A place most recognized by morning sky filled with hot air balloons. Only one hour flight from Istanbul, you should put this on your itinerary while in Istanbul. Two days should be enough here, but to be sure to catch those morning views, we recommend 4 days. Here a few things you should not miss while visiting this place.

1. Fly in hot air balloon

Cappadocia has the perfect climate for hot air flying all year round. Hundreds of hot air balloons fly every morning. And you can get in one of them. It is a bit pricey, but it’s an unforgettable experience, we paid 220€ for a more extended flight, 1,5 hours. They pick you up in your hotel around 5:15 AM, and you are in the air at 5:45 AM. After flight, there’s a little traditional ceremony, and they bring you back to your hotel. Check out Royal Balloons for your flight. Prices vary from 180€ – 220€.

2. Fairy chimneys

A surreal landscape with many rock formations. Some say they look like chimneys, others say they look like mushrooms. You’ll be the judge of that. You can walk through landscapes and enjoy the out of this world feel.

3. Love valley

You can rent a bike or ATV and follow the dusty roads to Love valley. These incredible rock valleys will take your breath away. You’ll see the rock formations that are out of this world.

4. Uçhisar

The Uchisar Castle rises over the Cappadocia plain and is visible for miles in any direction. It is a Castle built in a mountain and people still live in it.

5. Ballon sunrise missions

For a perfect sunrise, wake up early to be sure to catch the take-off. Many hills surrounding the area are reachable on foot. Here are the locations of two of our best morning spots that don’t get crowded: location 1 & location 2.

6. Cavusin

If you’re searching for authentic and untouched while in Cappadocia, this is it. The Cavusin Church of Saint John the Baptist is a perfect sunset spot as the sun goes down on all of the beautiful landscapes.

7. Enjoy the traditional food

We really enjoyed the food in Goreme. It is a bit touristy but you can find some authentic home style restaurants. Be sure to try pottery kebab and Manti. And of course some apple tea.

How do I get a flight in hot air balloon?

Ask at your hotel to arrange a flight. They can advise you on a fair price, so you don’t pay double the price.

How to get around in Goreme, Cappadocia?

You don’t need a car here or a taxi. Most of the things are reachable by foot, horse, bike, or ATV. Ask at your hotel for arranging tours, and they will get it for you at a reasonable price.

Best time to visit Cappadocia?

Balloons fly all year round so you can visit any time. Maybe try to avoid July and August as it gets really crowded. We visited in April, had lovely weather and not that many tourists.

Where to eat in Goreme?

We recommend Can Can Restaurant. People are kind and friendly and the food is just amazing. They have the best apple tea we tried in Turkey.

Also worth a mention: Sedef

Where to stay in Goreme?

We highly recommend Caravanserai Inn Hotel. They offer a big and diverse breakfast. You can enjoy your breakfast as you watch balloons landing. The rooms are spacious and beautiful. And the host will go above and beyond to fulfill your needs.

They also have a Cave hotel you can check out.