LOVER’S HILL SUNSET POINT IN CAPPADOCIA (ASIKLAR TEPESI)

Cappadocia is known for its amazing sunrises, where the sky is full of hot air balloons and pastel colors. However, it is also a gem of a spot for sunsets. There are a few great sunset points but the most popular place to watch the sunset in Goreme Town, Cappadocia is Lover’s Hill, which is also known as Asiklar Tepesi. You may also hear it referenced as ‘Sunset Point’, which is a pretty good indication that it is THE spot to go for sunset if you are staying in town.

In this blog post, I will share with you the details about Lover’s Hill Sunset Point in Goreme, Cappodocia such as how to get there, what to expect, facilities and share my photos of course.

The interesting part about Sunset Point is that it’s also one of the best spots for sunrise to watch the hot air balloons float over the town of Goreme.

 

WHERE IS LOVER’S HILL SUNSET POINT IN GOREME

The Google Maps pins in Goreme can be a bit confusing. The pin you want for Lover’s Hill Sunset Point is pinned below on the map under the name ‘sunset view’. However, there is another pin called ‘Sunset view point’ to the north-east of Goreme Town. This is actually the pin for the Red Valley Sunset Viewpoint. It’s also a great sunset spot but involves a hike or a drive to get there whereas you can walk to Lover’s Hill from anywhere in Goreme Town in just a few minutes, which is what makes it so popular.

Lover’s Hill Sunset Point is at the top of a short but steep road and leads you to a cliff that overlooks the entire town and has views out over Goreme towards Uchisar. If you spun in the other direction you will get an amazing view of Red and Rose Valley.

 

 

MY EXPERIENCE AT LOVER’S HILL SUNSET POINT

The beauty of Lover’s Hill Sunset Point is that it is within walking distance of most hotels in Goreme, which is where most people stay in Cappadocia. The majority of people looking to catch sunset either do it at Lover’s Hill, Red Valley Sunset Point or from the terrace of their hotel. Therefore, as you can imagine, Lover’s Hill is quite busy being the closest sunset spot.

We walked from our hotel near the canal and it took us about 15-minutes to reach the top. The final few hundred meters are steep but even those not in good physical shape will make it up this ramped road to the hill. Once at the top, we joined hundreds of people all gathered together to watch the sun go down. Whether you like crowds or not, it’s a great vibe when you get a big group of people together to appreciate nature and farewell the day together.

At the top of the hill, there is a wooden platform that overhangs the cliff a bit. It’s always full of people but is actually quite a good spot for a regular photo. I preferred to walk around the ridge finding my own little spot and continually changing my position for new angles and also to people-watch as I went along. By doing this I also had new views of Goreme Town and Red Valley, so I do highly advise to walk along the whole ridge while you are up there. It may seem like the view will be the same the whole way but as you can see from my photos, it can change quite a bit.

There is a small restaurant at the top that does some food but mostly tea, coffee, wine, and beer. Lots of couples were splitting a bottle of wine or there were groups sharing a big rug while each sipping on a beer. It’s a chilled out vibe and I genuinely enjoyed it even though it was quite crowded. These are my photos from the sunset at Lover’s Hill Sunset Point in Goreme (for sunset).

*I’ll share my sunrise photos from Lover’s Hill later in the blog post.

 

SUNRISE AT SUNSET POINT IN GOREME/LOVER’S HILL

This panoramic sunset viewpoint in Goreme Town is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise, which is why it is quite crowded in the morning for sunrise and of course sunset as mentioned. Despite the crowds, it is where I took all of my best Cappadocia hot air balloon photos. You are often above the balloons and can shoot towards Uchisar Castle, Red Valley or over Goreme Town. There will be crowds but also epic views of the entire region. If you are interested in flying in a hot air balloon at sunrise, I wrote this guide, which you should read first to see if it is worth it for you!

