25 Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey, feels like stepping into a magical realm, with fairy chimneys dotting its valleys and visitors drifting above in hot air balloons.

People even live in ornately carved caves, and you can stay in one during your visit.

It’s easy to arrive in Cappadocia unprepared, though. So, read on for tips that’ll leave other Cappadocia-goers envious of your foresight.

1. Stay In Göreme

Göreme is a charming town that’s the base for tourism in the Cappadocia region. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with tourists flocking there because of its unique rock carvings created by erosion.

2. Göreme Doesn’t Have an Airport

Nevşehir is the closest airport to Göreme. It’s the most popular airport for tourists to fly into, and you can hire a taxi or hop on a shuttle bus for the 40-minute drive into town.

3. Plan for the Weather

June, July, and August are the ideal months for taking a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. Fewer weather-related cancellations happen then, as rain and strong wind isn’t as common.

4. Almost All Hotels Have Balloon Views

If you’re staying in Göreme, nearly every accommodation offers an area to view the hot air balloons at sunrise. But not all views are equal.

5. Prices Are Cheapest in the Winter

Although there’s a higher chance of weather-related hot air balloon flight cancellations in the winter, you’ll be able to snag a cheaper balloon tour.

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