Cycling in Cappadocia: Best Cycling Routes + Tours + Bike Rentals

Looking for cycling in Cappadocia that will allow you to witness the natural beauties, perfectly carved valleys, towering rock formations, and surreal landscapes? One of the best outdoor sports activities in Cappadocia. Here we explore the best bike, mountain bike and cycling routes, tracks, trails, climbs, epic road rides and bike tours in Cappadocia, as well as where to fine bike rentals, advice.

Best Cycling Routes, Trails and Tours in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a magical place. Perfectly carved valleys, towering rock formations, and surreal landscapes make famous for its other-worldly charm. Rain and erosion over thousands of years have shaped the land into an array of incredible shapes and spectacular scenery that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

From beginners and enthusiasts to seasoned pro riders, Cappadocia is definitely a “cyclist’s paradise”. So, let’s see why this fantastic lands is a cycling paradise by exploring at some of the best Cappadocia cycling routes.

Goreme National Park Bike Tour – Meskendir Valley, Rose Valley and Red Valley Cycling Trail

This is the most popular cycling trail in Cappadocia. A medium difficulty track. The Goreme National Park bike tour includes the trails along Meskendir Valley, Rose and Red Valleys.

You should start your track from the famous Pasabag Monks Valley and then head to Meskendir Valley, Rose Valley, Cavusin Village, Love Valley and finally finish your track at Red Valley and watch the magnificent sunset here.

Goreme, Uchisar and Pigeon Valley Cycling Trail

This is also one of the best cycling routes along Goreme. A medium difficulty track. You can start your bike tour grom Goreme town and head to Uchisar Castle. There you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views.

Afterwards you can head to Pigeon Valley. Make sure you keep yourself careful as you bike along the steep and slippery pathways before you enter the Pigeon valley.

You’ll see variety of lovely fairy chimneys that are carved for pigeons’ nest. There is a also famous tree named “Evil Eye Tree” in the Pigeon Valley that worth a visit and see.

Zelve and Goreme Road Cycling Trail

This is another popular cycling route that you can do a great biking experience along the road between Zelve and Goreme.

Along the route, you will pass through the rock-carved structures and enjoy variety of great valleys with historical buildings and churches. You will also visit the Cavusin village and finally get to Goreme town.

Red Valley, Devrent Imagination Valley and Urgup Cycling Trail

This is one of the most exciting cycling routes in Cappadocia. You can head to Cavusin village from the pathway leading to Red Valley, and then to Devrent Imagination Valley along the roads around Pasabag and Zelve Valleys.

You can have a bit difficult to climb the hill. And finally you can reach Urgup by following the asphalt road on the hill.

Bozbag Cycling Trail

This is an exciting cycling trail where you will enjoy the unique rock formations, Pasa hill and Three Beauties fairy chimneys.

You can start the tour from the Zelve Open Air Museum by reaching there via the mountain roads. And then head to Pasa hill and Three Beauties region.

Pancarlik Valley, Orthisar – Pigeon Valley Cycling Trail

This is a long cycling route where you will enjoy the variety of historical structures and a magnificent nature. You can start the tour by pedaling from the Pancarlik Valley in the Ortahisar region, and then reach Sinasos Village.

Here you can witness the best examples of stonemasonry. After that you can return to Uzengi Valley. You can then head to Damsa Stream and reach the Pigeon Valley through the cave houses on the Uzengi Valley.

Goreme – Zemi Valley, Goreme Cycling Trail

This is a great cycling route starting from the Goreme town center. You will get to the observation terrace first and then you can continue straight until to the entrance of the Zemi Valley.

At the entrance of the valley, the road deteriorates and turns into a path. You can pedal along the Zemi valley until to the Goreme exit of the valley. You will enjoy the fantastic natural rock formations along the valley.

Cappadocia Bike Rentals & Cycling Tours

You can easily find good companies organizing biking tours in Cappadocia. Also bike rentals available. By participating cycling package tours, you can save yourself from the hustle of dealing with all bike rental, guide service, transfers in between the regions.

Cappadocia Cycling Festival

There is also a fantastic Cappadocia Cycling Festival which is held every year in the autumn season in Cappadocia. We recommend you to participate the festival if you are in Cappadocia during autumn days. Variety of activities are held such as mountain bike races  along Cavusin, Goreme, Uchisar, Ortahisar cycling tracks, and Bike Village meeting during the festival.  are completed.

Book Your Balloon Ride

Below you can find our recommendations. Each company directly operates the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia with their team of experts. So you will book your flight directly from the company. No men in the middle.

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Local Recommendations from Cappadocia4U team

If youʻre visiting Cappadocia for the first time, we have you covered. Below are some of the top recommendations, tours and experiences!

Some useful info

  • Cappadocia is the name of the region situated in the middle of Turkey. It is mostly known by the three popular towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar but actually it is the name of the very big region spread through the cities of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri.
  • If you are first-time visitor, want to get familiar, please read our Cappadocia for first timers guide.
  • If you are not sure how to travel, please read our Traveling to Cappadocia guide.
  • If you don't know where to stay, please read our Where to Stay in Cappadocia guide for regions, and Accommodation guide for hotels.
  • If it is hard to plan your days, please read our Ideal 3-Days Cappadocia itinerary.

Top Attractions & Sights

There are 6 must do and see in Cappadocia that you won't want to miss!

  1. Hot Air Balloon Rides (the most exciting attractions in the world)
  2. Goreme Open Air Museum (some best-preserved examples of Byzantine rock-cut architecture and frescoes in the world)
  3. Pasabag Monks Valley (one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas)
  4. Uchisar Castle (highest point, the biggest fairy chimney)
  5. Derinkuyu Underground City (one of the largest underground cities in the world, 8th century BC)
  6. Ihlara Valley (fantastic canyon with a depth of about 100 mt. and 14 km. length)

Tip-1: One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is by taking a sightseeing tour, so that you can cover all the top sights. Three main sightseeing tours available: Red Tour (covers the highlights of the region), Green Tour (best of natural and historical sites), and Blue Tour (lesser-known sights, off-the-beaten-path experience)

Tip-2: Private Tours are also good choice within a well-planned and custom itinerary along with a private vehicle, driver and professional guide. Great for those who don't have a car or don't know the region well.

For leisure activities we'd recommend 2 must-take attractions! Don't miss! Wine Tasting and Photo Shooting