Cappadocia Göreme iPhoneography Turkey Uçhisar

A Little Cappadocia Fauxtography

Last Updated on May 15, 2018.

Oh, how to describe this place in a way that hasn’t been done a million times before?

Planet Uchisar Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy


I can’t so I won’t even try. Will only confirm that it’s true – traveling to this magical, mysterious region in central Turkey is essentially like traveling to a distant planet. Another dimension, even. It possesses otherworldly landscapes you truly have to see to believe and while there are plenty of ways to do it terribly wrong (like not research one thing about it), just showing up with your eyes open is the bare minimum required for having your world rocked – literally and figuratively – so do not for a second question making the trip should you have the opportunity.

In fact, if you’re headed to Turkey, make it a priority.


Luckily such opportunities are not that hard to come by once you land in the only country that has the pleasure of straddling both Europe and Asia. As I said before, Cappadocia is no joke-ia, a real spectacle, and plenty are aware (nearly one million tourists a year, to be approximate) so it’s very accessible from Turkey’s most popular points of entry in comparison to some other interesting-yet-more-remote sights in the country. From Istanbul you can fly, bus, or drive yourself like it ain’t no thing on a variety of budgets so JUST DO IT.

And since I don’t really have anything else to say that hasn’t been written before about this Never Neverland, the least I can do is show it to you in a way you haven’t seen before.


Uçhisar is quiet, it’s classy, and it has some of the best views of this geological wonderland as it sits on the highest point of the region. In parentheses, that also means one of the most convenient places to base yourself for those 5am wake-up calls that are mandatory for seeing Cappadocia in all its glory. I also found it much less touristy (apart from the main viewpoint there that overlooks Pigeon Valley) and a real pleasure to stroll around its alleyways though I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wish it had offered a little more as a base.

Uchisar town Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Back streets of Uchisar Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Sunrise in Uchisar Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

The biggest attraction in Uçhisar is Uçhisar Castle (thing on the right, below), that you can climb in and up for a few Lira which I actually didn’t do, just stopped to take a picture of it, because I am stupid. Heard the views from the top are phenomenal though and it’s probably one of the most unusual castles one can ever say they’ve been in, so don’t miss it.

Life on Mars Uchisar Castle Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

There was also this really cool camel (or at least I made him look cool – you wouldn’t believe how dull he was before).

Colorful Camel Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Camel pre-makeover


Ok, so Göreme is where most is going on in terms of attractions and where you will get those quintessential Cappadocia shots. It’s where most hot air balloon trips commence and where you will find hostels, budget accommodation, and an abundance of cave hotels, oh my… But with that comes a majority of the tourists so no surprise why I didn’t choose to spend much time here. I don’t have many photos of the town itself because I was so unimpressed, but I would still recommend you go chill out on one of its hills even if you don’t end up staying there – especially during morning or evening magic hour.

Sunrise in Goreme Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Goreme Balloons Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Balloons over Goreme Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy


Love Valley

Saving the best for last is good, ol’ Love Valley. Why do they call it Love Valley, you ask?

Now that's impressive.... Love Valley Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Ladies, ladies, ladies…and some gents, control yourselves. While all photos in this section might be edited and filtered to the max, the shapes and sizes are 100% the real thing. For anyone who doesn’t believe God has a sense of humor, you are wrong. And this is one of those places that’ll absolutely prove it.

Love Valley Bookah Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Or maybe this is all Mother Nature’s fault. We’ve never heard of a Father Nature after all, so maybe this was just her way of releasing the frustrations that come along with a life of celibacy through volcanic, artistic expression. Who knew erosion could be so erotic? I love geology.

Whole lotta Love Valley Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

Whichever one of them is responsible, I do owe them a high-five because it was the most entertaining couple of hours I’ve ever spent surrounded by rocks in my entire life. Who knew rocks could be so risqué? I love rocks.

