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Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)
Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

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Apr–Oct: 8am - 7pm; Nov–Mar: 8:30am - 5pm
Cappadocia, Turkey

The Basics

Originally settled by religious asylum-seekers, this ancient group of people called the tranquil canyon home, establishing a rock-dwelling community with approximately 80 cave churches (12 of which can still be visited). The valley is now one of the most popular hiking spots in Cappadocia, with 26 bends and around 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) of trail to traverse. Running parallel to the rushing river, follow the well-trodden path after descending down to the valley floor from one of four entrances. Enjoy a walk along the river as you stroll past vineyards and pistachio trees in the lush setting.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cappadocia

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Great experience def worth it
Shehryar_H, Mar 2021
Cappadocia Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour
Awesome experience, specially our tour guide Selim was amazing and knowledgeable. Great experience. Selim made a huge difference!
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Best flight, excellent service
AliceD1930, Sep 2019
Ihlara Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight
I recommand this tour to whomever is interested in baloon flight. The valley is fantastic, over a river, in a wonderful canion and flight takes longer than other flights in Capadoccia. Our pilot was very experienced and the flight was smooth and very enjoyable.
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The Mesmerizing Cappadocia
HindJourney, Dec 2020
Cappadocia Green Tour Ihlara Valley
A splendid experience! Every single stop had its own magnificence. If I must choose one, then I would say Derinkuyu underground city was beyond amazing. But as I said, every stop was worth the visit. The Panoramic view, Ilhara Valley, and Selimi Katedrali not to forget the beautiful place by the water where we had lunch, each place has its owns charm and its beautiful scenery. This experience would not have been the same if it wasn’t for our fantastic guide Cemil. His knowledge, his amazing sense of humor (he didn’t stop cracking us up), and his beautiful personality were a cherry on the cake. I definitely recommend this tour and if you can book with Cemil, it’d be even better. Cappadocia region is magical, it is well worth discovering. Book the toor, it is worth every Penny! Tip: Take along a good camera! Cheers 🥂 Hind @HindJourney

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring plenty of water.
  • This trail does not make a loop, so plan your trekk accordingly.
  • There are some cafes and restaurants located in the valley if you need something to eat or drink, but consider bringing some food with you on your hike.
  • Many guided tours of Cappadocia make a stop at Ihlara Valley.
  • Restrooms are available at some trailheads and at restaurants, though you may be charged a small fee to use them.
  • Ihlara Valley is not wheelchair accessible, as there are steep stairs descending down into the canyon.
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How to Get There

Ihlara Valley is best reached by car from either the village of Ihlara or Selime. Both villages bookend the canyon and each has its own entrance point. There are two other points of entry, but the most popular stretch of trail runs from Ihlara to Belisirma where hikers can see most of the valley’s cave churches and natural beauty. (You can drive up to the Belisirma entrance.)

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When to Get There

For the best weather, visit Cappadocia April through May and September through October. If you choose to go during summer (peak season), consider visiting the valley early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat (though the base valley is significantly cooler than the top) and crowds.

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Wildcard

Pigeon Valley For a different kind of nature experience visit Pigeon Valley, a wind-sculpted series of valleys and impressive rock formations that provide a dramatic backdrop for cool photo opportunities. The interesting geological site is also known for the pigeon houses that were carved out of some of the tall fairy chimneys (hoodoos) rock formations.

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