Ankara is Turkey's capital, and its second city in size after Istanbul. Literally and figuratively, it is at the heart of Turkey and of Central Anatolia, the surrounding region. The population is around 4.5 million.
Ankara is the administrative hub of Turkey and a huge university town, so it has a large population of government workers and university students. As the national capital Ankara is home to a large population of foreign diplomats and embassy staff, it offers goods and services that might be more difficult to find in other Turkish cities — for example you will have no problem ordering a cappuccino or a hamburger.
Ankara is a sprawling, modern city which can appear as little more than a dull, concrete jungle at first glance — most non-local Turks view Ankara as a depressive and grey city with nothing in offer other than the boring world of politics. Consequently, many tourists tend to use it merely as a transit point for getting to places like Konya or Cappadocia. However, Ankara does have a lot to offer for those prepared to look a bit deeper — as the proud capital of the Turkish Republic, it is easy to trace the steps of the early republican years here, whether it be in the shape of the fine buildings of the first national architecture movement or the 1940s monuments following the totalitarian aesthetics of the era. Local museums abound with some of the best pieces of art in the country, ancient and modern. And since it originally lies on the mostly barren Central Anatolian steppelands, Ankara vigorously pursued a policy of tree planting, which resulted in many parks and forestlands around the city, which add to its charms.
Apart from the old town in and around the citadel near Ulus, and unplanned shanty town neighbourhoods here and there built hastily by new immigrants from countryside since the 1960s, most of Ankara, which was a provincial town of 20,000 people in the early days of the Republic, is a purpose-built capital due to its strategic location at the heart of the country, although the history of settlement in the vicinity is millennia old.
While the biggest claim to fame of the town used to be the long-haired local breed of goats named after the former name of the city (Angora), out of which high quality mohair textiles were produced, today the few places where you can spot them in the city is the lawns in some parks or at the sides of clover-leaf interchanges on the highways—in the form of cute sculptures.
To the immediate south of Kızılay lies the upmarket districts of Kavaklıdere, Gaziosmanpaşa and Çankaya. The city's most expensive hotels and restaurants are found in this region, as are most of the embassies and consular services.
Southwest of Kızılay, past the aptly named Bakanlıklar ("ministries") district, İsmet İnönü Boulevard (named after the second Turkish president) leads into the area collectively known as Eskişehir Yolu (literally "the road to Eskişehir"), which is lined by most of Ankara's large and afforested university campuses and the buildings of the administrative institutions, including the National Parliament. The area becomes exurbs several tens of kilometres out of the city, which eventually give way to the wide open steppe.
ClimateAs any other part of the Anatolian highland, the winters are cold and usually snowy. Temperature is regularly below the freezing point during this season, but it rarely drops below -15°C. Thanks to the low levels of relative humidity, the hot and dry summers are more comfortable than coastal regions of Turkey. Average daily temperatures in midsummer are around 30°C. Daily temperatures can reach 35°C and above, but is not common and usually last no more than a few days. Summer nights are cool, though, so be sure to bring at least a cardigan with you to wear outdoors. Spring and autumn are the wettest seasons, but with an annual precipitation of 415 mm (i.e. a semi-arid climate), you are unlikely to get much wet during your trip to Ankara, anyway.
Ankara Esenboğa AirportThe only civilian airport in Ankara. There are few international flights: apart from Turkish Airlines (THY), only Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and British Airways offer direct flights to their respective European hubs. Iran Air also has two weekly flights to Tehran. For other carriers flying into Turkey, a flight into Istanbul is necessary, followed by an air transfer to Ankara by Turkish Airlines or Anadolu Jet (a low cost brand of Turkish Airlines). - EasyJet also offers discount flights to and from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in the summer months (until October 25) and to and from Istanbul and London Luton airport all year round for fares as low as £22.
The only means of public transport are public busses numbered 442 (4 TL with one pass cards). It starts from the airport and follows a main artery to Ankara, passing through almost all central points, including train station, Kızılay, AŞTİ (intercity bus terminal). You can expect it to be rather crowded and as they don't have separate sections for luggage, you might get exhausted at the end of the journey. One common way to travel to and from airports in Turkey is HAVAS but recently their services were temporarily suspended due to some legal issues with Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. Until the issues are solved, there won't be any HAVAS service. Until then Ankara Metropolitan Municipality started their own shuttle service called Belko Air. They follow a similar route to the public transport, from airport it takes you to train station, Kizilay, and AŞTİ. You can put your luggage in luggage compartment. It costs you 11 TL. You can take a taxi as well but that would cost you around 100-140 TL one way, metered.
