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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. Make Ihlara Valley a centerpiece of your Guzelyurt vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Guzelyurt family vacation planner.
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  • I was there at the beginning of November 2016. normally it was cold. Autumn colors. but it's worth a visit.
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  • To reconcile the next entrance stairs. Very spacious and comfortable. I didn't even get out of the difficulty. (Note: I'm going to Museums for free.) Interested in private from the Valley like poses. People can't get enough of taking pictures. In the middle of the trail, tea, coffee, pancakes and I love that I have Pomegranate juice Pomegranate juice. In the end he'll eat something like he didn't eat pancakes. (I wish I yeseymişim) The restaurant at the end of the track is a complete disappointment. Getirdiklerinin we haven't had any of them. Meanwhile, back at the end of the tracks very cheesy. You will surely find a solution. (Note: at the end of taxi tracks.)
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  • So we had a full day tour with ihlara tours (the green tour ) highly recommend it to every visitor to Cappadocia .. we were picked up on time ... the group was around 11 people so the number was just ...  more »