Cappadocia map

Cappadocia Map – 12 Awesome Places to Visit in Cappadocia

Cappadocia or Kapadokya ( Cappadocia in Turkish) is for sure one of the best geographical gifts that nature left to us and you will find detailed and useful information about almost everything you've been searching for. Make sure to print out your Cappadocia map before you plan your  Cappadocia holiday.

 

Cappadocia Map

 

Let's start with the Cappadocia map as you will need a lot. Cappadocia map is the one that every single travel agent will squeeze in your hand when you walk on the streets.

 

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Begining of Cappadocia Travel

 

We begin to our guide to the land of white horses and fairy chimneys. If it's your first time in Cappadocia, read all the information below to make the best out of it.

 

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hot air-balloon Cappadocia

 

About Cappadocia

 

The Cappadocia region is the most beautiful place that nature and history have been integrated in the world. Geographical events while creating the fairy chimneys, in the historical process, people carved houses and churches inside these fairy chimneys, adorned them with frescoes, and carried the traces of ancient civilizations from thousands of years old to now.

 

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Pigeon Valley Cappadocia

 

In the 3rd and 4th centuries Christians who escaped from the cruelty of Roman Empire, based in this region. They started to farm and used Pigeon feces as fertilizer to enrich fields in the area.

Those Christian people were the one who build the famous underground cities of Cappadocia by carving the soft rocks. And they herited us these beautiful cave houses, underground cities, historial churches together with other geographical wonders around.

 

 

Where is Cappadocia

 

It's actually not a town, not a city. It's a region in the city of Nevsehir and all this natural wonder happened in 60 million years of time.

All the Lava and ashes from the mountains (Erciyes, Gulludag and Hasandagi) formed by the wind and the rain over million years and created the famous valleys and fairy chimneys.

 

It's located in the borders of the city of Nevsehir but also not far from the neighbour cities such as Kayseri, Nigde and Aksaray. You can actually reach Cappadocia by using the airport in Kayseri city. It's about 30-45 minutes ride from Kayseri airport to Cappadocia. You can find a free Cappadocia Map on the kiosks at the airports.

 

 

Cappadocia Guide

 

We can write hours and hours long about Cappadocia. It's not possible to explain the beauties of this region in one single post. But there is one thing that we are sure about that you should definitely join to a organized tour in Cappadocia to see the Red Valley and the Green Valley. If you are on a tight budget, print-out the Cappadocia Map and visit the attraction points by yourselves. You can find the list of places to see in Cappadocia below.

 

Main places to see in Cappadocia are;
-Uchisar
-Goreme
-Cavusin
-Avanos
-Urgup
Almost all the beauties to see in Cappadocia will be in one of those regions. Check your Cappadocia map and mark these attraction points.

 

 

How to Go to Cappadocia

 

You can reach there easier by plane or by bus. You can reach at Kayseri or Nevsehir airports. Both airports will take only 1 hour from Istanbul. After that you will need a transportation until your hotel. You can eitherway call your hotel and ask for the prices or check international transfer organizing companies like kiwitaxi to compare the prices. Click here or on the banner at the right sidebar, for comparing Cappadocia airport transfer prices.

If you prefer over night bus, it will take about 10-11 hours, until you reach Goreme Coach Station in Cappadocia. We recommend Metro Turizm or Nevsehir Seyahat buses since they get you until the center of Goreme. You can reach your hotel by walking from the coach station.

 

If you plan to visit Cappadocia while you are in Istanbul or in Izmir, you can check the flight tickets search engines such as Skyscanner or Momondo etc. to find the cheapets flight tickets. We would recommend Turkish Airlines , Anadolu Jet  (sister company of Turkish Airlines) or Pegasus Airlines. Because they have very early flights and you can reach Cappadocia before 9 am. So you can be there on time to join to guided tours in the morning.

 

 

Nightlife in Cappadocia

 

If your question is "how is the night life in Cappadocia?", your answer will depend on what you search. If you wish to join to Traditional Turkish nights in Cappadocia, you can go to Evranos restaurant in Avanos. In restaurants like Evranos, you can see some samples of Turkish Folkloric dance, Whirling Dervishes ceremony and Belly dance etc.

 

The price for such restaurants is around 100 Turkish Liras (apprx.20 euros) per person. Set menu, side dishes and unlimited beverages including alcholic one are included to price. There is also Yasarbaba restaurant located in Uchisar, If we need to add one more restaurant to the list of where you can go for traditional Turkish Nights in Cappadocia. You can always search and find better ones on TripAdvisor.

 

There are a few options for nigh clubs in Cappadocia. Prokopi in Urgup is the most know one. There are a couple of pubs in Goreme which works until late hours as well.

 

 

Shopping in Cappadocia

 

What to buy in Cappadocia:  Most famous things to buy are Anatolian Carpets, Pots that you made yourself in pottery shops, famous and most delicious Cappadocia Wine, hand made souvenirs are the best choices.

You can also read “what to buy in Istanbul ?” post if you are having difficulty to chose which souvenirs to buy during your travel to Istanbul.

