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Red Valley

Crimson cliffs, carved churches and historic dovecotes complement the inspiring views and photo opportunities along this impressive walking trail.

Red Valley is one of Cappadocia’s most scenic walking routes due to its colorful rock formations and historic carved churches. Hike through the Mars-like terrain for about 2 hours to appreciate its aesthetic qualities and intriguing history. The former homes, churches and dovecotes are surviving reminders of the monks who lived here more than a millennium ago with their pigeon messengers and pets.

You can spend hours meandering through the interesting red terrain, but make sure to bring sufficient water and a sun hat to protect you from the afternoon rays. Try the charming restaurant where you can enjoy local refreshments, such as fruit juices and teas.

Watch the sun rise or set over the horizon as it immerses the red rocks in its golden glow. Explore the diverse terrain on foot in the afternoon. Look for small homes and dovecotes carved into the cliffs. It is thought that the monks who took refuge in this valley used the pigeons for communication and kept them as pets.

Note how some of the cliffs have multi-colored layers indicating the passing of millions of years of erosion by wind and water. Lines of gold, yellow, white and red mark the rocks’ ages. Climb inside a cave and picture yourself as a monk from the fourth century taking refuge in this scenic valley. The park is also home to a number of tall, thin spires of rock known as chimney fairies.

Red Valley is located next to its sister feature, Rose Valley, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) north of Göreme in the center of Cappadocia. Take a bus tour to the pair of hiking trails. The journey should take only 10 minutes from Göreme. Drive a rental car to the site, park for free and experience the beautiful valley away from crowds.


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Lodging Near Red Valley

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$45
Azure Cave Suites

Azure Cave Suites

2. Mevkii No. 162 - Cavusin, Avanos, Nevsehir
5.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this hotel is steps from Cavusin Castle and Church Of St. John The Baptist. Cavusin Church and Pasabag are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$47
Ottoman Cave Suites

Ottoman Cave Suites

Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Nevsehir
4.6
of 5, from 86 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Goreme, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roman Castle, El Nazar Church, and Goreme Open Air Museum. The Church of St. John the Baptist and Zemi Valley are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$62
Phocas Cave Suites - Special Class

Phocas Cave Suites - Special Class

Cavusin Koyu 2. Kume mevkii, Nevsehir
4.9
of 5, from 18 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cavusin Church and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rose Valley and Love Valley. Goreme Open Air Museum is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

$44
The Village Cave Hotel

The Village Cave Hotel

Cavusin Village, Nevsehir
4.7
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this guesthouse is steps from Church Of St. John The Baptist and Cavusin Castle. Cavusin Church and Pasabag are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$50
Fairyland Cave Hotel - Special Class

Fairyland Cave Hotel - Special Class

Çavusin, Avanos, Nevsehir
4.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this inn is steps from Church Of St. John The Baptist and Cavusin Castle. Cavusin Church and Pasabag are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$42
Agarta Cave Hotel

Agarta Cave Hotel

2 Küme Mevkii Vadiler Sokak 112/2, Nevsehir
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this hotel is steps from Cavusin Castle and Church Of St. John The Baptist. Cavusin Church and Pasabag are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Tourist Hotels & Resorts Cappadocia

Tourist Hotels & Resorts Cappadocia

Göreme Açik Hava Müzesi Yolu,, GOREME - NEVSEHIR
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Goreme, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cavusin Castle and Church Of St. John The Baptist. Cavusin Church and Rose Valley are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$50
Miracle Cave Hotel - Special Class

Miracle Cave Hotel - Special Class

Kapadokya Cavusin Koyu, Goreme, Nevsehir
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cavusin, this hotel is steps from Cavusin Castle and Church Of St. John The Baptist. Cavusin Church and Pasabag are also within 2 mi (3 km).