Ihlara Valley
Ihlara Valley
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Heather A
    Watford, United Kingdom376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walking route with incredible history
    We visited here as a family of 4 (children are 18 and 16). We parked for free in the town, near Baba Kebap, and then walked up the hill to entrance 1. There’s an entrance fee of 200 lira per person, but it’s worth it to maintain the area. We didn’t have a guide but we did some homework and planned out a route. We opted for the 4km hiking route. Getting down into the valley is a little tough and you won’t get a pushchair down there, it’s steep, rocky and lots of steps. Once in the valley you walk alongside the river which is a lovely walk and not strenuous. Along the way we explored the cave dwellings and various churches. It’s incredible to see how people lived. Unfortunately some of the churches have been graffitied over the original cave art, it’s such a shame. At the 4km mark there’s a rest stop with a picnic area and lots of seating. There’s usually a cafe there but it was closed on our visit. I believe you can go up to the road and get a taxi back to the start but we walked back as it’s not hard if you’re reasonably fit. Just lots of stairs up at the end to get back to the road. The whole route is 35km long! So we only did a short section, thoroughly enjoyed it although it is a little busy in places.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it, wonderful visit
    What an amazing place to visit a real highlight of my time in Cappadocia. Walking down into the valley looking down you have world class views looking over valley, once down you walk along a beautiful river that flows through the valley. Along the way few bridges, caves etc to explore. Half way nice restaurant with seating by the river and in the river just gorgeous on a nice summers day. Takes a few hours to walk through valley with a rest stop halfway for something to eat or drink. Located maybe 1.5 hours from Goreme a wonderful place to escape and enjoy.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • babykong
    London, United Kingdom1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walk.
    It was lovely to walk along the river, take in the scenery, and enjoy the peaceful sound of the water. Yes, the trail is busy with various tour groups going either way - but despite the amount of “traffic” it was still wonderful. Cafés are dotted along the river every half an hour or so, and it was lovely to sit in the sun with a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. Also I should note that a couple in our group had a baby in a pushchair, and although the path is doable with a stroller be prepared to carry it over some rocks protruding from the ground, and some of the wooden walkways.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Q4182EUdan
    Istanbul, Türkiye102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underrated and likely under visited
    We walked from Ilhara to Belisirma. It’s about a 7km walk and need several hours to walk and see all the caves along the way. It is a relatively easy walk, although some caves are difficult if you have restricted mobility. If you don’t have the energy I would recommend walking from Belisirma to the clutch of churches and back again. We paid 300 TL for a taxi back around. Completely over priced but I’m afraid there no competition.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience of nature
    We keep this place in our itinerary. It’s almost 2 hours drive from Goreme. It’s truly natural. Far away from madding crowd of tourists. Very few tourists visit here. There are beautiful shaped rocks on both sides of the river with crystal clear water. There are lots of trees around the both banks of the river. Birds are chirping everywhere. At the middle of the trail there is a cafeteria where you can enjoy drink and food by sitting on the chair placed on the river bed where the fishes are roaming within and ducks on the surface of the river. In the way back there is a restaurant on the bank of the river. Any one can seat on the Turkish style sitting arrangement on the river and have some delicious lunch.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
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Pavlos L
46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The entrance fee is €15 that is payed only by the tourists. The valley is nice but unfortunately we saw a lot of rubbish. The North part, from Belisirma up to Selime, is also very nice and free of charge.
Written 21 May 2024
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Tim v
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Although the hike through the valley is nice, the price for tourists is completely unreasonable.

Of all the hikes we did in the Cappadocia region, this was one of our least favourite, and yet this was the only one that charged an entrance fee.

It wouldn't have bothered me if it was only a couple of euros, but at a rate of €15 per person I think the entrance fee is exorbitant.

