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"Ankara- Anchor of Turkey"

Ankara Tourism

Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city after Istanbul. It is located in the centre of the Anatolian region and is known to be the nation's administrative centre. It is home to many well-preserved Roman and Ottoman relics scattered throughout the city.

Ankara is a sprawling metropolitan that appears as a concrete jungle at a glance. However, it has much to offer to those willing to look deeper. It has several historical landmarks, museums, and mosques. It is also a green city with many parks and open spaces. The highlight of the city is Ankara Castle, a medieval citadel on a high hill overlooking Ankara.

Ankara is a huge city with several neighbourhoods. Most attractions are located around the long Ataturk Boulevard, which runs from the north to the south of the city. Ulus is the historic centre of Ankara which houses the Ankara Castle and most museums. Kavaklidere, also known as Tunali district, is another popular area. It is more cosmopolitan and is full of restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Once known as Angora, Ankara gave its name to the famous Angora wool, which is shorn from Angora rabbits, Angora cats and Angora goats. Ankara is also known for its pears, muscat grapes, honey and doner kebab.

Must Know Before You Travel to Ankara

Buy Ankara Card valid for buses and metros instead of single-use tickets to get around town. This card is available at all metro stations for 6 Lira, while one ride costs 2.5 Lira. The card is not limited to hours or the duration of your stay

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Currency in Ankara

The primary currency utilised all through Turkey is Turkish Lira. This is accepted all through the country and you would have no issue using it.

Exchanging Money in Ankara

  • This city of Ankara has become very much modernised, and you would be able to find banks as well as money-changing outlets all through the city. 
  • There are a lot of banks and ATMs in the Ulus, Kizilay and Kavaklidere neighbourhoods.
  • The currency exchange offices generally offer the best rates without any commission.

Ankara Customs

  • Turkey is a conservative country concerning dress. Avoid beachwear outside the beaches and revealing clothes like miniskirts and shorts in tourist areas.
  • Nude sunbathing is not acceptable in most places.
  • Smoking is banned in all public buildings, enclosed public spaces and public transport.
  • Cover your head, shoulders, and upper arms when visiting a mosque. Take off your shoes before entering

Language of Ankara

Most of the people around here are known to speak Turkish. However, some of the people happen to understand Arabic and Kurdish as well. The educated segment of this city tries and speaks English; however it is not much prevalent.

History of Ankara

Ankara was named based upon the Celtic name Ancyra which meant anchor. This place initially had a few thousand people living here during the 20th century. However, the fate of this city changed when the resistance movement was initiated here in 1920. During this time, a parliament representing the people of Turkey was established. Later, when the Turkey war of Independence was won, it overthrew the government ruling in Istanbul. It was a year after this event when the city you see was built, and then 5 million people were residing in it.

Nightlife in Ankara

Ankara has a thriving nightlife with numerous bars, pubs and restaurants. The locals love to sit over a beer and have conversations. Some popular nightlife spots in Ankara are Papsi, Kitir, Corvus, Sakarya, and Park Avenue.

Shopping in Ankara

There are numerous handicraft stores available in and across Ankara. However, Ankara castle is one of the world-famous outlets for getting top-notch carpets as well as intricately crafted products. It is also home to top-notch shopping malls.

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What is the best time to visit Ankara?

June-September is the best time to visit Ankara. This is the peak tourist season because the days are pleasant and warm, and the sun shines bright. Winter months of November-February gets very cold and the temperature often goes below -14 degrees Celsius during December and January. There’s also snowfall during this time in Ankara. Summers are hot, humid and not comfortable for travelling around the places. The temperature rises up to 35 degrees Celsius or more than that at times. However, summer nights are relatively cooler. Autumn and spring are also the rainy seasons in Ankara and hence, if you are planning your vacation during these two months, make sure that you are well-equipped.
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What is the local food in Ankara?

Turkish people normally consume fried vegetable such as eggplant, potatoes alongwith yogurt and sauce. Some of the famous dishes of this place are Menemen and cilbir. Tomatoes, Sheep Cheese etc, are also consumed here on regular basis.
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What are the things to do in Ankara?

The top things to do in Ankara are Antikabir, Museum of Anatolian, Anakra Castle, Ankara Ethnography Museum, War of Independence Museum, Atakule Tower. You can see all the places to visit in Ankara here

What are the places near Ankara?

The top places near to Ankara are Istanbul which is 349 km from Ankara, Antalya which is located 386 km from Ankara, Cappadocia which is located 222 km from Ankara, Pamukalle which is located 393 km from Ankara, Kas which is located 501 km from Ankara

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