Travel Blogs from Konya
One of my favorite cities in Turkey. The people and the famous 'etli pide' (approx. 1 meter/person) is my favorite thing there. The whole town is walkable from the train station which is about 2 hours by the fast train from Ankara. A whirling dervish show on a Saturday night is a MUST SEE.
We were so happy to wake up and realize that the fantastic breakfasts from Cappadocia had followed us here to Konya as well. Apparently the full spread is a full-blown Turkish tradition, which according to our badly-outdated 2007 Lonely Planet Turkey guidebook, is part of the reason why Turks are high on the worldwide obesity scales. (For the …
After sadly devouring our last Vinyard Cave Hotel breakfast and saying goodbye to Hasan (owner) and Osman (son), we hung around the bus stop with some of our new friends, Laine and Jaime, who were joining us on the bus ride to Konya.
After a 4.5 hour trip, it was fun to try to act like locals and take the city's tram from the bus station …
Today we say goodbye to civilisation for while as tonight we bush camp. A long days drive with a few standard stops. We slowly climbed in altitude and the scenery opened out to vast grass planes with hills rising and falling occasionally. We hit a patch of rain and the temperature noticeable cooler. We camped in the middle of field which offered ...
... area set aside for religious purposes. In Sultanhani is the remains of the small mosque that was there. It is a large building and in quite good condition. Such refuges must have been very valuable to traders with their camels who needed a rest after their 40 km or trek with their camels through the dusty countryside.
As we get nearer to Konya we diverged from the route to ...
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We had a great stay at the Dervish Otel for a number of reasons:
1. The location is great -- just a 10 minute walk to either the Rumi Museum or Cultural Center (where dervishes whirl for free at 9pm every Saturday).
2. Service! Both Adam and Muammer were excellent hosts. Warm, friendly, and helpful. On our last day in Konya, we were leaving early in the morning before breakfast was served (which is excellent by the way) and Muammer was really kind enough to pack us individually wrapped breakfasts for us to eat on our bus ride.
3. Facilities. The Dervish Otel is brand new so is nice and clean. Wifi connectivity is great and there is an excellent salon downstairs where you can hang out, watch TV, or have some tea with your hosts.
For people who prefer B&B's, Dervish is an excellent choice.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.