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Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Goreme

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Experience a striking and surreal landscape at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), with its plethora of dovecotes carved into the cliffs and various rock formations rising from the valley. Years ago, pigeons were an indispensable form of communication in this remote region, and their droppings were used as a fertilizer. You can hike along a number of signposted trails, all of which offer superb views. Several paths pass friendly teahouses, providing a place to rest and refuel. Wear sensible shoes to help ensure your safety and comfort when traversing the hills. Put Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) into our Goreme travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • More of the wonderful views in the area, with a village in the distance, and large groups of pigeons performing intricate flights into the valley. Look for the little holes where the pigeons have buil...  more »
  • If you make the trip to Uchisar castle then finish it off with a walk along Pigeon Valley, a short walk away. Pigeon valley was green and fertile with easy walking along the valley bottom with the flo...  more »
  • I am pleased I went but wouldn't mind if I never saw it again. Not a fan of pigeons although I appreciate they are respected in Turkey. Unlike in the UK. You can pay to feed the pigeons or put a donat...  more »
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  • Pigeon valley is a wonderful place to walk through. You can't get lost as there are no alternative paths. Wear good shoes and light clothing (if coming in the warmer seasons)! It was interesting to see the holes in the rocks where in days gone past the pigeons would nest. Their droppings would be collected and spread over the very fertile ground around this area. Not used too much these days.
  • So unic, beautiful landscape! With soft light colours. Sights into distances, where the snow-covered Mount Erciyes is shimmering. Surely one of the best views in Cappadocia. Splended hiking trails on the valleys from Göreme to Uchisar, worth while experiencing! You can't help seeing a Rock Castle in near distance on the hill. Go and visit the castle! Services as cafe and souvenirs available.
  • A wonderful valley to walk from uchisar to Göreme...
  • A quick beautiful view in Goreme.
  • Have a lot of pigeon in here. Also have one gift shop.