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 viewpoints in Cappadocia, but the most popular place to watch the sunset in Goreme Town is Lover’s Hill. It’s also known as Asiklar Tepesi. You may also hear it referenced as ‘Sunset Point’, which is a pretty good indication that it is THE best sunset viewpoint in Cappadocia.
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.
LOVER’S HILL SUNSET VIEWPOINT
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, and facilities, and share my photos of course.
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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 northeast 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.
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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 walking 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 hot air balloon 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.
I hope you enjoyed this guide about the best sunset viewpoint in Cappadocia, Lover’s Hill.
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. The buffet breakfast spread was amazing as were 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 Suites – This 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!
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- Sunrise Hot Air Balloon: My number one recommendation is to do a sunrise hot air balloon flight and be blown away by this magical experience.
- Cappadocia Sunset ATV Tour: The best way to spend sunset in Cappadocia is on the ATV tour amongst the amazing rock formations.
- Cappadocia Red Tour & Goreme Open-Air Museum: All of the best tourist sites in one day!
HOW TO GET TO CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia isn’t actually a town as many people think but it is an entire region. Within this region are towns such as Goreme (the most popular tourist spot), Uchisar, Urgup, and Ortahisar among others. There are two airports that serve Cappadocia.
- Kayseri Airport (70km/60 minutes) is the main airport and takes just over an hour by van/bus to reach Goreme Town
- Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (/40km/40 minutes is the secondary airport, which is closer to Goreme but only by about 20 minutes.
The big difference here is that Kayseri is a bigger airport, with more flight options, and often has cheaper flights. It is very convenient and quick to fly into Kayseri and I did it twice.
To get from Kayseri (or Nevsehir) you need to pre-book your shuttle or be prepared for an expensive taxi. The cheapest and easiest way to do that is to book online here. For under $15 you can ride in a shared, air-conditioned airport transfer or a private transfer from $50.
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
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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
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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