Here’s The Best Sunset Spots In Cappadocia: 5 Sunset Viewpoints

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

If you’re anything like me, Cappadocia has been on your bucket list for ages, and you want to know the best sunset locations in Cappadocia to get the best shots.

You’ve probably seen those dreamy photos. They feature colorful hot air balloons, pastel skies, and wild rock formations that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Trust me, once you see that iconic scene for yourself in real life, you’ll be pinching yourself to make sure it’s real—well, at least I did.

Catching a sunset in Cappadocia is a must. But let me tell you, Cappadocia is massive. It’s way bigger than you might think. With all those mountains around, you’re spoiled for choice with viewpoints. But you don’t want just any view. You’re after the best of the best, the kind of spots that’ll make your camera roll weep with joy.

That’s where I come in. I’ve trekked around and found the primo spots for sunset and sunrise views. I’m talking about those jaw-dropping, Instagram-breaking, “can’t-believe-this-is-real” kind of places. 

Cappadocia is more than just a destination; it’s an experience. And I’m here to guide you to the spots that’ll make your trip unforgettable. Let’s dive into this adventure together and make those bucket list dreams a reality.

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5 Best Sunset Spots In Cappadocia

Mother Nature really did her best when it comes to Cappadocia. Sure, there are superb restaurants and plenty of things to do in Cappadocia, but it’s the natural landscapes that really steal the show.

If you’re looking for the best view, you don’t have to venture too far, but of course, you want to know how to get to each one without having to consult Google Maps every five seconds.

That’s where I come in. Check out these five mind-blowing sunset spots and make sure you get there in plenty of time before the big show itself.

1. Göreme Sunset Viewpoint

Sunset illuminates the unique rock formations and landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey, with a clear blue sky.

Also known as Asiklar Tepesi (Lover’s Hill), Goreme Sunset Viewpoint is the most central and easiest spot for the best sunset around. I was stunned at the panorama in front of me, and that was even before the sun started setting. Of course, it’s also the busiest, so this is somewhere you should head to well before the sunset is due to begin.

Goreme Sunset Viewpoint is the perfect spot for most people to watch the sunset. It’s easy to reach, and the image in front of you will really blow your mind. It’s a panorama as far as the eye can see, and as the colors start to change, you won’t want to take your eyes off it. You’ll have uninterrupted vistas of the iconic fairy chimneys, ancient cave dwellings, and an endless sea of rocky formations, which are further accentuated by the setting sun’s warm glow.

I’d recommend taking a small picnic with you and laying down a blanket to really enjoy the show. I grabbed some borek and pide from a small restaurant, and it’s an affordable dinner option.

The view from here is magical no matter the time of year, but I think winter trumps summer (only just!). If you’re lucky enough to visit when there is snow on the ground, the entire landscape sparkles, and it’s almost enough to bring tears to your eyes.

Of course, make sure you have plenty of space on your camera. A professional photographer walks around and offers to take your photos, but I’d avoid it unless you’re really keen. It’s quite expensive, and it’s nothing that a regular selfie can’t catch!

How To Get There

Once in Goreme, you can reach the Sunset Viewpoint either on foot or by renting a bicycle or scooter. It’s located about 2 km/1.25 miles uphill from the town center, making it easily accessible in just a short hike or ride.

The path leading to the viewpoint is well-marked, and numerous signposts guide you along the way. It’s not a challenging walk; you need comfortable shoes, which is a good tip for the entirety of Cappadocia. Also, the incline isn’t extreme, so it’s a relatively accessible walk for most people.

Entrance Fee And Opening Hours

The viewpoint, which is open all day long but a lot busier during sunset hours, charges a small entrance fee of 3TL. I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before sunset to secure a prime spot and witness nature’s artistry at its finest.

2. Uchisar Castle Sunset Point

Uchisar castle in Cappadocia
Uchisar Castle, at sunset

Uchisar Castle has the highest sunset viewing point in Cappadocia, so it makes sense that it’s going to show you something pretty special. I wasn’t disappointed, put it that way.

Uchisar Castle itself is a must-visit in Cappadocia. This iconic landmark is not a traditional castle but rather a towering rock formation with intricate caves and tunnels carved into its volcanic rock structure. It’s a definite photo opportunity.

The strategic location of Uchisar Castle allowed it to serve as a natural fortress in ancient times. The carved rooms inside the rock were used as dwelling places, storage areas, and escape routes.

As you approach the viewpoint, you’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring panorama that stretches across the valleys and fairy chimney formations synonymous with Cappadocia. Again, you’re so high that there’s really nothing you can’t see.

I’d recommend checking out this vantage point even if you don’t have time to visit at sunset. It’s a fantastic spot regardless. However, it’s incredibly captivating during sunset as the valleys and rock formations come to life with vibrant colors.

