Awe-inspiring Red Valley and Rose Valley in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey

After days in Cappadocia in Turkey, we thought we had gotten used to natural beauty, but getting lost around the Red Valley and Rose Valley revealed a never-ending surprise.

If you are planning a trip to Cappadocia, there are so many things to do, especially visiting its open-air wonders. You will enjoy your trip more if you search the best hotels and find some carved out of the rock and set in the typical caves of the region.

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This is what we were met with at the beginning of our tour around the red valley and rose valley, a nice intro to what we would have found further in
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Getting closer to white tuff fairy chimneys
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More white tuff peaks
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Wider landscape of the valleys
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During our climbing gorgeous views kept unfolding before our eyes
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More views on the chimneys
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A different angle on the valleys
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Getting inside the valleys, our climbing (or panting) up and down had started….
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Getting up close and personal with the chimneys, and keeping panting

Our adventure around the Red Valley and Rose Valley in Cappadocia Turkey was probably the most satisfying for the eye and the most awe-inspiring.

I admit, sometimes I did get despondent for the hardship of the routes, but the views were so amazing that they were what kept us going.

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From time to time we also found some horizontal plain to walk on and admire the chimneys without panting…
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More views on the valleys, I loved the different colors of the rock formations
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If we thought our path was hard, we were yet to know what was waiting for us. This felt like the entrance to a roller coaster
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The entrance of a tunnel where not the slightest ray of light got in. Miracle I didn’t break my neck in there.
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Exit of the tunnel, never been so happy to see the light…
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Yet another tunnel
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Climbing up a rickety ladder. Admittedly, this was the moment when I felt more uncomfortable, not because the bolts were not tightened enough, I learned that later, but because apart from being shaky, on top I found mud and, with my camera hanging from my neck, I didn’t even know where I could hang on to not to fall back down. I was glad the German girl I had behind read my mind, and when I stopped she went: “Omg! Is your camera ok??”
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Apart from tunnels, we also found narrow passageways, so narrow I could barely get through

We went through dark tunnels, rickety ladders, slippery slopes, narrow passageways and muddy alleys but, despite the difficulty, we had a great time going up and down the picturesque tuff chimneys that make Cappadocia one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions in Turkey.

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My friends climbing up to see if there was a walking route while I was waiting for them to confirm and getting some rest… err… taking pictures
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Tiring for sure, but the view did make the fatigue worth it
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I couldn’t stop taking photos of those views

While visiting the former Greek region of Cappadocia in Turkey, we wondered about another region, the island of Cyprus, that is currently divided between Turkey and Europe. A stormy past and the common Greek/Turkish feature would make it for a fascinating travel destination.

–>> If you, too, are interested and curious about the region, check out the things to do in Cyprus and get some travel inspiration!

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Another view of the valleys, I think this was the Red Valley
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More Red valley
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This was the view from the top, tired and happy after a long but rewarding hike
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Same top, different angle, same breathtaking panorama
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In Urgup, a small town famous for its church ruins on top of a hill offering beautiful views. These are the “mushrooms” we were looking for.
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Closer view of these unusual rock formations
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One last ethereal view of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys from Urgup

After visiting the Red Valley and the Rose Valley, we headed to Ürgüp, a small town where we wanted to visit the ruins of Saint Theodora (Tagar) and Pancarlik Churches from where we could see the famous “mushrooms”. As expected after a day of climbing and getting lost, it wasn’t easy to find those stone mushrooms, even though they were definitely not small, but in the end, after more climbing, more crumbling churches and more frescoes, we managed to get to the top and take photos of yet another gorgeous view.

Even though while climbing I promised myself I wouldn’t do it a second time, right now, perusing the pictures I took up there, I’m not too sure about that, I might as well go back one day and do it all over again.

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6 Comments
  1. Quels sites étranges! A’ voir au moins une fois dans la vie, comme le fabuleux MACHU PICHU!

  2. Che paesaggi ” inquietanti”, non riesco ad associarli a niente di già visto. Complimenti per le fotografie, sono bellissime e trasmettono la stranezza di quei siti……….

  3. Very nice pictures. We would like to hike Red and Rose Valley this summer but I couldn’t find exactly where it starts and where is the end.

    Thank you,

    Sebastian

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