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Pasabag Valley, also known as “Monks Valley” is one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas of Cappadocia, situated between Avanos and Goreme. Pasabag Valley is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia that travelers may experience mushroom shaped fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps.
Things to Do & See
Those who come visit Cappadocia mostly go to Pasabag Valley to see the best fairy chimney formations. The formations that once used as a seclusion place for the Monks, are now a very attractive tourist zone in Cappadocia.
One of the best activities in the valley is to enjoy the nature and unique beauties by walking among the fairy chimneys. The valley, which was used as a retreat by the priests and monks during its period, includes many rock-cut monasteries, churches, chapels and settlements, as well as tunnels and mills.
Fairy chimneys, which are formed by the strong wind and precipitation from the slopes of the valley and the flood waters eroding such tuff structures of the region, have a mushroom-like appearance in this region.
When you enter the valley, you will see a big walking track and you may enjoy the beautiful scenery with loads of fairy chimneys spread through.
The three capped fairy chimney situated at the center of the valley is the famous fairy chimney chapel where Saint Simeon has lived there in seclusion for 15 years.
What to Eat?
There is a small market at the entrance of the valley, that visitors can buy some appetizers or drinks from the local artisans and taste the pancakes loved by everyone here.
You can find many souvenirs in the small bazaar at the entrance of the valley. Handmade towels, woven rugs, carpets and bags, as well as miniatures of the region’s famous fairy chimneys, stone sculptures and magnets can be a good gift option. If you want to support the local tradesmen and buy small gifts for your loved ones and relatives, this tiny market is for you.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day between 08:00-19:00 (from 01 April to 01 October), 08:00-17:00 (from 01 October to 01 April).
* 20 TL at ticket window on location
How to Get There?
Pasabag Valley is situated between Avanos and Goreme on the road to Zelve Valley. There is a parking area with souvenir shops and cafes at the entrance. About;
- 4,6 km. from Avanos
- 5,7 km. from Goreme
- 10,2 km. from Uchisar
- 11,2 km. from Urgup