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Cappadocia: The Captivating Destination Everyone’s Talking About

Anne May 14th, 2024
Cappadocia: The Captivating Destination Everyone’s Talking About



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Cappadocia, translated to ‘the land of beautiful horses’ in Persian, is a captivating destination for several compelling reasons. From its unique rock formations and enchanting fairy chimneys to breathtaking vistas, cave hotels, and an array of spectacular activities, Cappadocia promises an unforgettable experience.

Cappadocia is increasingly becoming a popular travel destination, in 2023 Cappadocia attracted 4.8 million visitors. As this beautiful city continues to be a trendy getaway, continue reading to learn the best time to visit, top things to do, how to get around, and more.

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Cappadocia
Traveler in Turkey

The best time to visit Cappadocia, Turkey, is during its shoulder season, also known as the off-peak season. This runs from April to June (spring season), or (autumn season) beginning in September through October. Of course, even if you can’t make these ideal times, visiting Cappadocia, Turkey, anytime is a good idea.

Just know that it does get extremely cold between December and March (winter season) and from July to August (summer season), it can also get uncomfortably hot.

What Are the Top Things to Do in Cappadocia

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride
hot air balloon in turkey

While there are many things to do in Turkey, when staying in Cappadocia, you simply cannot miss the hot air balloon ride. This is the number one location for hot air balloon rides in the entire world for good reason. Many balloon tour companies also offer private tours upon request for special occasions.

Currency Tip: Use Balloon Scanner to compare prices for different tours and prices depending on the day. You can take advantage of the cash discount if you decide to pay in cash. 

2. Ihlara Valley
Ihlara Valley in Turkey

This hidden gem is a gorge where you can hike alongside a stunning river. The Ihlara Valley is part of the southern Cappadocia region and is a bit of a drive from Goreme, but well worth the trip according to many visitors. This hike is a pretty easy walk surrounded by cave churches and leafy countryside.

Cappadocia has so many beautiful wonders to see, also check out hidden gems like Underground City, Pigeon Valley, and Göreme Open Air Museum.

Currency Tip: Gratuity is often not included in the tour prices. Be sure to have cash on hand to tip your tour guides.


3. ATV Tours
ATV ride

Explore dunes, valleys, beautiful hills, and more all from your ATV as part of your Cappadocia ATV Tour. Check out Cappadocia Adventures for combo packages that include hot air balloons and an ATV tour for only €299. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.

Currency Tip: The Turkish Lira is the official currency in Turkey however, the European euro is also widely accepted.




How to Get Around in Cappadocia
Dolmus in Turkey

Getting around Cappadocia, Turkey, will likely require you to rent a car. This is the primary way for tourists to get around, and it is easy enough to rent one even after you arrive. Often, the place you are staying will help you arrange this, but there are also many companies around Goreme, the main strip, that will help you as well. You can also set this up ahead of time if you prefer.

Another transportation option is renting a scooter if the weather is agreeable. Lastly, as the least expensive option but the least advised way to get around Cappadocia, you can use public transportation, known locally as the dolmus. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time when using this mode of transportation, as it is a bit slow.

Currency Tip: Cash is the most preferred form of payment by Dolmus drivers. Be sure to have cash on hand because cash is still king



Do US Citizens Need a Visa to Visit Turkey
Traveler with Passport in Hand

As of January 2024, US citizens visiting Turkey no longer are required to obtain a visa as long as the visit will be less than 90 days in any 180-days period. This has been made possible by Turkey joining other countries in Western Europe and becoming a visa-free country. You will, of course, still need a current passport.

When traveling to Turkey, you will be using the Turkish Lira. Although how much you will need to spend will vary based on what you plan on doing each day, on the high end for food and shopping, you can expect to spend just over $120.00 US dollars, which is roughly ₺3,325 Turkish lira*.

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*Numbers are based on May 10, 2024 data. Exchange rates are subject to change.



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