Konya City Guide

Konya City Guide

Konya is one of the 10 biggest metropolis of Turkey and located in Central Anatolia Region. The city is one of the most developed agriculture and industrial city of Turkey with its  fertile plains and mega factories. However, Konya plays an important role on Turkish culture and there are many important historical buildings from Seljukians and Ottoman Empire. Konya is also one of the most important cities of Turkey for agricultural activities. There are many fairs and festivals organized in the borders of the city every year.

Çatalhöyük, one of the oldest settlements in the world, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city has been the capital of the Anatolian Seljuks. The great Sufis Hz. Mevlana’s tomb is in Konya. With more than 2 million population, Konya has become one of the most important industrial cities of the country at the last years. Thanks to the Konya International Airport, it’s very easy to visit Konya from many cities of the country. Also, Konya has high-speed train connection.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Central Anatolia


54 / km2

1,21 %

15.009 km2




30.461 ₺

Konya is the biggest city of Turkey in terms of surface area. So, the city has 31 different districts. Karatay, Selçuklu and Meram are the central districts of Konya metropolis. More than 1 million people live in these three districts of the city. The central districts are important industrial, commercial and educational centers of the city. On the other hand, many of the Konya districts are so important for the concept of agricultural activities like Ereğli, Cihanbeyli, Kulu, Akşehir and Beyşehir. Yalıhüyük is the smallest district of Konya with only 1600 population.

The districts of Konya are Ahırlı, Akören, Akşehir, Altınekin, Beyşehir, Bozkır, Cihanbeyli, Çeltik, Çumra, Derbent, Derebucak, Doğanhisar, Emirgazi, Ereğli, Güneysınır, Hadim, Halkapınar, Hüyük, Ilgın, Kadınhanı, Karapınar, Karatay, Kulu, Meram, Sarayönü, Selçuklu, Seydişehir, Taşkent, Tuzlukçu, Yalıhüyük and Yunak. You will find detailed information for all districts of Konya in this guide.

Short History of Konya

Konya is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia geography. It has been understood by researches that the city was founded in 6000-5000 BC in the region. Çatalhöyük, which is the oldest and most developed neolithic period settlement center found to date, is within the borders of Konya. Çatalhöyük is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Throughout history, Konya remained under the domination of Hittites, Phrygians, Roman and Byzantine, Great Seljuk and Anatolian Seljuk States and Ottoman Empire.

Especially in 1901, the development of the city gained momentum with the appointment of Ferit Pasha, Avlonya, as the governor of Konya. The city, which was occupied for a very short time after the First World War, was not subjected to any foreign country occupation. The commercial sector of Konya has developed since ancient times in terms of its geographical location and it has witnessed intensive commercial activities as a province where important caravan routes have passed during the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Today, Konya continues its development with more than 2 million population and new investments.

Cultural Mosaic of Konya

Konya has been an important place in the history of the world by cradling many different civilizations from different cultures. Konya, which is home to one of the oldest settlements in the world, also hosts important belief centers for Christianity. Aiming to be one of the important centers in faith tourism, Konya also has an important potential in cultural tourism. Important historical values such as Sille (Siyata), Aya Elena Church, Kilistra Ancient City, Eflatunpınar Hittite monument, Çatalhöyük, Karahöyük, İvriz Rock Reliefs, Bolat, Necropolis and Bouleterion show the potential of Konya in terms of cultural tourism.

The concept of accommodation in Konya is so important if you want to visit KonyaEspecially, around the city center, there are a lot of different accommodation alternatives for each kind of budget. In addition, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi and Nasreddin Hoca are from Konya. With the contribution of these factors, Konya is one of the favorite places of Anatolia in terms of tourism. This city, which is frequently preferred by local tourists as well as domestic tourists, has wide plains that must be seen thanks to its large area, structures, bridges and fountains that display architecturally aesthetic images. In addition, having shrines, historical mosques, caves, lakes and green areas shows that you will have a hard time finding the activity to do in this city. We should remember that Konya is Turkey’s largest city in terms of area and the most populous 7th city, which also allows you to testify to many places and find your date never be able to surf without getting bored in this city. There are world-famous hotel chains like Hilton, Anemon and Dedeman in Konya.

