Ankara, Turkey is a vital commercial and manufacturing city with more than four million inhabitants. It is also the capital of the country and the seat of the Turkish government.
Ankara is famous for sights like Anıtkabir and its Muscat grapes for wine, pears and honey, as well as the prized mohair and Angora from Angora rabbits and goats. Additionally, the deluxe long haired kitty cat breed, the Angora, originates from Ankara.
There are a lot of things to do in Ankara during a vacation in the city!
A vibrant nightlife, historical sites, museums and Roman baths are just a few of the things that make Ankara a perfect holiday destination!
If you are interested in Turkish history, go to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and see the exhibits. The museum has works of precious gold and silver, as well as that made of glass, marble and bronze from thousands of years ago. There are also good examples of the very first minted money and other rare treasures.
Another historic place to visit on holiday is the Anıtkabir, which means memorial tomb. This is the burial place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who led the Turkish War of Independence. He became the first president of Turkey. The second president, İsmet İnönü, is also buried there.
Some of the Ankara history involves the ancient Romans, such as the Roman Baths of Ankara. These were once a huge complex and now cared for as a museum, where tourists can see how a Roman bathing area was laid out.
If you love shopping, don’t miss the variety of opportunities such as the local markets called pazars, as well as the Karum Is ve Merkezi shopping mall, and the local stores on the street called Tunali Hilmi Caddesi.
Ankara features a continental climate, which means it is cold and with usually snow in the winter and enjoys hot and dry summers, and it often rains in the spring and the fall.
The average temperatures average between 0.3 °C (32.5 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in July.