Top attractions in Cappadocia
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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- 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.
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What people are saying about Cappadocia
What an amazing experience! A shuttle bus/van picked us up right in front of our hotel around 4:30AM. We were able to watch the sunrise slowly while the hot air balloons were being set up. The views were absolutely beautiful and the tour guide explained the different valleys that we passed thru. When we landed, there was a champagne toast. The only thing missing was there were no snacks as mentioned in the listing, or maybe I missed it.. Other than that would go again! Fairly good price for the experience - it was one of the lowest pricing compared to other listings at the time.
Very good experience, the driver was right on time for pick up and they offerred everything, as advertised, champagne and a flight certificate at the end. They also took pictures of us and at the end you could buy them for an extra fee. Definitely a must do experience while in Cappadocia, the flight in itself was amazing, the pilot flew the balloon very gently among the chimneys in the valleys and the views are absolutely stunning. Also the price is really good, on the location the prices are higher. Must try the balloon flight while in Cappadocia!
Excellent tour, I had the luck of being the only one who booked for that day, so the tour turned out to be a private one, with no extra cost. The guide, Aras, was very friendly, knowledgeable, right on time for pick up and also since I was the only one for the tour, was so kind to take me to an extra panoramic view at sunset. I would definitely recommed this tour if you want to see all the major atractions in Cappadocia in one day.
It was amazing and true value for money. At just $23 we covered the highlights of kapadokya and the guide was so helpful and friendly. We throughly enjoyed our experience.
Great balloon ride with pickup from our hotel. One of our best things to do in Turkey. We travelled from MA, USA.