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Mountain biking in Cappadocia [quad biking]

  • Central Anatolia, Turkey

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 05 April, 2024

Cappadocia boasts some of the best single track – paths rather than vehicle tracks – mountain biking in the world. The super-soft but gritty volcanic stone makes for smooth riding, often steep but with plenty of traction, through landscapes that are both spectacular and varied, with the panoramic views from the open uplands giving way to amazing wooded canyons, caves and carved tunnels.

The network of tracks is extensive, with ascents and descents to suit every level. Many of the valleys are easily accessed from local centres like Goreme and Uchisar. In the high season, should the like of the Red and Rose Valleys get busy with walkers, there are plenty of lesser-known ones to escape to in the Meskendir and Gomeda Valleys.

Quad biking tours are also available and increasingly popular (if more destructive); these tend to be shorter, faster and limited in routes. To truly explore and connect with this remarkable landscape and its people, opt for the mountain bike.

While you’re there

Many of the valleys are speckled with beautiful churches and other rock-cut buildings – a chance to appreciate the region’s amazing rock architecture without the usual crowds.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 3+ hours

Getting there & doing it

The best way to explore on two wheels is with an organised tour, led by experienced and multi-lingual guides like Biking in Cappadocia. There are trips of all length, from day tours focused on the popular Goreme region, to full biking holidays across Cappadocia. Groups tend to be small, commonly of four or five, and never more than twelve.

Expect to cover, depending on the topography, between 20km and 50kms per day. On day tours bikes, helmets and lunch are provided, with prices reducing the bigger the group; the biking holidays include transfers, accommodation and full board.

There will undoubtedly be charming en-route stops for refreshments. The Cappadocian valleys are notable as enterprising locals who set up stalls offering tea, beer, juices and sandwiches, at or near favoured panoramic stops. These do not operate set hours or seasons but your guides will know which of them are open.

When to do it

May to June and September to October are the optimum months for mountain biking in Cappadocia, though beware that the trails can get dusty by the end of the summer and the weather is often hot. April and November are also possible, though with a greater likelihood of rain.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Cappadocia Sunset Quad Safari

  • Goreme

The most scenic views of Cappadocia volcanic landscapes are available only on the sunset time. So, we offer our guests special opportunity to experience this unforgettable activity. Sit on the quad and ride towards the miracle beauties of Cappadocia valleys. This tour is the best option for people who wants to drive and explore magical views of the last sunlights over Cappadocia Volcanic formations. After short instruction of a ride, you will start your adventure. You will discover "Swords Valley" in which there are so many fairy chimneys and rock formations. Also will visit the famous "Rose and Red" valleys and you will have some free-time enough to take photos. Witness how the early people used to live inside the caves by visiting "Cavusin" (Ghost Village). "Love Valley" is one of the popular valleys in Cappadocia which draws most of the attention with interesting shapes of fairy chimneys. At the end of the journey, you will be dropped off to your hotel.

Price €49

Min age 15

Rating 4.91 / 5 [1226 ratings]

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Quad Safari through Rose Sword and Love Valleys

  • Goreme

Quad biking in Cappadocia is a very different kind of excitement and unforgettable sightseeing experience as well. You will explore the unique volcanic landscape of Cappadocia while driving through the valleys (Sword, Love and Rose).

Price €45

Min age 14

Rating 4.92 / 5 [452 ratings]

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Cappadocia Sunset Guided ATV-QUAD Tours

  • Goreme

Adventure that you will not soon forget If you are looking for a new way to explore the natural wonderland of Cappadocia, ATV is the right choice, Enjoy the fun and safe ride through moonlike scenery, scenic valleys and remote areas rarely visited by tourists. Guided ATV tours are a fun and exciting way to explore places in the lesser known parts of the region. You will see some of the most incredible landscape that is seen by very few. Our guided tours will get your adrenaline pumping, but will also provide you with views of a pristine scenery of Cappadocia. Experience the excitement of riding all-terrain vehicle. Take an outdoor adventure on one of our ATV tours. Guided ATV tours offers guests a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere.

Price €33

Min age 0

Rating 4.97 / 5 [248 ratings]

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Quad ATV Cappadocia 2 hours Guided Tour from Goreme

  • Goreme

A great way to get right off the beaten track! Take a guided tour through the most beautiful of Cappadocia's spectacular rock-cut valleys on a sturdy ATV (quad) bike. These tours are a great activity option for those seeking a few hours of fun and adventure outdoors. ATV`s provide an opportunity for great sight-seeing, as one is enabled to roam the hills, valleys, dunes, and trails of Cappadocia. A variety of ATV tours, lasting from 2 to 8 hours, are available. All tours include a professional, local professional guide. The guide will follow you with another ATV. The two hours tour is the most common. ATVs are also available for daily rentals. Our All Terrain Vehicles are extremely easy to use, as they are fully automatic, so no experience is necessary. The tracks you will be riding on are carefully laid out to be challenging, but not frightening.

Price €35

Min age 0

Rating 4.92 / 5 [181 ratings]

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Cappadocia ATV (1 Quad Bike) Tour - 2 Hours

  • Goreme

Explore the off-the-beaten-paths around Goreme on a sturdy ATV (quad) bike. Our half or full-day escorted tours provide an exciting adventure over and through the beautiful hills, valleys, dunes and trails of the extraordinary Cappadocia landscape. Our most popular option, the 2-hour tour is having a rider (driving separate vehicle). Please note that he will just show the way you should go; he will not be able to explain anything about the area. Our All Terrain Vehicles are extremely easy to use, as they are fully automatic – so no experience is necessary for adults. The tracks you will be riding on are carefully selected to be challenging, but not frightening.

Price $35

Min age 0

Rating 4.91 / 5 [122 ratings]

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