Ankara is the capital of Turkey. It is located in the centre of Anatolia province. With a known history of around 3000, Ankara has seen great heights in the past. Despite its long history, which goes back to the Hittites, the city became an important center only after the creation of Republic in 1923. Today, Ankara is a sprawling urban mass thoroughly organized and well-planned and much European in look than most of the cities in Turkey. Almost all the important state institutions are situated in Ankara. Its wide-open roads, large hotels, restaurants and government offices distinguish the city. Besides, there are several tourist attractions in the city making Ankara travel an ideal vacation for the tourists.
Ankara travel is a popular with Turks because it's a modern city, created by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Thousands of accomplished Turks have been educated in the city and, at the same time, it also acts as a host to all the foreign embassies, and is the capital for the government. It is a well-known statement that "Every Turk, or foreign businessman, passes through Ankara at one time or another".
This amazing city took just 80 years from being a sleepy little village to becoming the thriving metropolis it is today with a population of over three million. It is a city with a lively culture, and visitors can enjoy sophisticated dining, clubbing, and shopping, as well as explore ancient sites and ruins.
Ankara has a typical continental climate with long and hot, but pleasant summers. Winters are cool with some snow and rainfall. The best season for Ankara travel is spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). Laying in the middle of the country, visiting Ankara for couple of days can also a break on doorway to the Eastern, north western and southern part of Anatolia.
Ankara offers a multitude of activities, to get involved in and a lot to see during your Ankara travel. Once here, you either visit the large variety of interesting sites it has to offer, or spend some time in its various shopping malls, or get acquainted with its culture and lifestyles by visiting a number of exhibitions and cultural performances that are held here regularly. More than anything else a simple walk down the streets of this age-old city could reveal a few interesting facts to you.
Ankara is a very old city. The most interesting part of Ankara is Ulus, the old part of town. Built on two hills, Ulus derives much of its character from its steep and winding streets.
The main sight in Ankara is the Kale, the fortress overlooking Ulus. Around town you will find a few remains of Roman times, esp. the Augustus tempel, which became famous with historians because of the 'Monumentum Ancyranum', the legacy of Emperor Augustus. Next to the temple ruin you will find the tomb of Haci Bayram Pasha and probably some pilgrims saying prayers in front of one window - the holy man is still very popular amongst the Anatolian population.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is another highlight; it is one of the best museums of the country and should not be missed by any Ankara tourist with an interest in the history of Turkey. The museum is open everyday except Sunday. Other museums in the city include: Ethnographical Museum, Painting and Sculpture Museum, Museum of Liberation, Museum of Republic, Presidential Mansion museum, and Natural History Museum.
Some of the other important attractions in Ankara are: The Roman Bath, The Column of Julian, Haci Bayram Mosque, The Hatti Monument, Victory Monument, Monument of the Republic, Yeni Mosque, Kocatepe Mosque, Anikabir, and so on.