Last Updated on May 20, 2021
Goreme is the most visited region of Cappadocia, hosting thousands of foreign and local visitors every year. The town is located about 12 kilometers from Nevsehir city, and is home to many churches and monasteries, as it is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia. The town is also situated at the center of the main valleys of Cappadocia, on the contrary, Avanos and Urgup.
What to Expect?
Goreme is without a doubt, the star attraction and point of interest of any visit to Cappadocia. This lovely place is almost like an open-air museum surrounded by wonderful valleys and fairy chimneys, and has become one of the most frequented points of local and foreign tourists. Travelers are welcomed by big rocky formations like all are left from the “Stone Age”.
Majority of the houses and accommodation in Goreme are rock-cut houses or made from stone. That’s why you can’t recognize the district by day light but you will definitely see and enjoy the magical scenery of this place by night as the houses and hotels are enlightened.
You can experience the best views of Goreme from the hills along Goreme, on the platforms made for watching sunset.
Things to Do & See
Goreme Open Air Museum
Goreme Open Air Museum is a must see place in Goreme. Also one of the most popular places to see in Cappadocia. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, comes first among the places to visit in the town.
Here you’ll experience and enjoy the impressive rock-cut churches with frescoes dating from the 10th century carved by early Christian monks and fine examples of Byzantine art at the museum.
The Elmali Church, Dark Church, Tokali Church, Yilanli Church, Saint Basil Chapel, Santa Barbara Chapel and Santa Catherine Chapel are the popular churches and chapels that worth a visit and see at the Goreme Open Air Museum.
Panoramic Viewpoints – Esentepe Hill
Panoramic viewpoints overlooking the amazing Goreme National Park, located in the hilly area on the Goreme-Avanos road, are very popular with the travelers. You can sit in one of the restaurants and cafes around here and watch the magnificent views and enjoy a nice meal.
The Esentepe observation terrace is the most popular of these. Location map >> Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Goreme at the platforms on the viewpoint of Esentepe and marvel at some of the best views in the region. You can also enjoy the Goreme valley and Goreme town complete along with the stunning fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses.
Lovers Hill is situated right next to Goreme town and can be accessed by climbing a pathway along the central Goreme Mosque.
This is one of the best places where you can best observe the sunrise in Cappadocia. You can also watch the beautiful views of Goreme National Park and the early morning hot air balloons. Location Map >>
Pigeon Valley is a fantastic place where certain cave dwellings have been painted white to attract the birds for their valuable droppings. The valley is also famous for its beautiful views.
Situated between Uchisar and Goreme, and famous for its beautiful landscapes, the valley takes its name from pigeons and ranks first among the popular, most known, and impressive valleys of Cappadocia. You can walk along the valley to the hills, watch the valley from the edge of the tree with the famous evil eye bead, and feed the pigeons here. Read more >>
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot air balloon ride is one of the most attended tours in Cappadocia. It is also as one of the most interesting and exciting attractions in the world.
Going on a balloon tour and watching the valleys from the sky is another fantastic attraction that we recommend during your Goreme holidays. With a hot air balloon, you can see the unique beautiful valleys of Cappadocia from a bird’s eye view and enjoy the magnificent views.
If you want to discover the popular sights, fairy chimneys, valleys, underground cities and the most beautiful spots of Cappadocia, than you should take take the sightseeing tours.
Eating Out – What to Eat?
Goreme offers nice selection of dining and wining opportunities for its visitors with its local delicacies and menus made of natural products. You can find all kinds of dishes from olive oil dishes and appetizers to Turkish kebabs in the town.
Among the popular dishes of Cappadocia, jug kebab, pot beans, stuffed apricots, wedding soup and homemade wines are also indispensable tastes of the Cappadocia cuisine.
Shopping – What to Buy?
Since it is a touristic area, you’ll find shops mostly selling souvenirs in general. You can buy and present hand-woven carpets, rugs or runners to your loved ones from the Goreme region, which is famous for its hand-woven.
You can also choose fairy chimney sculptures and magnets, which are a miniature of the architectural structure of the region, as gifts.
How to Get to Goreme?
Goreme is situated about 305 km. from Ankara, 750 km. from Istanbul, 780 km. from Izmir, 60 km. from Kayseri, and 12 km. from Nevsehir.
There are NO direct international flights for Cappadocia region. Nearest local airports are situated in Nevsehir and Kayseri. You can find direct domestic flights to these cities from Istanbul and Izmir.
After reaching Kayseri or Nevsehir by land or plane, you can reach Goreme by minibuses in about 30 minutes from the airports. But this would be a hard way. Taking a taxi from the center, bus station or airport is another option.
As Cappadocia region is NOT a metropolitan one, mostly has a rural life, we highly recommend you take airport transfers to get to your hotel in Avanos, Goreme, Uchisar or Urgup town of Cappadocia. So that you can have a safe, comfortable and easy transport option to your hotel.
The Shared Shuttle (about €8 per person) or Private Shuttle (about €50 per person) is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airports and Cappadocia and all neighboring regions.
As for private airport shuttle transfers, we highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel.
Faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses and taxis. Free cancellation. All prices include fees & tip.