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CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE | When to Go, Hot Air Balloons, What to See and Itinerary. Practical information

CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Practical information to best organize your trip to this destination with details on when to go, necessary documents, how to get around and much more

WHEN TO VISIT CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia is perhaps one of the most famous destinations in the country! It is in fact known for its famous "fairy chimneys" and for the classic and timeless image of hot air balloons at dawn! It is a unique place in the world thanks to its landscapes that seem to derive from a fairy tale. Undoubtedly spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best seasons to visit Cappadocia as temperatures are milder and weather conditions are much more stable.

The climate is generally very dry and the temperature variations between day and night are always quite marked, so even in late spring it can get cold at night.

WHERE IS CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Cappadocia is a historical semi-arid region of Turkey and is located in the heart of Anatolia and partly includes the provinces of Kayseri (also known as Caesarea of ​​Cappadocia), Aksaray, Niğde and Nevşehir.

CAPPADOCIA TOURS


CAPPADOCIA "RED TOUR" - Google Maps

Uçhisar Castle - Göreme Open Air Museum - Love Valley View Point - Çavuşin - Avanos Village - Paşabağ Fairy Chimney - Zelve Open Air Museum - Devrent Valley/Imagination Valley - Ürgüp


CAPPADOCIA "GREEN TOUR" - Google Maps

Göreme Panorama View - Kaymakli Underground City - Ihlara Valley - Belisırma - Selime Cathedral - Ağzıkarahan Caravanserraglio - Pigeon Valley


CAPPADOCIA "BLU TOUR" - Google Maps

Three Beauties of Ürgüp - Mustafapaşa - Taşkınpaşa - Sobessos Ancient City - Şahinefendi - Soganlı Valley - Soganli Village - Derinkuyu Underground City


extra CAPPADOCIA "ROSE & RED VALLEY TOUR" - Google Maps

Göreme Panorama - Red Valley - Cavusin Village - Avanos Village - Rose Valley - Sword Valley

 

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WHAT TO SEE in CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Love Valley is a valley in the Göreme National Historic Park. It is especially known for its rock formations called fairy chimneys, which also resemble a phallic shape.


Explore the picturesque Rose Valley with its fascinating paths among the colorful rock formations and admire the sunset that paints the landscape in shades of pink.


For a stunning walk among the red rocks of Cappadocia, immerse yourself in the Red Valley and discover its natural wonders and enchanting historical sites.


Göreme is one of the most beautiful villages in Cappadocia, located about 280 km east of Ankara and is famous for its open-air museum. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it consists of a large complex of rock churches dug into the rock and decorated with beautiful frescoes dating back to the Byzantine period.

Uchisar Castle is an ancient fortress 60 meters high. It is a rock formation of volcanic origin that was used as a strategic observation point during the Roman period. Inside you can observe caves, rooms and corridors dug into the rock, a rock church and a cistern. The climb to the castle is challenging but the spectacular panoramic view is definitely worth it!

With its ancient cave houses and striking rock formations, Çavuşin offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of Cappadocia, providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.

The city of Avanos extends along the banks of the Kizilirmak River, the largest in Türkiye. This city is known above all for its ceramics and textile art and it is possible, in addition to purchasing the products, to observe the artists at work in their workshops.

Fairy Chimneys are cone-shaped geological formations observable in the famous Pasabag Valley area and in the area between Avanos, Ürgüp and Nevsehir. We can also observe them up close while walking through the lunar-looking valleys or from one of the panoramic points that these valleys offer. Or why not, even during a breathtaking hot air balloon flight at dawn, thus observing a unique spectacle that will remain in your hearts forever!

In the Pasabag area you can admire the surreal spectacle of "fairy chimneys", up to 15 meters high. In this valley there is an open-air museum which houses several houses and churches carved into the rock, as well as the artisans' caves, where you can see local artisans and buy souvenirs.

It is a rock city hidden in three dead-end valleys that has been transformed into an open-air museum.

Explore the Devrent Valley of Wonders, where bizarre rock formations take on fantastical and enchanting shapes, stimulating the imagination and offering a unique spectacle in Cappadocia.

