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Romantic Guide to Goreme

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Goreme is almost a fairytale setting, with its lush gardens and enchanting rocky landscape. The area opens up with authentic Turkish hospitality to offer you scenic hikes, dazzling vistas, exciting activities, and, of course, something to toast with. Whether you're looking for couple's massages at a nearby hammam or the best place to share a plate of borek, look no further. This guide covers some of the best activities and locations for couples in Goreme.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

13 Places

3 City Tips

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13 Places

Butterfly Balloons

Balloon Rides

Mulberry Cafe

Restaurants

Turkey Boutique Tour- Private Tours

Private Tours

The Dalton Brothers Ranch

Horseback Riding Tours

Red Red Wine House

Bars & Clubs

Fairy Chimneys

Geologic Formations

Pigeon Valley

Historic Walking Areas

Turkish Heritage Tours - Day Tours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Kelebek Hamam & Spa

Spas, Hammams & Turkish Baths

Elis Turkish Bath

Spas

Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art Gallery

Restaurants

Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Restaurants

Kale Terrasse Restaurant

Restaurants

Madison S's City Tips

  • Agree on prices for goods and services ahead of time. If a menu is unmarked, or if something is offered at a discount, make sure to clarify the price to avoid any trouble or change come payment time.
  • Goreme is quite a small city, so while you are free to rent bikes or call for a taxi, many of the locations in this guide can easily be reached on foot.
  • Public displays of affection are considered very inappropriate. Goreme is very conservative, so anything greater than hand-holding in public may draw unwanted attention.
  • Butterfly Balloons
    Balloon Rides
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    Madison S Says:

    The natural beauty of Goreme's vistas is unparalleled. Butterfly Balloons provides not only a thrilling (and oh-so-romantic!) activity that allows you to see the city from above the noise, but also a relaxing ground experience. Visitors are treated to fresh fruit while the balloons fill up, and after a spin around the craggy landscapes, the experience ends with a champagne toast on a grassy field. With helpful and informative guides, a keen staff, and a safety-first environment, visitors can feel secure while they enjoy the serenity of sunrise.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Goreme offers other balloon tour options, but Butterfly is the most economical. However, their baskets seat up to 16 people. If you want a flight just for two, ask at your hotel for other recommendations.
    • Be aware that the hot air balloons are well named: hot. In the winter, don't over-bundle, as the ride itself is pleasantly heated by the same flame that keeps it afloat.
    • Safety First: Often, due to weather conditions, rides are cancelled or cut short. After you book, the staff will keep you informed about weather updates, and will automatically book a new flight if one has to be cancelled. Shortened rides are discounted.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 92 Outdoor Activities in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High expectations... 22/10/2018
    • Great Experince Indeed! 18/10/2018
    • Butterfly Balloons
    Address:
    Uzundere Caddesi, No:29
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 30 10
    Other:
  • Mulberry Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Turkish)
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    Madison S Says:

    Set in a garden oasis, the Mulberry Cafe features a menu of homemade delicacies, from house-made cheeses to crisp and doughy gözleme. The truly rustic fare is made from local produce and cooked on the premises in earthenware crockery, and the refreshing teas are a great accent to any tasty lunch. An especially great location for peace and quiet, the garden scenery provides a charming and intimate spot to chat, eat, and enjoy one another's company.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Mulberry Cafe is located on the road from Goreme to Cavusin, right on the outskirts of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 111 restaurants in Goreme
    • fresh pressed orange juice 15/05/2018
    • Cheap place to try authentic turkish food. 26/04/2018
    • Mulberry Cafe
    Address:
    Mezar Sok No:7
    Gaferli Mah
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 20 21
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 2
    Other:
  • Turkey Boutique Tour- Private Tours
    Private Tours
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    Madison S Says:

    A private tour around Goreme is a great way to see and understand the sights at your own pace, and Turkey Boutique Tour offers a luxurious experience. The Tour picks guests up in a Mercedes and then whisks them off to see some of Goreme's most enchanting and historic locations: Devrant Valley, Uchiisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabagi, and the Goreme Open Air Museum. Panoramic views and Byzantine art await visitors, as does a rest and refuel stop at a sumptuous lunch buffet. The tour even gives guests a moment to relax their feet and change clothes, if desired, before an evening Dervish show. This is a great way to see and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the city in a memorable and stress-free way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have dietary needs or restrictions, let the company know ahead of time and you will be accommodated.
    • Tour groups can accommodate up to 10 people, which is one of the smaller tour sizes in Goreme.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 106 Tours in Goreme
    • Cannot say enough great things!!!! 19/04/2018
    • Excellent, well organized and friendly guide services 22/01/2018
    • Turkey Boutique Tour- Private Tours
    Address:
    Avcilar mah. Cay sok. No:1/B
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 554 928 19 17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • The Dalton Brothers Ranch
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    Madison S Says:

