Places to See in Cappadocia (2024 Top Sights + Local Advice)

Places to see in Cappadocia are endless. Cappadocia offers great sights and points of interest for travelers from outstanding landscape, fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses, the beautiful valleys and scenic lunar hills to incredible monuments from the Goreme Open Air Museum to Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Devrent Imagination Valley and Pasabag Monks Valley and more.

There are wide range of places to see and Cappadocia tours for the travelers. Note that attending to daily tours and excursions in Cappadocia is the best way to discover and enjoy Cappadocia and its surroundings.

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Cappadocia’s Main Sights

Goreme National Park

Goreme National ParkThe Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1985. Continue reading…

Hot Air Balloon Rides for Sightseeing

The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is a really a fantastic and thrilling experience that while you glide over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses along Cappadocia, you can enjoy the privileged views of the unique landscape of the region from air.

You may watch the sun rise over the beautiful valleys and enjoy a Champagne toast upon your safe landing. Continue reading…

Valleys & Fairy Chimneys

Valleys in Cappadocia host about all the popular sights of the region. You will experience and enjoy the beautiful landscape, fairy chimneys, settlements dating back to centuries, rock-cut houses, caves, hidden churches, lunar landscape and more at the Cappadocia valleys.

Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia are the world famous formations of Cappadocia. The outstanding landscape, natural beauties, rock-cut houses, caves, the picturesque valleys, scenic lunar hills and many more popular spots of Cappadocia are full of fairy chimneys.

Pasabag Monks Valley

Pasabag Valley, also known as “Monks Valley” is one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas of Cappadocia, situated between Avanos and Goreme. You may experience mushroom shaped fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps.

The formations that once used as a seclusion place for the Monks, are now a very attractive tourist zone in Cappadocia. Continue reading…

Zelve Valley Open Air Museum

Zelve Valley is one of the most popular open air museum areas of Cappadocia, situated between Avanos and Goreme, nearby Pasabag Valley. Being part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, you may experience sharp pointed and wide fairy chimneys at the valley.

The area has been one of the most important residential and worship places for Christianity between the 8th and 13th centuries. Continue reading…

Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air MuseumGoreme Open Air Museum is one of the most popular places to see in Cappadocia. You may see rock-cut churches with frescoes dating from the 10th century carved by early Christian monks and fine examples of Byzantine art at the museum. Continue reading…

Uchisar Castle

Uchisar CastleUchisar Castle 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. Continue reading…

Underground Cities

The Underground Cities in Cappadocia are the unique areas of the region that should not be missed. The underground cities are carved from the soft volcanic stone that are connected with each other by narrow tunnels.

It is believed that the underground city was built as a shelter that is not to be seen from above, for the Christian community to escape from the pressure of the Roman Empire and Arabs. Continue reading…

Panoramic Viewpoints

Cappadocia is 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. Continue reading…

Ihlara Valley

Located about 85 km. from Goreme, some far away from central Cappadocia, Ihlara Valley is a fantastic canyon with a depth of about 100 meters and about 10 km. length that was formed by the volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River hundred thousands of years ago.

The Valley is not only a natural beauty, but also a rocky settlement area that hosted an extreme monastery life between 4th to 13th centuries D.C. and housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred hidden cave churches decorated with frescoes and houses lining the gorge. Continue reading…

Sightseeing Tours

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 of Cappadocia.

There are variety of sightseeing tours that covers all regions of Cappadocia. Most sightseeing tours are named in colors like Red Tour, Green Tour and Blue Tour.

Red Tour

Red Tour is a popular sightseeing tour covering the north part of Cappadocia. It covers the top attractions and sights of Cappadocia such as Avanos town plus pottery workshops, Pasabag Monks Valley, Devrent Imagination Valley, Love Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Esentepe viewpoint, Uchisar Castle, Cavusin old Greek houses, wine cellars in Urgup and many more.

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Blue Tour

Blue Tour is another popular sightseeing tour covering the south part of Cappadocia. It covers the top attractions and sights of Cappadocia such as Kaymakli Underground City, Red and Rose Valleys, Greek houses of Uchisar, Ortahisar and many more.

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Green Tour

Green Tour is another popular sightseeing tour covering the south-western part of Cappadocia. It covers the top attractions and sights of Cappadocia such as Esentepe viewpoint, Goreme Valley, Ihlara Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City and many more.

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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