Photo Essay: The Magical Landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey

The Göreme Valley and Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Kapadokya in Turkish) are on the elite list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sculpted by millions of years of erosion, the magical volcanic landscapes are unlike any other place on the planet. Seriously.

I know it’s cliche to say, but I found myself at a loss for words. Trying to capture the beauty of Cappadocia and its mysterious fairy chimneys is difficult at best, so let’s skip the overused adjectives and jump to the photos instead!

Best views on the planet?

Quite possibly the best views in the world?

City of Goreme in Cappadocia

The beautiful city of Göreme nestled in the eroded Göreme Valley.

Goreme Castle in Cappadocia

Göreme Castle towering over the dense city below.
city is literally carved out of the peculiar rock formations.

Landscape of Goreme - Cappadocia, Turkey

Stunning panorama from the Göreme viewpoint.

Love Valley, Cappadocia

The “unique” rock formations at “Love Valley”, located just outside the city of Göreme.

Goreme City in Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairy chimneys and Cave Hotels in the city of Göreme.

Cafe Cappadocia, Turkey

Table with a view!
An empty makeshift cafe perfectly situated on the edge of wonderland.

Cappadocia, Turkey

The ancient city of Çavuşin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why do they call it Love Valley?

I wonder why do they call it “Love Valley”?

Cappadocia, Turkey

Views of a local mosque from inside an ancient cave church in the historical city of Çavuşin.

Rock Formations near Goreme, Cappadocia

Spectacular landscapes in Cappadocia. It’s unlike any other place on earth!

Fairy Chimney in Cappadocia

The magical fairy chimneys in the Göreme Valley.
They look like something you’d see in a Saturday morning cartoon!

Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairy chimneys in the Zelve Valley of Cappadocia.


The abandoned city of Çavuşin carved into the dramatic valley.

Cappadocia, Turkey

The four wise men?
After a while, the enchanting fairy chimneys come to life with personality.

Ortahisar Castle - Cappadocia, Turkey

Ortahisar Castle overlooking the town of Ortahisar,
a town near Goreme and Urgup in Cappadocia.

Love Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey

The Grand Canyon in the USA comes close,
but nothing compares to the geological formations of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Exploring the historical cave city of Çavuşin in the Cappadocia Valley.

Fairy Chimneys - Cappadocia, Turkey

Gigantic fairy chimneys in the Zelve Valley near Çavuşin.

Ortahisar, Turkey - B&W

Black and White picture of town of Ortahisar, which means middle fortress in Turkish.

Cappadocia Panorama

Never-ending prehistoric landscapes of Cappadocia.

Night Scene - Goreme, Cappadocia

Göreme illuminated at night. The soothing Call to Prayer echoes across the valley from the tall single minaret at the mosque, adding to the captivating atmosphere.


Have you visited the Goreme Valley in Cappadocia? What did you think of the fairy chimneys?
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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.