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Best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey

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The best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey depends on what you’re interested in. The historical region of Cappadocia is located in Central Anatolia on a high, dry plateau. The town is known for its majestic landscape, fairy chimneys, scrumptious food, and hot air balloons.

With many amazing things to do in Cappadocia, it is important to make a list of things you’re interested in and then choose the right season to visit Turkey.

If budget is a consideration, travelers should book a trip for the off-season. Hotel prices are much more affordable in the middle of winter than at the height of summer.

There are many fun places to visit in Turkey, for instance, summertime is the best time to visit the beach resorts of Marmaris and Kusadasi, while late spring is a wonderful time to experience the sidewalk cafés and lush gardens of Istanbul.

The climate in the Aegean region of Turkey is great throughout the year, even during the European winter. Winter in Turkey is a great time to ski in Bursa or explore the northern region by the Black Sea, or on the northeast by Georgia and Armenia.

Best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey

Cappadocia offers an exceptional wealth of cultural performances and festivals throughout the year. Use my guide on the best time to travel to Cappadocia, Turkey to plan the perfect trip!

Visiting Cappadocia in Summer

Summer months (June through to September) in Turkey are very hot, with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties and little to no rain. This is perfect for lounging by the sea or a pool, therefore I don’t think this is the best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey as visiting caves in groups and walking up hills can be quite uncomfortable in the scorching heat.

Autumn in Cappadocia 

Autumn (October to Early December) is still a great time to visit Cappadocia as the days are still warm but the days are shorter. The region experiences rain and windy days and this might cause a delay or an interruption in the hot air balloon ride experiences.

Visiting Cappadocia in Winter

The months of December to March is one of the best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey as it turns into a winter wonderland. Despite the cool temperatures, there are also fewer people visiting tourist spots, and prices tend to drop during this season.

Although the snowy landscape is lovely to behold, the temperature can drop below 0C and even into the negatives, It’s important to know that most hotels in this region are built inside caves and they don’t have adequate insulation so it gets extremely cold in the winters.

Spring in Cappadocia

Spring is the best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey. The weather is pleasantly warm, with temperatures of 20C-30C, so are typically the best times to visit the ancient sites of Cappadocia.

Best time to visit Cappadocia Turkey for Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia is one of the region’s main attractions but it’s important to know that this activity is weather dependent. When it rains or snow, the hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia are canceled.

In Summer, prices are inflated, it’s highly recommended that you book your Hot Air Balloon experiences and Cappadocia tours in advance to avoid disappointments. Although there are fewer tourists in Winter, the Central Anatolia region is extremely cold, be sure to pack enough warm clothes as most of the stores in the town sell souvenirs.

Best Cave Hotels in Cappadocia

There are many amazing hotels to stay in Cappadocia to get the best balloon pictures.

Luxury $$$ – Anatolian House Cappadocia

The hotel is set in 8 original Fairy Chimneys, with more than 500 historical artifacts such as pots, tiles, and cases are featured in this art concept property. It boasts a moat-style outdoor pool and an indoor pool resembling ancient Roman baths. In the garden, there is a free wine tap one for white wine one for red wine. Free private parking and free WiFi is available on site.

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Moderate $$ – Mithra Cave Hotel

Mithra Cave Hotel has cave rooms and rooms with Ottoman and Greek style. They are all traditionally decorated with handicrafts, carpets, and curtains. Each morning, a rich breakfast buffet is served at the terrace accompanied by a beautiful sunrise. The best part is the rooftop pool and bar where you can take incredible photographs, and see hot air balloons rising over the valley.

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Budget $ – Cappadocia Elite Stone House

The best part is the rooftop pool and, if you’re after incredible photographs, the balloons and the pool make for the perfect combination.

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Travel Insurance for Cappadocia

Use travel insurance while visiting Turkey so you are covered for theft and medical expenses. There are a lot of adventurous activities to do in Cappadocia, and it’s best to have peace of mind while driving, hiking, and trying some of the best food in the world.

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Maddie
    05/26/2020 at 8:01 PM

    Cappadocia is super high on my bucket list! Loved the post, thanks for all the good info.

  • Erin
    05/24/2020 at 5:22 PM

    Great guide! I visited Cappadocia in the middle of summer, and it was insanely hot. I still had a wonderful time, though. It’s such an incredible place, I think it’s a trip worth doing no matter what time of year you go!

  • Lerato
    05/24/2020 at 12:59 PM

    This is a Great tip Zi! Thank you for adding this

  • Zi @craving.adventure
    05/24/2020 at 11:29 AM

    Cappadocia is so charming! One thing I’d add is to avoid visiting during Ramadan if possible. I was there during Ramadan and it definitely affected my experience since a lot of stuff was closed and the vibes were just different.

  • Taylor
    05/24/2020 at 1:06 AM

    Your photos are so beautiful! I am supposed to go in September and cannot wait. All of those hotels look so amazing! 🙂

  • Ana @ JauntingTrips.com
    05/23/2020 at 11:41 PM

    this is one of my dream trips. great photography opportunities and spots 😀
    interesting view on the winter… might take that in account.. even if its for sure not my favorite time of the year, but it would make for some amazing photos.

  • Francesca
    05/23/2020 at 10:28 PM

    I would love to go to Cappadocia so I’m saving this for future travel planning!

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