Uchisar Castle is the ancient prize of this delicate town. With insane views from the top that transport you back in time, here’s all you need to know.
Uchisar Castle – The Highest Point In Cappadocia
Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, just 5km from the popular town of Goreme.
There is a bus every half an hour from Goreme bus station to Uchisar Village. The bus is super cheap, around 3 Turkish Lira depending on the season and the duration is only 10 minutes.
If you love a long walk or sandy road hike, you could even try walking from Goreme to Uchisar Castle via Pigeon Valley. If not, there are further transport options below.
Rent A Driver – The cost of a driver for a couple of hours should cost no more than 100 Turkish Lyra (around 17 Euros) – a good option if you only want to see a few places. Some places in Cappadocia can be pretty tricky to find alone so to avoid confusion, we chose to rent a driver for some places we wanted to tick off.
Rent A Scooter – You can rent motorcycles for 80-100 Turkish Lyra per day. If you’re not a confident scooter driver though, we’d say give this option a miss. Some of the roads are like dirt tracks so it can be pretty easy to lose control.
Rent an ATV – If you’re looking for the most adventurous option, renting an ATV would certainly be a great option. The prices differentiate depending on how long you want to rent one for as well as which company you use. Some companies let you rent them alone and some companies prefer a tour guide to come along with you. The prices start at around 35 Euros for 2 hours.
Entrance Fee: 8 Turkish Lira
There are also two binoculars where you can pay 1 Turkish Lira to see far away places.
Uchisar castle is a stunning landmark in the interesting town Uchisar.
History has taught us that Uchisar Castle was always the main point of defence for the Cappadocia region.
Although there is now nothing inside but hollow rooms, the real prize is at the top. You are rewarded the most magnificent, panoramic view of the surrounding towns and endless magical fairy chimneys.
Throughout Uchisar Castle there are many rooms connected to each other via stairs, tunnels and narrow passages. Some rooms are not longer reachable though due to erosion over the years.
To this day, there are still a lot of tiny rooms used as pigeon houses. Famers collect the droppings from the pigeons to fertilise the well known, sweet and tasty fruits of Turkey.
Speaking of Pigeon houses, you must also visit Pigeon Valley, which is easily accessible from Uchisar Castle. This valley connects Uchisar to Goreme and is a really interesting place. Most of the little caves carved for the pigeons have been painted white to attract the birds and their valuable poop.
Whilst you’re in town, whether you stay in Uchisar or not, it’s definitely worth having a nose around the quaint village. It’s full of souvenir shops, and you can even stop by one of the cute, local cafes and try some traditional Turkish dishes like we did.
If you do decide to stay in Uchisar, we cannot recommend Wings Cappadocia enough. The amazing cave hotel backs onto Uchisar Castle giving incredible views. It really is magical to see the sun go down behind the castle and even enjoy breakfast with views fit for a king and queen.
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.
For other places to stay in Cappadocia you can check the latest prices here.
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