There are so many Instagrammable spots in Cappadocia, and not all require hot air balloons. Some of our favourite moments in Cappadocia were the quiet ones when the sun had risen in the sky and the hot air balloons had descended. When all of the buzz of the balloons had passed and the town had slipped into a sleepy silence, and there was nothing to distract us from the incredible view of the unique landscape.
Every day we hoped for balloons and at times lost sight at how fortunate we were to look upon this place without them. It’s the most unique terrain we have ever seen. It’s like somewhere from a distant planet. Here are some of the most Instagrammable spots in Cappadocia that doesn’t rely upon hot air balloons to make your picture special.
A palace of carpets. While their official business is selling beautiful Turkish rugs, they have made a business out of Instagram inspired shots within their shop. Make sure you listen to Sergio’s advice to get amazing pictures as he has an excellent eye, offers great direction and has a tongue in cheek manner that helps you relax. It costs 50TL per person for 10 minutes to shoot in his shop (100 TL for a couple, 50 TL if one person is taking pictures of another), and 400TL each for a series of drone images and video.
Kova Caves Hotel Rooftop Terrace
You need to be a guest of Kova Caves in order to get this famous shot from Cappadocia. The terrace is private and if you’re lucky to be on the beautifully decorated terrace, you’ll get a few envious passersby on the streets below glancing up and asking how to get up there. Honestly, this hotel is worth every penny.
Kova Caves is not only one of the best hotels in Cappadocia, but is also one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cappadocia. Their setup is stunning and their terrace is quite large.
You need to be a guest of Kova Caves in order to get this famous shot from Cappadocia. Honestly, it is worth every penny as Kova Caves is not only one of the best hotels in Cappadocia but it is also one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cappadocia. Their setup is stunning and their terrace is quite large.
For 50 TL, you can shoot uninterrupted and for as long as you like up on the top floor of Sultan Carpets.
Guests who stay at Artemis Cave Suites can take pictures here for free. There are beautiful carpets to buy everywhere in Cappadocia.
Learn from our mistake and buy a Cappadocia rug for your home as we didn’t and we regret it so much.
This isn’t so much as a spot as a classic minivan that so happens to be the coolest car in Cappadocia.
You can hire this orange minivan to sit atop of or stand beside while hot air balloons float above and around you.
This minivan is certain to make your pictures that bit more instagrammable. This was an impromptu photoshoot with @minnakt2 that our guide, @guidenihat, arranged on the spur of the moment and was one of our most unforgettable moments in Cappadocia.
The first time we went to Love Valley was in the early morning to catch the hot air balloons. You’re not supposed to drive down into the valley itself, but you can park on the side of the main road and hike through. The rock formations at Love Valley are quite unusual and it is hard to believe that they are natural – you don’t need a dirty mind to come to some conclusions of what they resemble.
Monk’s Valley – St. Simon’s Church
One of the most unique churches in the world. The homes and churches are carved out of rock. We wandered through Monk’s Valley’s fairy chimneys twice – the first time we went was in the early afternoon.
The lighting was hard and there were tour groups everywhere that it was very hard to get a shot. So, of course, we went back the next day.
The tour groups were all gone but to get a picture here still required great patience. We were there at 6:30pm, just as the sun was starting to set to get the best light conditions for pictures without any cutting shadows.
Local Cave House Hotel
A pool surrounded by fairy chimney homes that reminded me of The Flintstones. You don’t necessarily need to be a guest of the hotel to take a picture of the pool, as long as you ask for permission.
We didn’t stay here ourselves but made our way in hope that we could take a picture and we were granted it.
This pool is one of the most Instgrammable spots in Cappadocia. It’s a good option to stay at and if we had stayed, we would probably have included the Local Cave House Hotel on our list of best places to stay in Cappadocia.
How is this place even real is the question you’ll ask yourself upon approach. Uchisar Castle was actually a fortress, which looks like it came from another world.
So much so that this was the reason why this unique setting was used for one of the Star Wars movies.
Unusual and captivating from almost every angle and certainly great for pictures.
Built amongst fairy chimneys within a valley surrounded by rocky terrain, the town of Goreme is unique in its infrastructure. This makes the area and the streets fascinating to walk through and quite photogenic. Explore the different streets and you’re certain to discover some easy to find Instagrammable spots in Cappadocia.