Ürgüp is a city and district in Nevşehir Province. It is currently known for its nightlife clubs which have made it popular among the many tourists in the area. Don't miss the "Üç Güzeller" (The Three Beauties), three famous fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, two large and one small, known for their intact hats. This iconic trio, located 5 minutes from the center of Ürgüp on the road to Ortahisar, is one of the most photographed symbols of the region, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

Discover the mystery of Cappadocia's ancient underground cities by exploring Kaymaklı, a well-preserved underground city with intricate tunnels and hidden rooms, offering a fascinating immersion into the region's past.

Ilhara Valley, located near the city of Aksaray, is one of the most beautiful canyons in Turkey. The valley extends for 8 kilometers and offers a pedestrian path in unaltered nature that passes through small villages, rock churches, caves carved into the rock and natural pools, where it is also possible to enjoy a regenerating bath.

Nestled among the valleys of Cappadocia, Belisırma enchants with its ancient rock churches and its breathtaking landscapes, offering a unique experience of history and nature.

Explore the impressive Selime Cave Cathedral, a rock-cut architectural masterpiece that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of Cappadocia.


Dating back to the 13th century, the Ağzıkarahan caravanserai is an unmissable stop for anyone visiting Cappadocia, with its majestic arches and evocative rooms that tell stories of trade and travel.


The Valley of the Pigeons, an enchanting valley located near the city of Uchisar, due to its particular conformation, attracts climbing enthusiasts from different parts of the world.

Immersed in the beauty of Cappadocia, Mustafapaşa enchants with its ancient stone houses and its narrow alleys full of history and charm.


Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Sobesos, where traces of the past mix with the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, offering a unique and fascinating experience.


With its rock churches and fascinating rock-cut homes, Şahinefendi offers a fascinating immersion in the history and culture of Cappadocia.

Lose yourself among the wonderful valleys and evocative walkways of Soğanlı, an enchanting place that captures the essence of Cappadocia with its breathtaking landscapes and serene atmosphere.


Discover the mystery of Cappadocia's underground cities by exploring Derinkuyu, a labyrinth of tunnels and hidden rooms carved into the rock, offering a fascinating journey into the past.

Admire the wild beauty of Sword Valley, with its unique rock formations and spectacular views that open onto the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, creating a magical and surreal atmosphere.


Kayseri is not only the capital of Cappadocia, but is above all famous for the fact that it represents the reference point for all excursions within the region.

WHAT TO DO in CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Flying in a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia

Flying in a hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime experience. The sensation of taking flight at dawn observing the light of the changing sky is absolutely evocative, you feel like you are on top of a cloud that slowly flies over the valleys and their colours. The price of a hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia is extremely high: the cost of a flight is between 180 and 320 euros but it is not necessarily to be missed!

Walk along the Valleys of Cappadocia

Cappadocia is the ideal place for a fantastic walking trip, trekking in full contact with nature and admiring the wonderful rock formations, valleys and unique formations shaped by the eruptions of three volcanoes.

Horse Riding in Cappadocia

Cappadocia means "land of beautiful horses" in the Persian language. An activity not to be missed is going horseback riding and admiring nature with them!

Discover local craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is a small treasure for Turkey and its inhabitants. During your trip to Istanbul, the spectacular Grand Bazaar is worth a visit: an immense and fascinating market where you can spend a whole day walking through the streets and peeking into the thousands of shops, living a unique experience!

Attend the Whirling Dervish Ceremony

The whirling dervish show starts at 7pm every day throughout the year at the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre. It is necessary to purchase a ticket to attend the show which costs around 30 euros.

Visit a Caravanserai

One of the stops not to be missed are certainly the caravanserais: typical buildings of Persian culture generally consisting of a wall that encloses a large courtyard and a portico. They were used to stop caravans crossing the desert. They are currently on the list to be recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

MUSEUM PASS CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Is the Museum Pass Cappadocia worth it? Absolutely yes! It is a cumulative, skip-the-line ticket which currently costs around 65 euros and is valid for 3 days during which it is possible to visit over ten museums and archaeological sites in Nevşehir. The museums included in the card are: the Derinkuyu Underground City, the Göreme open air museum, the Dark Church (Karanlik Kilise), the Ihlara Valley, the Kaymakli Underground City, the Özkonak Underground City, the Archaeological Site of Zelve-Paşabağlar.

Additionally, the Museum Pass Cappadocia offers a special 10% discount on purchases in museums and museum cafes and archaeological sites. This ticket can be bought in the following places (whose entrance fee is included in the pass): Open Air Museum of Goreme, Zelve, Ilhara Valley, and the underground cities of Derinkuyu (the largest), Kayamali and Ozkonak.

