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Pigeon Valley

In ancient times, people lived within these caves and scenic rock formations and raised pigeons as essential messengers and pets.

Pigeon Valley is a picturesque maze of exceptional rock formations, cave dwellings and a distant volcano. The diverse terrain, which seems like it comes from another planet, stretches for miles between Göreme and Uçhisar. Take a break midway through your hike at a charming café in the middle of the valley.

The site is named after the many pigeon houses carved into the rocks. The birds served as important messengers for the former inhabitants of the caves; they were also kept as pets.

While some visitors prefer to explore the strange territory alone, others like to take a guided tour. Learn about the people who inhabited the cave dwellings carved into these rocks. Unlike most of the other former cave settlements in Cappadocia, Pigeon Valley does not have churches.

Imagine you are skipping across the surface of Mars as you hike through some of the strangest terrain you are ever likely to see. Take photos of the unusual rock formations with a backdrop of the snow-capped Erciyes Volcano. Stop in at the tea garden for a break and a chat with the owner, who may take you for a guided tour of the valley.

Uçhisar Castle is a highlight at the southern end of the valley. Climb to the top to enjoy astonishing views of houses and caves in every direction. Visitors can enter the valley for free. Make sure to bring sufficient water to last several hours and appropriate footwear for the walk, which is considered relatively easy.

Pigeon Valley extends for about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) southwest from Göreme toward Uçhisar. Look for the many signs in Göreme for the scenic hiking area, which is called Güvercinlik in Turkish. Many hikers park at one end of the trail, walk to the other end and take a bus back to their car.


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Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class NZ$116
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class

Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class

Aydinli Mahallesi Akgül Sk. No:10, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle are also within 10 minutes.

    Artemis Cave Suites - Adults Only NZ$134
    Artemis Cave Suites - Adults Only

    Artemis Cave Suites - Adults Only

    Gaferli Mah., Aydinkiragi Sok, No. 22, Göreme, Nevsehir
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Uchisar Castle. Aydın Kırağı and Roman Castle are also within 5 minutes.

      Pigeon Hotel
      Pigeon Hotel

      Pigeon Hotel

      Adnan Menderes Cd., Trafo Cikmazi sok. No 5, Nevsehir, Uchisar
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Pigeon Valley are also within 5 minutes.

        Local Cave House Hotel NZ$70
        Local Cave House Hotel

        Local Cave House Hotel

        Gaferli Mah. Cevizler Sok. No 11, Nevsehir, Göreme
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Uchisar Castle. Göreme Roman Castle and Roman Castle are also within 10 minutes.

          Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class
          Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class

          Uchisar Kaya Hotel - Special Class

          Yukari Mah. Mevkii Adnan Menderes No:15, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Nevsehir hotel is located near the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Pigeon Valley and Cross Golf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia NZ$216
            Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia

            Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia

            Gedik Sok. No: 8, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pigeon Valley, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Love Valley and Ortahisar Castle. Zemi Valley and Goreme Open Air Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Erciyes Pension
              Erciyes Pension

              Erciyes Pension

              Asagi mah. Adnan Menderes Cad. No 8, Nevsehir
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Nevsehir, this pension is within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Pigeon Valley and Cross Golf are also within 15 minutes.

                Kistar Cave Hotel NZ$107
                Kistar Cave Hotel

                Kistar Cave Hotel

                Asagi Mahalle, Adnan Menderes Caddesi No 5, Nevsehir, Uçhisar
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley. Love Valley and Roman Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).