Cappadocia, Türkiye, with its fairy chimneys and almost unreal landscape, is a great place to explore with a gravel bike. The experience of cycling through Cappadocia is unparalleled. Walking along winding and rough paths, one encounters the fairy chimneys, which stand like ancient guardians, their unique shapes catching the eye.

The landscape itself seems to come alive, with each pedal stroke revealing hidden wonders and breathtaking views. The sight of hot air balloons floating elegantly in the Cappadocia sky is surreal. The colors become vibrant and the excitement of traveling through this territory grows.

Türkiye: Cappadocia by Gravel Bicycle

A journey of discovery

One also undertakes the journey to discover historic underground cities. These ancient wonders, carved into the depths of the earth, offer a glimpse into a bygone era and enchant by the ingenuity of those who once inhabited these labyrinthine underground dwellings. Exploring the winding tunnels and chambers, one cannot help but feel a sense of reverence.

Türkiye by bike: Gravel in Cappadocia
Nevşehir, Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a unique gravel destination. In this region in the center of Türkiye, which has existed for millions of years, we pass through one of the most impressive and enchanting landscapes in the world.
In fact, the volcanic terrain lends itself to more adventurous cyclists who enjoy difficulty or mountain biking. The dirt roads are in many cases specially designed to allow pedaling on a variety of surfaces: dirt, gravel, and stabilized pavement to move effortlessly.

The magic of a hot air balloon flight

In Cappadociait is a good idea to treat yourself to a break at one of the region’s many wine cellars or book a sunrise hot air balloon ride to view this mystical land from the sky.

As the hot air balloon gently lifts off the ground, the mystical landscape of Cappadocia unfolds before travelers’ eyes. The bright colors of dawn paint the fairy chimneys and rock formations in shades of orange and pink, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

It is a unique experience that enriches the exciting adventures experienced on a gravel bike, making the journey truly unforgettable.

Cappadocia Türkiye in gravel photo: Steffi Marth
Cappadocia in gravel – in the photo the Pro MTB cyclist Steffi Marth

The landscape of Cappadocia

As you fluidly traverse the region’s extraordinary volcanic terrain, the landscape begins to vary and climb, adding an element of challenge and excitement to the ride.

The undulating hills and rocky trails test skill and stamina, but the stunning views repay any effort. With each stroke of the pedal, there is a sense of wonder and gratitude for the natural beauty that unfolds before your eyes.

Nevşehir, Cappadocia -Ihlara Canyon by bike
Nevşehir, Cappadocia – Ihlara Canyon

MTB and routes

Cappadocia’s intriguing landscape is a secret gem for mountain bikers. Against the backdrop of a historically significant landscape, one can ride one’s mountain bike along terrain that climbs gently but at the same time takes on curious and steep shapes. In the volcanic valleys there are magnificent paths along which it is possible to stop and admire chimneys or rock chapels. Scattered throughout the area are several dirt and MTB bike paths, perfect for cyclists of all abilities.

Türkiye: Cappadocia by bike photo by Steffi Marth
Cappadocia, pictured here is Pro Steffi Marth

A 23-kilometer-long route known as “Ürgüp – Ortahisarruns through lush orchards and vineyards and is considered one of the best routes. The itinerary “Ürgüp – Avanos – Uçhisar” begins instead in front of the Göreme Open Air Museum, where the most significant collections ofEastern Roman (Byzantine) art in Cappadocia can be seen, as well as the sparkling Damsa River. The route “Güzelyurt – Ihlara Canyon – Underground City of Derinkuyu” on the other hand, is 33 kilometers long and climbs 620 meters; it is a relaxing route but provides an exhilarating cycling adventure.

The gravel trails

Cyclists in Cappadocia have an endless number of possibilities for an unforgettable gravel tour due to the presence of the many volcanic tuff valleys.

One such trail is the“Güvercinlik Valley Trail” near the city of Göreme; it follows a series of tunnels once traveled by the mighty river. By the way, the Turkish name for Güvercinlik Hill is Hill of the Nests of Columbus. Indeed, pigeons flutter over their long-forgotten nests and over the massive rock formations that dominate this enchanted valley.

On two wheels you can discover the ancient caves and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire, for which this region is famous. Alternatively, you can take the unique opportunity to ride through the mystical valleys of Göreme National Park, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The wines and hospitality of Cappadocia

The perfect way to end a trip to Cappadocia is with delicious Anatolian cuisine accompanied by its wines. There is a long winemaking tradition in the region dating back thousands of years. Volcanic activity has produced a nutrient-rich tuff soil, which is the reason for the excellence of Anatolian grapes such as Öküzgözü, Kalecik Karası, Boğazkere, Narince and Emir.
Wineries in Cappadocia are open year-round, so you can taste local wines in front of an extraordinary landscape.

Türkiye by bike and gastronomy: Nevşehir Cappadocia
Gastronomy: Nevşehir, Cappadocia

Cappadocia transports you to a magical land where you can admire fairytale landscapes, meet memorable people and travel through time. And when the day draws to a close, the opportunity to spend the night in a cave hotel presents itself as a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Set among natural rock formations, these accommodations offer a cozy and intimate atmosphere, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

As one prepares for the night, the silence of the cave embraces the guest, offering a peaceful rest. And while the allure of underground cities and cave hotels captivates the senses, raise a glass to the journey and traditions of the region.