With insane views from the top, Uchisar Castle is the ancient prize of Uchisar town that will transport you back in time. Here’s all you need to know.
Uchisar Castle is located in the town of Uchisar, and stands proudly as the highest point in Cappadocia.
Uchisar Town is located just 5km away from the popular town of Goreme, and the easiest way to travel between the two is via bus.
There is a bus departing every half an hour from Goreme bus station (Göreme Otobüs Terminali) to Uchisar Village.
The bus costs just 3 Turkish Lira, (prices vary depending on the season) and the duration of the bus journey is only 10 minutes.
Another option is to rent a driver.
The cost of a driver should be no more than 100 Turkish Lyra (around €17) for a couple of hours. A good option if you only wish to visit a few places.
If you love a long walk or sandy road hike, you could even try walking from Goreme to Uchisar Castle via Pigeon Valley.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
If you opt for the famous Red Tour, then you will likely finish your day at Uchisar Castle, and enjoy sunset from the highest point in the region.
Entrance Fee: 8 Turkish Lira
There are also two binoculars where you can pay 1 Turkish Lira to take in the views.
Uchisar Castle Opening Times
Uchisar Castle is open daily 7:30am – 8pm.
Best Time To Visit Uchisar Castle + Tips
The best time to visit Uchisar Castle would be early if you want to miss the crowds. Although after 3pm the light the across the surrounding landscape is said to be beautiful.
Cappadocia is extremely hot in summer and cold in winter, so spring and autumn are the better times of the year if you like to enjoy a more moderate climate.
Take care on the steps as you climb as they can be a little slippery.
Don’t forget your camera as the scenic views are stunning.
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Uchisar castle is a stunning landmark in the interesting town Uchisar and one of the best things to do in Cappadocia.
Due to its position looking over the surrounding area, Uchisar Castle was always the main point of defence for the Cappadocia region in times gone by.
Although there is now nothing left inside but hollow rooms and it’s quite a climb to the top, the reward is definitely worth the effort.
From here you have the most breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding towns, valleys and magical fairy chimneys.
Throughout Uchisar Castle there are many rooms connected to each other via stairs, tunnels and narrow passages. Some rooms are no longer reachable though due to erosion over the years.
To this day, there are still some tiny rooms used as pigeon houses. Famers collect the droppings from the pigeons to fertilise the well known, sweet and tasty fruits of Turkey.
Speaking of pigeon houses, you must also visit Pigeon Valley, which is easily accessible from Uchisar Castle.
This valley connects Uchisar to Goreme and is a really interesting place. Plus it’s great for capturing some Cappadocia Instagram photos.
Most of the little caves carved for the pigeons have been painted white to attract the birds and their valuable poop.
Whilst you’re in town, whether you stay in Uchisar or not, it’s definitely worth having a nose around.
Uchisar Town is full of souvenir shops, and you can even stop by one of the cute, local cafes and try some traditional Turkish dishes like we did.
If you do decide to stay in Uchisar, we cannot recommend Wings Cappadocia enough.
The amazing cave hotel backs onto Uchisar Castle giving incredible views, and it really is magical to see the sun go down behind the castle.
You can even enjoy breakfast with views fit for a king and queen before you depart.
Where To Stay In Cappadocia
Luxury – Koza Cave Hotel
This Göreme ecological hotel is situated in a historic cave house overlooking Pigeon Valley.
It features free Wi-Fi, and has a terrace with panoramic views of the fairy chimneys.
Koza Cave Hotel offers rooms fitted with traditional Turkish rugs and furnishings.
Several rooms have a living room with a fireplace. Some feature a spa bath and a private terrace.
The Cave Hotel has a tour desk that offers information on local attractions and can assist with car hire and bicycle rentals.
The hotel also offers a shuttle service and a 24-hour reception desk.
Mid-Budget – Charming Cave Hotel
This cave hotel in the heart of Goreme has rooms built into volcanic rocks with vaulted ceilings and traditional Turkish style décor.
The hotel offers free WiFi and a hot tub.
All the rooms at Charming Cave Hotel have a private bathroom. Some rooms also offer a flat-screen TV or a terrace with views over the fairy chimneys.
Charming Cave Hotel’s restaurant serves traditional meals prepared with organic products.
Breakfast comes as an open buffet with homemade jams and local honey.
Budget – Goreme Palace Stone Hotel
Goreme Palace Stone Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property and views of garden in Goreme.
The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and currency exchange for guests.
All guest rooms at the hotel feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD Player.
A private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries are also included.
At Goreme Palace Stone Hotel all rooms include a wardrobe and a shared bathroom.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.
For more places to stay in Cappadocia, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.