THE UCHISAR CASTLE VIEWPOINT IN CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY
The Uchisar Castle is in the small, but beautiful town of Uchisar in Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s one of the best viewpoints in Cappadocia and only a short drive or a small trek from the nearby town of Goreme. I had one of my favorite Cappadocia sunsets here and the Uchisar Valley below was incredible!
HOW TO GET TO UCHISAR CASTLE
The most popular region for tourists to stay while exploring Cappadocia is a town called Goreme. Uchisar is the other nearby town, which is also an option for accommodation but Goreme is the popular choice by far. Goreme is packed with hotels, restaurants, and cafes, while Uchisar is a little quieter but still has lots to see. There are a few different ways to reach Uchisar Castle. I did the hike through Love Valley, which leads you to Uchisar.
- If you are in Uchisar Village, simply walk to the entrance of Uchisar Castle.
- From Goreme town center to Love Valley is 3km, which takes 5-10 minutes by driving. You will then hike through Love Valley for 60-90 minutes before reaching Uchisar Castle.
- From Goreme town center, drive for 10 minutes before reaching Uchisar Castle.
TOURS THAT INCLUDE UCHISAR CASTLE
- THE HISTORICAL RED TOUR (Small group) – On the Red tour, your small group will see some of the highlights in the Cappadocia region including Goreme Open-Air Museum, wine-tasting in Urgup, Cavusin Castle and of course… Uchisar Castle. You can Click Here to check the price and make your booking on the Red Tour.
MY EXPERIENCE AT UCHISAR CASTLE
We began the day in Goreme Town and hitchhiked 3 kilometers to the start of the Love Valley Trail. We then spent the next two hours marveling at the earth pillars and rock formations as we made our way through the valley to Uchisar. You can check out all of the details in my blog post about how to hike from Love Valley to Uchisar.
Once we arrived at Uchisar Village we were immediately surprised at how fancy the area was. As we hauled ourselves up the hill, a BMW zipped past us along the cobblestone road. Luxury spas and resorts lined the old-fashioned roads and we felt a little out of place. That was until we made it through to the back side of Uchisar Village. The front side, the one pictured below is almost like a fancy facade to the normal village out the back (Well normal except it is housing a castle and an incredible valley.)
Before we even entered the castle gates, we stopped to take in the views of Uchisar Valley, which is worth a walk in itself with lots of cave dwellings and epic chimneys, hoodoos and earth pillars spread throughout the valley beneath the Uchisar Castle.
Several quirky looking cafes are perched amongst the rocks that look out over the valley and up towards the castle. This is a great spot for a tea, coffee or snack before heading up to the top of the castle.
The entrance fee to Uchisar Castle was 9 Turkish Lyra, which is about $1.50 USD. That is value because this is one of the top attractions in the region I assure you.
The trek isn’t tough with about 100 stairs to the top. However, the path first leads you inside the caves of the castle before you emerge to begin walking up the stairs on the exterior. If you are interested in doing some actual treks in Cappadocia I made a guide covering all of the hikes in Cappadocia.
It honestly took us less than five minutes to reach the top although if you struggle with stairs it may take you maximum fifteen minutes. It’s achievable for children and those who might not be in the best climbing shape. Its a viewpoint for all!
When we reached the summit of the Uchisar Castle viewpoint, there were about 15 people hanging out at the top checking out the expansive view. A Turkish flag billowed in the chilly wind atop the castle and can be seen all the way from Goreme.
With 360-degree views, there really is a lot to take in so make sure you walk around to all corners to see out over Goreme and all of the surrounding valleys. If you reached Uchisar by trekking through Love Valley like us, you will be able to look down on the completed trail with a sense of achievement.
Even further in the distance, you might be able to spot a snow-capped mountain. It is in fact, Mt. Erciyes, which is a popular ski resort in the region. Although if you are visiting in the summer like we were, you will feel far from the cold of a ski resort as you battle the hot sun.
Looking down on Uchisar Valley below gave us a great view to check out the cave dwellings and admire their fourth-story windows, pigeon holes and balconies!
Our favorite part of Uchisar Castle was finding a little cave hideaway to chill in and once the sunset from. The views from our little cave were mind-blowing as the sun slowly receded across the valley, giving depth to all of the ridges.
UCHISAR CASTLE HISTORY
- The Uchisar Castle was used as a defense mechanism to prevent attacks from the enemy in 15th and 16th centuries
- It’s history lies in the Ottoman Period from Rome (Byzantine) Era.
- In the Persian and Seljuk periods, it was used as a main control center of trade way like Royal Road and Silk Road.
- Uchisar Castle has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985 and was included as a National Park in 1986.
PHOTOS OF UCHISAR CASTLE FROM GOREME
Uchisar Castle is quite an iconic landmark in the region and can be seen from almost anywhere. At the main sunset viewpoint in Goreme, I snapped some shots of the Uchisar Castle both at night and during the sunset.
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.
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:
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