Ortahisar Castle is one of the best viewpoints in Cappadocia with great views stretching all the way to Uchisar and Goreme!
HOW TO GET TO ORTAHISAR CASTLE
The most popular region for tourists to stay while exploring Cappadocia is a town called Goreme. Uchisar and Ortahisar are the other nearby towns, which are also an option for accommodation but Goreme is the popular choice by far. Goreme is packed with hotels, restaurants, and cafes, while Uchisar and Ortahisar are a little quieter. You’ve probably heard of the Uchisar Castle but make sure to venture to Ortahisar for the lesser-known counterpart.
Ortahisar is just a 10-minute drive from Goreme and about the same time to Uchisar by car. It is probably just a little too far to walk but hitchhiking could be a good option too. You can also stay in Ortahisar with a number of nice accommodations available in the small town as well a number of cafes and restaurants.
On the map below you can see the pinned location of Ortahisar Castle.
TOURS THAT TAKE YOU TO ORTAHISAR CASTLE
The GREEN TOUR in Cappadocia is a pretty awesome day out and includes a short trek in Ihlara Valley as well as a visit to Ortahisar Castle among many other sights. *The itineraries can change so be sure to check what sights are included.
- Visit the Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest underground city in Turkey and the deepest in Cappadocia
- Explore Ihlara Valley, a picturesque destination which begins in Ihlara Village and ends in the Selime Monastery
- Witness hundreds of churches carved into the walls of the gorge, which date from the 7th to 11th centuries
- Drive to Pigeon Valley, filled with pigeon houses and dovecotes, and enjoy great panoramic views of the city
You can CLICK HERE to check the prices and make your booking now for the Green Tour.
MY EXPERIENCE AT ORTAHISAR CASTLE
When you are in Ortahisar, visiting the castle will, of course, be at the top of your list. Although the top of the castle has been closed now for several years, you can still enjoy the view from the plateau, which is mid-way up the castle.
At the base of the castle, you will first walk through a series of cobblestone alleys and paths, possibly getting distracted by a cafe, wine cellar or both.
You will then reach the ticket office where we paid about $2 USD for the entrance fee to the Ortahisar Castle. The climb up only takes about 5-minutes as you aren’t going all the way to the top just to the middle of the castle. The way leads you through the inner caves, ladders and exterior stairs of the castle.
Unfortunately, the castle closes at 6 pm and when we were visiting in the summer this was several hours before the sun actually set. Therefore we couldn’t watch the sunset from the top. In Uchisar, the other town nearby, you can watch the sunset there at Uchisar Castle.
However, even at 6pm, the golden light is beginning to look great on the castle and we could enjoy the views in all directions with the platform having a lookout spanning 3 different angles. We did step over a bit of old railing into a cool little cave that was the perfect chill spot for us!
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 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!
Budget Option in Goreme: Emre’s Stone House – For 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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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:
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