Around 4,000 people lived in the valley and there were 80 churches carved into the cliff faces, 12 of which can be visited today. These days the valley is home to one of the most popular hiking trails in Cappadocia with 26 bends along an 8 mile (14km) route that passes vineyards and pistacio trees.
The valley begins at the village of Ihlara and ends at Selime Monastery in the village of Selime, but there are two other entrances depending on how far you are willing to hike. Around 2.8 miles (4 km) into the valley is the most popular entry point with 300 steps down to the valley floor. Or you can drive to the village of Belisirma in the middle of the valley. The best section for seeing churches is between Ihlara and Belisirma.
Tours & Tickets
See the highlights of Turkey’s north Aegean region and Cappadocia on this astounding 6-day tour from Istanbul. Discover what life was like for the Turks under ... Read more
Duration: 6 days (approx.)
Experience the best of Istanbul and Turkey’s Cappadocia region on this 4-night tour with hotel accommodation and internal flights included. Visit Istanbul’s ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Discover stunning Ihlara Valley in the south of Cappadocia on this unforgettable full-day tour. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, your tour passes through ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)