Güllüdere Vadisi
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DARREN S
Gold Coast, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We walked from our hotel Sultan Cave Suites up to the Open Air Museum traversing all the caves and pigeon houses along the way. Then we went back down along the Sword Valley, this part is an amazing walk through skinny yet deep gorges. Absolutely recommend this it is amazing.
Written May 4, 2022
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Farida2022
Doha, Qatar647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
It is such a haven for walking around here.This valley one of the most beautiful places in Cappadocia.You may need maximum 2 hours to see each valley, such as red valley, rose valley and love valley. I suggested here to visit by your private tour to spend more time in all valleys. It is extramely gorgeous. Don't miss it!
Written May 6, 2018
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Ciliegio_8
Rome, Italy106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Hiking the Rose Valley was the highlight of our trip to Cappadocia, but it was a two-day, multi-hour challenge for us to actually find it, and other hikers we spoke to had the same problems. First of all, all of the hiking maps are terrible and not helpful at all. More of a problem, though, are the red spray-painted signs directing you to the "Rose Valley," as explained below.

First, I noticed an earlier review directed readers, "You exit from goreme, pass goreme open air museum, reach Kaya Camping and immediately turn left." This is not correct. There are indeed red spray painted signs at the Kaya Campground that direct you to the left for the Rose Valley, but the spray-painted signs DO NOT actually lead you to the Rose Valley. On our first day of hiking, we followed this direction (which a local also told us to do), and walked down into a very pretty valley with white rocks. All throughout this valley were red spray painted signs on various rocks saying "Rose Valley" with an arrow, so it seemed like we were on the right path. My husband, who had visited the Rose Valley 20 years earlier, however, was confused, as it did not look like the Rose Valley he remembered. At some point on the trail, we saw again, marked in red (and some blue) spray paint, "Rose Valley End." It was all very weird. Following the signs and our badly designed maps, we finally made our way to Cavusin, where my husband was still confounded and sure that we had not actually seen the Rose Valley.

Fast forward to Day 2, where we again attempted to find the Rose Valley, this time starting in Cavusin and walking back up towards the Rose Valley. This time, we decided we would try to follow the government (almost gravestone-like) signs to see if they led us to the Rose Valley (which is called "Gulludere" on the government signs). At one cafe establishment half-way up the trail, a van was parked in front of the government sign, and when my husband tried to go around to look at it, the owners of the cafe yelled at us, "Rose Valley, that way!", pointing in the direction of the trail we had used the day before. Not suspecting they were trying to lead us the wrong way, we continued along the way they suggested. (Unbeknownst to us, the van was hiding a sign indicating that the Rose Valley/Gulludere was actually to the left, instead of straight ahead as they were directing us.)

We later took a left turn off the main trail, following blue spray painted arrows (trying to do something different to find the Rose Valley!), and ran into some hikers who told us that we were hiking towards the Red Valley, so we continued on, thinking we might eventually find the Rose Valley. (If you can't tell already, be ready for lots of confusion hiking in this area).

After hiking almost to the end of the Red Valley, we ran into some kind Italian hikers who explained to us why there is such confusion about the Rose Valley, after having had hours of searching for the Rose Valley themselves. They had spoken to a cafe owner in the REAL Rose Valley who had explained that, because the Rose Valley is such a sought-after hike, cafe owners outside the Rose Valley (of which there are many) decided to spray paint directions to the "Rose Valley" with arrows towards the areas of their cafes in order to get customers to walk by their cafes, even though that particular valley and areas are NOT the Rose Valley. We noticed this everywhere, including confusing signs that said "Rose Valley End." At one point, I thought the "Rose Valley End" sign was suggesting that the trail had ended, but thankfully we pressed forward (as we were actually on our way to the Rose Valley at that point!).

After help from the Italians, we finally made it to the Rose Valley and were richly rewarded. It was sunset and the rocks were a glorious shade of pink. The columned church was incredible. We basically had the valley to ourselves. I only wished that we had had more time to explore the Rose Valley and regretted that, were it not for the deceptive signage, we would have found it earlier. The number of hikers we passed in the Rose Valley was also just a fraction of those on the fake Rose Valley hike, which shows that the deceptive signage is working.

(As a side note, it makes me sad that some of the other reviewers here, based on pictures posted, only saw the fake "Rose Valley" and not the real Rose Valley. Don't get me wrong -- there are impressive rocks and fun rock shapes to see even on the fake "Rose Valley" hike, but it doesn't compare to the beauty of the real Rose Valley and the amazing hidden churches there.)

So in sum, I would recommend following the government-created, cement-block signs to Gulludere as the best way to get to the Rose Valley, and I would also recommend trying to get to the Rose Valley from the very north (above the end of the Red Valley), or from the south at Cavusin (just make sure to make a left where the government sign tells you to go to the left for Gulludere -- the Rose Valley is literally just right there), talk to other hikers, and take what the cafe owners tell you with a big grain of salt.

