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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Jeremy Seal

Cappadocia’s signature walk is a fairly easy (barring one scramble section) 4km stroll through fantastical, magical landscapes.

Starting in either Goreme or Uchisar, the path takes you into a wooded chasm with natural arches and tunnels, and leads past rock-carved pigeon cotes, idyllic orchards and vegetable plots.

Poor signposting and that scramble section make the walk unsuitable for the elderly or young, but for the fit and able it’s a must.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around
Duration: 1-2 hours

Getting there & doing it

The head of the valley (the starting point) is signposted all along the road into Uchisar; a network of paths leads down to it. For a harder walk, heading uphill from Goreme, follow the road past the Ataman Hotel.

The walk may be done alone, but it’s advisable to walk in company – the route is occasionally unclear and one section is a scramble. Helpful locals at the cafés above Pigeon Valley can advise or even double as guides.

Food stops in the valley are only occasionally operative, even in high season, so it’s better to eat before or after in Goreme or Uchisar. Take plenty of water with you.

When to do it

Avoid the middle of the day, especially in summer, when the lack of shade can make it very hot in the valley. Also avoid the route after rain, which can fall between October and April, making for slippery going and even causing streams to breach their banks.

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