DEVRENT VALLEY (IMAGINARY VALLEY) IN CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY
Devrent Valley in Cappadocia (also known as Imaginary Valley) is a beautiful valley full of unique rock formations, many of which are said to resemble animal shapes.
HOW TO GET TO DEVRENT VALLEY
The most popular region for tourists to stay while exploring Cappadocia is a town called Goreme. Uchisar is the other nearby town, which is also an option but Goreme is the popular choice by far. Goreme is packed with hotels, restaurants, and cafes, while Uchisar is a little quieter.
From Goreme town center to Devrent Valley the distance is 9km, which takes 18 minutes by driving.
We decided to walk there but after only five minutes of walking, we were picked up by locals and they dropped us all the way to Devrent Valley. This is pretty common in Cappadocia.
There are a few other modes of transport in Cappadocia that I will detail below, although I suggest walking and trekking because there are lots to see on the way to each attraction and locals will pick you up and drop you further down your route. We never tried to hitchhike but on one day we were gifted three separate lifts.
MY EXPERIENCE AT DEVRENT VALLEY
I hadn’t heard too much about Devrent Valley in Cappadocia but that is normally a good sign. We set off and hitchhiked our way into Devrent Valley. It is a pretty easy spot to hitchhike too because most tourists are visiting one of a number of attractions in the area such as Pasabag Fair Chimneys or the Zelve Open-Air Museum. If you can get a ride to one of those you are most of the way there.
When we arrived at Devrent Valley, we weren’t overwhelmed. It didn’t seem too much different to other spots in Cappadocia and we had just made a big hitchhike effort to get out here. Had we made a mistake? The answer was NO!
The beauty of Devrent Valley is that unlike other sites in Cappadocia you can immerse yourself amongst the earth pillars and rock formations. You can explore and discover as you wind your way up the steep, slippery hills. If you are willing to get off the beaten path, you will enjoy wandering through Devrent Valley and adventuring amongst these unique natural structures.
Having said that, most tourists come to Devrent Valley to take cliche photos of them balancing a rock under their finger or in their palm. I think it must be included in some tours because there were a lot of tour buses that stop, let their customers out for a photo then bundle them back inside. It was honestly pretty funny to watch. I even made my friend Khabib join in on the fun…
Devrent Valley (sometimes spelled Dervent Valley) is also known as Imaginary Valley and although there are no cave churches here like the other valleys, there are quite a few unique rock formations that will spark your imagination. It is said that there are a number of rock formations within the valley that resemble animals such as a camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. There is definitely one animal rock formation near the road that resembles a camel. It has been fenced off and seems to be the star attraction at Devrent Valley.
TOURS THAT TAKE INCLUDE DEVRENT VALLEY
There is an awesome tour: Red Valley Hiking & Underground City Tour, which is an epic day of adventures including the following.
- Visit Red Valley, renowned as one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia
- Hike through the colorful and breathtaking fairy chimneys of Red Valley and descend to underground cities
- Walkthrough narrow corridors and discover numerous rooms and storages carved from the soft volcanic stone
- Explore Pigeon Valley and its picturesque sceneries as well as the towering Ortahisar Rock Castle
You can Click Here to check the price and make your booking on the Red Valley Hiking & Underground City Tour.
WHERE TO STAY IN GOREME, CAPPADOCIA
Where I stayed: Design Cave Suites Cappadocia – I was lucky enough to stay at the Design Cave Suites in Goreme. The location was great and I walked to all attractions. The rooftop garden was awesome for sunrise balloon watching. Buffet breakfast spread was amazing as was the cave style room designs.
Best Cave Hotel with Pool: Local Cave House Hotel– This cave hotel rose to fame because of its incredible pool. Make sure you click the link and check out how epic the pool backdrop is, with those classic Cappadocia rock formations in the background and traditional cave rooms it is a top pick.
Cave Hotel with Best Roof View (and dogs): Sultan Cave Suites – This cave hotel became famous because of its epic rooftop area for sunrise viewing. Guests can lay out on traditional pillows and carpets while watching the hot-air balloons flying above. The hotel dog might also join you for a photoshoot on the roof!
Budget Option in Goreme: Emre’s Stone House – For just $6 USD per night you can enjoy Cappadocia and this budget accommodation even has an epic rooftop to enjoy. It’s the best value in Goreme, Cappadocia.
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TRANSPORT IN CAPPADOCIA
Hire a Private Driver: Hiring a driver for a few hours to take you to several sites will cost about 100 Turkish Lyra depending on the car and your negotiation, which is about $20 USD. This is a good idea if you want to see 1-2 locations in an afternoon.
One of the best ways to get around is to hire a driver that will allow you to create a customized itinerary. That way you can visit all the spots you are interested in. To hire a private car with a driver/guide you can book online here or you might be a bigger group and in that case, it can be cheaper to hire a van in Cappadocia, which also comes with a driver.
Rent a Mountain Bike: We thought about renting a mountain bike but they were 150 Turkish Lyra for the entire day so it would have been 300 Turkish Lyra for both of us just to transit around. That’s almost $60 USD. It would have been fun but once we fund out everyone wanted to help us by giving us lifts there wasn’t much need. We either walked or hitchhiked.
Rent A Scooter/Moped: A scooter costs about 150-200 Turkish Lyra ($30-40 USD) per day and could be handy if you want to explore some attractions a bit further away or venture over to Uchisar.
Rent an ATV: Given the rough terrain in Cappadocia, an ATV is a fun option to help you explore the natural wonders and rock formations of the region. Prices are about $40 USD for two hours. If you are keen to head out on an ATV there is an awesome Quad-Bike Safari Tour that takes you through Sword, Love and Rose Valley during golden hour!
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE REST OF MY CAPPADOCIA BLOG POSTS?
Click on one of the articles below to check out all of the places you should visit while in Cappadocia!
The big guide! This post has all of my favorite activities, which I personally did while in Cappadocia for ten days: 24 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CAPPADOCIA
The hiking guide! Find out about all of the best hikes in Cappadocia with details, directions and lots of photos: 8 AWESOME HIKES IN CAPPADOCIA
Thinking about flying in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? Read this first: CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOONS: THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY
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Not sure where is the best region to stay? Wondering which hotel provides the best value? Check out this guide that will help you decide: WHERE TO STAY IN CAPPADOCIA: THE BEST HOTELS & HOSTELS
OR… I write a post about the 12 BEST CAVE HOTELS IN CAPPADOCIA that you might find interesting.
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