Happy hiking!
Written September 9, 2014
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George4144
Cincinnati, OH47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
The scenery is nice and the rock formations beautiful. But the trail is very badly marked and the free maps you get from the hotels are absolutely insufficient even for people with experience in mountain tracks. I would recommend to either find a real map in advance or to hire a guide/join one of the walks organized (often for free) by the hotels
Written August 5, 2014
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michael B
Chicago, IL71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Just follow the painted signs for the Rose Valley and enjoys a great day of hiking. We got lost several times, but it did not matter in the slightest as it is pretty much a big loop with several trials that weave in and out of the loop. You don't need a guide, just go and enjoy.
Written April 27, 2014
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ZeddyDog
Sydney, Australia130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
Yes, this valley is beautiful and should not be missed but many reviews are failing to tell you how challenging this can be if you're not 'the outdoors type". First, make sure your shoes have great tread and grip. I was wearing my beloved Keens walkers but these were not great for the almost granite like surfaces in this valley. Slippery? You bet!. If you can get a walking stick or branch you may fare better. If you want to see any of the churches that are along/off the path you will need to channel your inner mountain goat. Its steep, and did I mention slippery? Lets state it again-- SLIPPERY. With that out of the way, it is truly gorgeous, especially the twisting tunnels and crevices. There is a fantastic cafe in the middle of this walk that is worth a rest stop just for its scenic ambiance. I would recommend starting at the Kava caravan park and walking down the hill through the valley. Go early in the summer as it gets hot. It takes 2-3 hours to complete at a slowish pace. Word of warning to women walking alone -- I was hassled by a guy on a motorbike wanting to 'show me a beautiful church'. He was insistent and quite aggressive, but luckily I joined a walking group behind me to reach the end of the trail. I later saw him mix mud and water to cover parts of the sandstone signs/arrows (no longer perceptible), requiring unsuspecting hikers to ask him for directions on key paths in/out. If you are concerned, there are plenty of walking tours that do this hike. Like other posts, given my experience I would not recommend doing this hike alone at/near dusk. I did it mid morning and there were a lot of times I was alone in the valley. With a little caution, this is an amazing place to experience.
Written July 13, 2013
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GiseGf2
Bonn, Germany7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
I am a big fan of hiking and did the Rose Valley for almost 3 hours, all the way from South to North, starting from a small parking lot very convenience placed. The place is just out of sight, mainly because there are so many caves to explore as well as churches. They are all open so you just have to walk in. I enjoyed it even more than the Love Valley. For sure the kind of place that deserved a slowly visit!
Written December 6, 2012
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Neil P
Swindon, England, United Kingdom209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
The first thing to say is that there are a lot of valleys, walks and scenic landscapes around Goreme and it's very easy to get confused as to which one is which.

The map on this web site does a good job of positioning and summarising them: http://www.mapofcappadocia.com/ (click on the yellow dots to see the names. Red and Rose valley are right in the middle)

We walked Red Valley, which turns into Rose Valley as you go North, in April 2015 as part of a tour of Turkey. Its an easy 3h or so walk through some spectacular scenery.

Just before you enter the valley have a good look around as the scenery just above the entrance is staggeringly beautiful and you'll see a lot of formations that you may get to see again if you do a balloon flight.

The initial section is quite an enclosed valley and if it's been raining there can be a small stream running through it in paces, so choose footwear accordingly. You're not going to be wading, but it may spoil your best heels if you wear them ;)

The walls rise steeply on each side and you can marvel at the rock cut pigeon/bird coops which are all over this valley, built before the days of chemical fertiliser to encourage birds so the droppings could be collected and used on the crops.

The valley opens out as you go and there are a couple of shacks selling refreshments. (I got quite addicted t freshly squeezed pomegranate juice!)

There are also cave houses and a church along the way. If your fit and brave enough you can climb up into the cave church to see the (defaced) fresco inside.
Written June 24, 2015
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Euthreia
Bergamo, Italy3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Walking through the valley was perfect, we also saw the rising of the balloon that fled in the afternoon! The path goes from the Goreme Open Air Museum to Çavuşin and is signed, not in a perfect way but enough to not get lost (unlikely other valley in the area). There are also two nice bar at the end of the valley (leaving from Goreme and arriving in Çavuşin), than to come back to Goreme you can take one of the public bus that with just 2.5 tl can bring you back! (for the timetable ask around in the village)
Written January 29, 2015
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Fran P
Zagreb, Croatia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
If you are near Goreme you will likely visit this valley (and should) so we will share our experience to hopefully make your visit better. You can walk all the way from Goreme and back but expect it too take several hours altogether. Bring water and a hat for the sun. In the valley itself there are two charming cofee places with fershly squeezed juice and traditional turkish cofee. One is right by the church roughly in the middle of the valley that is the main attraction and the other one is the last one on the far side of the valley if you start from Cavusin or the first if you go from the other end. The second one is run by a man who lives innthe valley itself, not far from the cofee place. If you take the time to hike the longer route rather then just the smaller part the tours do, you will not regret it. The maps you can get from tourist agencies are useless only showing where the valley is, however we managed to navigate perfectly with a gps smartphone and "citymaps2go" app which to our surprise had every footpath in the valley right down to the meter.
Written June 27, 2013
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