By trainAnkara is the eastern terminus of the Turkish high-speed rail system (YHT), with frequent fast trains to Konya, and via Eskişehir to Istanbul. Trains to Eskişehir and Konya take 90 minutes and those stations are within 3-5 km of their town centres, so they are easy day trips. Trains to Istanbul take 4½ hours; they also stop at Pendik, 25 km east of city centre and convenient for Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport (10 km, taxi or bus).
Since July 2019 there's also an overnight service between Istanbul and Ankara. The train leaves Istanbul Halkali nightly at 22:00, picking up at Söğütlüçeşme, Bostanci and Pendik plus nine other intermediate stations, reaching Sincan then Ankara before 07:00. The return service has similar times, taking about nine hours altogether, and there are both seats and sleepers plus a dining car.
To Izmir, the Izmir Mavi leaves Ankara at 19:00 and takes 14 hrs overnight via Eskişehir and Kütahya; the return departs Izmir Basmane station at 18:00.
Destinations east of Ankara are served by slow overnight trains. The main services are to Diyarbakir and Kurtalan (the Guney Kurtalan Express), to Erzurum and Kars (the Dogu Express), and to Tatvan (the Vangölü Express), thence by dolmus to Van. From Van a train runs once a week to Tabriz and Tehran in Iran.
For times and reservations (strongly recommended) see TCDD Turkish Republic State Railways website.
A high-speed line is under construction from Ankara eastwards, and the first section to Kayseri and Sivas might open by 2020. The railway from Turkey to Georgia and Azerbaijan only carries freight, but passenger trains are expected to start early in 2020. International trains to Syria and Iraq are all suspended indefinitely.
By busIf you are travelling from places other than Istanbul, you will find buses fast, inexpensive, and modern. Watch out for the drivers spraying your hands with lemon cologne if you do not like it.
For tourists, Ankara’s public transit system, particularly the public bus network, can be difficult to figure out, because maps are rare and all information is in Turkish. Nor is there any access provided for disabled travellers in any form of public transport. Buses and metros tend to be very crowded during rush hours, especially on Mondays and Fridays.
If you know the city well, public transportation, especially the metro, is an ideal, easy, quick and cheap way to get around particularly for longer distances. For shorter distances taxis are an easy, quick and cheap way to get around.
Ankara Municipal BusesThe Ankara Municipal Buses, named Ankara Belediye Otobüsleri (EGO), consists of an extensive and dense bus network, and is owned and operated by the Ankara Municipality.
Payment system for municipal buses is based on multi-use magnetic cards which are also used for the metro; starting from the smallest available which is the 1-unit card which costs 1.65 TL, 2-unit cards which cost 3.30 TL, 3-unit cards which cost 4.95 TL, 5-unit cards which cost 8.25 TL, 10-unit cards which cost 16.50 TL and 20-unit cards which cost 33.00 TL. A free transfer with the magnetic cards is possible within a duration of 45 minutes between the bus lines and metro lines. The magnetic cards cannot be purchased in buses and have to be purchased beforehand at kiosks and metro stations.
No stops and maps are displayed in the buses and bus stops nor announced by voice in the buses. However all current bus information is available online at the EGO English website. In addition, apps for smartphones are available with the same functionality.
Ankara Non-Municipal Public BusesThe Ankara Non-Municipal Public Buses, Ankara Özel Halk Otobüsleri (ÖHO), consists of an extensive and dense bus network, operated by a private corporation.
Payment system for non-municipal buses is with cash. The ticket, which is only a one-way ticket, is purchased in buses at a cost of 2.75 TL.
Unfortunately, no stops and maps are displayed in the buses and bus stops nor announced by voice in the buses.
The west-east light-rail line named Ankaray and the north-south heavy-rail Ankara Metro line are both mostly underground lines and intersect at Kızılay station.
The Ankaray line runs between AŞTİ (Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi - Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal) and Dikimevi. The line is 8.7 km long (8.0 km underground and 0.7 km surface railway) and has 11 stations
The Ankara Metro line, runs between Kızılay, the city center, to Batıkent in the northwest. The line is 14.7 km long (6.5 km underground, 4.5 km surface, and 3.7 km elevated railway) and has 12 stations.