How To Get There

If you’re traveling by car, Uchisar Castle Sunset Point is around 7 km/4.3 miles from Goreme. You can follow the Nevsehir-Nevsehir Cd/D300 road and take Uchisar Cd/D300 towards Nevsehir-Urgup Yolu/D300. The castle is visible from a distance, so follow your eyes!

Additionally, buses regularly operate between Goreme and Uchisar, making it easily accessible. From Goreme bus station, you can catch a bus to Uchisar and then walk to the castle. Additionally, numerous tour agencies organize trips to Uchisar Castle Sunset Point as part of their itineraries, which may be a more convenient option for you.


Entrance Fee And Opening Hours

It costs 50TL to visit Uchisar Castle itself, which includes the view at sunset. The castle is open every day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.mpm. If you’re driving, you’ll pay an extra 10TL to park.

3. Red Valley Sunset Viewpoint – This Was My Favorite Sunset

Best sunset spots in Cappadocia feature a rugged landscape with large, soft-colored rocks and sparse greenery.

Another place to watch the sunset is the beautiful Red Valley.

Known for its majestic rock formations resembling a Martian landscape, Red Valley is a stunning location that attracts visitors from all over the world who are seeking breathtaking sunsets.

As far as I am concerned, this is one of the best spots, and because it’s not quite as busy as Goreme, you have a bit more space to roam.

Red Valley is renowned for its vibrant hues during sunset when the sun’s golden rays illuminate the distinctive red rocks; it almost looks like you’re standing on Mars.

I recommend arriving at Red Valley about an hour before sunset. This will allow you to go for a leisurely stroll, take plenty of photographs, and find the perfect spot to witness the sky transform into a palette of vivid colors.

The area is also known for its hiking trails, suiting different levels of physical fitness and time availability. The most popular trail is the entire Red Valley hike, which takes approximately two hours to complete. Along the trail, you’ll find magnificent rock formations, hidden churches carved into the cliffs, and awe-inspiring panoramic views of the valley.

However, Red Valley is a little rocky, and I’d highly recommend you wear very comfortable shoes, such as hiking boots or very good-quality sneakers/trainers. This is not a place for sandals! Make sure you stick to marked trails, especially as the sun sets and visibility isn’t as good.

While Goreme and Uchisar, two locations I’ve talked about so far, are stunning and definite must-visits, I think Red Valley shows a different side to Cappadocia’s amazing sunsets. The clue is in the name red.

How To Get There

If you have access to a car, driving to Red Valley is a convenient and flexible option. From Goreme, head south on Nevsehir Nigde Road (D765), and after about 5 km/3 miles, you’ll see signs directing you towards Red Valley. The drive takes around 15 minutes and offers delightful glimpses of the surrounding landscapes.

Most hotels in Cappadocia offer shuttle services to various tourist sites, including Red Valley. Inquire at your accommodation about shuttle availability, schedule, and any associated costs.

Of course, there are plenty of group tours. Joining a guided tour is an excellent way to not only reach Red Valley hassle-free but also benefit from the expertise of a knowledgeable guide who can provide insights into the local history and geological wonders of Cappadocia.

Entrance fee and opening hours

Red Valley, like most natural attractions in Cappadocia, does not have an entrance fee. You can explore the valley and indulge in the beauty of the sunset without any additional cost.

4. Love Valley

A panoramic view of Cappadocia's unique rocky Love Valley under a clear blue sky, with distinctive fairy chimneys in Goreme and scattered greenery.

Another fantastic sunset location with great views of the different rock formations is Love Valley. The name itself is pretty iconic.

Love Valley is famous for its sunsets that paint the sky with vibrant hues of pink, orange, and purple. The towering rock formations provide a stunning silhouette against the backdrop of the setting sun, creating a picturesque and romantic atmosphere. So, if you’re visiting with a special someone, this is the place to go.

What sets this valley apart is its unique landscape, featuring towering rock formations that resemble immense phallic shapes.

In my view, I think walking through Love Valley is like stepping into a fairy tale, with the backdrop of these incredible rocks providing a sense of wonder and awe.

The name itself, Love Valley, adds an air of romance and intrigue to the place. It is said that the valley got its name from the local legends and folklore that surround it, which depict the rocks as the frozen remains of ancient lovers who were turned into stone. That story in itself should give you an idea of how amazing this place is at sunset and sunrise.

How To Get There

It’s relatively easy to reach Love Valley by renting a car, hiring a taxi, or joining one of the local guided tours. The valley is approximately 6 km/3 miles away from the town of Goreme, making it reasonably accessible for visitors.

