Cappadocia

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Top 7 Things To Do in Cappadocia

A place like no other, Cappadocia will captivate you with it's incredibly bizarre, yet beautiful landscape. This semi-arid region in central Turkey offers fascinating history, museums, palaces, beaches, and white cliff waterfalls -- the best of everything you'd want on a holiday!

  • Goreme Open Air Museum

    1. Goreme Open Air Museum

    This is a must-see wonderland with rock-cut churches and vibrant frescoes.  A former Byzantine monastic settlement that housed some 20 monks, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

  • Kaymakli Underground City

    2. Kaymakli Underground City

    Houses were built around nearly 100 tunnels of this underground city. This gerbil-like metropolis of tunnels was excavated as early as Hittite times -- and four floors remain open for exploring. 

  • Devrent Valley

    3. Devrent Valley

    Otherwise known as 'Imagination Valley', this is astoundingly absurd and mesmerizing valley contains a variety of rock formations shaped like animals, all naturally created by nature. Enter the rock formed zoo!

  • Ihlara Valley

    4. Ihlara Valley

    This canyon was formed thousands of years ago, and flows the 7-mile distance from Ihlara village to Selime village. Walk along the gushing water past the vineyards, poplars, and pistachio trees.

  • Pasabag

    5. Pasabag

    Now we enter monks valley on the road to Zelve, and the dream continues with pillars made of earth standing tall in the middle of the vineyard, which stylites and hermits once used to hide inside.

  • 6. Topdeck Cave Restaurant

    One of Cappadocia's top rated restaurants, this cave eatery in Goreme is worth a visit. All ingredients used are from local farmers, but there's just 10 tables, so don't delay!

  • Ala Daglar National Park

    7. Ala Daglar National Park

    Also known as the 'The Alps of Turkey', this mountain region is popular for mountaineering, hiking, and trekking among waterfalls, fir trees, birds, wild goats, bears, lynx, and sable.

Frequently asked questions about Cappadocia

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Planning Your Visit

  • Terrorist attacks have happened in Turkey. Is it safe to go there?

    Millions of foreigners visit Turkey every year and most visits are trouble-free. Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces are the places advised to avoid.

  • Do I have to be careful about how I dress in a country with many Muslim people?

    Tourists should respect religious customs, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the weather is cooler and the top sites are less crowded. Summertime is more active with tourists and you might find higher prices during this time.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,684 reviews

They picked us up at the hotel , we had lots of fun even though it was raining and we didn’t have much time left in Cappadocia we enjoyed it. They provided rain gear which we didn’t expect. The company was family own and the young guys spoke very good English. They took us to 5 different valleys to take pictures and videos . They were professionals and very polite . The value for the money was definitely right , there was a vendor in one of the stops who sold hot wine which we tried for the first time and enjoy as the weather was a bit cool and rainy ! I recommend this activity to anyone looking to have some fun and adrenaline rush on their vacation!

This was a great tour, with lots to see and to do. Our guide was very kind, intelligent, and had interesting and detailed answers for all our questions :) We have visited all the advertised places. The lunch took place in a very stylish restaurant, with plenty of high quality food (drinks extra). I still can't believe the low price of this tour, compared to the service. Thank you, guys!

This was the highlight of our trip to Cappadocia. Crew was really nice and did their best that we have a good time.

The guide was lovely to us. The activity is well organized and enjoyable.

Great guide, absolutely good for one day and good lunch