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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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  • IHLARA VALLEY AND CHURCHES Ihlara Valley, which is a part of Cappadocia, which hosts millions of local and foreign guests every year with its history and nature ... The Ihlara Valley, which offers a....  more »
  • Cappdocia is not only the balloons in the air (that’s the top) even though it got something else . The VADASI PLANI VALLEY , incomparable its Beauty And cosy walk-trip down there . Disconnecting...  more »
  • Among one of the world’s biggest canyons, the Ihlara  is like an open-air museum, with its historical and natural beauty U should go down 382 steps of stairs to see the valley’s stunning landscape...  more »
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  • hot in summer but very nice. Worth a visit(and the tea garden was beautiful). you'll be feeling relaxed in amazing landscape. depending on how much time you have you can change your course easily.
  • It’s very beautiful place. It takes 3-4 hours to walk through the valley enjoying the natural beauty of the green lush area and water streams. It was a memorable day.
  • Gorgeous place with beautiful streams, so calming!
  • Beautiful place full of nature. There is a cafe/restaurant where you can eat while your feet are inside the lake. Don't forget to visit Ağaçaltı Church.
  • We had a guided tour of the region which included an approximately 4-km walk down the valley and along the river. It was great thanks to @hereketravel.

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