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With its mix of students, foreign diplomats, government workers and business people, Ankara has a vibrant atmosphere and a dynamic culture all of its own. Though the city lacks the historic clout of Istanbul, Ankara, the country’s understated capital, has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. A great choice of museums, historic sites and modern attractions ensures there’s plenty for culture vultures to get their teeth stuck into, while the city’s busy shopping districts, lively nightlife and great restaurants gives you plenty to do once the museums close their doors.
Kavaklıdere – Packed full of bars, clubs and restaurants, the young, cosmopolitan area of Kavaklıdere is home to some of the best food in Ankara. The perfect destination for a great meal out or night on the town, this lively area will give you a glimpse into contemporary life in the city.
Kızılay – This politically active district is centred around Kızılay Square, the site of numerous protests and rallies over the years. The area is a great place to discover on foot, with plenty characterful side streets, pavement cafes and eclectic restaurants to explore.
Ulus – The historic centre of Ankara is home to many of the city’s museums and early republic building, as well as Ankara Castle.
Hamamonu – The recently restored Hamamonu district gives visitors a glimpse into life in old Ankara. Beautiful wooden buildings house charming shops and cafes that invite you to spend hours wandering through the narrow streets that house them.
The most prominent sight in the city is Ankara Castle. The medieval fortress dominates the skyline in the centre of Ankara and is a must see during your time in the city. Ankara’s other important sight is the Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Located on a hill outside of the capital, the imposing structure is an important part of Turkish history. Holidaymakers staying in Ankara should also visit the ornate Hacı Bayram Mosque, the restored buildings in the Hamamonu neighbourhood and Atakule Tower where they can enjoy panoramic views of Ankara and the surrounding area.
For visitors interested in Turkish history and culture, Ankara has a great choice of museums to explore including the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara Ethnography Museum and the State Art and Sculpture Museum. Regular music and film festivals take place in the city throughout the year, with Ankara International Music Festival, Ankara International Cinema Festival and Ankara International Jazz Festival among the most famous. If you want to pick up a souvenir should head to the area around Ankara’s castle and the nearby covered market where carpets, clothes and leather products of all types can be found.