Where to Watch the best Sunrise and Sunset in Cappadocia?


Beyond its outstanding atmosphere and natural beauties, Cappadocia is also one of the best places in the world to watch sunrise and sunset in a fairy tale atmosphere. Sunrise and sunset in Cappadocia is also great attraction for travelers on their Cappadocia holidays. Watching sunset in Cappadocia is also one of the best things to do in Cappadocia.

There are variety of lovely observation terraces in Cappadocia to watch sunrise, sunset and also experience and enjoy the stunning views of the valleys and fairy chimneys. Some of them are really very popular with the tourists.


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* The Red Valley (Kizilcukur) is the best spot for watching sunset in Cappadocia.
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* The Lovers Hill (Asiklar Tepesi) is the best spot for watching sunrise in Cappadocia.
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* Also hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia offers a great sunrise experience.

Where to watch the best Sunrise in Cappadocia?

The best sunrise in Cappadocia can be watched at two popular places. One of them is the Lovers Hill (Asiklar Tepesi) and the other one is the Uchisar Castle.


We also recommend you to participate hot air balloon tours for a great sunrise experience on air.

Lovers Hill (Asiklar Tepesi) near Goreme

Lovers Hill is situated in Goreme and can be accessed by climbing the path along the central Goreme Mosque.

Lovers Hill offers great sunrise panorama. And with the hot air balloons as well. We highly recommend sunrise in Cappadocia from the Lovers Hill. Location Map >>

Uchisar Castle

Uchisar 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.

Sunrise over Uchisar Castle

From the top of the castle, you can see the extraordinary views of Pigeon Valley, Avanos, Ortahisar Castle and Goreme National Park.


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Sunrise from Hot Air Balloons

Panoramic view of Hot Air balloons flying tour over Mountains landscape autumn sunrise Cappadocia, Goreme National Park, Turkey nature background.

Where to watch the best Sunset in Cappadocia?

The best sunset in Cappadocia can be watched at the two popular places. One of them is the Red Valley (Kizilcukur) and the other one is the Uchisar Castle.

Red Valley (Kizilcukur)

Red Valley (Kizilcukur) is located in the middle of Goreme Naitonal Park named after the red colored formations spread through the valley. The valley is known for its being one of the best places to watch sunset in both Cappadocia and whole Turkey. You’ll experience Cappadocia from a different perspective by viewing its lovely hills and fairy chimneys from the ground level.

Every year, hundred thousands of tourists come visit Cappadocia for watching the sunset from the Red Valley.

Before sunset, big number of visitors come to the Red Valley, climb to the hills and take their places for a great sunset experience. You should be ready for a race to take the best seat. There is a small entrance fee, as well as a cafe that you may buy wine, tea or coffee.

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Uchisar Castle

Uchisar 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.

Sunset over Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle is also considered to be one of the best places in the world to watch sunset.

From the top of the castle, you can see the extraordinary views of Pigeon Valley, Avanos, Ortahisar Castle and Goreme National Park.

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Where is the best place to watch balloons in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia offers various stunning viewpoints to witness the magical spectacle of hot air balloons floating over its unique landscape. One of the most renowned locations is the Uchisar Castle, situated in the highest point of Cappadocia. From this elevated position, you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire region, providing an unobstructed vantage point to observe the balloons gracefully gliding amidst the otherworldly rock formations.

Another popular spot is the Göreme Panorama, offering breathtaking views of Göreme and its fairy chimneys. The Red Valley, with its striking red-hued rock formations, is also a fantastic location to witness the balloons drifting through the early morning sky. For those looking to capture the balloons against the backdrop of iconic fairy chimneys, the Love Valley provides a picturesque setting.


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