Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Goreme

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Experience a striking and surreal landscape at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), with its plethora of dovecotes carved into the cliffs and various rock formations rising from the valley. Years ago, pigeons were an indispensable form of communication in this remote region, and their droppings were used as a fertilizer. You can hike along a number of signposted trails, all of which offer superb views. Several paths pass friendly teahouses, providing a place to rest and refuel. Wear sensible shoes to help ensure your safety and comfort when traversing the hills. Make Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) a centerpiece of your Goreme vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Goreme day trip planner .
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  • Highly recommend any hikers to spend couple of hours walking from Goreme centre through the valley to Uçhisar Castle.. Stunning landscape awaits you..  more »
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  • Easy walk along valley floor surrounded by the fabulous eroded volcanic rock formations inset with numerous ancient pigeon houses. On a fine day the layers of lime and copper radiate on the escarpments. For the more agile and adventurous, you can ascend the slopes to get onto the east plateau to look back at the famous nest of cave houses on the Uçhisar side. If hiking from Uçhisar to Göreme (N.E.) the walk above offers spectacular views into the gorge. Beware: steep slopes can be precarious and ridges, thankfully, unrestricted.
  • Since ancient times Pigeons have been used in the Cappadocia region for food and fertiliser for the infertile soil. While pigeons no longer play such an important role in the area, their rocky homes have still been maintained by locals and can be found atop rock pillars and inside excavated cave houses and churches throughout the region, however they are particularly numerous in this valley. A great way to see Pigeon Valley is from above via a hot air balloon tour. Tours leave every morning just before sunrise so you will already be floating above the stunning landscape as the sun comes up.
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