Konya's central location in Turkey and its ease of access, its historical significance as the capital of the Seljuks, and its natural beauty with lakes and forests, in addition to many historical riches dating back to Çatalhöyük, have made it a city frequently visited by campers.
There are many free camping areas where visitors to Konya can pitch their tents or park their caravans and enjoy their holiday. Although camping areas in Konya are generally preferred in the spring season, they have also begun to attract visitors in other seasons.
Camping areas in Konya are generally located in Beyşehir. This can be attributed to the fact that Beyşehir is a natural wonder. Beyşehir Lake, which is Turkey's largest freshwater lake, also attracts campers with its natural beauty. The cleanliness and shallowness of the lake water and the ability to swim comfortably make it a popular choice in summer.
Campers who want to escape the oppressive heat of summer and enjoy the cool air prefer to camp on the mountain slopes. Those who want to camp in nature while also being inside history prefer to camp at Takkeli Dağ, where Gavela Castle is located.
Important and free camping sites in Konya include Beyşehir Karaburun Beach Camping Area, Takkeli Mountain Camping Area, Mekve Lake Camping Area, Ilgın Yeşilgöl Camping Area, Eğrigöl Camping Area, Taşkent Çetmi Waterfall Camping Area, Göksu Waterfall Camping Area, Yeşildağ Camping Area, and Karatay Municipality Caravan Camping Area.
Sille Dam Park Camping Area
Sille Dam Park, one of Turkey's largest parks, is a magnet for thousands of people who want to escape the stress of daily life and breathe in Sille's clean air with their families. The dam park, which brings Konya residents together with water and is the city's new attraction, features a scout camp center, boat tour area, kite hill, tea garden, restaurant, mosque, pier, wooden walkways, grassy amphitheater, children's playgrounds, sports fields, and other activity areas.
Sille Dam Park is one of the largest parks in Turkey, covering an area of 1,985,000 square meters. The Sille Himmet Ölçmen Dam, with a surface area of 221,000 square meters and a full capacity of 2,500,000 cubic meters, is located inside the park. The dam's surroundings include picnic areas, hiking trails, children's play areas, and climbing courses. The park's lake offers the opportunity to take a boat ride and is intended for use by students and scouts, with camping areas set up for this purpose.