Hiking the full trail between Ihlara village and Selime is a wonderfully bucolic day out. Most visitors come on a tour and only walk the short stretch with most of the churches, entering via the 360 steps of the Ihlara Vadısı Turistik Tesisleri (Ihlara Valley Tourist Facility) ticket booth and exiting at Belisırma. This means the rest of the path is blissfully serene, with farmers tilling their fields and shepherds grazing their flocks the only people you're likely to meet.
Right in Hacıbektaş' centre is this tranquil dervish dergah (lodge), now a museum as well as a place of pilgrimage for those of the Bektaşı faith. Several rooms are arranged as they might have been when the Bektaşı order lived here, with dioramas of dervish life and beautiful exhibits of clothing, musical instruments and jewellery. The Meydan Evi (meeting house), where initiation ceremonies were performed, has an intricate wooden dove-tailed ceiling, its crossbeams symbolising the nine levels of heaven.
Look: it's a camel! Nicknamed 'Imagination Valley' locally, Devrent Valley's rock formations are some of the best formed and most thickly clustered in Cappadocia, and looking at their fantastic shapes is like gazing at the clouds as a child. See if you can spot the dolphin, seals, Napoleon's hat, kissing birds, Virgin Mary and various reptilian forms.
Cappadocia, a dreamy slice of central Turkey dotted with 'fairy chimneys' (rock formations), has a history every bit as remarkable as its landscape. Volcanic eruptions created this surreal moonscape: the lava flows formed tuff rock, which wind and rain sculpted into sinuous valleys with curvy cliff faces and pointy fairy chimneys. Cappadocians chiselled homes in the soft rock, paving the way for cave-dwelling hippies and today’s boutique fairy-chimney hotels.
Sunset horse riding through Rose Valley, Cappadocia
And the Best Thing To Do... Watch The Hot Air Balloons
Parc national de Göreme et sites rupestres de Cappadoce
Parque Nacional de Göreme y sitios rupestres de Capadocia
Национальный парк Гёреме и пещерные постройки Каппадокии
Cappadocia’s Epic Sunrises and Sunsets Will Spoil You For Life
Unbelievably, many were converted into homes and churches over the past millennia and meanwhile, below them, underground cities were also dug out - some of the largest in the world - by Christians escaping religious persecution which they say could hold up to 10,000 people each.
Looking for something to do while traveling Turkey? Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.
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