Urgup is one of the most popular towns in Cappadocia that travelers may experience and enjoy all the extraordinary formations, fairy chimneys, cultural heritage and ethnographic diversity of all Cappadocia region. The town is situated 20 km. from Nevsehir. The region is also one of the most important and lively centers of the Cappadocia.
Urgup is established on a region where the famous fairy chimneys are extremely situated. And that makes the town that settled under the skirts of the fairy chimneys has a really fascinating look.
Urgup Video Tour
You can watch the below video your to see how Urgup looks like.
Things to Do & See
Known as the “World City” the Urgup region makes it possible for you to reach every important attraction on foot. Guests can participate in daily tours to fully explore Cappadocia, or discover the valleys, walking in nature and marveling at ancient history firsthand.
As Urgup has been an important center and home during the era of Byzantium, Seljuks and Ottoman Emire throughout history, you’ll find many historical places to visit, and of course the must-have fairy chimneys. You’ll definitely love the fantastic scenery here.
Be sure to explore the Gulludere Rose Valley, Pancarlik Valley, Kızılcukur Red Valley, or the Gomeda – Uzengi Valley. Find fossils dating back 10 million years at the Urgup Museum, discover the handmade dolls at the Cappadocia Art and History Museum, or learn more about ethnography at the Ortahisar Ethnography Museum.
Other important attractions include the Temenni Hill, Kadi Castle and Altınkapili Tomb, and the Mazi Underground City. With everything to do, you will be wishing you had more time to explore!
- The Six Ported (Altikapili) and the Wish Hill (Temenni) tombs,
- the Three Beauties (or Sisters) (Uc Guzeller),
- the Pink Valley (Pembe Vadi),
- the Greek Bath (Hammam),
- Kadi Church, Urgup Museum,
- Taskinpasha Mosque
- and variety of lovely churches.
Valleys & Fairy Chimneys
The Rose Valley and Red Valley are among the most popular valleys where you can see the amazing fairy chimneys along Urgup.
Rose Valley is a popular one where you can witness the most beautiful fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. The valley is situated between Goreme and Cavusin Village, and took its name from the rocks that turned into rose color by daylight.
The Valley has the best and most popular trekking tracks of the region, and also one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Cappadocia. Read more >>
Red Valley is one of the regions where sunrise and sunset can be watched best in Cappadocia. The valley has such a beautiful color and landscape that attracts a great deal of attention from both local and foreign visitors. We can say that it is the most beautiful valley of Cappadocia.
The place is also one of the best spots to watch the sunset with the most beautiful fairy chimney views in the region. You can also find Horse Safari, 4 × 4 Jeep Safari and ATV Safari tours here. Read more >>
Urgup Museum is a great museum where both archaeological and ethnographic works are exhibited. Here you can experience and enjoy various fossils and ceramics from the Roman and Byzantine Periods, medals from the Ottoman Period, and ceramics, metal and glass works from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods.
Cappadocia Museum of Art and History – Doll Museum– in Mustafapasa, Urgup
A private museum located in Mustafapasa near Urgup and housed in 150 years old mansion. More than 2000 pieces of hand made dolls from Turkey and all over the world in their unique costumes, the wall paintings of Kostas Meletiyadis, the mansion’s historical star windows, yards, rooms, doors and accessories can be admired at the museum.
Address: Yukari dist. Gazi Str. No: 6 Mustafapasa, Urgup, Cappadocia
Tel: +90 384 353 52 21
Urgup Vintage Festival
Urgup is also famous for its vineyards and grapes. If you are planning a visit to this fantastic town in autumn, you can attend to Vintage Festival organized by the Urgpp Municipality in the second week of September every year. During the festival, you can enjoy the variety of great wine tasting.
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 Urgup 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?
Urgup has a magnificent cuisine. While the pottery tradition is famous in the region, the pot dishes cooked in casserole are at the top of the list. Among the local dishes of the region, there are dishes made of various legumes, dishes cooked with meat and in casseroles.
You can taste local dishes such as wedding soup, milk soup, wedding soup, tandoori soup, stuffed apple, stuffed apricot, stuffed apple, slurry and dolaz. Another dish you can taste in the town is the pitas made with minced meat on a special thin dough.
Shopping – What to Buy?
Since it is a touristic area, you’ll find shops mostly selling souvenirs in general. You can buy and present hand-woven carpets, rugs or runners to your loved ones from the Urgup region, which is famous for its hand-woven.
You can also choose fairy chimney sculptures and magnets, which are a miniature of the architectural structure of the region, as gifts.
And since Urgup is famous for its grapes and has its own vintage festival, the most beautiful wines of Cappadocia are also found here. You can buy delicious wines of Urgup.
Accommodation in Urgup – Where to Stay?
Urgup is considered one of the most developed regions of Cappadocia and is great for those who enjoy nightlife. Many of the accommodations are the historical mansions, restored from the Seljuk period, and now turned into boutique hotels or luxurious apartments.
This is the second-most preferred place to stay in Cappadocia, due to it’s close proximity to the popular tourist attractions. Although this area is famous for it’s rich architecture, it is also a great space for enjoying a traditional meal or experiencing the magical nightlife of Cappadocia.
In this area, you can find many boutique hotels with a variety of price ranges suitable for any budget. If you prefer a more luxurious experience, reserve one of the mansions from the Seljuk period which have been resorted and turned into businesses. Additionally, sleeping overnight in one of the famous caves is also another popular option during weather appropriate seasons.
How to Get to Urgup?
Urgup is situated about 300 km. from Ankara, 750 km. from Istanbul, 790 km. from Izmir, 60 km. from Kayseri, and 20 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 Urgup 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.