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This city whose traces of the first settlement dates back to the prehistoric ages was the capital of Karamanogullari seignoiry and Anatolian Seljuq State. Konya Airport, which was opened to civil air transportation with the institution being added to the military airports in 2000, is at a distance of 28 km from the city center. After arriving Konya by Pegasus with the most advantageous prices, you can use Havaş shuttles to go to the city center. You should note that if you prefer taking a taxi, prices can be a little expensive. Flypgs.com will be a good option to rent a car.
Shopping in Konya
Konya, an ever-developing city, is one of the important locations that are preferred for shopping among other Anatolian cities around it.
Konya Carsisi (Bazaar)
You can find several items from the groups of bazaars and shops near Mevlana Museum. In addition to being a bazaar for daily products, a lot of souvenirs are under your elbows here.
Kadinlar Carsisi (Women’s Bazaar)
This area is actually spared for women coming to the city to sell the corps they grow in their villages; however, there are salesmen more than women today. Even so, it is suitable for finding local tastes or buy fresh vegetables and fruits. Please do not leave here without taking blue mould cheese.
Kule Site Shopping Mall
Downstairs of the city's modern skyscraper serve as a shopping mall. You should create an opportunity both to see this impressive tower up close and to meet your needs for yourself.
Accommodation in Konya
Konya which is one of Anatolian cities where the cultural tourism has been intensively felt has so many alternatives for accommodations. You have a lot of options from the most luxurious hotel to hotels with standard service.
Hilton Garden Inn
The biggest hotel located in the city center is ideal for business meeting while provoding you with all sorts of comfort.
Aziziye Mahallesi, Kislaonu Sokak No: 4 42020 Karatay
Tel: 0332 221 60 00
Though the hotel is not the most ideal one in terms of location, it is among the best choices thanks to its service quality and being a conference center. Also, it is possible to watch the impressive view of Konya from its terrace.
On the road of Isparta-Beysehir, Sille cross-road, Ozalan Mahallesi 42080 Selcuklu
Tel: 0332 221 66 00
This hotel is clean and well-kept. Also, it is suitable for mini business trips with its meeting halls. Wedding and cocktail organizations are also organized here.
Sems-i Tebrizi Mah. Sultan Veled Cad. No:3, PK: 42030 Karatay
Tel: 0332 305 00 00
Bera Mevlâna Hotel
If you are looking for a simple and clean hotel, Bera Mevlana will be appropriate. As its name implies, it is a good choice for tourists who want to be close to Mevlana Museum.
Aziziye Mah. Mevlâna Cad. No:55 Karatay
Tel: 0332 350 42 42
Even though the construction of Selcuk, which is one of the essential hotels of the city, is a bit old a comfortable accommodation waits for you there thanks to its years-long experience.
Alaaddin Cad. Babalik Sok. No:4
Phone: 0 332 355 25 25
Food and Drink in Konya
Quickbread with ground meat layer on top (Etli ekmek) is actually eaten in Konya although it is made in several cities. Moreover, you can find particular tastes such as “Firin Kebabi”, “Tirit” and “Demirhindi Sherbet” in Konya. If you ask where these can be found, please check the list below.
Somatci Fihi Mah Fih Sofrasi
It is Konya’s new restaurant drawing attention thanks to its interesting location and cuisine. This restaurant which takes the name of Mevlevi tradition brings 13th century Seljukian cuisine to present. Please don’t miss this interesting experience.
Akcesme Mah. Menguc Cad. No:36 Karatay
Tel: 0332 351 66 96
Haci Sukru Firin Kebap Salonu
Haci Sukru is the most famous address for "firin kebabi", a special flavor of Konya. Same taste has been going on since 1907. You can order this kebab served with pita bread and meat literally dissolving in mouth as how many grams you wish. Service is only available between 11:00 am. and 15:30 pm; but please be there before 14:00 pm.
