Red Valley Cappadocia (Where? Things to Do & See + Advice)

Red Valley (Kizilcukur) is one of the best places to watch the sunrise and sunset in Cappadocia. The valley is located in the middle of Goreme National Park named after the red colored tuff rocks and fairy chimneys spread through the valley. The valley is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia.

Red Valley has such a beautiful landscape in a dreamy crimson color that attracts its visitors. We can say that it is the most beautiful valley of Cappadocia.

Things to Do & See

Red Valley is also known as one of the best places in Cappadocia to watch the sunset. You can enjoy this activity at the valley in the company of lovely fairy chimneys. Also ideal for photography enthusiasts.

The substance that gives the region its red color is the iron mineral in the volcanic tuff. The area is like pinkish during the day, and turns red at sunset. You should start hiking from Cavusin village at least 3 hours before sunset to catch the red.

You should also make your time management well during the 5 km. hiking trail. The route includes Direkli Church, Uzumlu Church, Hacli Church. and the Red Valley.

The crimson ambiance on sunset also give a dreamy scenery to the valley. That’s why Red Valley is one of the popular tourist zones in Cappadocia.


The 5 km. hiking track makes Red Valley a popular hiking area in Cappadocia. It is an ideal area and activity for hiking lovers.

For walking out the whole valley, you’ll need about 1-2 hours. The walking trail will lead you to the famous Cavusin Village.

You’ll experience Cappadocia from a different perspective by viewing its lovely hills and fairy chimneys from the ground level. There is also a lovely observation terrace at the Red Valley.

While strolling along the Red Valley, you’ll witness the life styles of the old times. There are many churches in the region. Direkli Church, Uzumlu Church and the Hacli Church are the most popular ones. The Uzumlu Church has magnificent frescoes and definitely worth seeing.

The region has an even more magnificent atmosphere when viewed from a hilltop. And when you access the observation terrace, you’ll see it for sure. You can come here early in the morning and watch the sunrise, or at the end of the day to the sunset.

Red Valley is also situated on the popular routes of hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia and ATV, quad and 4×4 off-road safari tours. The balloon rides start from here in the early morning.

Eating Out

You’ll find a nice restaurant at the Red Valley. Here we recommend you to taste the local dishes such as pot dishes, apricot stew, etc. Breakfast is also served in the mornings. You can also find snacks such as dried fruit and crackers from the buffets at the entrance of the valley.


You’ll find many souvenirs in the small bazaar located at the entrance of 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?

Red Valley is situated in the middle of Goreme National Park. About;

  • 13,5 km. from Avanos
  • 5,9 km. from Goreme
  • 11,5 km. from Uchisar
  • 6,7 km. from Urgup

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Local Recommendations from Cappadocia4U team

If youʻre visiting Cappadocia for the first time, we have you covered. Below are some of the top recommendations, tours and experiences!

Some useful info

  • Cappadocia is the name of the region situated in the middle of Turkey. It is mostly known by the three popular towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar but actually it is the name of the very big region spread through the cities of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri.
  • If you are first-time visitor, want to get familiar, please read our Cappadocia for first timers guide.
  • If you are not sure how to travel, please read our Traveling to Cappadocia guide.
  • If you don't know where to stay, please read our Where to Stay in Cappadocia guide for regions, and Accommodation guide for hotels.
  • If it is hard to plan your days, please read our Ideal 3-Days Cappadocia itinerary.

Top Attractions & Sights

There are 6 must do and see in Cappadocia that you won't want to miss!

  1. Hot Air Balloon Rides (the most exciting attractions in the world)
  2. Goreme Open Air Museum (some best-preserved examples of Byzantine rock-cut architecture and frescoes in the world)
  3. Pasabag Monks Valley (one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas)
  4. Uchisar Castle (highest point, the biggest fairy chimney)
  5. Derinkuyu Underground City (one of the largest underground cities in the world, 8th century BC)
  6. Ihlara Valley (fantastic canyon with a depth of about 100 mt. and 14 km. length)

Tip-1: One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is by taking a sightseeing tour, so that you can cover all the top sights. Three main sightseeing tours available: Red Tour (covers the highlights of the region), Green Tour (best of natural and historical sites), and Blue Tour (lesser-known sights, off-the-beaten-path experience)

Tip-2: Private Tours are also good choice within a well-planned and custom itinerary along with a private vehicle, driver and professional guide. Great for those who don't have a car or don't know the region well.

For leisure activities we'd recommend 2 must-take attractions! Don't miss! Wine Tasting and Photo Shooting