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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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Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia NZ$188
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 Pasabag are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Ottoman Cave Suites NZ$89
    Ottoman Cave Suites

    Ottoman Cave Suites

    Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
       
      4.0 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 in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Pigeon Valley and Cross Golf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Kelebek Special Cave Hotel NZ$94
        Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

        Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

        Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak,No 1, Nevsehir, Göreme
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Nevsehir, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle are also within 5 minutes.

          Museum Hotel - Special Class NZ$451
          Museum Hotel - Special Class

          Museum Hotel - Special Class

          Tekeli Mah No:1, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Göreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Cross Golf and Pigeon Valley are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class NZ$375
            Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class

            Argos In Cappadocia - Special Class

            Asagi Mah Eski Göreme Cad., Kayabasi Sk. No 23 Uçhisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley. Love Valley and Ortahisar Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              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 steps away from Göreme National Park and Pigeon Valley. Uchisar Castle and Goreme Open Air Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Sultan Cave Suites NZ$127
                Sultan Cave Suites

                Sultan Cave Suites

                Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No. 40, Nevsehir
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle are also within 10 minutes.