If you’re driving from Goreme, take the D302. You’ll start to see signs for Love Valley on the right-hand side. Follow these signs for about 1.5km/1 mile more, and you’ll reach the valley’s entrance.

Alternatively, there are regular buses that leave Goreme to Love Valley throughout the day. You can also take a guided tour; this is a very popular area, so you won’t struggle to find a tour that also gives you the benefit of an experienced guide.

Entrance Fee And Opening Hours

Love Valley is open to visitors throughout the year, welcoming guests from morning until evening. The valley’s timing allows you to visit at your convenience, whether you prefer to explore during the day or revel in the magical sunset views.

It’s worth noting that the ambiance of Love Valley changes as the day progresses, offering a different experience depending on the time you choose to visit. However, I’d definitely recommend arriving around an hour before sunset for the best show.

Love Valley does not have a formal entrance fee. However, some guided tours might charge a fee that includes transportation and a guided tour of the valley.

5. Restaurants In Goreme & Cave Hotel Rooftop Terraces

Beautiful mountains and Red valley at sunset in Goreme

You don’t have to go to an actual sunset point to enjoy the sunset, as many hotels and restaurants have amazing spots where you can enjoy a meal or a few drinks as you watch Mother Nature’s best show. Of course, you can also get up early and have breakfast while watching the sunrise.

Additionally, if you stay in a Cappadocia cave hotel, most have rooftop terraces with panoramic views.

Here are some of my recommendations:

Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

Aydınlı Mah, Yavuz Sk. No:1, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Located in Göreme, Kelebek Special Cave Hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding fairy chimneys. From its panoramic terrace, you can witness the vibrant hues of dawn or dusk while enjoying a cup of Turkish tea or a delicious breakfast. I found this hotel really cozy and charming, and it was the ideal place to check out a fantastic view.

Museum Hotel

Tekeli mah. Eski, Göreme Cd. No.1, 50240 Nevşehir

Situated in Uchisar, the Museum Hotel provides an incomparable experience for witnessing sunsets and sunrises. Perched on a hilltop, its terrace boasts a 360-degree view of Cappadocia’s surreal landscape, combining the beauty of nature with the luxury of its facilities. This is a slightly higher-end spot to stay, but it’s one that will definitely give you an amazing experience.

Sultan Cave Suites

Aydınlı Mah, Cappadocia Nevşehir TR, Çakmaklı Sk. No:40, 50180

Offering an unparalleled view of the famous hot air balloons flying at sunrise, Sultan Cave Suites in Ürgüp is a perfect spot for early risers. The rooftop terrace provides an unobstructed vista, so you can marvel at the captivating scene as the balloons grace the sky while the sun starts to paint the horizon. Of course, all of this with a cup of very strong coffee in hand, thanks to the early hours!

Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Aydınlı – Orta, Hafız Abdullah Efendi Sk. No 15, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Overlooking Göreme, Topdeck Cave Restaurant offers a panoramic terrace where you can relish in stunning sunsets while indulging in genuinely delicious Turkish cuisine. Please sit back, unwind, and watch the sky unfold its fiery hues, creating a truly magical ambiance.

I’d definitely recommend you reserve a table at this restaurant in particular as it’s one of the most popular spots for sunset watching.

Seten Anatolian Cuisine

Aydınlı Mah, Çakmaklı Sk. No:35, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Situated in the town of Urgup, Seten Anatolian Cuisine offers an exquisite dining experience with a terrace that showcases impressive views of the valley. Enjoy a lavish meal accompanied by sublime wine selections while immersing yourself in the captivating spectacle of the setting sun.

Elai Restaurant

Tekelli, Göreme Cd. No:61, 50420 Uçhisar/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

This is a highly-rated spot for both sunrise and sunset viewing. Located in Uchisar, the cozy terrace has comfortable seating. You can start your day with an unforgettable sunrise experience or wind down with a romantic sunset dinner while soaking up the iconic scenery.

I think checking out the sunrise and sunset from hotel and restaurant terraces takes the experience to a whole new level thanks to the coffee and cocktails. Whether you’re an early riser or a sunset seeker, you can enjoy the magical spectacle of nature’s finest displays while munching on amazing food. What could be better?

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What Time Is Sunrise & Sunset In Cappadocia?

A scenic view through a heart-shaped natural opening in a rock formation, overlooking the quaint Ushiscar Castle nestled among lush hills at sunset.
Ushiscar Castle at sunset

So you can time your visit to catch the sunset, you’ll want to know when the sun will set. Remember, this changes throughout the year and a quick check online once you arrive will give you an exact time, but in general, I can give you some ideas.

During the winter months, when you might experience snow, the sun rises between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., providing ample time for early risers to witness the dawn’s first light. In the evening, sunset happens around 5:00 p.m., so you can still make the most of your day even in the coldest months.

