We are local travel bloggers from Turkey. We traveled over 80 countries and we know just how much difference having a local friend makes. So we gathered our tips on all the great things to do in Cappadocia for you.
Simply to stroll through Cappadocia’s other-worldly landscape is an experience enough for many. The views are so mystical and awe-spiring that they turn simple activities to magical experiences.
Yet, the panorama is only one of the many unique promises of Cappadocia. The ancient underground cities, wild horses galloping at the skirts of Mount Erciyes, hot air balloons will awake something deep and spiritual inside you.
1. Discover Gulludere Valley by Taking a Moonlight Tour
One of the best things to do in Cappadocia is to trek under the moonlight in the region’s magical valleys – and during full moons! The magical landscape of Cappadocia and the calm night turns a simple hike into a thrilling experience.
Uzunetap and Argos Culture organize these walks between April and October. The tour starts at 8:30 pm in front of the Royal Balloon in Goreme. After registration is finished, then a shuttle will take you to the Güllüdere Valley, which is where the tour will begin.
The tour starts with a one-hour walk that goes to the Church with a Cross. The tour will then head on to the Columned Church, where you’ll be able to see a small concert. You’ll head back at midnight. We can easily say that this is one of the most unique things to do in Cappadocia. If you happen to be in Cappadocia during a full moon, then you should definitely go on the moonlight walk. If you decide to go on the trek, then there are a couple of things you should know
What To Bring
– Wear comfortable shoes and pants that cover your ankles.
– Definitely bring some water.
– Although the light from the moon should act as a guide, take a flashlight with you in case the weather is cloudy.
– Since Cappadocia is like being in the desert, make sure to dress like you would in a desert. Wear long-sleeved clothes, hoods, and a coat depending on the season.
– Instead of carrying a backpack or arm bag, choose a small backpack that will allow you to move around.
Price & Tour Info
The price is 150 TL. And each tour is limited to only 40 people. To figure out how to sign up, then visit the website. Anyone under 18 years old can only participate with their family. Meeting Place Address: Avcilar Mahallesi, Dutlu Sokak No: 9, 50180 Goreme Municipality / Nevsehir Merkez / Nevşehir Phone: (0384) 271 33 00 Click here for the location.
2. Join in on the Free Pottery Workshop in Avanos
If you’re into crafts with your hands, participating in a pottery workshop in Avanos, which is famous for its pottery, is one of the best things to do in Cappadocia.
Avanos is a settlement located on both sides of the Kizikirmak River, and it’s a place where there is a concentration of workshops on how to make ceramics, pots, and pans. Pottery-making is an important tradition that stems from the Hittites.
This is because the land provides. There is soft and oily clay found in old beds in Kızılırmak and in the mountains of Avanos. The clay is formed on a type of workbench called a “çark.” Items that are made in the workshop are baked in the sun and then dried in an oven heated between 800-1200 degrees Celcius.
Where Is The Pottery Workshop At?
Chez Galip‘s workshop is the place to go to for pottery. If you are not feeling craftsy and you prefer just to watch pottery making, that is fine, too. Another little detail about this place is that if you break something at the workshop, then you’re not expected to pay. Instead, they will ask you to replace it by showing you how it’s made. If you don’t have a car, then you can take a minibus (or dolmus) to Avanos, and you can walk there from where it lets you off. Address: Yukari Mahallesi, No: 24 Avanos Nevsehir, 110.Sk., 50500 Avanos Tel: (0384) 511 42 40 Click here for the location.
3. Photo Shoot At The Carpet Galerie İkman
4. Explore the Underground Cities
5. Take a Nature Walk in Guvercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley)
Guvercinlik Valley is one of the best places in Cappadocia to hike, as there’s a trail and red marks so you won’t get lost. This means that you’ll be able to go on a nature hike by yourself by following the directions, and you won’t feel like you have to hire a tour guide. The entrance to the path is on the road between Uchisar and Goreme, and it’s 4 kilometers long, so it’ll take you 2 hours to do. Click here for the location.
Things to take with you to this nature walk
– Bring water with you.
– Don’t jump in the waterfall after the entrance to the path.
– Wear trekking shoes so you won’t slide while walking on the soil, which is soft and has you’ll need to walk up and downhill a lot.
– If you’re in shape, then you might want to try cycling through the path.
6. Camp Across from Kizilcukur Valley
You might think (and we might agree) that one of the best things to do in Cappadocia to authentically experience the region is to stay in a cave hotel made of carved stone. But we also think that camping and being able to wake up to the skyline and watch the balloons pass by in the early hours of the morning is also a great way to experience Cappadocia. If you agree with us, then Kaya Camping is one of the best camping sites for this. You can find all the relevant information below:
We wrote an article for camping enthusiasts who want to know about the Best Campgrounds in Turkey.
7. Do Yoga at Sunset
You might have done yoga in remote locations before – but doing yoga in the valleys of Cappadocia is something else entirely. This place is in such high demand that there is now a small yoga community. Especially sunrise yoga feels amazing.
Yoga Centers & Retreats In Cappadocia
– If you want to do it as more of a group activity, then you can check out kapadokyayoga, which has tours that combine hiking, cycling, and yoga through the valleys. Email: email@example.com Tel: 05056561064
8. Eat Breakfast Among the Balloons
Another great thing to do in Cappadocia is to eat breakfast as the hot air balloons take off on their morning flights. We spoke with a pilot of one of the balloons and learned where the best spot was to watch the balloons that took off in the morning. He instructed us to a place where the balloons would fly close enough to the ground to where we could touch the baskets if we wanted to.
There are a couple of bakeries that open early to accommodate the people who wake up early to ride in the balloons. We asked where they were a day in advance so we could drop by in the morning before watching the balloons. As you can see in the picture, we set up our table and chairs.
Then, we watched 100 balloons take off all at once! We saw balloons no matter where we turned – it was a surreal moment as we were level with the balloons as they started their journey. And the pilot was right; they were flying so low to us that we could have offered a piece of bread to tourists in the balloons. Click here to see where we were so that you can do the same!
9. Watch the Mapping Show on the Fairy Chimneys
Going to a mapping show is one of the more unique things to do in Cappadocia. A company called Zelve Mapping puts on a show that projects images onto the fairy chimneys in Zelve Valley that highlight the region’s geological structures, how its developed to the present day, as well as the diverse beliefs and civilizations that have lived on these lands. The Mapping Show uses powerful projections to tell a story.
The show begins after it gets dark, so there’s no set time as to when it starts. It takes about 30 minutes and costs 100 TL. The company does not put on a show every day as they do it based on how many people reserved for that specific day. They need to have at least five people for the show, so make sure you call beforehand. You wouldn’t want to show up on a day that they weren’t able to get five people. While you might be able to find similar mapping shows elsewhere in art galleries, you won’t come across something quite like this.