Love Valley

Vacation Travel Guide
Cappadocia showing a sunset

Float in a hot air balloon past enormous phallic rock formations in this suggestive valley.

About 1 million visitors per year visit nature’s tribute to male fertility in the Love Valley. Its fairy chimneys differ from other examples in the region as they have a wide base, narrow pillar and cone-shaped peak. Millions of years of erosion from wind and rain along with volcanic eruptions formed the rock formations, which are considered both comical and beautiful. A hot air balloon over the extraordinary landscape is an unforgettable experience.

The valley is full of green vegetation, white hills and cliffs. Walk around the area with a tour group from your hotel or explore it on your own. Gaze up at the tall rock formations, which reach a height of 130 feet (39.6 meters). The valley’s erotic imagery can turn even the most prudent adults into giggling schoolchildren. Some take suggestive photos with the phallic fairy chimneys, although this is not advised.

Take part in the local practice of riding a hot air balloon over the intriguing landscape. Enjoy the aesthetic effect of the multi-colored balloons floating over the white and green terrain. See the long shadows gradually shrink in size as the sun rises in the morning.

Wear appropriate shoes for the hike and bring plenty of water. Despite the phallic symbolism, the walk itself is suitable for all the family, since it remains relatively flat. Follow the stream as it meanders around the fairy chimneys in the winter. It tends to dry up in the summer months.

Although better known as the Love Valley, as a euphemism for the erotic rock formations, its official name is Baglidere Valley.

The Love Valley is slightly north of Göreme in the heart of Cappadocia. It stands between the charming town and the Göreme Open Air Museum, which is home to fairy chimneys and dozens of carved churches. If you choose to drive, you’ll find plenty of space for parking.

Top Hotels Close to Love Valley

Ottoman Cave Suites
Ottoman Cave Suites
4 out of 5
Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥6,704 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in the heart of Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Uchisar Castle. Göreme Roman Castle and Roman ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (679 reviews)
"Great place,clean,friendly stuff,good price."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Ottoman Cave Suites
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Aydinli Mahallesi Akgül Sk. No:10, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥12,146 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Situated in Nevsehir, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (293 reviews)
"The restaurant staff were super accommodating with dietary requirements making special accommodations effortless. The room was consistently warm and cosy adding to a wonderful stay."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak,No 1, Nevsehir, Göreme
Fully refundable
The price is ¥9,512 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in Nevsehir, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Göreme National Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Uchisar Castle. Roman Castle and Göreme Roman Castle ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (290 reviews)
"Lovely property and wonderful location. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Superb room and great views. There several dogs on and around the property and they are really friendly and you can have fun with them. One small downside is they tend to bark right outside your door all through the ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Love Valley

Henna Hotel
Henna Hotel
Aydinli Orta Mah Konak Sok No 2, Nevsehir
The price is ¥6,674 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Henna Hotel
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Aydinli Mahallesi Akgül Sk. No:10, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥12,146 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Mithra Cave Hotel - Special Class
Ottoman Cave Suites
Ottoman Cave Suites
4 out of 5
Okul Sokak Avcilar Mahallesi, Goreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥6,704 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Ottoman Cave Suites
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak,No 1, Nevsehir, Göreme
The price is ¥9,512 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites
Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No. 40, Nevsehir
The price is ¥11,921 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Sultan Cave Suites
Carus Cappadocia
Carus Cappadocia
Gaferli Mahallesi Manav çikmazi sok., No.2 Goreme, Nevsehir, Cappadocia
The price is ¥13,661 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Carus Cappadocia
Museum Hotel - Special Class
Museum Hotel - Special Class
Tekeli Mah No:1, Uchisar, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥34,866 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Museum Hotel - Special Class
Zara Cave Hotel
Zara Cave Hotel
Aydinli Orta Mahalle, Hamza Terzi Sokak, No:3, Göreme, Nevsehir, Nevsehir
The price is ¥7,509 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Zara Cave Hotel
Hera Cave Suites
Hera Cave Suites
Uzun Dere Caddesi No: 37, Göreme, Nevsehir
The price is ¥8,343 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Hera Cave Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.