Being in the heart of the historic region Göreme has many
important attractions. Although the geological wonders
known as Fairy Chimneys are the most well known attraction, and
these are best seen through the nearby Open Air Museum, there
are in fact many other interesting things in and around our
With the excellent transport facilities available it
is easy to reach those places which are outside of
walking distance, and a bus or taxi can soon take you to
many nearby things.
- Hike the Red and Rose Valleys and see many homes and
churches in Fairy Chimneys on your own without a guide.
Other valleys in the area are the Love and the Pigeon
valleys, each with it's own distinctive feel though
sharing the common themes of the area.
- Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu. There is another
underground city at Kaymakli though Derinkuyu is by far
the deepest with over 7 levels digging into the earth,
though Kaymakli makes claim to being the widest.
These are truely historic structures which go back
to the time of the Hittites and have been expanded
many times over the centuries as new inhabitents
used them for shelter, and as a refuge from
persecution. More like an "air raid shelter"
than a city for occupation they nevertheless have
many things like stables, water wells and many rooms
showing they are intended for extended use.
Many tours are available to visit the city though
it is also possible to go on your own.
Located just 35 km south of Goreme on the D765 road
through the plains it is about an hour drive if you
take a car or taxi. But if you wish to use the
bus then it is necessary to go via Nevsehir which
will make the trip twice as long.
It is best to visit during the early morning,
being finished by 11:00 as this when the area
becomes hotter and of course is more busy as tours
start to arrive.
- Selime Monastery is a 13th century
Christian Monetary built into the ground and hills
south of Göreme. Normally included on the
Green Route tours it can be visited on its own. Be
prepared for some athletic climbing of the steep
rock steps if you wish to fully explore the wonders
of this site.
- Zemi Valley is one of the major
hiking routes of the southern part of the Göreme
area, well signposted and with moderate difficulty
it is acceptable for children though all should wear
good hiking footwear.
- Visit nearby Uçhisar with more climbable rock chimneys,
expect to pay a modest entry fee of about 5TL.
While at this town stop and sample the local wines which
are well known in the region, any wine merchant will be
able to offer a wine tasting. Visit in the evening
to also watch the sunset from the castle.
Passabag, Dervent Valley, Zelve Open Air museum
Avanos for pottery demonstrations