhisar is essentially a giant rock and the tallest point in Cappaddocia. It has a spectacular panoramic viewpoint which draws travellers who want the next best view, without going up in a balloon. Most of the cave homes here have been deserted, which provides a unique opportunity to have a bit of a nosy!

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Explore Pasabag (Monk’s Valley)

One of the best places in the area to explore the famous ‘Fairy chimneys’ that dominate the landscape. The locals that used to live here cut into these fairy chimneys. So rather than living at the top, they created rooms that are 10-15m above ground level.

Pasabag has some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, with some having twin and even triple rock caps. You can easily lose an hour or two wandering around this valley and climbing onto the rocks. Definitely visit earlier than than later, as it definitely gets busy in the afternoon!

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Take a photo stop at Devrent (Imagination Valley)

A little bit different to the rest of the valley as this does not consist of cave homes or churches, or fairy chimneys. But in fact, its lunar landscape which consists of many different rock formations, all of which happen to look like animals. Let your imagination run free and you might see camels, snakes, seals, dolphins, a dragon. Some even say they can see Jesus too.

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Stop by the village of Cavusin

This old Greek village is often overlooked by visitors to Cappadocia. This is a shame as it is  actually a great opportunity to have a real poke around the homes. In fact, some are even for sale – if you so wish!

top things cappadocia

Tuck into the local food

As with anywhere, you’ve always got to get stuck into the local cuisine. Cappadocia offers many great places to eat Turkish food, but I highly recommend a dining experience in the Avanos Valley. Arranged for us by Turkish Heritage Travel, we visited the owner’s family home in the valley with our tour guide Barış Şahin. The food served was fantastic and all vegetarian, and the location was out of this world!

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Stay in a cave hotel

There aren’t many places where you can stay in a real cave hotel that dates back centuries. In Cappadocia you can and I highly recommend the incredible Sultan Cave Suites, and you can read my full review of my stay here.

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

Watch the sunrise

A sunrise in Cappadocia is pretty special. I’ve never seen anything like it. The sky fills up silently with floating hot air balloons, giving a magical effect like nothing I have ever experienced. One of the best places to witness this wizardry is from the Sultan Cave Suites terrace, and I’ve put a full guide here on how to make the most of this.

top things cappadocia

Wander the town

It’s quite something to wander a town surrounded by otherworldly fairy chimneys! Oh, and you can meet all the cute pups in town!

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

top things cappadocia

I hope this has been helpful if you’re planning on heading to the amazing town of Göreme and Cappadocia.

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27 Comments

  1. December 11, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I am headed to Turkey for the second time but still won’t be making it to see cappadocia unfortunatelty. Your post and pictures look beautiful. There seems to be more in the area than the hot air balloons. Such a rustic old world charm.

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  2. December 11, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    OMW, never in a million years would I have even imagined something so stunning Claire. That GÖREME Open air museum is out of this world. Every single place on my wishlist of travel places has just been moved down the list. Cappadocia is now right at the very top. Stunning!!!!

  3. Joanna
    December 11, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I do believe that the magic of Cappadocia stands in the beautiful balloons that you can admire at sunrise from the beautiful high balconies of some privileged buildings in the city. The town itself looks gorgeous! The Greek village looks like a place I would love to visit and maybe stay overnight as well if there’s a chance. It’s fascinating that some of those houses are for sale as well.

  4. December 11, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    I can’t say that I ever had any desire to visit Turkey, until this blog. What a beautiful place and amazing sites!

  5. Chique
    December 11, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This looks like the land of Rapunzel with the hot air balloons. I think my daughters would love to travel here. It’s remarkably beautiful.

  6. Komal
    December 11, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    The hot air balloon ride looked magical as did the Imagiantikn Land. Wow! Have you been to toner places in South east Asia?

  7. December 11, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    The sights there look amazing! I love reading travel blogs so I can see the world through the eyes of others, until I’m able to travel myself. the village of Cavusin looks really cool.

  8. December 11, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I must see Uchisar one day! I’ve also always wanted to take a balloon ride, but have never had the opportunity. What a view from that balcony

  9. December 12, 2017 / 2:23 am

    The sights are absolutely stunning! This would make such a wonderful and romantic trip to go on! I always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon but I’m so frighten of heights!

    How was the travel cost on this?

  10. December 12, 2017 / 9:03 am

    That picture of all the balloons in the air is just so incredibly beautiful! I’d love to go on a trip like this, it has to be so much fun!

  11. December 12, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    This looks amazing and the pictures are stunning! Never seen them before but your post makes it appalling! Not planning any trip yet but when I do, I sure will find this helpful.

  12. December 12, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    What an amazing expedition, I love hot air balloons but honest have never thought to try them out while traveling abroad, I can’t even begin to imagine the site with the sky full of balloons.

  13. Agnes Vazhure
    December 12, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    This Cappadocia Turkey looks like a great and awesome place to explore. Lots of beautiful scenery and views. I remember my friend visit the beautiful place of Turkey and she really enjoys the peaceful and stunning ambiance of this place. I will absolutely put this on my Bucket list for my next travel visit this 2018.

  14. Marnie
    December 12, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Oh wow these photos are stunning! The hot air balloon ride is definitely on my bucketlist!

  15. December 12, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Now I really want to go here! What beautifful pictures, I’d love to see the little Greek village but it all looks amazing to explore. I LOVE the photo of you sat with all the balloons in the air, that is magical!

  16. December 12, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Cappadocia looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love all the rock chimneys and the hot air balloon photos are so cool!

  17. Diana
    December 12, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Omg! The hot air balloon ride seems to be an amazing and magic experience! I’d love to live it sooo much!

  18. December 12, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Cappadocia is definitely on my travel list! I have heard so many things on that part of turkey! and your photos are stunning!

  19. Ariel
    December 12, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    This place looks so beautiful, I would love to take a hot air balloon ride. Your pictures are gorgeous and stunning. I’ve never been to Turkey but I would love to go sometime!

  20. December 13, 2017 / 5:52 am

    These photos are stunning! The Cave hotel looks like a really cool place to stay. I’d love to take a hot air balloon ride, but I don’t know if I have the nerve to do it.

  21. December 13, 2017 / 8:59 am

    WOW! it looks so beautiful there! would love to go visit!

  22. December 13, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I have never been to Turkey but it looks so beautiful. I would love to visit the air museum

  23. December 13, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I gotta say, your photos are sooooo…. instagram-ish! I’ve never thought about going Turkey, but looking at your photos make me think about putting it in my bucket list! The hot air balloon and Monk’s Valley will be the top 2 places I would like to visit!

  24. Nicole Flint
    December 13, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Oh my goodness those air balloons!! The photos you took of those were breathtaking! Monk’s valley looks really cool and a great way to experience the culture more!

  25. Elizabeth O
    December 13, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Turkey is such an amazing place to visit and to explore. I am jealous of your photos. It seems that you had a fun and awesome experience there in Cappadocia Turkey. I would love to visit it someday.

  26. Candy Rachelle
    December 13, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Those are such amazing places that everyone could ever see. If I bumped into that place for sure I will took lots of selfie. Nobody can avert me from taking and documenting those spots for sure.

  27. December 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I need this place in my life!!! I love traveling and Turkey looks amazing! Definitely on my list of places I must go. Your pictures are really beautiful too! Keep up the good work, I will be back to see more.

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