The fantastically unique landscape of fairy chimneys, troglodyte villages and surreal volcanic rock formations begs to be explored on foot. From the Red and Rose Valley to Meskendir near Göreme, explore Cappadocia via these top hiking routes.
Cappadocia is a hiker’s paradise, and you can now explore it with Culture Trip on our exclusive 12-day Turkey adventure. Winding trails make their way through ethereal stone towers and rugged canyons. With various towns and villages conveniently located near all the main hiking trails, it’s easy to explore. The hikes are generally quite short, and there are plenty of makeshift stalls to keep you fed and hydrated along the way. The dramatic beauty of the scenery here has to be seen to be believed, so we’ve chosen eight of the best trails to get you started.
For a break from the dusty hot rocks of the Cappadocian landscape, come to the Ihlara Valley, where the Melendiz River cuts through this 16km (10mi) gorge. Lush and green, you can relax under the leafy canopies by the river and enjoy a tranquil moment, disturbed only by the croaking of frogs and buzzing of dragonflies, before continuing a gentle hike in this gloriously verdant place.
A visit to the Zelve Valley is included as part of our specially curated 12-day trip to Turkey, and takes around two hours to walk the entirety of the three valleys, but don’t rush; this is an astonishing place.