Things to Do in Cappadocia (2024 Top Attractions + Insider Guide)

Things to do in Cappadocia are endless. Cappadocia is just one of those places that can boast about anything, outstanding landscape, fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses, the beautiful valleys, scenic lunar hills, incredible monuments from the Goreme Open Air Museum to Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Devrent Imagination Valley and Pasabag Monks Valley and more…

Not to mention the history. There are wide range of attractions here 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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Essential Attractions

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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…

Explore Valleys & Fairy Chimneys

Cappadocia valleys 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 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. Continue reading…

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…

Visit Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme 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…

Visit 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. Continue reading…

Watch Sunrise & Sunset at the Panoramic Viewpoints

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. 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. Continue reading…

Visit Pottery Workshops & Make Your Own in Avanos

In Avanos, you’ll see variety of great traditional pottery workshops and demonstrations and you may glimpse into the world of pottery while you stroll along the streets of Avanos. When you get into one of this pottery hops, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own clay pot if you wish, with the local craftsmen to help you polish up your skills.

Visit Underground Cities

Cappadocia Underground Cities are the unique areas of Cappadocia 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…

Visit 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…

Other Popular Leisure Activities

4×4 Off-Road Safari

You may experience the travelling on dirt, dust and stone paved roads, canyon paths, the scenic lunar hills, red valley, having the adventure of safari in the company of the heaven nature and tracks on a 4×4 Off-Road Safari in Cappadocia. Continue reading…

ATV Quad Safari

You may experience the powerful quad motor ride and drive on the brand new quads along the outstanding natural scenery with ATV & Quad Safari in Cappadocia. Continue reading…

Horse Safari

Horse Safari in Cappadocia is an exciting sightseeing experience as you drive through the beautiful valleys with fairy chimneys, the local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards in Cappadocia. 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