Payment for the subway is based on multi-use magnetic cards which is also used for the municipal buses; starting from the smallest available which is the 1-unit card which costs 1.65 TL, 2-unit cards which cost 3.30 TL, 3-unit cards which cost 4.95 TL, 5-unit cards which cost 8.25 TL, 10-unit cards which cost 16.50 TL and 20-unit cards which cost 33.00 TL. A free transfer with the magnetic cards is possible within a duration of 45 minutes between the bus lines and metro lines. The magnetic cards can be purchased at kiosks and metro stations.
All stations are announced both on a display and by voice in the metros.
By Suburban RailwayAnkara Suburban Railway (Ankara Banliyö Treni) consists of a single line, between Sincan and Eryaman in the west, through the city center, to Kayaş in the east. Trains run every 15 mins between about 06:00 and 22:00 . The line is 37.0 km long, all of it above ground, and has 24 stations. There's nothing of visitor interest near the outlying stations, but Eryaman is an interchange with YHT trains to Konya, Eskişehir and Istanbul Pendik.
Buy tickets in cash at any station. A one-way ticket costs 1.70 TL and a return ticket costs 3.00 TL.
The entire line was closed for over a year due to construction at Ankara station and surrounding tracks, but it re-opened in April 2018. It's owned and operated by Turkish State Railways.
By taxiTaxis are numerous in Ankara and are recognizable by their yellow color and word Taksi on top of the car. All licensed taxis have the letter T in their license plates.
The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance traveled. The ride will start at 2.20 TL, and the rate is 1.90 TL per kilometre. The rates for day and night are same. Tipping is not done other than rounding the fare to the next 50 kurus or 1 TL.
Occasionally, some taxi drivers will refuse to start the meter and try to negotiate a fixed price, especially with tourists. But most taxi drivers will start taximeters at all times. You should avoid these cabs and simply take another one as you will almost certainly end paying too much. Many taxi drivers, even though very few of them speak a foreign language, will understand your requested destination and instructions. Tell them then to put the taximeter on. Taxi drivers do normally work with the taximeter, so they will not be surprised at all when you ask them to put it on. Emphasize to the taxi driver that you will pay for the meter price before getting in.
Always try to stop a taxi that is passing by on the road or find a legitimate taxi stop.
If you are not familiar with the city and see that you are a tourist, the taxi driver may drive a detour in order to charge you more. Insist on going to the destination that you want, and have a map to show them your destination, to avoid a detour.
All taxis are required to have the designated license plate with the letter T apart from their yellow colouring.
Be careful about what notes you hand them for payment; some taxi drivers have tried to pretend that the 50 TL note that was handed was just a 5 TL note. Occasionally taxi drivers may actually also rip notes you give them, and tell you it is no good, in order to make you hand them a 50 TL note. So, make sure the notes are not ripped, and is actually the right one before you hand them over. Do not buy their quick-sell tricks and also do not allow them to round the price up to the higher denomination.
phone: +90 312 3243160address: Gözcü Sokak 2Display of the artefacts remained from the pre-Greek and -Roman Asia Minor/Anatolian civilizations — the best bits of sculptures and reliefs of the ancient Near East are all here. The oldest artefacts in display date back to the Paleolithic. This museum is one of the best in Turkey and by itself makes Ankara certainly worthwhile to visit.
phone: +90 (312) 2248550address: Etimesgut, Doğanbey Mh. or Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bulvarı (İstanbul Yolu)Various aircraft, aviation items, missiles, and whatnot are in the exhibition, as are MiGs from the other side of Iron Curtain.
Roman Road of AnkaraThis is an ancient Roman road
Temple of Augustus and Romeaddress: Sarıbağ SkThe remains of a temple constructed between 25 BC - 20 BC after the Roman conquest of central Anatolia. and created the formation of the Roman province of Galatia, with Ancyra (modern Ankara) as its administrative capital. The temple, on the ancient Acropolis of Ancyra, was enlarged by the Romans in the 2nd century. In the 5th century it was converted into a church by the Byzantines. Its remains, some sturdy rock-cut walls decorated by ancient motifs, lie just next to the mosque and tomb of Hacı Bayram Veli, marking this site as a sacred one.
