Why visit Konya? Konya is definitely worth a visit on your way to or from Cappadocia. It’ a very calm place, but I was also surprised by how modern it was. Electric tramways, big avenues, lots of parks, new buildings. All of this surrounding the beautiful, old town filled with history and tradition.
Konya is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Turkey. It is also the home of Whirling Dervishes, the symbol of Turkey. I has been the capital of the Sultanate of Rum, later on, a part of the Ottoman Empire. It’s a traditional place, a religious one. So if you are interested in the history of the Empire, old Turkish traditions and the Muslim life, this is a great place to visit. Here’s more information about the most interesting Museums to visit.
There are tens of museums around the city! They are all pretty small, but everything that could have been preserved, it was. It’s a great way to start your stay in this region, exploring the Museums, the stories they have to tell, and the beautiful Muslim, Ottoman, and Roman art.
Tired of Kebab and BBQs? I was too. Turkish cuisine is very rich, but most of the things that you can find in the touristy areas are the Kebabs, grilled meat, and pide. It’s all very tasty, but let’s be honest, we need some variety in our diet. And Turkey can offer it! You just need to put a bit of effort to find it. There is this amazing traditional restaurant in Konya, with traditional seating and very diverse food. Somatci Fihi Ma Fih has also a great choice of traditional desserts and drinks, as well as an amazing service.
Again, tired of the salesman shouting to you and inviting you to their store, only to try to sell you some completely overpriced souvenirs? No such problem in Konya. Since there are not a lot of international tourists, the salesman are just… normal. And the prices are local, what Turkish people would pay. And that, believe me, makes a big difference. Everything, from spices, through scarfs to pottery, is 3 – 4 times cheaper.
The people here are nice. Just nice, helpful, normal. All of the women wear head scarfs or the black chador, but don’t get scared away! It’s their traditional way of dressing up. Thy are very welcoming and if you smile at them, they will too. Even though they don’t speak English ( and I don’t speak Turkish) we always found a way to communicate and everyone wanted to help me when I was looking for a Museum, restaurant of just to buy some local spice, Sumak.
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