Here are my favorite hot air balloon photos from Lover’s Hill Sunset Point in Goreme, Cappadocia.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN GOREME, CAPPADOCIA

Where I stayed: Design Cave Suites Cappadocia – I was lucky enough to stay at the Design Cave Suites in Goreme. The location was great and I walked to all attractions. The rooftop garden was awesome for sunrise balloon watching. Buffet breakfast spread was amazing as was the cave style room designs.

Best Cave Hotel with Pool: Local Cave House Hotel– This cave hotel rose to fame because of its incredible pool. Make sure you click the link and check out how epic the pool backdrop is, with those classic Cappadocia rock formations in the background and traditional cave rooms it is a top pick.

Cave Hotel with Best Roof View (and dogs): Sultan Cave SuitesThis cave hotel became famous because of its epic rooftop area for sunrise viewing. Guests can lay out on traditional pillows and carpets while watching the hot-air balloons flying above. The hotel dog might also join you for a photoshoot on the roof!

Budget Option in Goreme: Emre’s Stone HouseFor just $6 USD per night you can enjoy Cappadocia and this budget accommodation even has an epic rooftop to enjoy. It’s the best value in Goreme, Cappadocia.

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Save money in Cappadocia by staying at an Airbnb! Get a FREE $40 Airbnb Coupon by using my code when you book! I use Airbnb on about half of my travels and find you always get more value than a hotel.

 

TRANSPORT IN CAPPADOCIA

Hire a Private Driver: Hiring a driver for a few hours to take you to several sites will cost about 100 Turkish Lyra depending on the car and your negotiation, which is about $20 USD. This is a good idea if you want to see 1-2 locations in an afternoon.

One of the best ways to get around is to hire a driver that will allow you to create a customized itinerary. That way you can visit all the spots you are interested in. To hire a private car with a driver/guide you can book online here or you might be a bigger group and in that case, it can be cheaper to hire a van in Cappadocia, which also comes with a driver. 

Rent a Mountain Bike: We thought about renting a mountain bike but they were 150 Turkish Lyra for the entire day so it would have been 300 Turkish Lyra for both of us just to transit around. That’s almost $60 USD. It would have been fun but once we fund out everyone wanted to help us by giving us lifts there wasn’t much need. We either walked or hitchhiked.

Rent A Scooter/Moped: A scooter costs about 150-200 Turkish Lyra ($30-40 USD) per day and could be handy if you want to explore some attractions a bit further away or venture over to Uchisar.

Rent an ATV: Given the rough terrain in Cappadocia, an ATV is a fun option to help you explore the natural wonders and rock formations of the region. Prices are about $40 USD for two hours. If you are keen to head out on an ATV there is an awesome Quad-Bike Safari Tour that takes you through Sword, Love and Rose Valley during golden hour!

 

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE REST OF MY CAPPADOCIA BLOG POSTS?

Click on one of the articles below to check out all of the places you should visit while in Cappadocia!

The big guide! This post has all of my favorite activities, which I personally did while in Cappadocia for ten days: 24 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CAPPADOCIA

The hiking guide! Find out about all of the best hikes in Cappadocia with details, directions and lots of photos: 8 AWESOME HIKES IN CAPPADOCIA

Thinking about flying in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? Read this first: CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOONS: THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY

Have you heard about the castles in Cappadocia? Check these out:

THE UCHISAR CASTLE VIEWPOINT

ORTAHISAR CASTLE VIEWPOINT

CAVUSIN CHURCH, VALLEY & CASTLE

Not sure where is the best region to stay? Wondering which hotel provides the best value? Check out this guide that will help you decide: WHERE TO STAY IN CAPPADOCIA: THE BEST HOTELS & HOSTELS

OR… I write a post about the 12 BEST CAVE HOTELS IN CAPPADOCIA that you might find interesting.

I’ve written a blog post for almost all of the places I’ve visited while in Cappadocia. You can find every single one of these articles right here: CAPPADOCIA ARCHIVES

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