The Blonde Gypsy Meets Love Valley Cappadocia Turkey © The Blonde Gypsy

And I absolutely loved Cappadocia. I still can’t believe I made this travel dream come true as it was always one of those places that seemed so far away and visiting would require much planning. Well, it definitely requires a bit more planning if you want to maximize your experience (so many places to see, so many things to do, so many rocks to use as inappropriate photos props, etc), but in general, just having a chance to check it out in real life and spend a few days surrounded by some of the craziest landscapes imaginable was enough for me and…I will be back.

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” – Peter Pan


  • Reply
    January 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Cappadocia does look lovely, a very unique and different kind of place to see, almost surreal as you said (and I’ve only seen pictures, I can imagine how it must be to see it in person).

    I hope to make it there at some point too, thanks for the interesting photos ;)

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      So surreal and so much to see! I hope to make it back there too because there was quite a bit I missed (maybe on purpose and for this very reason) :)

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    Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe
    January 14, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Fantastic photos! I just got back from Cappadocia last month. Unfortunately, there was too much snow to get through to Love Valley and our hot air balloon ride didn’t take off, but it was still a great trip!

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you! And wow, would really love to see it in the snow next time. Are all of the underground cities and the open air museum still open during the winter? Will have to check it up.

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        Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe
        February 26, 2015 at 6:12 am

        Yes! Everything else was open. I guess that just means I’ll have to go back!

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    January 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Hello BG, your photos are amazing. I could understand how you love Kappadocia because i made the trip to there last summer. and i really wanna return to this hilarious region.
    I missed the Uçhisar castle and Love valley due to a short time stay in Goreme. Could you show me the way to get there? because Kappadocia is massive region and last time i had been lost there lol.
    Thank in advance

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Hello Brian and thank you. I was lucky in that I was traveling by car so driving between the different towns was not a problem but I’ve read that buses exist between Uçhisar and Goreme. Also, there is an interesting walk/hike you can do if you have the energy. Will be putting together another post in the near future that should address some of these things.

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    January 15, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Haha I love your photos! Cappadocia looks amazing and I’ve wanted to go for some time now… and your photos have just reconfirmed that (because that’s what it looks like in real life, right?!).

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you! And absolutely, it’s particularly amazing when the sky turns neon green and purple like that ;)

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    Joy @MyTravelingJoys
    January 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Love your funny take on Cappadocia! It is a bit erotic! We visited the region twice while we lived in Turkey and loved it. Sooo many things to explore especially if you love hiking and history. Did you make it one of the underground cities?

    If you ever return, I’d highly recommend one of the organized tours through Heritage Tours. I normally don’t like tour groups, but this one was small and allowed us to maximize our time and see some different things.

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      That’s what I discovered unfortunately a bit too late hence why I mentioned “doing it all wrong”, but also a great reason to go back. No underground cities :( Will definitely check out that tour company for the next time because as much as I don’t like doing them either, seems the only way to maximize my time.

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    January 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I want to visit Cappadocia so badly- the landscapes look otherworldly! Also, thank you for opening my eyes to the wonder that is Love Valley.

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      My pleasure :) Definitely put it at the top of your To Do list once you finally get there!

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    January 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    So beautiful, can’t wait to see it someday! Reading your blog always gives me great places to go.

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      January 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you, that makes me happy to hear :)

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    January 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Oh that’s awesome! I’m here now. Stayed in Göreme (: there are some tourists but I guess you’re talking about summer :) about a fortnight just relaxing in the laid-back and serene + beautiful atmosphere here. Leaving tomorrow for Alanya. It is lovely here – will be back for sure. Charming.
    Best, Harsha

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      January 27, 2015 at 5:31 am

      I was there in October which was a good time, can’t imagine what it’s like in summer – except HOT. Sounds like you are having a nice time – enjoy Alanya!

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    Ozan Tekin
    March 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Dear Blonde Gypsy,

    I am not sure whether you are into ”religious tourism”, but it would have been such an enriching experience to pay a visit to Hacı Bektaş town near Göreme. Hope to have you back here in Turkey again. Take us wherever you go:)

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      April 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Dear Ozan,

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for the recommendation! I will absolutely be making it back to Turkey again, so much more to see and so many old friends to catch up with :)

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