Column of JulianA Roman column erected in 362 CE to commemorate the visit of Emperor Julian (r. 355–363) to Ancyra.
Roman Bathaddress: Çankırı CdExcavated ruins accessible to the public. Typical features of a classical Roman bath complex: a frigidarium (cold room), a tepidarium (warm room) and a caldarium (hot room). The baths were built during the reign of the Roman emperor Caracalla in the early 3rd century AD to honor Asclepios, the God of Medicine. Today, only the basement and first floors remain.
Atatürk's Tomb (Mausoleum) and Museumphone: +90 312 2317975address: Anıt Caddesi TandoğanThere is a museum housing a superior wax statue of Atatürk; writings, letters and items belonging to Atatürk, as well as an exhibition of photographs recordings of important moments of his life
Atakule TowerA 125 m-high communications and observation tower in the Çankaya district. The highest structure of the city, with a shopping mall located under the tower. (Atakule shopping mall, where very few shops are left open, will close in autumn 2019 as it will be transformed to a hotel.)
Monument to a Secure, Confident Future
Parks and gardensDepending on your interests, you can find trekking in local parks and in the surroundings, visiting the museums or hunting for the Ottoman or Selçuk remains in the ancient castle. Upscale shopping centers like Armada along the Eskisehir road also offer cinemas and quality restaurants.
Adile Nasit Parkaddress: Kuzgun Sokak, Ayrancı
Atatürk Forest Farm and Zooaddress: Alparslan Türkeş Caddesi (Çiftlik Cd.) No:150This is an expansive recreational farming area, which houses a zoo, several small agricultural farms, greenhouses, restaurants, a dairy farm and a brewery. It was started by Kemal Atatürk, who wanted to prove that the neglected steppes around Ankara could be converted into a lush, fertile agricultural land.
Armada Tower Ankara Shopping Mall
Karum Shopping centeraddress: Iran Street (Caddesi)
Like many other capitals, Ankara is where you can eat the best and the freshest fish of the country all around the year (not the cheapest, though). Around Sakarya str., there are various types of fish restaurants, from fast food to stylish ones and it can be a good opportunity to also try rakı, which is known as a companion of fish. But fish restaurants abound in the city; in Çankaya there are at least two excellent ones, "Akdeniz Akdeniz" and "Lazoli" featuring the first Mediterranean and the second Black Sea cuisine. "Ege", located close to Tunali street, is another excellent choice for fish and raki. The restaurant has also a variety of wines. If you want to listen good Turkish classical music while you eat and drink raki, then "Sudem" should be seen. It is located on Olgunlar Street.
There are also plenty of cheaper restaurant options in Kızılay and Maltepe, selling fast food or kebaps, döner, lahmacun. In Çankaya, Tunali, GOP region you may find various types of Turkish cuisine and luxurious restaurants where prices go higher.
Besides many classic iskender kebab restaurants there are also many restaurant featuring the traditional cuisine of a specific city, catering to the community of more affluent immigrants: from the spicy Urfa to the variety of vegetables coming with Adana kebab. Uludag Kebabcisi on Denizciler Caddesi in Ulus has been around for about sixty years and is a top of the line restaurant mainly serving Iskender kebap.
Finally, as the national capital, Ankara has a large population of diplomats, and hence there are a number of "international" restaurants in Kavaklıdere and Çankaya (also where the majority of diplomatic missions are located). Prices tend to be on the steep side.
Hacı Arif Beyaddress: Güniz sokak 48/1Kebaps and South Anatolian cuisine is a well managed and delicious restaurant for savoring Gaziantep cuisine. A wealth of options are available and prices are not very high.
SushicoJapanese and Thai food. Sushico's GOP restaurant especially has a very good garden.
address: Uğur Mumcu CadGood option for Chinese and Thai cookings. Quick China's branch on the Park Avenue "Park caddesi" is also very good, particularly for a Sunday brunch.
Papsi baraddress: Tunalı Hilmi CdA good choice to take a cold beer in a friendly atmosphere for years
"Kitir" and "Random" barsaddress: TunaliTwo other popular bars
Corvusaddress: Bestekar Streetoffering rock music.
phone: +90 312 424 0 144address: Kavaklıdere Mh., Olgunlar Cd No:18, 06420 Ankara
There are many bars and places to drink on that street which is parallel to Bestekar. The Edge, Twister, Hayyami (wine bar) are nice places.
