Situated just 5 kilometers away from the bustling village of Göreme, Uchisar stands proudly as one of the most captivating destinations in Cappadocia.

Renowned for its iconic castle, this village has become a magnet for tourists seeking a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.

Uchisar Castle, the crowning jewel of the village, allures visitors from far and wide. The castle offers a unique vantage point to soak in the panoramic vistas of Cappadocia.

A house on paved street in UchisarA house on paved street in Uchisar

Beyond its famous castle, Uchisar has much more to offer. Visitors can explore souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, and the picturesque valleys. Uchisar is also home to remarkable cave-style hotels that offer breathtaking views of Göreme and the Valley of Pigeons.

Many travelers choose to spend their free time in Göreme but prefer to stay in Uchisar to enjoy the magnificent view it provides.

Transportation to Uchisar is convenient, with regular bus services running between Göreme and Uchisar every half hour (hourly on weekends).

History of Uchisar

Uchisar’s rich history dates back to ancient times when its strategic location made it a well-populated and fortified area.

The Uchisar fortress served as a watchtower and a place of refuge during times of attacks and raids, providing safety to the village’s inhabitants. In fact, the first population census conducted in 1530 revealed a population of approximately 3,000 people.

The village’s historical dwellings trace their origins as far back as 2000 BC when people began carving into the soft rock formations of the region. Over time, they evolved into exquisite stone mansions, adorned with intricate patterns during the Ottoman period.

Today, some of these transformed mansions stand as charming hotels, inviting visitors to relish the authentic cave-living experience.