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Konya

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Konya has a long-standing reputation for religious conservatism; you’ll see more women in religious headscarves here than in many other towns, and you’ll find Friday observed as a day of rest in a way it rarely is elsewhere. None of this should inconvenience you, but take special care not to upset the pious and make sure you’re not an annoyance! If you visit during Ramazan don’t eat or drink in public during the day, as a courtesy to those who are fasting.

Ironically, non-Muslim women seem to encounter more hassle in this bastion of propriety than in many other Turkish cities. You can also quickly tire of the touts hanging about Mevlâna Caddesi and the Mevlâna Museum.