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Ankara, Turkey

The capital of Turkey and its second largest city, Ankara is actually a much lesser-known destination than many other cities in the country.

Despite its long history the city first came into prominence in 1919 when Atatürk decided to make Angora, as Ankara was known until the 1930s, his base following his victory in Turkey's War of Independence. Since then it has been developed as the country’s economic and political centre. 

Although it is not the most captivating of Turkey’s cities, it is nevertheless interesting to see the financial success of the country reflected here in the modern architecture and thriving population.

Ankara's main attractions are within or surrounding the Citadel, a labyrinth of winding streets enclosed by and spilling out of the castle walls. Close to here is the excellent Anatolian Civilisations Museum, one of Turkey's best museums, displaying artefacts from almost all of the main archaeological sites in the country, dating from as far back as Neolithic times.

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This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Ankara, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Ankara

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    Places near Ankara

    Accommodation choices for Ankara

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ankara. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Divan Çukurhan, Ankara

      Divan Çukurhan

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      Set in an old caravanserai, the Divan Çukurhan is located just outside the castle in the Old Town of Ankara. Its rooms are set around a central inner courtyard along with a spa, gym and a library.

    • No. 19 Hotel, Ankara

      No. 19 Boutique Hotel

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      The No. 19 Boutique Hotel is located in a quiet part of Ankara, around a ten to fifteen minute drive from the centre. A modern boutique hotel its decorated with both modern art and vintage antique artefacts throughout.

    Ideas for experiencing Ankara

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Ankara, and which use the best local guides.