Cappadocia is the land of fairy tales – a mysterious and enchanting haven. So here are our top magical things to do in Cappadocia, and you can’t miss ANY!
13 Magical Things To Do In Cappadocia
Cappadocia is an almost triangle-like shape and lies between Nevsehir, Nigde, and Aksaray. This area has become a very popular tourist destination in Turkey because of it’s unique geological, historic and cultural features.
There is so much to see in this place of magic. From fairy chimneys to underground cities and hot air balloon tours across the incredible landscapes. Here are our favourites!
Watch The Balloons From A Rooftop
Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
Visit A Balloon Landing Site
Stay In A Local Cave
Find The Cutest Of Puppies
Shop The Carpet Shops
Catch Some Sunset Magic
Hit The Valleys
Walk Around The Fairy Chimneys
Visit Uchisar Castle
Rent An Old Car & Explore
Try The Local Food
Don’t Miss The Beautiful Souvenir Shops
Where To Stay In Cappadocia
Over the last few years, Cappadocia has become pretty famous for it’s magical rooftops photos as the hot air balloons rise in the background.
Believe it or not, it’s no photo shop. Over 150 balloons go up almost every day and the best places to watch them are at your accommodations rooftop!
We spent a couple of nights at Koza Cave Hotel, which in our opinion gives the best possible views of the balloons at sunrise.
The hot air balloon ride has to be one of the most magical things to do in Cappadocia.
Not only do you get to experience the insane landscapes from above but you can tick off one of the top bucket list items in the world.
Considering how unbelievable the landscape is, the prices are not so expensive in hot air balloon terms. Morning rides are roughly €150 per person but make sure you book in advance. Peak seasons April – June or September – October.
If the hot air balloons are booked up in Cappadocia and you want to venture further than your hotel rooftop then this is for you.
Ask at your accommodation where the nearest balloon landing site is and taking a trip to the landing sight can be just as magical as getting in one, especially if you’re a little nervous about flying.
You can stand right up close and take some incredibly unique photos that you’re unlikely to capture anywhere else.
So the unique area of Cappadocia is known for its vast landscape of caves and rock formations.
The soft sandstone in Cappadocia made it easy for the locals to carve out caves large enough to create their own homes inside. Nowadays we are fortunate enough to be able to stay in them and they’re some of the coolest and most unique accommodations you’ll ever experienced.
This is the hotel pool at Local Cave House Hotel.
The cute puppies of Cappadocia became an Instagram sensation from one famous hotel in Cappadocia.
Since then there have been several insta celeb pups appearing on everyones screens. We tracked down Findik and Zues of Mithra Cave Hotel and they are the cutest little dudes in town!
After also seeing this carpet courtyard on Instagram, we had to add it to our list of things to do in Cappadocia.
Sometimes the perception of a place can be warped through Instagram editing and manipulation, although this spot we didn’t disappointed.
The carpet set up was insane and felt like something out of a movie.
Since this place has become popular for shooting photography, the owner has a structured system where you have to buy something from his store if you want to take photos. Alternatively, he has set up his own private shoot that he charges a small price for, all captured using his drone – genius!
No matter where you perch your self for sunset, they’re all just as magical.
There’s something about Cappadocia that ticks all the boxes. Although the specifically named valleys and fairy chimneys are pretty awesome for sunset, especially Rose Valley.
We visited three of the most popular valleys in the magical region.
The organised Green and Red tours always cover a valley or two as they are on most peoples things to do in Cappadocia list. Although we chose to adventure alone.
Pigeon Valley – A valley filled with holes where the pigeons hide out. Just likes the humans, the local birds have adapted their homes within the caves as well and there are layers of levels and trails through the valley to explore.
Rose Valley – Also known as sunset valley, the name ‘Rose’ came about thanks to the incredible colours it produces at sundown. The rocky landscape turns a beautiful pink/red shade as the sun dips lower at the end of another magical day in Cappadocia.
Fairy chimneys can be found all over Cappadocia, although the most famous ones happen to be in Love Valley.
A good day trip is to walk around the base of Love Valley and see what you can find. From penis shaped rock formations to some interesting natural history the fairy chimneys are a highlight of Cappadocia.
Uchisar Castle is the tallest accessible point in Cappadocia.
Easily walkable if you opt to stay in Uchisar, the castle offers a great panoramic views of the area. We spent a couple of nights at Wings Cappadocia which backed onto the castle grounds and was a great spot to enjoy breakfast from!
Used by settlers long ago, the castle is now abandoned as people feared their lives when roofs started collapsing. Uchisar Castle has since been turned into a tourist attractions for history lovers and photographers that visit!
An alternative way to see the area and tick of the things to do in Cappadocia is to drive yourself.
With classic Mercedes’ and off road ATV’s available amongst the choices of transport, it’s certainly a different way of getting around on your travels.
Go steady on the dusty roads but if you’re a confident driver then it could definitely be an option. It’s perfect for a day out around the valleys.
It’s a little more expensive if you don’t hire it with the driver and choose to take it by yourself.
Of course everyone’s first thought is the famous Turkish kebabs, which are delicious, but there’s so much more to offer!
From the Lahmacun to Pide and Humous to Pilav, we absolutely stuffed our faces in Cappadocia. Oh and don’t forget to try a Baklava for desert.
We ate some of the cheapest and tastiest vegetarian foods in Turkey and are so desperate to get back for its cuisine.
There are so many cute souvenir shops dotted around Cappadocia. They sell all kinds of things from beautiful lanterns to small balloon ornaments.
You can buy something for yourself as a reminder of this magical place. Or even a gift for someone, to encourage them to visit themselves one day!
Luxury – Koza Cave Hotel (Goreme) or Wings Cappadocia (Uchisar) – THE best possible service and family run businesses you could ask for. Depending on whether you’re looking to stay in Goreme or Uchisar, we can’t recommend these two accommodations enough!
Mid-budget – Charming Cave Hotel – This cave hotel in the heart of Goreme has rooms built into volcanic rocks with vaulted ceilings and traditional Turkish style decor.
Budget – Goreme Palace Stone Hotel – One of the cheapest accommodations in Goreme with fantastic reviews if you’re looking to save money.
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