Fairy Chimneys are the world famous formations of Cappadocia. The outstanding landscape, natural beauties, rock-cut houses, caves, the picturesque valleys, scenic lunar hills and many more popular spots of Cappadocia are full of these unusual and amazing formations.
What are Fairy Chimneys?
The secret of Cappadocia is hidden with the geographical formations dating back to 60 million years. The smooth layers formed by the lava and ashes spewed out from the Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Gulludag has become rocky formations first and than corroded with the rain and wind for million years and finally showed up today’s geographic formations.
Today’s formations in Cappadocia that can easily be carved, so called “fairy chimneys” by locals, allow the inhabitants make rock-cut cave houses and underground cities and has become a real shelter during the repressive eras.
Where to See?
Also hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia offers a great fairy chimneys experience on air.
Popular Fairy Chimneys Areas
Majority of the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia are located at the Goreme National Park. The National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1985.
Goreme National Park hosts the majority of the valleys with fairy chimneys in the region. Almost each beautiful valleys here are named after the shapes of the fairy chimney formations they host.
Popular valleys with fairy chimneys include;
- Pasabag (Monks) Valley
- Zelve Valley
- Devrent Imagination Valley
- Pigeon Valley
- Love Valley
- Red Valley
- Red Valley
- Swords Valley
If you don’t have much time in Cappadocia and unable to visit and see all those fairy chimneys, than we recommend you to visit Pasabag (Monks) Valley and Rose Valley to experience the fairy chimneys ambiance.
Pasabag Monks Valley is one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas of Cappadocia that travellers may experience mushroom shaped fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps.
Rose Valley is the best place to see the fairy chimney formations in Cappadocia. Travellers may see variety of lovely churches and chapels along the valley.
Or you may go to one of the panoramic viewpoints and see all those fairy chimneys like in a canvas. The top best panoramic views of Cappadocia can be watched at the;
- Goreme Viewpoint (Esentepe)
- Red Valley (Kizilcukur) Viewpoint
- Lovers Hill Viewpoint
- Goreme Open Air Museum Viewpoint
- Uchisar Castle Viewpoint
- Ortahisar Castle Viewpoint
- Urgup Wish Hill Viewpoint