Devricedid Mah. Cemsultan Cad. No:327/A (Next to Adalhan) Selcuklu
Tel: 0332 352 76 23
This is the best place for the "etli ekmek" of Konya, although its name is deceptive and refers to another city. You should taste both "etli ekmek" (pita bread with minced meat) and "Mevlana etli ekmek" made of blue mould cheese for which Konya is famous.
Around Mevlâna, Aziziye Cad. No:31/C
Tel: 0332 352 45 33
Another great address to taste etli ekmek. Do not forget to taste "bicak arasi etli ekmek" made of meat cubes and "Konya boregi", which is a kind of pita bread.
Medrese Mahallesi Nalçacı Caddesi Karatay Sitesi Altı No: 2/C Selçuklu
Tel: 0332 235 40 16 - 0332 235 04 27
Kosk Konya Mutfagi
Please visit Kosk Konya Mutfagi to taste homemade food of Konya. Gombo soup is very delicious and their meat dish is pretty good. We recommend you to try Demirhindi sherbet and Konya’s dessert named “Sac Arasi”.
Akcesme Mahallesi Topraklik Cad. No: 66
Tel: 0332 352 85 47
The most famous grilled meatball restaurant of Konya is very good at grilling meatballs on skewers made of very delicious meat. Other dishes cooked on skewers and meatballs are also very tasty. Also appetizers that are served first are quite tasty.
Karatay Sanayii. Demirli Sok. No:2 Selcuklu
Tel: 0332 233 87 87
Ali Baba-2 Firin Kebap Salonu
Another good place to eat firin (oven) kebab. The meat that starts to be cooked slowly in the morning is very delicious. Prices are a little bit high compared to other places, but its taste is worth it.
Serafettin Cad. Eski Avukatlar Sok. Kayalipark / Karatay
Tel: 0332 236 11 61
This restaurant is also known as “Kazim Aga - the founder of Konya” and has been serving the same taste for 50 years. Haricot bean is terrific in Konya; on the other side you can discover other tastes.
Mimar Muzaffer Caddesi, AsikOmer Sokak, 1-B
Tel: 0332 351 88 27
You must direct your route towards Mithat in order to taste one of the best examples of Tirit which is a taste that is unique to Central Anatolia. You should learn the taste of this original dish served with yoghurt and pita bread.
Istanbul Cad. Yusufaga Sok. No:21/A
Tel: 0332 350 72 98
Taka Balik Restaurant
Dishes are delicious in this restaurant where you can find the taste of Black Sea. It will be a good choice for those longing for fish. It should be noted that service may be a bit problematic when it is crowded, that's why if you are in hurry, pay attention to this detail.
Ankara Caddesi, Near Besyol, Medrese Mah. No:29
Tel: 0 332 237 88 02
City Code: 0 332
Provincial Directorate of Tourism: 0 332 353 40 20
Police: 0 332 237 64 00
Police Soldier: 156
Emergency Health Service:112.
Places to see
Places to Visit in Konya
Konya where Mevlana, a world-wide known philosopher and Sems who contributed him in the evolution his ideas had lived, still draws great attention with its remnants related to the Mevlevi culture.
This site, which used to be a rose garden of Seljukian Palace, was given as a gift to the father of Mevlana by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat. Graves of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi and his father are there. Constructions, which are turned into a museum during the Republic period, are arranged to tell about the Mevlevi culture and have important elements of this culture.
Turbeonu Mevkii 2028
Tel: 0332 351 12 15
Konya Archeological Museum
Konya museum was first opened in 1901, but it was moved to its current building in 1962. It is worth seeing with its rich collection dating back to the Byzantine period and Neolithic Age.
Sahibiata Mah. 42200
Tel: 0332 351 8958
Karatay (Tile Works) Museum
You should not leave unless you see tile works which is the great art of Seljukians. Seljukian artworks exhibited in Karatay Madrasa, which had an important place in tile works during its own time, belong to the Seljukian and Ottoman periods.
