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Pigeon Valley In Cappadocia – A Complete Guide

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.

How To Get To Pigeon Valley

Pigeon Valley in Cappadocia is situated between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar.

The valley runs from one town all the way to the other.

We visited from Uchisar, as it was located very close to our hotel Wings Cappadocia and the Uchisar Castle.

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.

We rented a driver for the evening to visit all the popular valleys, including Rose Valley and Love Valley, but you can also rent scooters or ATV’s to explore the region.

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.

Pigeon Valley Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Pigeon Valley.

Pigeon Valley Opening Times

Pigeon Valley is open all day, every day.

Best Time To Visit Pigeon Valley

Sunrise and sunset, although very popular with tourists trying to get the best pics, are both beautiful times to visit this unique landscape.

Also, Cappadocia hosts an International Hot Air Balloon Festival, usually held in July or August each year. So, if visiting during that time, the skies over Pigeon Valley are a beautiful burst of colour.

Watching the multi-coloured balloons drifting across this unique landscape makes for some breathtaking views and some great photos.

This is a really popular area for trekking so you might like to know 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 amazing and not too strenuous.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

What To Expect At Pigeon Valley Cappadocia

Pigeon Valley in Cappadocia is a huge 6km valley connecting both the towns of Uchisar and Goreme. So it’s popular for trekking or long walks.

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 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. Therefore 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 way of doing things.

They believe that their fruits are the sweetest and most succulent in all of Turkey, all due to the pigeon dung.

Pigeon Valley Cappadocia is one of the most interesting places we have visited and think it would definitely be 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.

It’s a great location for capturing some Cappadocia Instagram photos. If you’re lucky, a friendly pup might even join you!

Pigeon Valley Cappadocia Valleys
Hopefully you’ll get some colours at Pigeon Valley Cappadocia
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Pigeon Valley Cappadocia gets a shaka from us
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia Valleys
The perfect end to a perfect time in Turkey
Pigeon Valley Cappadocia Valleys
Taking in the stunning landscapes at Pigeon Valley Cappadocia

Where To Stay In Cappadocia

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 the 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 meals prepared with organic products. 

Breakfast 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. 

A private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries are also included. 

At Goreme Palace Stone Hotel all rooms include a wardrobe and a shared bathroom. 

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.

For more places to stay in Cappadocia, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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