Top things to do

Church in Ortahisar

Pancarlı Kilise

This rarely visited 11th-century church is snuggled amid a particularly photogenic vista of orange-hued rock. The small nave has a dazzling interior of well-preserved frescoes, while the surrounding cliff face is po…
Turkish in Ortahisar

Hisar Teras Cafe

A couple of doors down from Ortahisar's central mosque, you'll find this unassuming place. Walk straight out back to the balcony for comfy old sofas and a stunning village view. The menu is as modest as the decor bu…
Cafe in Ortahisar

Elika Cafe

Parched after climbing Ortahisar's rock-castle? Right at the castle's foot, this itsy cafe with chunky wood seating under a shaded awning, Turkish ceramic-ware on the walls and cute floral cushions, serves up the to…
Castle in Ortahisar

Ortahisar Castle

Slap in the middle of Ortahisar's town centre, this 18m-high rock outcrop was used as a fortress in Byzantine times. It was reopened after a restoration project stabilised the crumbling edifice, and you can now clim…
Anatolian in Ortahisar

Tandır Restaurant

Ortahisar's top dining spot has plenty of homespun local flavours and gorgeous views out to the town's rock castle. The menu offers up traditional dishes such as kabak çiçeği dolması (stuffed courgette flowers) and …
Museum in Ortahisar

Culture Folk Museum

On the main square, near Ortahisar's castle, the Culture Folk Museum is a good place to get to grips with the basics of local culture. In the dioramas, with multilingual interpretive panels, mannequins in headscarve…
Modern Turkish in Ortahisar

Muti Restaurant

Cherry picking influences from Arabic, Armenian and old Ottoman cuisine, Muti offers formal Turkish dining with a fusion flourish on the first floor and rooftop of The House Hotel. Meaty mains such as oven-baked vea…
Monastery in Ortahisar

Hallacdere Monastery

The columned church of this rock-cut monastery complex contains unusual decorative features. Look for the animal heads on the column capitals and the human figure sculpted onto the wall. It's just off the main road …
Turkish in Ortahisar

Kapadokya Cafe

Our pick of central Ortahisar's cheap and cheerful diners is this little place with just a couple of tables and rustic, hearty Turkish staples.