In Konya, located in the southern part of Central Anatolia, winters are harsh, cold and snowy, and summers are hot and dry. The average annual temperature is 11.5 ° C. The highest temperature is 40 ° C and the lowest is -28.2 ° C.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Konya or real estate for rent in Konya, you are on the right page. Recently, the house sale or rent prices are increasing especially in the central districts of the city. While the average residential square meter prices in Konya are 1.783 TL, the return time is calculated as 20 years. Accordingly, in the 2020 real estate index and regional report, the average price of a 100 square meter house purchased in the city of Konya was between 133.703 TL and 222.800 TL.

Considering the annual averages, the districts that gained the most value for housing in Konya by the end of May 2020 were Beyşehir, Karapınar, Akşehir, Ereğli, Cihanbeyli, respectively. Considering the depreciation periods, the districts with the fastest return in Konya as of the end of May 2020 were Karapınar, Kadınhanı, Bozkır, Selçuklu, Sarayönü, respectively.

You can find detailed information about hospitals in Konya in this page. If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Konya, there are 1 city hospital, 21 state hospitals, 1 university hospitals, 3 training and research hospitals and 10 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city. You can get high-quality health services in many health instutitions in Konya. Especially, Konya City Hospital is the biggest and most modern hospital of the city with its high capacity.

Konya is located in Central Anatolia Region of Turkey and location of the city has been so important for trading and transportation activities throughout the history. There are many transportation alternatives for the city. You can reach Konya by air, railway and road transportation. Konya Airport is located 11 km. distance to the city center. It takes about 15 minutes. However, Konya has high-speed train connection from Istanbul and Ankara. You can visit Konya from Ankara less than 2 hours.

Road Transportation

Due to the presence of Konya in central Turkey regarding transport infrastructure has a very advantageous position. Konya province is an important junction point with highway connections extending in the east-west and north-south directions, which provide the main transportation of our country. The city’s connection with its northern neighbor Ankara is provided by the road starting from Konya and passing through Cihanbeyli and Kulu District centers and reaching the capital. With the opening of the Konya-Seydişehir-Antalya road, which connects the province of Konya to the southern coast from the shortest distance, in 1996, significant increases occurred in the traffic load of the province.

Air Transportation

Konya Airport is located 11 km. distance to the city center, so it takes 15 minutes to reach airport. You can find many direct domestic flights to the important centers of Turkey.

Railway Transportation

It’s possible to find high-speed train lines from Ankara and Istanbul to Konya everyday.

Inner-city Transportation

You can find two tramway lines in Konya. T1 Alaaddin – Selçuk University line was opened in 1999 and it has 36.4 km line. Also, T2 Alaaddin – Adliye line was opened in 2015 and it has 4.4 distance line.

Best places to visit in Adana” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Adana“, what you are looking for is not important, you will find a lot of places to. Choose your destination and start discovering. Konya offers many options to its visitors in terms of places to visit. The city, which is one of the leading regions of our country in faith tourism; it makes your holiday enjoyable with its mosques, museums, green areas, lakes and caves. You can turn your time in the city, which has hosted people with important places in our history such as Nasreddin Hodja and Mevlana, into an unforgettable holiday thanks to the list of places to visit in Konya. Selimiye Mosque is one of the most important symbols of Konya. You can add the mosque, which is one of the leading Ottoman works of the region, to your list of places to visit in Konya due to its comfortable transportation and rich architectural workmanship.

Sille Village, is an important charactheristic historical destination in Konya. Sille Village is waiting for people who love history with its 6000 years of history to visit. Ak Monastery, one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the world, is located in Sille, an old Greek village. Since it is located on the historical Silk Road and the Spice Road, Sille Village texture, where the buildings belonging to the Roman and Byzantine periods can be seen, makes you feel like you have passed into a different time period. Nasreddin Hodja Museum is a very popular place in Konya. Nasreddin Hodja Archeology and Ethnography Museum, which you can add to your Konya places to visit, is located in Akşehir. The building, also known as Rüştü Bey Mansion, has been hosting its visitors since 1992. However, you can add your travel list Beyşehir Lake, İnbaşı Cave, İnce Minareli Medrese and Mevlana Mausoleum in Konya.

There are 2 state university in Konya named as Necmettin Erbakan University and Selçuk University. There are two foundation universities in Konya named as KTO Karatay University and Konya Gıda ve Tarım Üniversitesi. Especially, Selçuk University is one of the oldest universities in Turkey and it’s preferred by thousands of students every year.


Enes Sahin

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