Reasons To Visit Konya
The city of Konya is famed worldwide for its association with the renowned poet Rumi and is also celebrated for its beautiful architecture, making it a fantastic destination for sightseeing enthusiasts. Perhaps the most popular attraction in the city is the Mausoleum of Rumi which also has a museum connected, while there are plenty more architectural landmarks across the city like the Iplikci Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace. Another must-visit attraction is the small village of Sille just outside of Konya which is said to be close to 7,000 years old, while the city also offers plenty of modern amenities including shopping centers, restaurants and bars for the modern traveler.
Arriving In Konya
Konya Airport is located less than 20 km from Konya and primarily handles domestic flights across Turkey but also serves a few international routes. If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Konya you will not be able to make the journey directly, but it is possible to travel with just a single stopover which makes the trip a lot more bearable.
If you’re looking for options, check out our Best Time To Book guide. We show you the best time to book your tickets on average to get the cheapest airfare from Dubai to Istanbul, as well as the cheapest month to visit.
At Konya Airport you won’t find much available in terms of facilities and services so you should bring everything you need with you. A brand-new terminal was opened up in 2015 to significantly boost the capacity of the airport. When you have landed at the airport you can find plenty of taxis available just outside of the terminal, while there are also airport shuttle buses available which offer a cheaper alternative.
Konya Travel Information
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UAE nationals catching flights to Turkey can go online before the journey and apply for an e-visa which allows you to stay for up to 90 days. In Konya the weather gets pleasantly warm during the summer with average highs of 30 degrees between July and August, although if you visit during the winter you can expect very cold temperatures and some snowfall. You will need to put your clocks back by just an hour to get on local time in Konya, while the price of things like accommodation and dining out in the city will tend to be a bit cheaper compared to the UAE.
If you're considering exploring more of this fascinating country, you can find inspiration by reading about the top 10 things everyone should see and do in Turkey.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
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