Sakal on Kennedy Street is a unique place with electronic, reggae or retro (offering different kinds of music). On the same street Mono is pleasant place to drink. Tunus Street, parallel to Bestekar is another street where you may find many pubs like Retrox, Flat, James Cook and Zodiac. If Performance Hall, Manhattan, Overall and Siyah-Beyaz are places where you can drink and dance till 4 am with live rock music. There normally are rock cover bands and a huge crowd, especially on Friday and Saturday nights in these places.
"Sakarya" is full of the cheapest solutions. Among the best places in Sakarya, one should note "Net", which is a good choice not only take a glass of beer or raki, but also to eat. "Buyuk Ekspres" is also a nice old bar of the town. Also Eski-Yeni, Pasaj and Telwe are nice bars where you may find rock or alternative live music styles with cheaper drink prices compared to Tunali, Çankaya region.
"Park Avenue" -in Konutkent district- is the new street for classy bars, cafes and night clubs. You may also find second branch of Kitir, Random & Crossroads in "Park Avenue". Istanbul's fashionable night club Sortie has also opened in this avenue and is a nice place to drink any kind of drinks and listen to latest club mixes. Narquilla is a great place to have your nargile while drinking beer and enjoying nice food.
Also, there are meyhanes (tavern) in which fixed menus are served with drinks and classic Turkish music played. There are bars and restaurants also in the historic core of Ankara, close to citadel. You definitely have to go and return by taxi though.
Don't expect a lively gay life of Istanbul in Ankara. No-one comes to Ankara for its amazing gay life, however you can still enjoy your time while you are here. It has only one gay bar-club (Sixties) and this is open only on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. It gets pretty crowded after 00:00 and plays Turkish and Western pop music. In addition to that, though it is not a gay bar, Eski-Yeni Bar in Sakarya Caddesi (street) seems to attract a gay-lesbian crowd especially in its bottom floor. Kaos GL and Pembe Hayat, the leading queer organizations in Ankara, hold activities throughout the year.
Cheap hotels?address: Sanayi Caddesi
Ankara PalasA historic hotel completed in 1927.
Sheraton Hotelthe most visible and glitzy hotel in Ankara.
Ramadaaddress: Tunalı Hilmi streetrecent entrants, and offer very new-looking rooms
Hotel Midasaddress: Tunus Caddesi
Hotel Goldaddress: Tunus Caddesi
Angora House boutique hotelA charming place in an Ottoman era house.
address: Mevlana Bulvarı No: 2, 06330, AkköprüNext door to the 30 ha shopping center Ankamall.
The biggest danger for travellers is the road traffic, because there is little respect for pedestrians. Every road should be crossed carefully and very quickly. Even if pedestrian traffic lights show green, it is absolutely essential to have a watchful eye. At crosswalks definitely look out before crossing the street.
Another danger for pedestrians, are the sidewalks because they are often in a very poor condition. Because of the poor or irregular renovation of sidewalks, many of them have loose paving stones and holes in the asphalt. The risk of tripping and hurting oneself should not be underestimated.
Ankara Police Department has a "tourism police" section with staff multilingual in English, German, French, and Arabic.
Tourism Policephone: +90 312 384-0811, +90 312 384-0606, +90 312 6350-6353address: Emniyet Turizm Şube Müdürlüğü, İskitler
EmbassiesAnkara is the national capital and most countries have an embassy (or equivalent consular service). These are useful if you need consular assistance from your own country, or need to obtain visas to other countries. The embassies are generally located in the suburbs just to the south of the city centre, such as Kavaklıdere, Gaziosmanpaşa and Çankaya.
