Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

World → Asia → Turkey → Göreme

One of our top 10 day hikes in the world


Every traveller dreams of getting to  the the “fairy chimney” rock formations of Cappadocia. Göreme makes an ideal base. 


This day hike is our recommendation for seeing the best of the best:

Rose Valley Panoramic viewpoint > Rose Valley > Çavuşin > Love Valley > Uchisar Castle > Pigeon Valley > Göreme

We recommend you follow our green arrows for the best hike. (Of course there are many other options.)

    • weird and wonderful geology
    • walk out of your Göreme accommodation directly to a trail … or take a taxi to the Rose Valley Panoramic viewpoint (15 minute drive uphill from town). There is a small entry fee.
    • most of these trails will be crowded with walkers

Why We Like This Hike

  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are World Heritage sites
  • start on the Rose Valley trail (5km), perhaps the best of all

Rose is popular with cyclists, too.

If you haven’t yet seen enough Church caves by this point in your trip — you might want to stop at the World Heritage site Caveusin Kilisesi.

  • Love Valley is … interesting

  • to finish it’s downhill back to Göreme. A nice but often crowded walk.

• visit some of the historic Byzantine Rock churches, including the nearby Göreme Open Air Museum


  • some are worried about personal safety in Turkey. But in 2017 we found it very safe. There are many, many tourists.


Turkey is a comparatively inexpensive nation for tourists. Good value.

Local Information

Everyone is in Göreme for the same reason. Ask at your hotel for advice.

Don’t miss the balloons of Cappadocia.

Best Trekking Guidebooks

In 2017 we couldn’t find a good hiking guidebook in Göreme. Leave a comment if you know of one.

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Click PLAY or watch the Balloons of Cappadocia on YouTube.

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