Don't get me wrong, the hike is still enjoyable, just not worth the price.
Written 18 May 2024
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cutelady Baluch
Muscat Governorate, Oman3,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This valley is looks like a jungle with beautiful river and greenery..
We went for hike with part of group of green tour in Cappadocia..
After hike we reached to Anatolia restaurant for Lunch
Written 7 May 2024
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Atis B
Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We keep this place in our itinerary. It’s almost 2 hours drive from Goreme. It’s truly natural. Far away from madding crowd of tourists. Very few tourists visit here. There are beautiful shaped rocks on both sides of the river with crystal clear water. There are lots of trees around the both banks of the river. Birds are chirping everywhere. At the middle of the trail there is a cafeteria where you can enjoy drink and food by sitting on the chair placed on the river bed where the fishes are roaming within and ducks on the surface of the river. In the way back there is a restaurant on the bank of the river. Any one can seat on the Turkish style sitting arrangement on the river and have some delicious lunch.
Written 2 January 2024
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Q4182EUdan
Istanbul, Türkiye102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We walked from Ilhara to Belisirma. It’s about a 7km walk and need several hours to walk and see all the caves along the way. It is a relatively easy walk, although some caves are difficult if you have restricted mobility. If you don’t have the energy I would recommend walking from Belisirma to the clutch of churches and back again. We paid 300 TL for a taxi back around. Completely over priced but I’m afraid there no competition.
Written 1 November 2023
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babykong
London, UK1,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It was lovely to walk along the river, take in the scenery, and enjoy the peaceful sound of the water.

Yes, the trail is busy with various tour groups going either way - but despite the amount of “traffic” it was still wonderful.

Cafés are dotted along the river every half an hour or so, and it was lovely to sit in the sun with a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.

Also I should note that a couple in our group had a baby in a pushchair, and although the path is doable with a stroller be prepared to carry it over some rocks protruding from the ground, and some of the wooden walkways.
Written 5 October 2023
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Sindija
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
GOOD EXPERIENCE:

Good place where to spend day.
Also we suggest to start hiking from Ihlara. There is free car parking near STAR RESTAURANT. Also you should try this restaurant. Floating restaurant on river. Good service and tasty food.
We walked from Ihlara to Belissirma. There are beautiful mountains and calm atmosphere. It’s hard to get lost. Easy to understand way. Also a lot of old churches on the way.
Then decided to go back to Ihlara, because of hot weather and take our car from Ihlara to Selime, and we had bad experience with it. Read below.
In Selime you must visit Selima Cathedral, very beautiful place. And also area around it. Very interesting

BAD EXPERIENCE:

But after the hiking there is “taxi mafia” if you wish to go back to your car parking. They ask expensive prices for 5km from Belisirma to Ihlara. There was also 1 man 80 years old, and we decided to split price with him. Taxi driver made even higher price for us. We were 4 people together. Europeans also don't like cheaters and have their own principes. So we decided to walk back. They were hiding when we started to take pictures with them, but people needs to know these "heroes" (sarcasm).
If you decide go there, try to catch other taxi, NOT ON THE PLACE!
Written 3 August 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
What an amazing place to visit a real highlight of my time in Cappadocia.

Walking down into the valley looking down you have world class views looking over valley, once down you walk along a beautiful river that flows through the valley. Along the way few bridges, caves etc to explore.

Half way nice restaurant with seating by the river and in the river just gorgeous on a nice summers day.

Takes a few hours to walk through valley with a rest stop halfway for something to eat or drink.

Located maybe 1.5 hours from Goreme a wonderful place to escape and enjoy.
Written 10 July 2023
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Heather A
Watford, UK376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited here as a family of 4 (children are 18 and 16). We parked for free in the town, near Baba Kebap, and then walked up the hill to entrance 1. There’s an entrance fee of 200 lira per person, but it’s worth it to maintain the area.

We didn’t have a guide but we did some homework and planned out a route. We opted for the 4km hiking route. Getting down into the valley is a little tough and you won’t get a pushchair down there, it’s steep, rocky and lots of steps. Once in the valley you walk alongside the river which is a lovely walk and not strenuous.

Along the way we explored the cave dwellings and various churches. It’s incredible to see how people lived. Unfortunately some of the churches have been graffitied over the original cave art, it’s such a shame.

At the 4km mark there’s a rest stop with a picnic area and lots of seating. There’s usually a cafe there but it was closed on our visit.

I believe you can go up to the road and get a taxi back to the start but we walked back as it’s not hard if you’re reasonably fit. Just lots of stairs up at the end to get back to the road.

The whole route is 35km long! So we only did a short section, thoroughly enjoyed it although it is a little busy in places.
Written 9 July 2023
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Meryem B
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Ihlara Valley was spectacular , even though it rained, we just waited it out in one of the many caves. We started from the Ihlara 6 towards Selime Cathedral, and ate at one of the many restaurants @ Belisirma in the middle.
The hike was pleasant with churches and caves on either side with a river flowing in the middle. Many fun posts put up along the way for some unique picture ops.
Highly recommend, well worth the 1 1/2 hr drive from Goreme.
Once again, our Museum Passes worked here as well..
Written 13 June 2023
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