Last Updated on May 23, 2021
Uchisar is situated on a hilltop within a fairy tale atmosphere. The town is famous for its unique rock castle of Uchisar Castle, observation terraces, rock-cut houses and Pigeon Valley, and of the best places to explore and stay in Cappadocia.
Things to Do & See
Being the highest point of the Cappadocia region and a place where the most beautiful fairy chimney formations can be observed, Uchisar is located 7 km. from Nevsehir and situated on a volcanic tuff plateau. You are able to see the whole region from a wide angle with magnificent views.
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. The castle was also used as a watchtower and it offers magnificent panoramic views to its visitors. The most beautiful fairy chimney formations can be observed here.
From the top of the castle, you can see the extraordinary views of Pigeon Valley, Avanos, Ortahisar Castle and Goreme National Park.
Uchisar Castle is also considered to be one of the best places in the world to watch sunset. Read more >>
Pigeon Valley is another great place near Uchisar town named after the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times and offers another spectacular panoramic view over Cappadocia together with spectacular view of dovecotes.
Situated between Uchisar and Goreme, and famous for its beautiful landscapes, the valley takes its name from pigeons and ranks first among the popular, most known, and impressive valleys of Cappadocia. You can walk along the valley to the hills, watch the valley from the edge of the tree with the famous evil eye bead, and feed the pigeons here. Read more >>
Panoramic Viewpoints – Esentepe Hill
Panoramic viewpoints overlooking the amazing Goreme National Park, located in the hilly area on the Goreme-Avanos road, are very popular with the travelers. You can sit in one of the restaurants and cafes around here and watch the magnificent views and enjoy a nice meal.
There are also variety of great observation and sightseeing terraces along Uchisar at the hills that you are able to experience and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the valleys, Goreme and Aktepe.
The Esentepe observation terrace is the most popular of these. Location map >> Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Goreme at the platforms on the viewpoint of Esentepe and marvel at some of the best views in the region. You can also enjoy the Goreme valley and Goreme town complete along with the stunning fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses.
Having a rest and enjoying your drink in the company of spectacular views at the terraces along Uchisar is also a great attraction for travelers.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot air balloon ride is one of the most attended tours in Cappadocia. It is also as one of the most interesting and exciting attractions in the world.
Going on a balloon tour and watching the valleys from the sky is another fantastic attraction that we recommend during your Uchisar holidays. With a hot air balloon, you can see the unique beautiful valleys of Cappadocia from a bird’s eye view and enjoy the magnificent views.
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.
Eating Out – What to Eat?
You’ll find many restaurants in Uchisar where you can taste local flavors. Pottery kebab is one of the most popular dishes in the region. Pottery dishes are also attracted by both local and foreign visitors here. There are also many places in the region where you can taste delicious wines.
Among the popular dishes of Cappadocia, jug kebab, pot beans, stuffed apricots, wedding soup and homemade wines are also indispensable tastes of Uchisar cuisine.
Shopping – What to Buy?
You’ll find many souvenir, carpet and rug shops in the Uchisar center, as well as market places where you can find local products. Woven carpets and rugs attract a great deal of attention in the Uchisar region.
Bowls, pots, ornaments made of ceramics, fairy chimney trinkets, Uchisar magnets are among the popular items to shop for your loved ones as gifts.
How to Get to Uchisar?
Uchisar is situated about 304 km. from Ankara, 752 km. from Istanbul, 782 km. from Izmir, 72 km. from Kayseri, and 8 km. from Nevsehir.
There are NO direct international flights for Cappadocia region. Nearest local airports are situated in Nevsehir and Kayseri. You can find direct domestic flights to these cities from Istanbul and Izmir.
After reaching Kayseri or Nevsehir by land or plane, you can reach Uchisar by minibuses in about 30 minutes from the airports. But this would be a hard way. Taking a taxi from the center, bus station or airport is another option.
As Cappadocia region is NOT a metropolitan one, mostly has a rural life, we highly recommend you take airport transfers to get to your hotel in Avanos, Goreme, Uchisar or Urgup town of Cappadocia. So that you can have a safe, comfortable and easy transport option to your hotel.
The Shared Shuttle (about €8 per person) or Private Shuttle (about €50 per person) is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airports and Cappadocia and all neighboring regions.
As for private airport shuttle transfers, we highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel.
Faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses and taxis. Free cancellation. All prices include fees & tip.