What to do and see in Goreme, Turkey: The Best Places and Tips

December 15, 2017 Kelli Reichel

A town literally carved into the volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to the Goreme National Park, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses spectacular 10th- and 11th-century cave churches. The park itself is known for its chimney rock formations and is very popular with backpackers. It’s also a great area to sample Turkish cuisine and wine.
Restaurants in Goreme

1. Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Urgup, Turkey +90 384 271 31 11
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4.5 based on 905 reviews

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Reviewed By Freddy M

If you are interested in what nature has to offer this is a place to visit. You go back in time admiring what the ancestors lived. It Is like opening a book which unveils many secrets. The caves will show hidden secrets to get your full attention

2. MyTrip Travel

Uchisar 50240, Turkey
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5 based on 580 reviews

MyTrip Travel

The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level, lava-covered plain located between the volcanic Mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan as well as its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock and cities.

Reviewed By DinuM - Bucharest, Romania

Initially contacted them by email from home and then called them when arrived in Turkey; the email agreed terms were delivered and everything worked out perfectly for the asked package (red and green tours plus the balloon ride).
Cenghiz was our guide on the red tour and he is very professional and helpful with info beyond the tour; the balloon ride was with Asiana Balloons and it was a wonderful experience in all regards.

3. Cemal Ranch

Ortahisar 50650, Turkey
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Cemal Ranch

Cemal Ranch is located in the heart of Cappadocia just minutes from Ortahisar village. Our location will make your riding experience unique as we take you far from the crowds into secluded Valleys,traditional villages and through the 'fairy chimney' rock formations that make Cappadocia famous. RIDING TOURS Horse Tour - 30 Min This gentle ride takes you through the peaceful trails of beautiful Ortahisar Valley.Complimentary drinks at the Ranch. Horse Tour - 1 hr Ride traditional trails through the spectacular 'fairy chimney's' valley of Ortahisar and explore the ancient Hallacdere Byzantine monastery.Complimentary lunch and drinks at the Ranch. Horse Tour - 2 hrs This ride takes you through local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards to explore the rock formations of secluded Pancarlik and Kepez Valley's.Also view the magnificent Panorama of Uchisar rock castle.Complimentary lunch, drinks and transport is included. Horse Tour - 4 hrs ( Half Day)This ride explores some of Cappadocia's most unique and lesser seen landscapes.We ride through local vineyards to Pancarlik and Kepez Valleys and on to the beautiful secluded Üzengi Valley,famous for it's amazing rock carved pigeon homes, natural mineral spring and meandering streams.you will also enjoy the stunning panaromas at Ortahisar castle on our return. Complimentary lunch, drinks and transport is included. We also offer Full Day & Multi-day Rides and Riding Lessons by appointment. Cemal Ranch is family owned and operated so regardless of your riding experience our local expertise will make your visit memorable in every way!With rustic open air pavilions, sweeping views and barely a road in sight. Cemal Ranch is like 'discovering a little known secret,and is the perfect setting to relax before or after your horse tour.

Reviewed By Ida S

I and my boyfriend booked one hour horse riding tour through our hotel and that was amazing experience. I wasn't expecting too much for only 1h tour but we ended up seeing so much of the beautiful landscape and the best part was that there were no one else than just us and the guide Osman who was very nice and confident with the horses. I would recommend this to anyone who's going to Cappadocia. We did the tour in the middle of the day so I think that's the reason why there were no one else because sunrise/sunset tours are more popular but I really enjoyed our ride. Thank you so much!

4. Rainbow Balloons

Haciali Bey Cd. No:2, Uchisar 50240, Turkey
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Rainbow Balloons

An extraordinaly experience you'll never foreget. Flight turned into a unique and fantastic adventure as we swing between the fairy chimneys and ascend over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape.Each season offers you its own unique treasure; greens are blooming in Spring and Summer, vintage time in the vineyard during Fall,blanket of snow over the landscape in Winter. It turn the balloon flight into an exceptional visual experience in differet times of the year.Welcome on board. Be as passionate as we are for ballooning in Cappadocia!

Reviewed By Pheraaz - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We did the Hot air balloon Activity from Rainbow balloons and it was probably one of the best experiences I had in Turkey. Our Pilot "Mr Ibrahim" was very professional, He explained everything very nicely. and the overall experience was super smooth. I know where to take the balloon tour from the next time i visit Cappadocia.

5. Pasabag

Urgup, Turkey
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Pasabag

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

Magical geological formations made of lava eruptions and melded by rain and wind. So impressive,So unique it does not look posible something like this can exist, and how the top of some of these chimneys do not fall?

6. Zelve Open Air Museum

Zelve Yolu, Nevsehir, Turkey +90 533 660 40 01
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Zelve Open Air Museum

Reviewed By Vlado Z - Zagreb, Croatia

We know so little about early Christian history. This Is the place to see where religion started in second century and how people lived here. Need about an hour to walk areound.

7. Goreme National Park

Goreme, Turkey +90 384 271 3545
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Goreme National Park

Reviewed By Medeea P - London, United Kingdom

An amazing place, definitely worth a visit and totally worth paying the extra 10 TRY for the dark chapel. The frescos are incredible and views amazing as always. You should keep in mind your national park ticket also includes entrance to another bigger church a few meters down the road.

8. Kocabag Winery

Adnan Menderes Caddesi, No: 40 | Pigeon Valley, Uchisar 50240, Turkey +90 384 219 29 79
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Kocabag Winery

Reviewed By Feza K - Ankara, Turkey

Kocabag vinery was just at the end of the long slope from Göreme to Uchisar. As we were biking, this was the perfect location to stop and drink some vine. They have nice vine but we went for a bottle of their limited superior vine. We purchased it and drunk it against the beautiful Uchisar view.

9. Sultan Balloons

Turgut Ozal Cad. No:88 | Yukari Mahalle, Uchisar 50240, Turkey
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Sultan Balloons

As Sultan Balloon Team we particularly intend to deliver the safest, most comfortable, impressive, awe inspiring and unforgettable balloon adventures with a personal touch and professionalism to our guests, to ensure a first class ballooning experience in Cappadocia.

Reviewed By jdmonthego - Istanbul, Turkey

Our Sultan Balloon ride was a complete delight. So straightforward in every aspect of organisation, from booking online in Australia to drop-off at our Goreme hotel afterwards. And the experience is sensational! We knew the extraordinary Cappadoccian landscape would be stunning but hadn't anticipated the beauty of the myriad balloons rising gently into the dawn sky. We felt safe and relaxed in the skill of our pilot Rafiz and free to enjoy a bird's eye view of this amazing geology. The efficiency and generous spirit of everyone in the team made it really special. Don't miss it!!

10. Fairy Chimneys

Goreme, Turkey +90 555 275 69 53
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Fairy Chimneys

Reviewed By Libertad V

This geography is truly extraordinary. You can wander safely around and even go into some where people lived. Must visit site in Cappadocia. Unique mushroom like rock formation. You can see the different rate of erosion of the different rocks. There's also a cave church here, very important place for cristianity, San Simone Church

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