"MuseumPass Cappadocia" Info & Prices - click here

ITINERARY to SEE CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE

Here is an itinerary to see Cappadocia in Türkiye at its best:


Cosa Vedere in CAPPADOCIA in 3 Giorni

Day 1 ISTANBUL / KAYSERI Airport + Rental Car to Göreme

Day 2 Hot Air Balloon Ride - CAPPADOCIA "RED TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 3 CAPPADOCIA "ROSE & RED VALLEY TOUR" - Google Maps - KAYSERI Airport / ISTANBUL


Cosa Vedere in CAPPADOCIA in 4 Giorni

Day 1 ISTANBUL / KAYSERI Airport + Rental Car to Göreme

Day 2 Hot Air Balloon Ride - CAPPADOCIA "RED TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 3 CAPPADOCIA "GREEN TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 4 CAPPADOCIA "ROSE & RED VALLEY TOUR" - Google Maps - KAYSERI Airport / ISTANBUL


Cosa Vedere in CAPPADOCIA in 5 Giorni

Day 1 ISTANBUL / KAYSERI Airport + Rental Car to Göreme

Day 2 Hot Air Balloon Ride - CAPPADOCIA "RED TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 3 CAPPADOCIA "GREEN TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 4 CAPPADOCIA "BLU TOUR" - Google Maps

Day 5 CAPPADOCIA "ROSE & RED VALLEY TOUR" - Google Maps - KAYSERI Airport / ISTANBUL

SLEEPING IN A CAVE HOTEL in CAPPADOCIA?

The BEST CAVE HOTELS in CAPPADOCIA

Göreme - Aza Cave Cappadocia *** ® Tested by World Mappers

Göreme - Koza Cave Hotel *** ® Tested by World Mappers

Göreme - Angel Cave Suite *** ® Tested by World Mappers

WHERE TO EAT in CAPPADOCIA?

10 BEST FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS in CAPPADOCIA Quality/Price

Göreme - €€ - Seten Restaurant Cappadocia ® Tested by World Mappers

Göreme - €€ - Dibek

Göreme - €€ - Topdeck Cave

Göreme - €€ - Gurme kebab restaurant

Göreme - €€ - Aysel'in Mutfağı

Avanos - €€ - Evranos Restaurant

Ürgüp - €€ - Turkish Food

TRAVEL TIPS for CAPPADOCIA in TÜRKIYE by the World Mappers

  • How to reach Cappadocia? The best way is definitely by plane from Istanbul. The reference airports are Nevşehir and Kayseri. The first is 40 km away, while the second is about 70 km away. Many more daily flights depart from Istanbul from Kayseri airport, so even if it is a little further away it is usually preferable, in order to find better times that allow you to optimize your time.

  • Do you want to experience a hot air balloon? Given the large influx of tourists, it is often difficult to find available places if you don't book well in advance (at least 2-3 months in advance). There are only 25 flight companies and for this reason, given that demand is high and supply is limited, prices are certainly not cheap. So hurry up!

  • Where to stay? The Cappadocia region is not very large and this makes it easier to choose accommodation. All the villages are located within a maximum radius of 15km and are the following: Göreme, Uçhisar, Ürgüp, Ortahisar, Avanos and Mustafapaşa.

  • What should you absolutely taste? Cappadocia boasts two signature dishes that you must try during your visit: Testi Kebab and Kuru Kaymak. Testi Kebab is a slow-cooked meat and vegetable dish prepared in a sealed clay pot, known for its tender meat and rich flavors.

 

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CHEAP CAR RENTAL in TÜRKIYE 

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TRAVEL INSURANCE for TÜRKIYE 

Before any trip it is good to take out insurance to cover any inconveniences that could ruin the experience. We always rely on HeyMondo which allows you to choose the right insurance for every need. We recommend that you always protect yourself with health insurance and coverage for any cancellations, delays and, if you use them, for theft or breakage of electronic equipment. Medical treatment in Türkiye can be very expensive. Health insurance in this country is not mandatory by law but is strongly recommended; without it, even a routine visit can make you shell out staggering amounts.

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INTERNET & PHONE CALL in TÜRKIYE - eSIM CARD

How many times do we go abroad and the first thing we do is call home to say we have arrived. How often are we in a city on vacation and we need to find a place to eat using Google Maps or the internet. How many times do we need to send messages and photos on WhatsApp without spending a salary.


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