Set in the heart of Cappadocia, Urgup is surrounded by golden rock towers and sun-drenched vineyards. It's one of Turkey's most romantic destinations, known for its sunrise hot-air balloon flights, boutique cave hotels and surreal "fairy chimney" rock formations.
Things to do in Ürgüp
It's easy to spend hours getting lost in Urgup's Old Village, which is filled with narrow alleys lined with beautifully carved stone buildings. Urgup is also known for its ancient stone houses carved into the hillsides that now house boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants and wine bars. Some offer cooking classes that immerse you in local cuisine and culinary techniques.
The Three Graces Fairy Chimneys are one of Cappadocia's most iconic landmarks. They overlook the countryside and are especially beautiful at sunset when they glow in shades of red, orange and gold. Looking for a unique view? Head up to the Temenni Wishing Hill to find panoramic vistas over Urgup.
Cappadocia's signature experience is soaring over the Anatolian plains in a hot-air balloon. Sunrise flights are an incredible way to start the day, with most offering champagne toasts and sumptuous buffet breakfasts. You'll also unlock a bird's-eye view of Cappadocia's otherworldly fairy chimneys.
Year-round sunshine and volcanic soil make Cappadocia a hotspot for Turkish wine. Oenophiles will love Turasan Winery, which champions traditional Ottoman Greek winemaking techniques. You can stroll through the vineyards, peer into the rock-carved wine cellar and sample syrupy wines in the tasting room.
Getting around Ürgüp
Urgup is easy to get around on foot, especially in the Old Village. Many of the cave hotels are located in Esbelli Mahallesi, a hillside district best accessed by taxi. Rental cars, scooters and motorbikes are all great ways to explore the Cappadocia countryside.