- phone: +90 312 468 7593address: Şehir Ersan Caddesi No. 42, Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 459 9500address: 7 Büyükesat Mh., Uğur Mumcu Cadesi, MNG Binasi No.88, 06700 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 405-5190address: Atatürk Bulvarı 189, 06680 Kavaklıdere
- phone: +90 312 495 2719address: Birlik Mh., 391. Caddesi No. 16, 06560 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 405 6166address: Mahatma Gandi Caddesi No. 55, 06700 Gaziosmanpaşa, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 409 2700address: Cinnah Caddesi No.58, 06690 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 447 3418address: Resit Galip Caddesi, Hirfanli Sokak 14/13, 06700 Gaziosmanpaşa
- phone: +90 312 436-0628address: Gölgeli Sokak 34, Gaziosmanpaşa
- phone: +90 312 442 8970address: Güzeltepe Mh., 06540 Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 446 5720address: Mahatma Gandi Caddesi No. 74, 06700 Gaziosmanpașa, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 446 0160address: Kelebek Sokak 21/1, Gaziosmanpaşa, 06700 Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 426-1026address: Atatürk Bulvarı No. 126, Kavaklıdere
- phone: +90 312 457-4444address: Kader sokak No. 44, Gaziosmanpasa
- phone: +90 312 455 4545address: Rimzi Oğuz Ank Mh., 06540 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 455 5100address: Remzi Oğuz Ank Mh., Atatürk Bulvarı No. 114, 06690 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 448 0387address: Kazım Özlap Mh., Ziaur Rahman Caddesi No. 9, 06700 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 438 2195address: 77/A Cinnah Caddesi, 06680 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 438-2190, +90 312 438-2191address: Abdullah Cevdet Sokak No. 10 Cankaya
- phone: +90 312 468 2820address: Tahra Caddessi No. 10, 06700 Kavaklıdere, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 459 1000address: 3 Büyükesat Mh., Uġur Mumcu Caddesi, MNG Binasi B Blok, No. 88, 06700 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 446 0500address: Kazım Özlap Mh., 06700 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 459 1400address: Reşit Galip Caddesi No. 70/2, Gaziosmanpaşa, 06700 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 442 3033address: Aziziye, 06690 Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 409 1800address: Hilal Mh., Turan Güneş Bulvarı, Hollanda Caddesi No. 5, 06550, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 446 3333address: Kızkulesi Sokak No. 11, Gaziosmanpaşa, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 408 4800address: Kırpınar Sokak No. 18, 06540 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 427 1410address: Gaziosmanpaşa, İran Caddesi No. 37, 06700 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 446 3831address: Mahatma Gandhi Caddesi No. 56, 06700 Gaziosmanpaşa
- phone: +90 312 439 2122address: Kayağdi Sokak No. 5, P.K. 35 Kavaklıdere, 06692 Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 405 6861address: Filestin Sokak No. 27, GOP 06700 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 438 0392address: Abdullah Cevdet 8, 06680 Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 455 4100address: B.P. 3, Kavaklıdere, 06692 Ankara
- phone: +90 312 457 3100address: Atatürk Bulvarı No. 247, Çankaya, Ankara
- phone: +90 312 436 7255address: Resit Galip Caddesi, Rabat Sokak No. 16, Gaziosmanpaşa, 06700
phone: +90 539 550 98 98address: Sancak Mahallesi 512. Sokak No: 17, Çankaya, Ankara, 06550
- phone: +90 312 455 3344address: Şehit Ersan Caddesi 46/A, Çankaya
- phone: +90 312 455 5555address: 110 Atatürk Bulvarı, Kavaklıdere, 06100 Ankara
BeypazarıThis is famous with its traditional houses, mineral water, bazaar, and of course bakery which is called Beypazari Kurusu. It is a quite a lot for a small Anatolian town which make them tourism attraction of the area. You must spare a weekend. You will not regret it.
Gordionaddress: Yassihoyuk,This is one of the most important ancient cities in Turkey and is from Ankara in. The city had been home for Hittites, Phyrigians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans since 3000 B.C. The remnants of the city are displayed in Gordion Museum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ulus.
KızılcahamamThis is a town with many thermal springs, surrounded by forests—a welcome retreat from the arid landscapes around Ankara.
Boğazkaleis the hub for visiting ancient Hattuşaş, the capital of Hittites.
Gavurkale and Kulhoyukaddress: Haymana townrock friezes and Hittite burial grounds
Soguksu National Park
- Ankara is a reasonably convenient place to base yourself if you want to travel around Anatolia, Cappadocia or the Black Sea coast and a growing number of tour operators and related service industries are catering to tourists. There is accommodation here at all levels, with prices pegged below those of Istanbul or the south coast, and the new bus station (AŞTİ) is probably the most useful transport hub in Turkey with services to just about anywhere that's feasible (Lebanon is only 16 hours away, if you're feeling adventurous).