 

 

 

When to Go to Cappadocia

 

April-May and October-November months are the best times to visit When to go to Cappadocia? because of the nice weather. However accommodation might be not very cheap in these months. Prices are usually lower in hot summer months, and lowest in winter. Chose summer season if  heat doesn't bother you. But make sure you have bottled water with you all the time. It can get real hot in Central Anatolia.

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Cappadocia

 

Staying in one of the Cappadocia Cave Suites is really popular. Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar,  Avanos are the most popular hotels or cave hotels areas in Cappadocia for accommodation. Most of the hotels are family run hotels and independent hotels and they mostly have 10-20 rooms since constructing tall buildings are not allowed.

 

Which area should you chose in Cappadocia:

 

  • Goreme is a convenient place to stay because of it's location near to Goreme Open Air Museum, both of the Valleys ( Red Valley and Green Valley) and to Church of St. John the Baptist. There are also attractions to join such as Horse Riding, ATV safari, Kapadokya Balon Turu (Turkish of Hot Air Balloon) or Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon flight and Trekking.

 

  • Urgup is bigger town and it's the most popular town for visitors since there are more options for the night outs and restaurants to enjoy, after a tiring day with full of trekking through the Valleys of Cappadocia.

 

  • Uchisar is based on the hill before Goreme region and it should be definitely in your list if you want to stay in family like atmosphere and have unbeatable sunset view. Uchisar castle is located in this town.

 

  • Avanos is a bit distanced comparing to other areas. But, since most of the local and workers live in Avanos, you will find more local restaurants, supermarkets and grocery stores than other towns, and they are incredibly cheap. Kızılırmak ( Red River ) is passing through Avanos town.

 

 

You can check our Best Hotels in Cappadocia page for more information about where to stay in Cappadocia for every budget, including the amazing cave hotels.

 

 

 

How is Cappadocia in Winter Time

 

 

Valleys and Chimney look wonderful when it snows. Accommodation rates are really low in winter especially in December, January and February. Less crowd in attraction points and there is almost no queues.

 

On the other hand the streets, roads will be dirty and muddy in some areas. It will be difficult to climb and wander between the Valleys and Fairy Chimneys. Some hotels might be closed during winter season. Hot airballoon flights will be cancelled more often due to hard weather conditions.

 

 

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Cappadocia in Winter

 

So if you ask how is Cappadocia in December, January ? or Shall I visit Cappadocia in winter time? our answer would be definitely YES since the Pros outweigh the Cons.

 

If you visit Cappadocia in winter, you should definitely warm yourself with the famous Cappadocia wines. Best places to buy a bottle of local wine are Kocabag or Turasan wineries. They are the most known producers in the area.  1 bottle of Turasan for 29 Turkish Liras. That's about 7 euros.

 

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winter-in-cappadocia

 

 

 

How Long Shall I Stay in Cappadocia

 

Or how many days are enough to see everything in Cappadocia?

It's best to stay 2 nights-3 days accommodation in Cappadocia to see most things. But usually tourist cover most of the places in 1 night - 2 days stay.

Here is an itinerary example to follow:

 

1st Day:

  • Early flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Usually 5 am) - If you plan to get there by bus, you need to take an overnight bus previous day around 8pm.
  • Hotel arrival around 07:00 - 07:30 am
  • Join to Red Valley tour which starts at 9am (Guided group tours have free hotel pick-up service)
  • Enjoy the evening in one of the traditional Turkish restaurants.

 

2nd Day

  • Fly with the Hot air Balloon in the next morning (Hotel pick-up is around 04:30 am)
  • Join to Green Tour in the same day.(Ask for a free Cappadocia Map)
  • Fly back to Istanbul ( Or overnight bus)

 

 

If you have limited time or decide to see the Cappadocia even for 1 day, here is your itinerary:

 

  • Early flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Usually 5 am) - If you plan to get there by bus, you need to take an overnight bus previous day around 8pm.
  • Join to Red Valley tour which starts at 9am (Guided group tours have free hotel pick-up service)
  • Fly back to Istanbul ( Or overnight bus)
    !! You won't be able to catch the Cappadocia Hot Air Balloons in this itinerary.

 

 

How Much Will Cappadocia Trip Cost Me?

 

 

It depends on your expectations.

 

  • Bus Ticket fees start from 120 Turkish Liras one way for Istanbul to Goreme or Urgup.
  • Flight ticket prices are changing according to the season and occupancy. They cost between 275 Turkish Liras and 425 Liras one way from Istanbul to Nevsehir or to Kayseri airport.
  • Hotel Prices in Cappadocia are usually between 200-400 Turkish Liras for a double room with breakfast.
  • Hostel beds are around 40-80 Liras per day.
  • Food prices are really low if you find local restaurants to eat in Avanos or in Urgup.  Goreme is a bit more pricier than other locations.

 

 

Daily cost of food is around 30-45 Liras per person if you are planing to have lunch and dinner.

Fine dining or Turkish Traditional restaurants with entertainment might cost higher than this.

 

 

 

Museum Entrance Fees and MuseumPass in Cappadocia

 

 

If you buy tickets to visit the museums and underground cities, it will cost you more than buying museum pass for Cappadocia.

