Pigeon Valley Cappadocia was one of our favourite valleys, where we spent a beautiful sunset on our final evening. Here’s all the info for visiting.
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia – A Stunning Sunset
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia is situated between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar. The valley runs from one town all the way to the other.
Goreme and Uchisar are the most popular places to stay in Cappadocia. Uchisar being much more quiet and laid back. We stayed in both towns and they are equally as stunning with completely different vibes.
The Uchisar entrance to Pigeon Valley is within walking distance of Uchisar Town. You can opt for a half day trek over the 6km distance if you fancy it.
Rent A Driver – The cost of a driver for a couple of hours should cost no more than 100 Turkish Lyra (around 17 Euros) – a good option if you only want to see a few places.
Rent A Scooter – You can rent motorcycles for 80-100 Turkish Lyra per day. If you’re not a confident scooter driver though, we’d say give this option a miss. Some of the roads are like dirt tracks so it can be pretty easy to lose control.
Rent an ATV – If you’re looking for the most adventurous option, renting an ATV would certainly be a great option. The prices differentiate depending on how long you want to rent one for as well as which company you use. Some companies let you rent them alone but other companies prefer a tour guide to come along with you. The prices start at around 35 Euros for 2 hours.
There is no entrance fee at Pigeon Valley Cappadocia.
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia is a huge 6km valley connecting both the towns of Uchisar and Goreme. So it’s popular for trekking or long walks.
The first thing to know is that if you want to trek the whole valley, it’s best to start at the Uchisar end, as it’s downhill most of the way. We didn’t complete a trek ourselves although we heard it’s not so strenuous.
The name Pigeon Valley comes from the all the tiny pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft stone from years and years ago. Although these pigeon houses can be found throughout Cappadocia, there are many more in this valley than any other.
Years ago, the pigeons were used as message carriers. Not only that, their droppings were used as fertiliser. In Cappadocia, pigeons have been a source of food and fertiliser for a long time so the tiny holes were carved wherever there was space.
Now that there are chemical fertilisers, the use of pigeon dung has reduced. Although some farmers still insist on sticking to the old fashioned routine. They believe the fruits are the sweetest and most succulent in all of Turkey, simply because of the pigeon dung.
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia is one of the most interesting places we visited, so it’s definitely worth planning a half day trek in this stunning location.
You can even finish your day at one of it’s many viewpoints for sunset like we did. If you’re lucky, a pup might join you!
Luxury – Koza Cave Hotel (Goreme) or Wings Cappadocia (Uchisar) – THE best possible service and family run businesses you could ask for. Depending on whether you’re looking to stay in Goreme or Uchisar, we can’t recommend these two accommodations enough!
Mid-budget – Charming Cave Hotel – This cave hotel in the heart of Goreme has rooms built into volcanic rocks with vaulted ceilings and traditional Turkish style decor.
Budget – Goreme Palace Stone Hotel – One of the cheapest accommodations in Goreme with fantastic reviews if you’re looking to save money.
For other places to stay in Cappadocia you can check the latest prices here.