Konya Tourist Places to Visit in Konya, Turkey, Europe
Konya is the 7th largest city of Turkey in terms of population, situated in the region of Central Anatolia between 37°52′ N latitude and 32°29′ E longitude, around 300 km northeast of Antalya, 260 km south of Ankara, the capital of Turkey and 710 km southeast of the country’s largest city, Istanbul. Konya is home to the Neolithic settlement Çatalhöyük which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2012.
Konya is one of the developed cities of Turkey known for its large scale industries and tourist destinations. The metropolitan Konya covers a total area of 38,873 sq. km.
History of Konya:
Konya has a strong historical background served as the capital of the Karamanids and the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate. According to the archeological findings, Konya was originally inhabited around 3000 BC during the Late Copper Age. During the Turkish War of Independence, Konya served as an important air base.
How to reach Konya?
Konya has an international airport with connection from Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Istanbul, is served by Corendon Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines. The airport is located around 18 km away from the city centre.
Havaş, a shuttle bus operator, offers service between the airport and city centre and costs 10 TL pp and takes 30 minutes.
Konya is connected by both bus and train to Ankara and Istanbul.
Dolmuş minibuses are widely used to get around Konya.
Culture, Shopping and Food in Konya:
Konya is famous for the production of carpets and also known for dish Etliekmek. Mevlana Museum is the prominent museum of the city and other important museums are Konya Ethnography Museum, Atatürk’s House Museum and İzzet Koyunoğlu City Museum.
List of the famous restaurants in Konya are:
- Gülbahçesi Restaurant
- Can Baba
- Havzun Restaurant
- Konya Konak Mutfagi
Things to do in Konya:
- Visiting spas
- City tours
Places of interest in Konya:
The Mevlana Museum or Mausoleum of Rumi is the tomb of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi or simply Rumi who was the famous mystic and sufi. The museum showcases his full life story with his belongings and other objects related to him. It is open for visitors from 9AM to 5PM.
13th century mosque from the Seljuk period, the Iplikçi Mosque is situated amid of the Mevlana Museum and downtown Konya. It was reconstructed around 50 years ago and is open for visitors without any entrance fee.
Ince Minare Museum:
The Ince Minare Museum is open from 8:30AM-12:30PM and 1:30PM-5:30PM (Tuesday-Sunday). İnce Minare is a madrasah building of the 13th century used as a museum to describe the Seljuk and Ottoman rule in the city with great collection of artifacts.
The Alaaddin Hill is a manmade hill situated to the right of the centre of the city. This umbrella shaped hill was constructed by the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat. A typical one.
The Japon Parki is one of the famous recreational centres in the city featuring ponds, small waterfalls, pagodas and many other different attractions. Don’t forget to have some food at nice restaurant in the park.
List of other places of interest in Konya includes:
- Mevlana Whirling Dervishes
- Aziziye Mosque
- Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque
- Konya Archaeological Museum
- Ince Minare Museum
- Sehitler Abidesi
- Esrefoglu Mosque
- Ataturk House Museum
- Sahib-i Ata Mosque
- Nasrettin Hoca Ethnography & Archaeology Museum
- Meram Baglari
- Eregli Museum
- Koyunoglu Museum
Best time to visit Konya:
Konya features continental climate and the best time to visit Konya is from June to September while the weather remains pleasant.
Accommodation options in Konya:
Konya holds a rich hospitality industry with plenty of star rated hotels providing memorable hospitality services to visitors coming to the city with upgraded amenities. The prominent hotels in Konya in Turkey are as follows:
- Pasapark Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn Konya
- Dedeman Konya Hotel & Convention Center
- Hich Hotel Konya
- Rixos Konya
- Hotel Rumi
- Bera Mevlana Hotel
- Meram Park Hotel
- Gherdan Otel
- Hotel Balikcilar
- Hotel Ozkaymak Park
- Hotel Ottoman House
- Hotel Ozkaymak Konya
- Adnan Bey Hotel
- Kosk & Esra Otel