Ferhuniye Mah. 42040 Konya
Tel: (0332) 351 19 14
The Ince Minare Madrasa (Museum of stone and wooden works)
This madrasa, which is one of the good examples of Seljukian monumental architecture, should be visited for both its construction and exhibited works of stone carving and wood engraving from Seljukian period.
Sircali Tomb Monuments Museum
There are valuable tomb stones belonging to the Seljukians, Karamanoglus and Ottomans in the madrasa which is a new Seljukian building.
A. R. Izzet Koyunoğlu donated his library, archeological, numismatic and ethnographic works from his private collection to the municipality in 1974. This museum also serves through its library having the largest magazines and newspapers archive in addition to its function as a museum. Mansion in the garden of the building is exhibited with the name of Konya House as a good example of Konya architecture.
Topraklik Kerimdede Cesme Mah. Kerimler Cad. No:25
Tel: 0 332 351 18 57
It is the oldest Anatolian Seljukian Mosque that is known. On the hill bearing the same name, this mosque built in the period of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat draws attention with its unplanned structure and its use of different, spolia materials from several periods. Although it has been repaired many times during different periods, this construction including a lot of elements from Seljukian architecture is among the most significant cultural properties of Konya.
This mosque, which took the name of Iplikciler Bazaar they used to be close to each other, is one of the good examples of Seljukian period, as well. Today it is located in a pit because of a street set in the republic period.
Sahip Ata Social Complex
The mosque that was made by Sahip Ata Fahreddin, who is one of the Seljukian viziers, in 1258 was turned into a social complex after different buildings and a shrine were added. This social complex making a strong impression through its stonemasonry is worth-seeing.
Semsi Tebrizî Mosque and Mausoleum
This mausoleum belonging to Sems-i Tebrizi, who is Mevlana’s fellow, is in the park named Sems. Today the traces of the original construction are almost gone but its modesty draws attention.
This wide park in the middle of Konya serves as the central park in the metropolis. People use it to take walks and a variety of activities are organized. You can take a breath there when you are tired of travelling.
Kilistra is the Cappadocia of Konya. This ancient city carrying the traces of Byzantine period is a must-see with the cave settlements and prayers places.
Sille which, was turned into a settlement after the Ancient period, is at a distance of 8 kilometers from Konya. In this region, which was the religious center during Roman and Byzantium periods, there are some of the oldest monasteries of Anatolia. Ak Monastery, which is the most important one among these buildings, has been carved in stones as in the Cappadocia region but it cannot be visited because it is within the military region. Aya Eleni Church can be visited.
This castle built on a strategically important position overlooking Konya Valley is at the top of Takkeli Mountain. It is famous because it served as a shelter to Seljukians during the period of crusades. Today, archeological researches continue on this building which has almost nothing from the past.
Nasreddin Hoca Mausoleum
This shrine in Aksehir municipality of Konya is dedicated to Nasreddin Hodja, the protagonist of the famous anecdotes. As implied in his anecdotes, there is a lock at the entrance to the shrine although all sides of it is open.
The Neolithic settlement area discovered by J. Mellaart in 1958 has become famous all over the world thanks to its size and the number of wall paintings. We recommend you to visit this area where excavations have been going on since 1993.
Vicinities of Konya
Konya may be the greatest city of Turkey in terms of urban planning. It is enough to look at a city map to see the clean, straight and large streets and the details of the city growing in a planned way. Big towns of the city divides this complex structure into three.
Karatay is the town on the southern part of the city center. Historical buildings of the city have been mainly gathered here. The symbol of Konya, Mevlana Turbesi (Shrine of Mevlana) which this field was named after is also here. This part is relatively more conservative but it's the most touristic place.
This regions parts that are closer to the city on the southern west, especially Zafer Meydani (Victory Square) and its vicinity are among really lively centerspf the city. There are more luxurious residential districts, sites and apartments moving towards the south.
This town extending along the north is the modern face of Konya. High-rise buildings, Kule Site (skyscraper) and big hotels draw attention. Towards the north, outside of the city Selcuk University Campus and Bosna Hersek Neighbourhood next to the campus display a different lifestyle with its student population.