Cappadocia is probably one of the most photogenic places in the world. Long before we even talked about moving to Turkey, I saw photos of Capaddocia’s dreamy landscape, golden hills and balloon filled morning skies. It stayed on my bucket list for nearly two years and finally in April this year I went to Cappadocia on an extended weekend trip.
Before I even booked the flight and our hotel, I was looking for great photo locations in the Cappadocia area. I had seen these beautiful shots of other travel and lifestyle bloggers but didn’t find a lot of information or hints on where to go. So I compiled a list of my favorite photo locations in Cappadocia. I also added the exact coordinates so you’ll be able to find it easily and snap away memorable shots.
Balloon Launch Site
If you can go on a balloon flight or planing on spending a few mornings in Cappadocia, go to the site where the balloons take off. It’s a beautiful spot to get a great close up of dozens of majestic balloons. Come here early, around 5.30/5.45 am as the first balloons take off around that time (This was the case for April when sunrise was at around 6 am)
Ortahisar Castel is, in my opinion, the most captivating of all castles in the region. The Hezen Hotel offers an amazing view of the castle. We were lucky enough to watch this wonderful scenery every day for breakfast as we stayed at the Hezen Hotel.
The view from a balloon is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience. We booked our balloon ride with Cappadocia’s oldest company, Kapadokya Balloons.
Watching the su rise from a balloon is pretty much the best view but watching it from the Sunrise Point is very close second. A day after our balloon ride we went to Göreme to watch the sun and the balloons rise from a viewpoint above the village. Again make sure to come 10-15 min before sunrise to find a nice spot. Some of my favorite photos of this trip were taken here like this one on Instagram.
In case you didn’t know yet but Cappadocia has more to offer than sunsets and sunrises 🙂 You also find numerous caves in the region, many of them restored and home to wunderful hotels. We stayed in such a cave hotel, the Hezen Hotel and the hotel ground was the perfect location to go on an afternoon picture hunt. From the rooms to the colorful wooden doors, this was a photographer’s paradise.
The first day we arrived in Cappadocia, it was just before sunset. All we did was dropping our luggage at the hotel before we headed to Cappadocia’s infamous Sunset Point. I highly recommend to come here at least 30 min before sunset to watch the color of the landscape changing from yellow to orange to red.
Carpet Shops in Göreme
Carpets and cats. Do I need to say more? Göreme’s streets are lined with beautiful and colorful carpet shops. Vendors are usually super nice and don’t mind if you take a picture or two of their carpets…or cats.
Rose Valley – Güllüdere I
In the late afternoon hours (like 3 hours before sunset) hiking in the Rose Valley is a wonderful activity to finish off the day. There are three different hiking path but Güllüdere is the one with the most diverse landscape.