Even though Istanbul is by far the most well-known city in Turkey, it is not the capital, Ankara is that city, and we’ll be talking about it for a bit to prepare you for your Ankara trip.
Ankara has been the capital of Turkey for about eight decades, a span of time in which what used to be a rather anonymous provincial capital has grown into its role of an international capital city, featuring a quite modern sophisticated air, with a café culture that has transformed the city from the inside out.
The city is in constant development and expansion, and everything that’s new and current has a tendency to simply pop up at random locations across the network of suburbs. This can make it quite difficult for those who are only visiting for a short while to find the latest hotspots – if that is what they’re looking for. The best way of keeping up with the constantly changing city scene, your best bet might actually be talking to the locals and ask for tips.
As far as the more touristy attractions and sights go, Ankara has quite a few of those as well, starting with the Anit Kabir which is the monumental mausoleum dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who was the founder of modern Turkey. It’s located high above the city and built with a lot of marble as well as an air of veneration.
The Rahmi M Koc Industrial Museum is a great place to visit if you have kids, as well as many adults, especially if they prefer a very hands-on approach to their visiting. The first thing that you’ll see on your left as you enter is the citadel mosque, the Alaetiin Camii, which dates from the 12th century however the current version has seen very extensive renovations.
One other museum that you’ll just have to visit is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations which is a great way of diving into the complex history of Turkey’s ancient past.
All of these and many more can be seen with the help of our Ankara car hire services.