11 Things to do on New Year’s Day in Cappadocia 2024 Ideas

As the clock strikes midnight and echoes of festive celebrations linger in the air, Cappadocia beckons with the promise of serene New Year’s Day experiences. Away from the bustling crowds, the unique landscapes and cultural richness of this enchanting region offer a refreshing start to the year. Here’s a guide to immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of the region on the first day of the New Year with top things to do on New Year’s Day in Cappadocia.

Unforgettable New Year’s Day Activities in Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Welcome the dawn of the New Year with a magical hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia’s captivating landscapes. As the first light of the year paints the sky, you’ll soar above the otherworldly fairy chimneys, valleys, and ancient rock formations, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Hot Air Balloon tours usually last approximately 60-90 minutes and can have anywhere from 12 – 28 people per balloon basket, depending on the size of your balloon. Flights usually start around 5:00am and have various departures throughout the day. While some may balk at price, this is something that is definitely worth the adventure splurge! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Tip: Book your balloon ride in advance to secure a spot and witness the breathtaking sunrise. One of the most fantastic things to do on new year’s day in Cappadocia.

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.

  1. Royal Balloon (over 3700, 5-star reviews)
  2. Butterfly Balloons (over 1450, 5-star reviews)
  3. Turquaz Balloons (over 1150, 5-star reviews)
  4. Discovery Balloons (over 850, 5-star reviews)
  5. Turkiye Balloons (over 250, 5-star reviews)
  6. Skyway Balloons (over 150, 5-star reviews)
  7. Balloon Turca (over 150, 5-star reviews)
  8. Atmosfer Balloons (over 150, 5-star reviews)
  9. Urgup Balloons (over 100, 5-star reviews)
  10. Guvercin Balloons (over 50, 5-star reviews)

Hike through Pasabag Monks Valley

Pasabag Valley, also known as “Monks Valley” is one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas of Cappadocia. The valley is situated between Avanos and Goreme.

Those who come visit Cappadocia mostly go to Pasabag Valley to see the best fairy chimney formations. The formations that once used as a seclusion place for the Monks, are now a very attractive tourist zone in Cappadocia.

One of the best activities in the valley is to enjoy the nature and unique beauties by walking among the fairy chimneys. The valley, which was used as a retreat by the priests and monks during its period, includes many rock-cut monasteries, churches, chapels and settlements, as well as tunnels and mills.

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Visit Open-Air Museums

Explore the open-air museums of Göreme, Zelve, and Uçhisar, where the ancient history of Cappadocia comes to life. Wander through cave dwellings, rock-cut churches, and labyrinthine tunnels, gaining insights into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Goreme Open Air Museum

Being UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, the Goreme Open Air Museum is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia. It hosts the most important Byzantine cave churches in the world that where the monks and nuns pursued monastic life. One of the best places to visit in Cappadocia.

Goreme Open Air Museum is a rocky settlement area that has hosted an extreme monastery life between 4th to 13th centuries D.C. that travellers may experience and enjoy some well preserved, rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century and the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. The region forms a valley including churches, chapels, dining halls and sitting rooms at the rock-cut blocks.

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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 views over Cappadocia. Situated in the Uchisar town, the rock castle was used as a fortress by the Roman and Byzantine armies. The region is also home to the most beautiful fairy chimney formations.

You can enjoy the impressive views of the Pigeon Valley, Avanos, Ortahisar Castle and Goreme National Park on top. Uchisar Castle is also considered to be one of the best places in the world to watch sunset. One of the fantastic places to visit in Cappadocia.

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Tour Goreme and around & Visit Panoramic Viewpoints

See the gorgeous Cappadocia’s houses decorated with frescoes and fairy chimneys that appeal to the eyes. Have a sightseeing tour around Goreme. Goreme is without a doubt, the star attraction and point of interest of any visit to Cappadocia.

Top view of Goreme

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”.

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.

Ceramics & Pottery for a Day

Join the local pottery workshops in Avanos, talk to the artists and locals, and feel the soft clays collected from Avanos Mountains and Kızılırmak beds. You will love it!

Another enjoyable activity of Cappadocia is making hand-crafted pottery in Avanos, with a pottery workshop on every corner where the artists generally practice their father’s profession. You, too, can make one and take it with you. Immerse yourself in the secrets of the traditional pottery workshops and demonstrations. The ancestral techniques and know-how of the craftsmen workshop will show you all the secrets.

Classes are typically around half a day in length and include everything from clay preparation to decorating glazing. At the end of the session, you can take your unique creations home with you as mementos of your time spent in magical Cappadocia.

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Visit Stores & Boutiques for some shopping

Pop into the local stores and boutiques while strolling the streets of Goreme and Urgup, and buy gifts for your loved ones.

Indulge in Local Flavors

Delight your taste buds with a leisurely New Year’s Day brunch at one of Cappadocia’s charming cafes. Savor local delicacies like menemen (Turkish-style scrambled eggs), pastries, and freshly brewed Turkish tea as you bask in the warm hospitality of the region.

For travelers looking to explore the unique flavors of Cappadocia cuisine, there is no shortage of exciting dishes to sample. While numerous restaurants offer international cuisine, we recommend sampling some dishes from Central Anatolian cuisine, a modern showcase of traditional skill. Traditional favorites like manti, a type of dumpling filled with spiced beef or lamb, is served with a drizzle of garlic yoghurt sauce and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for extra flavor.

From stuffed tomatoes to roasted mushrooms in olive oil and thyme or cottage cheese with honey spoon sweets—there’s something enjoyable for everyone in this vibrant culinary destination. Whether it’s sampling regional specialties or exploring the wide array of freshly-baked breads topped with regional spices–a gastronomic tour through Cappadocia is sure to leave lasting memories of delicious food.

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Sample the Local Wines

When it comes to wine making in Turkey, Cappadocia is often one of the first places that comes to mind. The reputation of white wines produced with Emir grapes found in Cappadocia is world renown. The vineyards have been in existence since the Hittites were in the region and discovered that the fertile soil produced excellent quality grapes and a distinct flavor.

The wine cellars are also carved into the rocks, which add quality to the wine as they have constant natural temperatures in both Summer and Winter.

Process of tasting rose wine

Although there are many boutique wineries in Cappadocia, the most famous are Urgup Turasan and Uchisar Kocabag. While here, do a wine sampling to gather the true flavors of the region via Wine Tasting for a day in Caapadocia!

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Enjoy a Turkish Night Performance

Enjoy a performance at one of the local restaurants, showcasing the tradition of Turkish nights. The evening consists of dinner, drinking, and dancing, accompanied by traditional live music. Guests will be treated to traditional folk dances, such as the infamous whirling dervishes.

Other dances from different parts of Turkey will be presented as well and, in some cases, guests even have the option to join in! While watching the performances, guests can sip on the wide variety of delicious wines from Cappadocia and sample some of Turkey’s most delicious and authentic meals. By reserving one of the Turkish Night experiences, you are sure to have an excellent evening of entertainment!

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Relaxing Spa Experience

Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa day at one of Cappadocia’s luxury cave hotels. Unwind with traditional Turkish baths, massages, and wellness treatments, allowing the soothing ambiance to wash away any remnants of the past year.

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