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Zemi Valley, Goreme

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#4 of 10 in Sightseeing in Goreme
Geologic Formation Nature / Park
Wander through Zemi Valley among naturally formed rock pillars, caves, and fairy chimneys. The walk along the southern edge of the valley between Goreme and an open-air museum provides panoramic views over the countryside. See houses, storerooms, pigeon niches, and churches carved into the rock along the way. Look out for a little rock-hewn chapel with ceiling paintings. Poplar trees cast shade over the trails, but be sure to wear hiking boots and sunscreen, and carry a bottle of water. In one steep area you'll have to hold onto a rope. Use our Goreme itinerary builder to visit Zemi Valley on your trip to Goreme, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This valley goes by many names, but one is Zemi Valley. Not so much because it is romantic (and that, it is too), but because of all the phallic rocks. A nice view from a terrace on one side.  more »
  • You can visit all valleys with one atv tour and i had too much fun with this! Next time ill take again! Valleys views are similar to other ones for me.  more »
  • Easy to find - second trail on right out of Goreme towards Open Air museum. Can't go wrong. Can cross over road at end and carry on hitting a ridge to the left to Orthantsar and comeback over road and...  more »

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Where to stay in Goreme

As a popular tourist destination, Göreme offers plenty of accommodations, many appropriately "cave-themed." Options range from hostels and guesthouses to mid-market and upscale hotels. If you're feeling adventurous, opt to sleep in a cave here. The level of luxury varies among cave rooms, but you can expect them to be quite humid and damp. Just outside of the main attraction of cave churches and away from the volume of visitors in the Cappadocia area, you'll find boutique hotels as well as budget accommodations and hostels. Practice your bargaining skills in advance, and you're sure to land a better deal. Be aware that theft has been reported in Goreme and the surrounding areas, so lock your hotel doors and windows.
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