Ex­pe­ri­ence au­tumn in fairy tale Ih­lara Val­ley

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

Listed among the big­gest canyons in the world and stand­ing - so to speak - as an open-air mu­seum with both na­ture and his­tor­i­cal spots, Ih­lara Val­ley pro­duces lovely au­tumn col­ors.

Called the “pearl of Cap­pado­cia” and lo­cated within the bound­aries of Ak­saray’s Güze­lyurt dis­trict, Ih­lara serves up a riot of col­ors in fall.

The val­ley, which is among the top-10 most vis­ited arche­o­log­i­cal sites in Tur­key, at­tracts half a mil­lion vis­i­tors every year with most com­ing in au­tumn.

Tourists who want to en­joy the color pal­ette of the val­ley have a chance to make a long hike along the 14-kilo­me­ter trail in the val­ley.

There are also some spots in the val­ley where the depth reaches down to 200 me­ters. Me­len­diz Brook, which flows along the val­ley, bab­bles along the path.

The val­ley is also rich in his­tory. There are sev­eral his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant churches in Ih­lara. Tourists have a chance to en­joy nat­u­ral beauty while vis­it­ing these churches. The val­ley is among the es­sen­tial spots of Cap­pado­cia both with its nat­u­ral beauty and his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural value.

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