Best Honeymoon in Cappadocia, Turkey - Things to do in Cappadocia, Turkey
The nearest airports to Cappadocia are Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport and Kayseri Airport. Cappadocia is around 40 KM from Nevsehir Airport and 70 KM from Kayseri Airport and takes around 1 hour to reach there.
From Istanbul, We were flying from European side so Istanbul Ataturk Airport was more convenient for us. There were more flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Kayseri rather than Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport so we decided to take a flight to Kayseri.
Our Journey to Cappadocia:
We had an early morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri for 1 hour and 25 minutes. The Kayseri Airport wasn’t so big, it hardly took us 10-15 minutes for the baggage collection and exiting the Airport.
There are three ways to reach Cappadocia from Kayseri Airport. By Taxi, Bus or Drive on your own. You can also check with your hotel. Most of the hotels also had shuttle service from Airport for their guests.
There were lot of Rent a Car companies in the Airport and we had rented a car from Sixt and started our road trip towards Cappadocia.
The drive was quite smooth except a patch of around 5 KM. The scenic beauty was so amazing - it started with a Green fields and gradually turned into Arid land. We had stopped for a while to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.
There are few small towns like Göreme, Uçhisar, Ürgüp, Avanos and Ortahisar with lots of different options to stay in traditional hotels or Cappadocia special Cave Hotels. For the first timers, I would suggest Göreme or Uçhisar for staying.
Finally, we reached our Cave hotel around 1 PM. Our hotel was in Göreme around 150 meters from the central Market of the town. The hotel also had a free parking space which was highly convenient for us.
We had two days and one night stay in Göreme, Cappadocia. We had booked a luxurious Suite called “Cappadocia Cave Suites”. The Suite was so cozy with a great ambiance of traditional Turkish bed cover and sofa sets.
We had a small separate living area with a LED and bedroom with an attached washroom.
The Suite also offered traditional breakfast and fine dining options and Terrace Cafe with a wonderful view of the valley and best place to enjoy the sunset. The terrace is also a perfect spot to enjoy the sun rise with an amazing view of hot air balloons.
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The suite also offers different sightseeing tours called Red tour (covers around 50 KM) and Green tour (covers around 220 KM). You can also book your activities like Hot Air Balloon ride, Turkish night, Dervish shows, horse riding and quad tours with the hotel.
Things to do in Cappadocia
We had one of the most romantic experiences of Hot Air balloon Ride over the magical valleys of Cappadocia.
There were hundreds of balloons in the Air with a beautiful view of the Sun rise. The view was so alluring, it can’t be explained in words.
When we were on our way to Göreme, we saw lots of Quad bikers on the road. We had already made up our mind that this is what we want to do in the valleys of Cappadocia. After reaching our Suite, we dropped our luggage and went straight to Göreme town to rent a Quad bike.
We started our off road adventure. It was so easy to drive the bike and the terrain was quite convenient and safe. We had followed different tracks and enjoyed the beautiful valleys.
You can also book a guided tour but we didn’t want to restrict ourselves. We preferred to explore and enjoy the different tracks with our Quad bike.
The best way to explore Cappadocia and surroundings is with a Mountain Bike. It’s also quite cheap and convenient to rent a Mountaine bike. There are lots of small companies in Göreme town who were renting the bike.
We had rented a bike for 2 days and explored all the surrounding areas and valleys. It’s a bit difficult to ride a bike in Valleys but in a minimum time, you can explore a lot of valleys.
The weather was perfect with bright sun. We had been to Love valley, Devrent Valley, Pasabag, Pigeon Valley, Uçhisar, Ürgüp, Avanos and Ortahisar.
Open Air Museum Göreme:
The Museum is a UNESCO World heritage site and a must visit place during your trip to Cappadocia. The ancient site has finest rock cut churches from 10th to 12th century.
The museum is around 1.5 KM from the Göreme town. The price of the Entry ticket is 30 Liras.
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Exploring the Surroundings
The town is located among Fairy Chimney and is considered as a center of touristic activities in Cappadocia. The town had a long history back to the times before Christ. During the Roman Era, the Christians were retreated from Rome and started living over there.
Nowadays, the town welcomes and hosts thousands of tourists every day. The town has a small market which has a lot of Shops and local Restaurants offer traditional food Turkish food .
The shops are selling Turkish specialities like rugs, hand woven mats, bed covers, Painted lamps and lights, Souvenirs, painted pots etc.
The town is located near the Castle mountain and provides the best view of the valley. The Center of the town has an underground gallery which was linked with the castle and used to provide the safe passage.
The town has many restaurants and hotels and most of the time crowded with tourists. The town also has open air small stalls of the locals selling Souvenirs and Turkish specialities.
Restaurants in Cappadocia:
View Point Cafe:
The Cafe is located in narrow streets of Göreme Town. It has both indoor and outdoor sitting and has a rooftop. The cafe has the best view of the valley from its rooftop.
We tasted famous Lamb chops and Testi Kebap. Testi Kebap is a specialty of Cappadocia and you should really try it. The clay pot with Meat, Chicken and vegetable is prepared on the heat. The pot is sealed with a batter of bread.
The Meat and bread cooked on a slow heat and being served in a unique style. It was being opened in front of us on a platter and served with Rice.
Sedef Restaurant is located on the main street of Göreme Town. We were there for brunch and sat outside in the Restaurant and enjoyed our food.
One of our most favorite restaurants is Padishah Restaurant located in Uçhisar Town . The Restaurant also has a hotel. The Restaurant is on the hill. We were just exploring the town of Uçhisar and discovered this restaurant.
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It has a great ambiance with a mind blowing view of the valley. We stayed there for a while for the Coffee and enjoyed the beautiful view.
You should plan for at least 2 nights stay in Cappadocia (One morning for the hot Air balloon ride and other Morning to enjoy the view of the Hot Air Balloons in the sky)