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 is situated between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar.
The valley runs from one town all the way to the other.
The Uchisar entrance to Pigeon Valley is within walking distance of Uchisar Town. Or you can also opt for a half day trek covering the full 6km of the valley if you fancy it.
Scooters start at 80-100 Turkish Lyra per day. While the prices for ATV’s start at around €35 for 2 hours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
If you opt for the famous Blue Tour, then you will likely end your day at Pigeon Valley, and enjoy sunset from one of the most beautiful points in the region.
There is no entrance fee at Pigeon Valley Cappadocia.
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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 over the years.
Although these pigeon houses can be found throughout Cappadocia, there are many more in this valley than any other.
Pigeons were used as message carriers years ago. Not only that, but 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 – This Göreme ecological hotel is situated in a historic cave house overlooking Pigeon Valley. It features free Wi-Fi, and has a terrace with panoramic views of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys. Koza Cave Hotel offers rooms fitted with traditional Turkish rugs and furnishings. Several rooms have a living room with a fireplace. Some feature a spa bath and a private terrace. The Cave Hotel has a tour desk that offers information on local attractions and can assist with car hire and bicycle rentals. The hotel also offers a shuttle service and a 24-hour reception desk.
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 décor. The hotel offers free WiFi and a hot tub. All the rooms at Charming Cave Hotel have a private bathroom. Some rooms also offer a flat-screen TV or a terrace with views over the fairy chimneys. Charming Cave Hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Cappadocian meals prepared with organic products. Breakfast is comes as an open buffet with homemade jams and local honey.
Budget – Goreme Palace Stone Hotel – Goreme Palace Stone Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property and views of garden in Goreme. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and currency exchange for guests. All guest rooms at the hotel feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD Player, and a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. At Goreme Palace Stone Hotel all rooms include a wardrobe and a shared bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.
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