Spring sunrises begin around 6:30 a.m., while in the summer, you may need to set your alarm clock earlier. The sun rises between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., ensuring that you don’t miss a moment of this spectacular show. Sunsets during spring and summer months extend well into the evening, allowing you to explore the region’s wonders throughout the day and still catch the magical sunset between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

In the height of summer, Cappadocia’s sunrise is an awe-inspiring experience that ignites the sky in vibrant shades of pink, orange, and golden hues. With sunrise occurring between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., you’ll want to make sure you have your camera ready to capture these magical moments.

Checking out the exact sunrise and sunset times when you visit will give you enough time to head to the best sunset viewpoint in Cappadocia for the best show on earth. And in all honesty, beautiful sunsets are pretty much guaranteed no matter where you go.

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Cappadocia?

Tree adorned with numerous blue evil eye amulets under a clear blue sky in Goreme, Cappadocia.

Cappadocia is impressive no matter what time of the year you choose to visit, but it’s also pretty far away from most other highly visited spots in Turkey. For that reason, you want to choose the best time to go, whether you’re looking for your favorite sunset colors or to explore in general.

Springtime (April to June) is my favorite time to explore Cappadocia. The weather during this season is pleasantly mild, with an abundance of blooming flowers and vibrant colors everywhere you look.

The famous Cappadocian valleys, such as Love Valley and Rose Valley, come alive with countless wildflowers with amazing scents in the air. Moreover, the temperatures are just right for outdoor activities like hot air balloon rides, hiking, and horseback riding.

If you’re a fan of warm weather and sunny days, then summer (July to September) is the perfect time to visit Cappadocia. The temperatures soar, reaching their peak in August, making it an ideal time to explore the underground cities, unique rock formations, and ancient cave dwellings. Enjoy long days filled with outdoor adventures, like exploring the Open-Air Museum or taking leisurely walks through the charming streets of the towns. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat, though, as the sun can be quite intense!

For those seeking a unique and unforgettable experience, autumn (October to November) is the gemstone of the Cappadocian calendar. As the leaves change colors and fall from the trees, the landscape transforms into a picturesque mosaic of warm hues.

The cooler temperatures are perfect for exploring the region’s historical sites, such as the Göreme Open-Air Museum or the Uçhisar Castle, without being overwhelmed by crowds. Additionally, autumn also offers the opportunity to witness the grape harvest season, where you can partake in grape stomping and sample the region’s finest wines.

Winter in Cappadocia is cold, and there is a very high chance of snow, but that makes the entire landscape look genuinely magical. You’ll need plenty of warm clothing if you choose to visit at this time, and if you’re keen on a hot air balloon ride, you’ll have to keep a close eye on the weather as they can be canceled due to bad conditions.

It’s possible to explore the area at this time, but it’s not as easy as when spring rolls around. However, it’s a trade-off with the beauty of the snow-capped landscapes and one you’ll need to think about carefully.

Where To Stay In Cappadocia

Staying in Cappadocia offers a unique experience due to its distinctive landscape; here’s a guide on where to stay when visiting Cappadocia:


  • Main Appeal. The heart of Cappadocia’s tourism, known for its cave hotels and proximity to many attractions, including the Open Air Museum and various valleys perfect for hiking
  • Ideal For. First-time visitors, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts


  • Main Appeal. It is a bit more upscale than Göreme, with charming hotels, wineries, and fine dining options. It’s also close to Mustafapaşa, known for its Greek architecture.
  • Ideal For. Couples on a romantic getaway or those looking for a luxury stay


  • Main Appeal. Known for Uçhisar Castle, the region offers panoramic views of Cappadocia. It’s quieter than Göreme but still offers luxurious cave hotels
  • Ideal For: Travelers seeking tranquility and breathtaking landscapes


  • Main Appeal. Famous for pottery and ceramic art, this town is located by the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak. It has a more local atmosphere with less tourist crowd
  • Ideal For. Those interested in arts and crafts and experiencing local life


  • Main Appeal. It is known for its fortress and is less crowded than other areas, offering a more authentic experience. It’s also an excellent base for exploring nearby valleys
  • Ideal For. Adventure seekers and anyone looking to stay off the beaten path

Choosing Your Stay

  • Consider Your Activities. If you plan to do a lot of hiking, Göreme might be the best base. For a more relaxed trip with wine tasting and fine dining, Ürgüp could be ideal
  • Budget. Cave hotels can range from budget-friendly to luxury. Determine your budget first, as this can significantly narrow down your options
  • Experience. Decide if you want the traditional cave hotel experience or prefer a more conventional hotel

Each area offers a different perspective of Cappadocia, and where you decide to stay can significantly impact your experience. To secure the best accommodations, it’s recommended to book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

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