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Pigeon Valley is a lovely valley located near Uchisar town named after the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times and offers another spectacular panoramic view over Cappadocia together with the spectacular views of the dovecotes. The valley takes its name from pigeons and valley ranks first among the popular, most known, and impressive valleys of Cappadocia.
What to See?
Pigeon Valley is a fantastic place where certain cave dwellings have been painted white to attract the birds for their valuable droppings. The valley is also famous for its beautiful views.
The pigeons are very important for the locals as they have proved their usefulness for centuries. The pigeons of the region date back to 9th century.
The pigeon eggs were used as filling material for the frescos in the 9th century, as well as their fertilizers are used at the region’s grape-yards and farms to obtain extremely productive crops. And thus this is the source of Cappadocia’s delicious grapes and wine-making tradition.
You’ll see variety of lovely fairy chimneys that are carved for pigeons’ nest. There is a also famous tree named “Evil Eye Tree” in the Pigeon Valley that worth a visit and see.
You can walk up the hills along the valley, watch the valley from the edge of the famous evil eye beaded tree, and feed the pigeons here.
The valley has about 4 km. track and the west end of the valley ends in Uchisar. Although the tracks through the valley are a bit challenging, the region is also ideal for trekking and trekking. The walking path is a bit long, so we recommend you take comfortable outdoor shoes with you.
On the road to the Pigeon Valley, you’ll find a range of nice terrace restaurants and cafes to enjoy the magnificent views of the region while drinking your tea, coffee or having your meal.
You’ll find various souvenir shops on the road to the valley. Handmade towels, woven rugs, carpets and bags, as well as stone sculptures and magnets in the form of miniatures of the region’s famous fairy chimneys, can be a good gift option.
How to Get There?
Pigeon Valley is situated near Uchisar. About;
- 13,2 km. from Avanos
- 5,5 km. from Goreme
- 1,1 km. from Uchisar
- 12,9 km. from Urgup