Best Panoramic Viewpoints in Cappadocia (Observation Terraces)


Cappadocia is a world famous photogenic place offering outstanding landscape, fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses, the beautiful valleys and scenic lunar hills to incredible monuments for its visitors.

There are variety of great panoramic viewpoints in Cappadocia for the ones who want to enjoy the stunning views of Cappadocia and also for photographers. Going to one of the popular viewpoints of Cappadocia is the best way to experience and enjoy the amazing landscape carved in fairy chimneys and rock formations.


When you look out from these observation terraces, you’ll be excited with the magnificent valleys laid under your feet. Taking a break at the resting areas and banks with your drink and watching the beautiful views are also among the best activities in Cappadocia. These viewpoints are also very ideal for photography enthusiasts.

Best Panoramic Viewpoints (Observation Terraces) in Cappadocia

The top best panoramic views of Cappadocia can be experienced and watched at the Goreme Viewpoint, Red Valley (Kizilcukur) Viewpoint, Lovers Hill Viewpoint, Goreme Open Air Museum Viewpoint, Uchisar Castle Viewpoint, Ortahisar Castle Viewpoint and Urgup Wish Hill Viewpoint.

Goreme Viewpoints

Panoramic viewpoints (Esentepe and more) overlooking the amazing Goreme National Park, located in the hilly area on the Goreme-Avanos road, are very popular with the travelers. Esentepe viewpoint is located on a hill overlooking the town of Goreme. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and unique rock formations. It is a popular spot for watching the sunrise or sunset.

Esentepe Viewpoint

You’ll see variety of lovely restaurants and cafes lined up along the hill overlooking Goreme Valley. You can sit in one of the restaurants and cafes around here and watch the magnificent views and enjoy a nice meal. Location Map >>

Red Valley (Kizilcukur) Viewpoint

Red Valley (Kizilcukur) is located in the middle of Goreme Naitonal Park named after the red colored formations spread through the valley. Red Valley also known as one of the best places in Cappadocia and in Turkey to watch the sunset. The crimson ambiance on sunset also give a dreamy scenery to the Red Valley.


Sunset from the Red Valley

This stunning valley is known for its red rock formations and stunning natural scenery. Visitors can hike through the valley and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Continue reading…

Lovers Hill Viewpoint

Located near the town of Goreme, this popular viewpoint offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding rock formations and valleys. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful sunset over the unique Cappadocian landscape. 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 >>

Uchisar Castle Viewpoint

Uchisar Castle, situated in Uchisar town, is the highest point of the region and also the biggest and the most beautiful fairy chimney of the region where you may enjoy a unique panoramic view over Cappadocia.

This towering fortress was carved into a natural rock formation and provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can climb to the top of the castle and enjoy breathtaking views of the region. Continue reading…


Ortahisar Castle Viewpoint

Ortahisar Castle, situated in Ortahisar town, offers a magnificent panorama over the fairy chimneys of Hallacdere and the snowy peak of Mount Erciyes.

This historic castle was carved into a natural rock formation and offers stunning views of the surrounding region. Visitors can climb to the top of the castle and enjoy panoramic views of the valley. Continue reading…

Best Spots for Sunrise & Sunset

Cappadocia offers a wealth of unique and breathtaking spots for sunrise and sunset. By visiting these stunning locations, visitors can fully appreciate the natural beauty and unique landscapes of this stunning region.

The Red Valley (Kizilcukur) is the best spot for watching sunset in Cappadocia. This stunning valley is known for its red rock formations and stunning natural scenery. Visitors can hike through the valley and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape during sunrise or sunset. Location Map >>

The Lovers Hill (Asiklar Tepesi) is the best spot for watching sunrise in Cappadocia. Located near the town of Goreme, this popular viewpoint offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding rock formations and valleys. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful sunset over the unique Cappadocian landscape. Location Map >>


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