Museum Pass Card for Cappadocia costs 190 Turkish Liras and valid for 3 days.

 

You can enter to theses sites and museums in Cappadocia with your card;

 

  • Ihlara Valley
  • Cappadocia Underground City in Derinkuyu
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Kaymaklı Underground City
  • Ozkonak Underground City
  • Nevsehir Museum
  • Nevsehir Cavusin Archeological Site Cavusin Church
  • Nevsehir Hacı Bektas Museum
  • Nevsehir Zelve-Pasabaglar Archeological Site
  • Aksaray Monastery Valley
  • Aksaray Museum
  • Nevsehir Gulsehir - St. Jean Church
  • The Dark Church (Goreme)

 

!! It covers almost all the major sight seeing points except Uchisar Castle. (You can ask for a free Cappadocia map at the entrance of the museum as well ).

 

 

ATV tours, horse riding tours or hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia will cost you additional to all those expenses that we mentioned above.

 

Important!  Printing out the Cappadocia map and marking the attraction points on it would definitely be useful. We hope that all this information will ease your trip during your visit to Cappadocia. You can also find the printable Cappadocia Map on the right side-bar of this page.

 

 

How to Go to Urgup & Goreme from Nevsehir Airport or Kayseri Airport

 

There are 2 airports in Cappadocia if you want to reach there by plane. One of them is Nevsehir Airport which is 26 kilometers away from Nevsehir City center and another one  is Kayseri Airport which is 100 kilometers  away.

 

 

 

Transportation from Cappadocia (Nevsehir Airport) to Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar

 

 

Public Transportation

 

There is no public bus or Havabus / Havaist (as in Istanbul Airports) unfortunately. You can use shuttles of Turkish Airlines or Anadolu Jet, if you flew with them. They can drop you off until Urgup or Nevsehir center for a price between 15 and 20 Turkish Liras. Pegasus Airlines doesn't have such a service yet.

 

 

Taxi to Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar

 

From / to

 

  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Gülşehir (12 km) Taxi Price  :  60 - 65 Turkish Liras.
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Nevsehir (30 km) Taxi Price : 150 - 160 Turkish Liras.
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Avanos (36 km) Taxi Price    : 165 - 175 Turkish Liras.
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Uchisar (37 km) Taxi Price    : 180 - 190 Turkish Liras.
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Göreme (46 km) Taxi Price   : 205 - 215 Turkish Liras.
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and Urgup (54 km) Taxi Price      : 240 - 250 Turkish Liras.

You can share the taxi cost upto 4 people and reduce the price per person to 50 - 60 Turkish  Liras which make around 9 Euros as of May 2020.

 

 

Private Transfer from Cappadocia Nevsehir Airport to Goreme, Urgup, Avanos

 

Private transfer prices from Nevsehir airport to Göreme, Avanos, and to Urgup is between 25 Euros and 60 Euros depending on the distance.

 

 

Shared Shuttle Bus from Cappadocia Nevsehir Airport to Goreme, Urgup, Avanos

 

We strongly suggest shared shuttle bus from Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport to Goreme, Urgup, if you are on a tight budget. And it's really convenient.

 

 

 

 

 

Cappadocia Hot Air Ballons

 

Cappadocia Balloons ( Hot Air);  In Turkish Hot Air Balloon means Kapadokya Balon turu. There tens of Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Companies in Goreme,Urgup Cappadocia.

 

 

How Long Hot Air Balloon Tour Takes

 

Hot Air Balloon Tours in Cappadocia usually takes about 2 hours.

 

 

Does Hotel Pick Up is Included to Hot Air Balloon Price

 

Pick up and Drop Off from/to Hotels are included to price.

 

 

What Else is Included to Hot Air Balloon Tour Price

 

Professional Guide Service is included to Price. Language options are;

  • Spanish, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, Portuguese

Champagne toast upon your safe landing.

 

 

How Much is Hot Air Balloon Ride Cost in Cappadocia Turkey

 

Turkish Hot Air Balloon Prices are between 150 Euros and 250 Euros in Cappadocia. Prices depend on the tours. Some of them include breakfast or daily group tours.

 

 

What If You Can't Catch Hot Air Balloon Ride in the Morning

 

If you miss your Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tour in the morning just because your plane or bus arrived at Cappadocia late, is There Another Hot Air Ballon Flight in Cappadocia?

 

Yes, There is and it's much cheaper. After the first hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia is completed, they usually go for a second round around 7 or 8 am. You can join second tour however, you will miss to watch the sun rise over Valley of Cappadocia.

 

But If you travel from a long distance like U.S.A, Brazil, China etc, and if you think you won't have any other chance to come back to Turkey, it's worth to get the second round of hot air balloon tour.

 

 

Is There Any Refund If Your Hot Air Balloon Tour is Cancelled

 

There are very strict aviation rules in Cappadocia. If the wind is strong, flights might be cancelled. Flight directors will be there officially to check the flight risks. In case of cancellation, companies will refund you the full price.

 

 

If you miss your hot air ballon flight in Cappadocia because of your own mistake, companies may not refund your money. Check the refund procedure with your tour company, before you reserve your Cappadocia Balloons.

 

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