Cappadocia, known for its lunar like landscape is one of the many places across the globe that is known for hot air ballooning. Every day, weather permitting, hundreds of hot air balloon float above its rugged landscape, boarded with excited tourists from all over the world.
I’ve met people who came to Cappadocia for nothing else except to ride the hot air balloon. They are visitors often with very limited time and can only spend one full day in the region. If you came across this blog because you are researching if taking the hot air balloon is worth it, my advice, save money and go for it. It will be one of the greatest experience you will ever have and it doesn’t matter if you are doing it solo, as a couple or with friends. I will share my personal experience on the next blog post.
However, if you still want to go to Cappadocia but budget is really tight, there is an alternate way of seeing hot air balloons flying above the magnificent Cappadocia landscape, and that is to head to Göreme Lover’s Hill, or more popularly known as the Sunrise and Sunset Point. From the name itself this is where everyone heads to, for sunrise and sunset viewing.
It is easy to find the popular Sunrise and Sunset Point location, however a pre-downloaded maps like maps.me shall make it more convenient for you to find it. The hotel owners and staff at Göreme can give direction too. You will find throngs of people all heading towards the hilly viewing point, often a few minutes or so before sunrise or sunset.
If you are coming to Lover’s Hill to watch the hot air balloon during sunrise, try to go there as early as possible for two reasons, some companies uses the nearby area as their take-off site, hence you can watch balloons being assembled and inflated for use and since this is a popular viewing spot, Lover’s Hill can get really crowded, with people arriving super early to save the best ones, or shall I say most Instagrammable spot.
It is an exciting feeling to watch balloons fly one after another, until there are so many of them floating high above the horizon. What I like the most is when a hot air balloon pass directly above us standing on the hill, the balloon so close to us where we can see the faces of the passengers , all of us are waving and cheering each other.
The sun rays turned the fields at the hill golden, illuminating the town of Göreme below and the many surrounding valleys and fairy chimneys, with the blue skies and colorful hot air balloons, this is Cappadocia on its most post-card worthy image.