Goreme is a charismatic town in Turkey's iconic Cappadocia region, known for its fairy chimney" rock formations, Bronze Age cliff caverns and sunrise hot-air ballooning over rocky landscapes. Goreme is also famous for its boutique cave hotels, which blend "troglodyte" living with modern luxuries.
Things to do in Göreme
Goreme's signature experience is hot-air ballooning over the Anatolian plains, giving you a bird's-eye view of the surreal “moonscapes” below. Sunrise flights are the most popular option, with most including buffet breakfasts and champagne toasts.
The Goreme Open-Air Museum offers a fascinating glimpse at the town's Byzantine roots. It's one of Turkey's finest Heritage-listed sites and is filled with churches, chapels and monasteries that have been carved into the rocks. Don't miss seeing Karanlik Kilise and its beautifully painted frescoes.
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the magical landscapes of Cappadocia. Goreme puts you within striking distance of scenic walking trails, including the famous Rose Valley loop. Along the way you can peer into rock-cut churches and enjoy stunning views of the fairy chimneys.
Cappadocia is especially beautiful at sunset when the honey-hued rock formations acquire a golden glow. For an unforgettable experience, head up Sunset View Hill, a wooden lookout perched on the edge of a cliffside. Why not pack a bottle of wine and enjoy a picnic?
Getting around Göreme
Goreme is easy to get around on foot, while a network of local buses connects Goreme to other Cappadocian towns and villages. Kayseri Airport is a one-hour drive from Goreme.