Cappadocia, the land of fascinating rock formations, rock homes, magical hot air balloons everywhere in the sky, and unique and beautiful places to stay. You’ll want to go on a magic carpet ride and dream of distant places you haven’t even seen yet.
The best time to visit Cappadocia is from April/May to September/October. You should have the least rainy days during July and August if we look at statistics based on the last 30 years.
The balloons usually take off early in the morning at any time between 04H00 and 06H00. If you’re a keen photographer, this is the time to take photos. The balloon tours are definitely not a cheap activity. It is a bit expensive but if you can afford to add this to your trip, it is definitely worth it.
The balloon tours start just before sunrise. In summertime between 04:00 and 05:00 (April-October), and in wintertime between 05:00 and 06:00 (November-March).
Yes, the hot air ballooning in Cappadocia runs all year long, however it is weather permitting and you’ll have to get up early before sunrise to catch the best of the day.
In my opinion, sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day here anyway, so you’ll enjoy being up early. After the balloon ride enjoy a late breakfast at your hotel (with a view). Speaking of which; Cappadocia has some of the most stunning places to stay ever. (See below)
The Hot Air Balloon Festival which takes place at an international level is a wonderland of balloons in all shapes and sizes (there is even a night glow session). The festival draws millions of followers each year, so it is essential to book your trip well in advance. However, there is no set date. The date changes each year depending upon the season.
For the best panoramic views of Cappadocia, go to: Goreme Viewpoint, Red Valley (Kizilcukur) Viewpoint, Lovers Hill Viewpoint, Goreme Open Air Museum Viewpoint, Uchisar Castle Viewpoint, Ortahisar Castle Viewpoint, and Urgup Wish Hill Viewpoint.
There are a few things you just have to do while you’re in Cappadocia.
3 days in Cappadocia are more than enough (4 days max). You’ll have time for sightseeing as well as spending a lazy day at your hotel. Keep in mind that Cappadocia is a huge region, not a town and it all depends on where you’re staying.