Cappadocia

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Top 7 Things To Do in Cappadocia

A place like no other, Cappadocia will captivate you with it's incredibly bizarre, yet beautiful landscape. This semi-arid region in central Turkey offers fascinating history, museums, palaces, beaches, and white cliff waterfalls -- the best of everything you'd want on a holiday!

  • Goreme Open Air Museum

    1. Goreme Open Air Museum

    This is a must-see wonderland with rock-cut churches and vibrant frescoes.  A former Byzantine monastic settlement that housed some 20 monks, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

  • Kaymakli Underground City

    2. Kaymakli Underground City

    Houses were built around nearly 100 tunnels of this underground city. This gerbil-like metropolis of tunnels was excavated as early as Hittite times -- and four floors remain open for exploring. 

  • Devrent Valley

    3. Devrent Valley

    Otherwise known as 'Imagination Valley', this is astoundingly absurd and mesmerizing valley contains a variety of rock formations shaped like animals, all naturally created by nature. Enter the rock formed zoo!

  • Ihlara Valley

    4. Ihlara Valley

    This canyon was formed thousands of years ago, and flows the 7-mile distance from Ihlara village to Selime village. Walk along the gushing water past the vineyards, poplars, and pistachio trees.

  • Pasabag

    5. Pasabag

    Now we enter monks valley on the road to Zelve, and the dream continues with pillars made of earth standing tall in the middle of the vineyard, which stylites and hermits once used to hide inside.

  • 6. Topdeck Cave Restaurant

    One of Cappadocia's top rated restaurants, this cave eatery in Goreme is worth a visit. All ingredients used are from local farmers, but there's just 10 tables, so don't delay!

  • Ala Daglar National Park

    7. Ala Daglar National Park

    Also known as the 'The Alps of Turkey', this mountain region is popular for mountaineering, hiking, and trekking among waterfalls, fir trees, birds, wild goats, bears, lynx, and sable.

Planning Your Visit

  • Terrorist attacks have happened in Turkey. Is it safe to go there?

    Millions of foreigners visit Turkey every year and most visits are trouble-free. Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces are the places advised to avoid.

  • Do I have to be careful about how I dress in a country with many Muslim people?

    Tourists should respect religious customs, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the weather is cooler and the top sites are less crowded. Summertime is more active with tourists and you might find higher prices during this time.

What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,578 reviews

It’s totally worth the early morning start. Are getting picked up from the hotel at 6:30am, we were driven to an open lot where other balloons were getting prepped as well. Wait time is about 20-30 minutes. Once the balloons are inflated with hot air and steady, everyone climbs up into the basket (which is divided into sections so you and your +1 have your little space) and then the pilot takes off. The scenery in Capadoccia is very beautiful. I was able to propose to my fiancée when we were at the highest point. Honestly, there isn’t anything I would change. Everything was perfect

We flew with Kaya balloons. The pilot was great. Brought us really deep and close to the valley. We were the first couple balloons to be up in the air and we were able to see sunrise. Highly recommend bringing sunglasses. Champagne service returned but no breakfast yet due to covid 19. One hiccup was they had no idea we paid via getyourguide and asked us to pay multiple times. They did let us on after I pulled out receipts and bank statements showing I paid for the activity.

Due to covid I opted for private tour. It’s totally worth it instead of going in a group much cheaper and we could finish all within time. Visiting carpets making shop and pottery shops are worth to know how they are doing but as they handmade very expensive not affordable. So if not interested just say upfront to the guide to avoid. Overall trip was very good I totally received who does not like to travel with group or who has plan to visit only certain places.

Our day was incredible, without our professional tour guide, i think Mohammed was his name, wouldn't be the same. I am sorry if I mixed up his name, but I hope he will accept my apologies :) he is a true book of knowledge, he managed every single our wish, he did everything to make our day unforgettable! Thanks again, I would totally recommend this tour to everybody!

Even though it was rainy, it was a fantastic day with Mohamed. He was knowledgeable, and we went to some key viewpoints that would've been harder for us to get to without hiring our own car. I'm usually not one for tours, so I'm very pleasantly surprised to have loved this one. Incredibly convenient, great food, and a good dose of culture and history.