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Ihlara is a township with own municipality in Aksaray Province, Central Anatolia, Turkey. It is situated at about 40 km (25 mi) from the province seat of Aksaray and near the town of Güzelyurt. The township is famed for the nearby valley of the same name, Ihlara Valley, which is a 16 km (10 mi) long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. The Melendiz Stream flows through the valley.
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What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period..
You Journey Starts by a visit to the Uchisar castle continue across the fertile plains of Cappadocia to the multilevel underground city of Derinkuyu. Proceed to the sheer-sided canyon of Ihlara. Enjoy a 4 Km hike through the Ihlara valley to Belisirma village. After lunch, leave for Selime visit this surreal town and several rock hewn churches; travel the Silk Road back to Cappadocia Natural Park, en route stop at the well-preserved Agzikarahan Caravanserai, before returning back to your hotel.(L)