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Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt

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Explore the cave churches decorated with historic frescoes in Ihlara Valley. Located near two of the region's three volcanoes, the valley was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago, and is dotted with small villages and populated by a range of wildlife including lizards, butterflies, eagles, lambs, and sheep. Approximately 80,000 people once lived in the valley, which has four entrances. The first entrance is located at the village that marks the start of the road through the valley. The second--and most popular--entrance opens to the fourth km (2.5 miles in) of the valley and has more than 300 steps leading down into it, as well as a visitor center, parking lot, ticket booth, restrooms, and restaurant. The third entrance is through Belisirma village and is the only way to access the valley by car, and the fourth entrance is at the end of the valley near the local monastery. Note that to learn more about the specific history of the cave churches and other parts of the valley, it is best to go on a guided tour or a trekking tour, both of which can be booked at the visitor center, or prior to your arrival at the site. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ihlara Valley by using our Guzelyurt road trip planning website .
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  • August 17, 2017
    We at Konia for some days, too many for what there is to see. We decide to go to the Ilhara Valley, accompanied by a licensed guide with his car. Two hour ride but well worth it. I'm having trouble walking, and I was worried, because the reviews were not very clear, unfairly. He took us to the first entrance to Belisirma direction Selime. Only condition, excluding X us the chance to do it all, stopping half way to return back. All 7 km along a beautiful stream with visits to three churches in the rock, unfortunately devastated by vandals, but still be admired. Along the road there are two refreshment areas on the water really evocative. An alternative to Cappadocia more note (seen many years ago, when we were the only tourists), but less attacked is to enjoy
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  • August 15, 2017
    Golf and nature lovers for more beautiful but don't make your water with you and you are pretty shot you're taking your energy because when I come down to the left right yurudugunuz ... especially in about 1 km after the FAMILY don't STORE anything there BUMPS come eat CAY icmeyin. sit the rest of the water ayaklarimizi a cay said Steve personnel. 15 min later, Campbell said, come you up living Sura SAH'S PICTURE BUT REAL just like how I said you soyleseydi boyle said. I never said that a seat at first. anyway you have to take the other chair side foot not inserted side was my fault I got ziplatti on my nerves I said almost, because all the country ... Denton I only there for boyle was ridiculous given there's comfortable being I guess but I'd say a very already expensive premium Luke back to boyle, but still, it's up to you of course. in the meantime, I found churches for the Valley care articles written paints a very people uprooted in the country's historic monuments bilinc very has ... cikilmiyor bad!
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  • August 14, 2017
    When in Ihlara Vadisi, you have nature and history together. Take a peaceful walk along the river, under the trees. Then climb up to see the historical churches.  more »

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