Hiking trails and Turkish nights among the best things to do in Cappadocia

Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses”. When I visited Cappadocia I had already done my homework, so I knew I was going to a beautiful region with so much to offer. This just increased my curiosity about this gorgeous area. Scientists believe the entire city was a result of volcanic eruptions happened millions of years ago, although the human habitat in this remarkable lunar landscape that attracts thousands of tourists from across the world dates back to the 4th century. But alongside admiring the stunning landscape, what are the best things to do in Cappadocia? Here are some of our suggestions.

Things to do in Cappadocia

Walk through the Red and Rose Valleys

After days in Cappadocia in Turkey, we thought we had gotten used to natural beauty, but getting lost in the Red Valley and Rose Valley revealed a never-ending surprise. Our adventure around the Red Valley and Rose Valley in Cappadocia Turkey was probably the most satisfying for the eye and the most awe-inspiring.
—>>> Click here to read more about our expedition.

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This the view from the top, tired and happy!

Goreme open-air museum, Uchisar Castle, and the pigeon Valley

Wherever you turn your gaze in Cappadocia you are confronted with overwhelming natural beauty. While we stayed in Göreme for the night, in the lovely Star Cave Hotel, we have also taken advantage of Turkey tourism organization in this region and gone on different tours, the Ilhara Valley first, then Göreme open-air museum, Uçhisar for its castle and a breathtaking view on Pigeon Valley, to finally hike the stunning Red Valley and Rose Valley.
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More views of the valleys, I loved the different colors of the rock formations

Making Gozleme traditional style in Cappadocia, Turkey

Towards the end of our tour along the Ilhara Valley, my friends and I started feeling hungry and, although we were approaching lunchtime and restaurant, when we stopped for a short break we couldn’t resist the temptation of sampling some traditional food. We were happy to find local women making the traditional Gozleme filled with fresh cheese and veggies.
—>>> Click here to read more about making and enjoying Gozleme in Cappadocia

Cappadocia, the hot air balloons

One of the things to do in Cappadocia is flying with hot air balloons, it’s an excellent experience I couldn’t enjoy due to the bad weather, there are many tour companies providing daily flights and fly throughout Cappadocia, more balloon flights are made in Cappadocia than probably anywhere else.
Click here to see the prices and availability for Hot Air Balloon tours in Cappadocia

Turkish nights

One of the things to do in Cappadocia is experiencing eye-catching and spiritual dance. The last night we spent in Cappadocia was devoted to partying, namely to appreciate Turkish spirituality and dances, from the Sufi whirling dervishes inspired by Islam’s mystic and poet Rumi, to the inevitable belly dancer.

Even though we were exhausted after our excursion to the Red Valley and Rose Valley, I didn’t really want to leave Turkey this time too without seeing the famous whirling dervishes.
Click here for more information on prices and availability for night tours and traditional shows in Cappadocia.

Here are some pictures I took during the show, enjoy the show!

Whirling dervish whirling for our cameras

Whirling dervish whirling for our cameras

More whirling dervishes whirling

More whirling dervishes whirling

I've tried to capture the complete rotation

I’ve tried to capture the complete rotation

Below a sequence of another traditional Turkish dance in a show, definitely one of the things to do in Cappadocia. The dancer was excellent, she kept turning around for what felt like half an hour, her dress changing shape and finally colors. We were all enchanted.

Things to do in Cappadocia, turkish dance

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Things to do in Cappadocia, turkish dance

Things to do in Cappadocia, turkish dance

Things to do in Cappadocia

Where to stay in Goreme, Cappadocia

Like every other region in Turkey, Cappadocia has all sorts of accommodations, the most famous of which here are the fascinating cave suites that give you the chance to stay in buildings carved from their rock formations. If you are thinking about staying in this region of Turkey, here is a list of top Cappadocia Cave Suites.

Cappadocia Cave Suites
Located in the central Goreme offers deluxe cave rooms and suites, WiFi, breakfast, private bathrooms and Jacuzzi. The property organizes hot air balloon rides, Turkish nights, Whirling dervish shows and few other tours. It’s top rated for its services, location, and the view.
Click here to see the latest prices for Cappadocia Cave Suites

Aren Cave Hotel
This Cave Hotel is located in Goreme Center run by a people who like what they do. The rooms are equipped with WiFi, AC, kettle, soundproofing, TV etc. Banks, local bus terminal, cafe, and restaurants are within walking distance of Cave Hotel. They also offer free shuttle service from Goreme Bust station to the property. This property is rated exceptional for staff, location, rooms, and breakfast.
Click here to see the latest prices for Aren Cave Hotel

Amber Cave Suites
This beautiful cave hotel is rated top for the panoramic views of Goreme, the heart of Cappadocia. Amber Cave Suites offer everything you need for a suite, from free shuttle services, WiFi, breakfast to 24/7 front desk. It’s rated exceptional on booking both for helpful staff, cleanness, location, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Click here to see the current prices and more details about Amber Cave Suites

Aydinli Cave Hotel
This is a traditional Cave hotel located on a hillside that offers one of the best views over Goreme, WiFi, breakfast, and everything else you need in Cave hotel. The owner arranges day tours and other tours
Click here to see the current prices and more details about Aydinli Cave Hotel


  1. ces artistes sont impressionnants, les voir dans la réalité doit etre très interessant!

  2. That dress is quite bizarre! Great photos

  3. Very nice photos. I am so impressed with the second dancer!! Did her outfit changed color only by turning?

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  5. Very Nice post you publishing here i really enjoy to see this traditional dance Turkish night already have experience and never forget this trip with my friends and long cloths are superb..

  6. Rumi was a Persin poet and actually he was not that “Islamic”

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