    Dalton Brothers Ranch offers the opportunity to ride the peaceful trails that wind through the Red and Rose Valleys. All riding levels are accommodated, so whether it is your first time or you're an old pro in the saddle, gear up and spend an hour or more exploring castle ruins and ancient dwellings together. Horse rides are a quiet, romantic way to enjoy Goreme's natural setting.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pay in Turkish lira rather than dollars/euros/pounds to get a better deal.
    • Private, couples only rides are available.
    • Each visit is customizable; the horse you ride, the difficulty level of the trail you take, the sights you see, and the group size can all change to fit your needs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 92 Outdoor Activities in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two hour horseback ride 14/10/2018
    • Not safe and Owners only care for money 29/09/2018
    • The Dalton Brothers Ranch
    Address:
    Acik hava muzesi yolu uzeri
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 28 40
    Other:
  • Red Red Wine House
    Bars & Clubs
    Madison S Says:

    Alcohol is difficult to find in Goreme, but at Red Red Wine, you'll find fantastic local wines. The location itself is amorous — it's dimly lit, with cushioned seating, Anatolian music, and the hearth of a coal burner keeping the rooms warm. Outdoor seating is less personal but offers city views and plenty of people-watching. The restaurant has a menu of wines spanning House Reds to absolute vintage bottles, as well as fruits and nuts to enjoy alongside your sips.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Only the house wine is offered by the glass. Everything else must be bought by the bottle.
    • Specialities at the shop include mulled wine (great in winter) and nargile (a water pipe with fruity tobacco.)
    • If you'd like to try something especially rare or local, ask the store owner: he has additional wines that are not on the regular menu.
    • Red Red Wine is affiliated with its neighboring restaurant, which allows you to order food off of its menu while remaining at Red Red Wine to eat it.
    • You will find the bar off of the main street, down a set of stairs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 Nightlife in Goreme
    • Nice & Cozy Place for drinks in Goreme 12/10/2018
    • Cosy evenings at red wine house 13/09/2018
    • Red Red Wine House
    Address:
    Muze Caddesi 9
    Göreme kasabası
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 21 83
  • Fairy Chimneys
    Geologic Formations
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    Madison S Says:

    If you'd like to see the see the sights more informally, with just your significant other for example, then head off on a hike to the Fairy Chimneys. These enchanting rock structures tower high into the air, and their unique shape makes them remarkable sights to behold. Once dwellings, the insides of some can be explored, and some of the original art and artifacts remain. This outing is perfect for those who want a quiet but challenging independent hike, and it's also a great spot to enjoy a romantic picnic among breathtaking scenery.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is better not to split up at any point during your hike, for safety reasons.
    • Be sure to bring along plenty of water.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Ancient Caves.. 21/10/2018
    • Wonder of Nature 21/10/2018
    • Fairy Chimneys
    Phone:
    +90 555 275 69 53
    Other:
  • Pigeon Valley
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Madison S Says:

    At the aptly-named Pigeon Valley, coffee, a hike, and a meal are all on the menu. For a fanciful afternoon, explore the river, fields, ancient huts, and old churches dotted among the landscape here. When you finish your expedition, the car park located on one of the Valley's highest points allows you to watch the flight of hundreds of pigeons that reside in the area — while you're safely nestled in a small cafe with a cup of java. Breathtaking views and strong coffee... what more could energetic couples ask for?

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you decide to hike one of the Pigeon Valley routes in full, a small pomegranate juice stand marks the halfway point (and provides delicious fresh-pressed drinks).
    • There is an ATM in the car park, so feel free to withdraw money after your hike, to keep from losing it on the hiking trails.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 21 things to do in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful view 21/10/2018
    • Great hike 21/10/2018
    • Pigeon Valley
    Address:
    Uchisar KasabasI
    Nevşehir Kapadokya
    Goreme 50240
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 532 449 57 02
  • Turkish Heritage Tours - Day Tours
    Historical & Heritage Tours
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    Madison S Says:

    The Turkish Heritage Tour is perfect for more hands-on couples. Created for the history buff, the tours are customizable to include whatever you most want to experience and learn about in Goreme. The broad list of options includes a ceramics museum and workshops, hot air ballooning, horseback or camel riding, carpet-making school, and market shopping. Each activity is explained in depth, especially those which are vital to Goreme's past, local nature, and economy.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book ahead to plan a back-up itinerary, in case for any reason an activity is inaccessible during your visit e.g. poor weather rendering hot air ballooning impossible.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 106 Tours in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well organized customized group private tour - top notch service! 21/10/2018
    • Cappadocia is amazing 18/10/2018
    • Turkish Heritage Tours - Day Tours
    Address:
    Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak 1
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 26 87
    Other:
  • Kelebek Hamam & Spa
    Spas, Hammams & Turkish Baths
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    Madison S Says:

