Goreme Turkey is the main tourist town of Cappadocia. Most will visit Goreme Turkey to take a hot air balloon ride but what else is there to do?
- Important – How to get the Best Place on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Sunrise / Sunset Location
- 360 Degree Panorama Viewpoint
- Derinkuyu Underground City
- Ilhara Valley
- Mount Erciyes Stratovolcano
- Instagram Photography from a Rooftop Balcony
Hot Air Balloon Ride – How to get the Best Place
Firstly, you’ve traveled all the way to Cappadocia to take a hot air balloon ride. There are several companies all offering a similar service. So which is the best company? Most importantly, how do you find the best space during your hot air balloon ride? Read about my hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.
Sunrise / Sunset Location
There is no substitute for a once in a lifetime hot air balloon ride over Goreme Turkey. But, if there was it would be viewing the hot air balloons at sunrise. Here is the exact sunrise point location, it’s a short uphill walk from the town. What’s more, even at sunset without the balloons this is still a worthwhile viewpoint to visit.
Goreme Turkey Panorama
An alternate sunset location is from the top of a huge rock overlooking Goreme Turkey. However, this is a little far to walk therefore you must have your own transport. Alternatively, you must be fit enough for a long walk. What’s good about this location is you have a 360 degree panoramic view over Cappadocia. Lastly, here is the exact location.
Hike Through the Chimneys
You’re free to walk wherever you want through Cappadocia. Both photographers as well as explorers can use this to their advantage and visit lesser visited parts of the rock formations. Moreover, most tourists stay close to the locations I mentioned above therefore anywhere else is usually empty.
Derinkuyu Underground City
Once upon a time Genghis Khan passed through these lands. One place you didn’t want to be was in his path. For this reason, 20,000 people lived in an underground city well out of his way. Read about my day trip to the deepest Cappadocia underground city.
The Ilhara Valley features the huge Ilhara Gorge which is open for hiking. As a matter of fact, there are marked trails through it. In addition, a small river also runs through it.
Mount Erciyes Stratovolcano
When you think of Cappadocia and Goreme Turkey, the last thing that comes to mind is snow and a stratovolcano. However, Mount Erciyes is a huge stratovolcano which stands almost 4000 meters tall. As a result it’s the tallest mountain in the region and the fifth tallest in Turkey. Can you hike this mountain? Yes, you can! Read more about the Mount Erciyes hike.
Pose For Pictures on a Rooftop Balcony
The famous Instagram spot in Goreme Turkey is posing on a rooftop balcony with the balloons in the background. As a result, there are several hotels which feature such a rooftop. One I can recommend is the Divan Cave House.
How to get from Goreme to Gaziantep
From Goreme I chose to head east to Gaziantep. However, you should also consider visiting Adana as there’s a stunning riverside mosque there. Firstly, you can buy a ticket to several destinations from Goreme bus station. These tickets usually include a shared minibus to Nevşehir bus station as well as an onward ticket to your next destination. The most popular destinations are of course, Ankara and Konya. Travel time to Gaziantep is around 8 hours and the luxury buses include free snacks and coffee.