Konya Province is home to soaring mosques, ancient Neolithic cities and mesmerising whirling dervishes, one of Turkey's most treasured cultural traditions. Watch trance-like dances in Konya’s open-air theatre or venture out of town to get lost in one of Turkey's most scenic national parks.
Things to do in Konya Province
Konya’s Mevlana Museum cradles the tomb of Celaleddin Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and spiritual master who dreamt up Turkey's whirling dervishes, a religious order championing dance as a form of meditation. The mausoleum is clad in turquoise tiles and lures pilgrims in from across Turkey.
Built in the 13th century, Alaaddin Camii is one of Turkey's most sacred mosques. Inside you can admire aquamarine mosaics, gleaming marble and intricate carvings. It's set in Alaeddin Tepesi, a lush park filled with flowers and tulips. It's a great place to take a stroll or enjoy Turkish coffee.
Discover Turkey's ancient past in Catalhoyuk, a Neolithic city dating back to 5700 BC. The enormous complex is perched above the flatlands and is dotted with thousands of buildings. Wander around the ruins and check out the excavation areas, which attract archaeologists from across the globe.
Stretch your legs in Bozdag National Park, a nature sanctuary known for its vast plateaus, grassy pastures and rolling hillsides. A trail winds up to Bozdag Mountain and rewards hikers with views over shimmering Golcuk Lake. In winter, Bozdag transforms into one of Turkey's busiest ski resorts.
Getting around Konya Province
Konya is easy to get around on foot and is well-serviced by local buses, trams and “dolmus” minibuses. Flights arrive at Konya Airport, located 15 kilometres from the city centre.