    After a day out hiking or being out among the noise and heat in Goreme, rest and re-energize at a hammam. With a full-package relaxation experience at Kelebek Hammam, guests can enjoy a range of treatments from body scrubs to mud peels, pool soaks to a detox in the sauna. Kelebek is unique for the local ingredients it uses in scrubs and massage oils, as well as for its friendly care of couples. So go ahead, unwind.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Kelebek offers package deals, which discount certain services in combination. Ask ahead to see what is on offer.
    • While most Hammams in Goreme separate men and women, couples are allowed to remain together for the majority of the Kelebek Hammam experience.
    • If you do not have a pre-booking or reservation, the Hammam is usually able to accommodate drop-ins, so don't be deterred.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Goreme
    • Luxurious Spa and Hamam Experience 20/09/2018
    • Very relaxing 16/09/2018
    • Kelebek Hamam & Spa
    Address:
    Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak, No:1
    Kelebek Hotel
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 25 31
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Elis Turkish Bath
    Spas
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    Madison S Says:

    At the Elis Turkish Bath, you can enjoy an informal session, with just a scrub, wash, and wipe down in the traditional Turkish style. Then it's on to the relaxation or steam rooms. With a dim setting and a staff that sometimes hums Anatolian songs, the Elis Bath is a great attraction to squeeze into a busy romantic schedule.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The steam room at Elis is not always working. Ask before purchasing your ticket to be sure all hammam features are in order.
    • While bathing shoes and a towel are provided for you, it is best to bring your own, if possible.
    • Bring along a bathing suit if you plan to use the pool.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Goreme
    • Awful, overpriced, rushed & glasses went missing 30/09/2018
    • Pits of the world 25/09/2018
    • Elis Turkish Bath
    Address:
    Belediye Cad No:2
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 29 74
    Other:
  • Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art Gallery
    Restaurants (Turkish)
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    Madison S Says:

    At Pumpkin Goreme, vegetarians and omnivores alike can tuck into 3- and 4-course set menus of authentic Turkish food, along with beer or wine. Multiple starters and desserts are included, and the food arrives at the table fresh and delicious. The restaurant interior glows with candles and gourd lamps (which were made by the owner himself), as well as a warm hearth, creating a charming and private atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As Pumpkin Goreme does get quite crowded, it is best to book ahead.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 111 restaurants in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Book a table & enjoy 14/10/2018
    • Amazing ambience, service and food 12/10/2018
    • Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art Gallery
    Address:
    Isali Mah. iceri Dere Sok. 7/A Goreme
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 542 808 50 50
    Price range:
    USD 1 - USD 15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Topdeck Cave Restaurant
    Restaurants
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    Madison S Says:

    People visit Topdeck more for the ambiance than the food. But oh, what ambiance. The natural cave formation allows you to experience dining like the ancients must have done, warmed by the fire in a carved room. Located on the inside of a hill, Topdeck serves delicious meze and a number of mains, desserts, and warm drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Not all food on the menu is traditional or local, and some menu items have been included specifically for tourists. Still, you can find a lot of tasty Turkish food at Topdeck.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 111 restaurants in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overrated 22/10/2018
    • Excellent service and food 22/10/2018
    • Topdeck Cave Restaurant
    Address:
    Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak No: 15
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 24 74
    Price range:
    USD 3 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Kale Terrasse Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Turkish, Barbecue)
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    Madison S Says:

    The snug atmosphere at Kale Terrasse will get you away from the main tourist hotspots and into a quiet space populated by Turkish rugs and ambient lighting. The restaurant offers a stunning view and the option of open-air seating, and guests can fill up on an outstanding selection meze, pizza, and kebabs — all at wonderful value. Don't miss out on dessert with your sweetheart, as Kale Terrasse's rice pudding and baklava are especially delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • There are a number of veg-only options in their vegetarian menu selection.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 111 restaurants in Goreme
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent place 19/10/2018
    • Friendly Staff and cosy atmosphere 15/10/2018
    • Kale Terrasse Restaurant
    Address:
    Muze Caddesi
    Roma Kalesi Yani
    Goreme 50180
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 384 271 28 08
    Price range:
    USD 2 - USD 12
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    7:30 am - 11:30 pm
    Fri - Sun
    7:30 am - 11:45 pm
    Other:
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