8 Things to Do in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a magical place to visit. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Turkey, with lots for tourists to enjoy whether they are looking for history or natural beauty. It became famous for its unique geological formations and otherworldly landscapes, but it has something for everyone – from hiking to shopping. Here we list some of the best activities and places to visit especially if you only have a few days of travel available.

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TRIVIA: The name of Cappadocia in the Persian language means “Land of Beautiful Horses”. It is because, during times when Persia ruled this area as their empire, there were many wild horses here to be seen and admired by travelers from all over Asia Minor (ancient Turkey).

Flying from Dubai to Istanbul, and then flying from Istanbul to Nevsehir, we finally reached this popular Instagram destination. Cappadocia is known for its unique rock formations, underground cities and caves, and hot air balloons. Below are some of the best things to do on why you should visit this destination.

top things to do in cappadocia
Top things to do in cappadocia

sunrise hot air balloon in Cappadocia
sunrise hot air balloon in Cappadocia

Goreme town center - a walking town
Goreme town center – a walking town

1. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum

Cappadocia’s most popular tourist attraction is the Göreme Open Air Museum, which houses a number of rock-cut churches and monasteries. There are ten different sites with rock-cut architecture all across its landscape; they range from small shrines to large temples that date back as far as 1000 BC. It’s really rich in history!

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goreme open air museum tour
Goreme Open Air Museum tour

Cappadocia Goreme Open Air Museum - caves are places where people converge
Cappadocia Goreme Open Air Museum – caves are places where people converge

Goreme Open Air Museum
Goreme Open Air Museum

old paintings inside one of the churches - this is a very old church!
old paintings inside one of the churches – this is a very old church!

2. Hot Air Balloon Adventure

A hot air balloon adventure has got to be the most famous activity to do here. It’s beautiful to see hundreds of colorful balloons take flight in a very scenic setting. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, then try hot air ballooning.  A trip to the fairy chimneys of Turkey will make any adventure even more extraordinary.

The town is home not only for amazing rock formations but also an unforgettable flight with one of these magnificent vessels through narrow country roads lined on each side by jagged cliffsides covered in bushes and trees-perfect scenery as we ascend into clear blue skies overhead!

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hot air balloon in Cappadocia is a must-experience
hot air balloon in Cappadocia is a must-experience

if you don't want to ride a balloon, you can just marvel the view from afar
if you don’t want to ride a balloon, you can just marvel the view from afar

up in the air in Cappadocia
up in the air in Cappadocia

3. Hike Along its Many Valleys

For those who prefer to stay on the ground, there are plenty of hiking trails with stunning views and ancient cave dwellings. There are dozens of unique rock formations throughout the area which make for great photo opportunities.

Hiking trails offer visitors an up-close look at some of the most interesting geological features found in this region.

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valleys
valleys

Cappadocia has many valleys and it's great place especially for hikers
Cappadocia has many valleys and it’s great place especially for hikers

4. Visit the Underground City of Derinkuyu

The Derinkuyu is one of the destinations of a popular tour called “Green Tour” in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu in Nevşehir Province has been inhabited for over 2,000 years. The underground city of Derinkuyu is one the largest excavated underground cities in Turkey and it has been said that there are several other complex found throughout Cappadocia.

A great place for those interested in learning more about this fascinating region and witnessing what it’s like to live underground.

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Derinkuyu underground city
Derinkuyu underground city

touring this underground city in Derinkuyu which they say can house 20,000 people
touring this underground city in Derinkuyu which they say can house 20,000 people

5. Adventure Activities – Horseback Riding, Quadbiking

Tourists in Cappadocia can enjoy a number of activities for the more adventurous including horseback riding and quad biking.

The tourism agencies are also coming up with other unique activities given that tourism plays a big part in its economy.

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horseback riding in the Red Valley
horseback riding in the Red Valley

horseback riding in Cappdocia
horseback riding in Cappdocia

6. Enjoy Delicious Turkish Cuisine!

You can find some of the best Turkish food in this region. Goreme town features some of the best restaurants in Cappadocia.

Let me name some of the places we ate that we highly recommend – organic food at Pumpkin Restaurant, a romantic evening at Seten Restaurant, fun dinner and drinks at Fat Boys, dine on a rock terrace at Organic Cave Kitchen, and many more.

Don’t forget to try the Baklava which we didn’t expect to immensely enjoy, plus the Turkish ice cream available everywhere.

beautiful view at night at Seten restaurant
beautiful view at night at Seten restaurant

Organic Cave Kitchen
Organic Cave Kitchen

lamb shank at Pumpking Goreme
lamb shank at Pumpkin Goreme

Baklava dessert and Turkish Ice Cream and Pumpkin Goreme
Baklava dessert and Turkish Ice Cream and Pumpkin Goreme

Turkish food at Fat Boys
Turkish food at Fat Boys

turkish ice cream in cappadocia
Turkish ice cream in cappadocia

7. Shop for Souvenirs in the Markets

Shop in the markets of Cappadocia and practice haggling with owners on ceramics, carpets, and other Turkish souvenirs. A trip to this magical place will remind you that life should always be enjoyed.

The marketplaces are teeming with people from all over who come here looking for traditional items like pottery or other handcrafted goods as well as other novelties.

evil eye trinkets
evil eye trinkets 

colorful coasters and cups
colorful coasters and cups

Carpet shop in Goreme famous for Instagram photos
Carpet shop in Goreme famous for Instagram photos

carpet shop
carpet shop

carpet shop in Goreme, Cappadocia
carpet shop in Goreme, Cappadocia

8. Soak and Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery

Even if you don’t do a lot of activities, you can still enjoy the scenery in Cappadocia as it’s really different. The beautiful, surreal landscape of Cappadocia is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cappadocia is an ancient region and it has a rich history that can be explored through its many historical landmarks.

enjoy the beautiful scenery in cappadocia
enjoy the beautiful scenery in Cappadocia

Goreme Cappadocia at night
Goreme Cappadocia at night

hot air balloon views during sunrise
hot air balloon views during sunrise

Summary

Cappadocia is a land of incredible natural wonders and intriguing history, with architecture that’s as beautiful as it sounds.

Tourists can explore the region by walking on foot or hiring a car to take them to different locations. There are many small villages and towns around Cappadocia that people can visit as well. There are also plenty of churches and monasteries for those interested in religious sites.

Evil Eye tree
Evil Eye tree

Turkey Flag
Turkey Flag

Cappadocia is a land of incredible natural wonders and intriguing history, with architecture that’s as beautiful as it sounds. People who want to see more of this area should consider staying at least one night in Goreme, which is the most popular tourist destination because it has hotels with cheap prices and an airport close by.

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