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    Ankara – a brief overview

    Despite its unremarkable setting in the flat surrounds of Central Anatolia, Turkey’s capital and second largest city is a dynamic metropolis and well worth a visit. Ataturk made Ankara the capital in 1923, and the spirit of the nation’s founder still looms large in regal monuments across the city. It may not have the romantic allure of Istanbul, but Ankara has a cosmopolitan

    atmosphere, fuelled by its high-living diplomats and lively university students. The city’s well-preserved old quarter is clustered around the medieval castle, with craftsmen plying their traditional wares in its narrow backstreets. By contrast, the modern centre has broad boulevards lined with world-class museums, restaurants and chic coffee bars.

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    Anitkabir

    Anitkabir
    06520 Ankara
    Turkey
    Tel: (0312) 231 7975
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630 (Feb to mid-May)
    Daily 0900-1700 (mid-May to Oct)
    Daily 0900-1600 (Nov-Jan)

    The mausoleum of Ataturk is the city’s most popular site, an impressive colonnaded edifice on a city hilltop. On permanent display in the Hall of Honour, the revered leader’s sarcophagus creates a hallowed atmosphere. The adjacent museum contains personal memorabilia shedding light on the man behind the figurehead.

    State Art and Sculpture Museum

    Türkocağı Sokak
    06230 Ankara
    Turkey
    Tel: (0312) 310 2094
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1200 and 1330-1700

    The city’s leading museum of Turkish and international art is housed in a restored modern building, with well-displayed permanent and temporary exhibitions, and a café.

    Citadel

    Kale Mh.
    06240 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Ankara’s ancient district within the castle is a great place for wandering around narrow lanes and UNESCO-listed buildings. One of its key historic monuments is the Parmak Kapisi (Finger Gate), also known as Saatli Kapi (Clock Gate)

    Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

    Necatibey Mh.
    06240 Ankara
    Turkey
    Tel: (0312) 324 3160
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1730 (Nov-Mar)
    Daily 0830-1900 (Apr-Oct)

    Housed in a converted old covered market, this is Ankara’s most important museum. Its collection of antiquities dating back over 3,000 years has been excavated from around the country. Among the finest treasures on display is the ancient coin collection.

    Haci Bayram Camii

    Haci Bayram Mh.
    06030 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This 15th-century mosque is one of the oldest and most important mosques in Ankara. It has been restored several times in its history, with tiles from Kutahya, in western Turkey added during the 18th century.

    Kocatepe Camii

    Bankacı Sokak
    06420 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Ankara’s largest mosque is also one of the biggest in the world, with four tall minarets bordering its three-tiered dome. Although classically Ottoman in style, the mosque was only completed in 1987 and is one of the city’s chief landmarks.

    Atakule Tower

    Çankaya Caddesi
    06830 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Ankara’s most iconic and tallest building towers 125m (410ft) over the city, providing some of the best bird’s-eye views from its revolving tower. There’s a restaurant up top, and a shopping mall at its feet.

    CerModern

    Altınsoy Caddesi 3
    06101 Ankara
    Turkey
    Tel: (0312) 310 0000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Ankara’s major modern art museum is housed in a converted train depot, with light and spacious galleries arranged around a courtyard. In addition to its permanent exhibition of modern Turkish art, the museum’s recent temporary exhibitions have ranged from Picasso to Munch and Warhol.

    Ethnography Museum

    TalatPaşa Bulvarı Türkocağı Sokak 4
    Ankara
    Turkey
    Tel: (0312) 311 3007
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1700 or 1730 (Nov to mid-Apr)
    Daily 0830-1900 (mid-Apr to Oct)

    This fascinating museum focuses on Turkish life, customs and rituals past and present, as well as artworks. Highlights include the jewellery, ceramics and rug-making exhibits.

    Roman Baths

    Çankırı Caddesi
    06830 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1730

    There’s still much to see among the ruins of these third-century Roman baths, which were destroyed by fire after several centuries of use. Columns and arches mark the layout of the main areas: the caldarium, tepidarium and frigidarium (hot, warm and cold baths).

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    For sheer diversity, it’s hard to beat Turkey. The country seems to exist in multitudes – of people, of natural landscapes, of cultures. It is a land of vast open spaces, massive mountain ranges, fertile valleys and rugged coastline, fast-growing cities and sleepy villages, bustling neon-lit seaside resorts and unfrequented beaches.

    Countless waves of invasions, rebellions and ongoing immigration have created a country that may surprise visitors with the breadth and depth of the cultural melting-pot, not just in the major cities but across the country, with Kurds, Greeks, Arabs and many more groups to be found.

    Geography

    Turkey borders the Black Sea and Georgia and Armenia to the northeast, Iran to the east, Iraq to the southeast, Syria and the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Asia Minor (or Anatolia) is the name given to the peninsula that forms a bridge between Europe and Asia. It accounts for 97% of the country’s area and forms a long, wide peninsula 1,650km (1,025 miles) from east to west and 650km (400 miles) from north to south.  The biggest city is Ankara, which is situated in the central plains of Anatolia.

    The other 3% of the country is Thrace, the tiny land mass which is the European portion of Turkey bordering Bulgaria and Greece and separated from Anatolia by the Bosphorus, a strait linking the Black Sea and Aegean Sea. Despite its small size 10% of the population lives here, with most of these in Istanbul.

    Two east-west mountain ranges, the Black Sea Mountains in the north and the Taurus in the south, enclose the central Anatolian plateau, but converge in a vast mountainous region in the far east of the country. It is here that the ancient Tigris and Euphrates rivers rise.

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    Key Facts

    Area: 783.562 sq km

    Population: 80.694.485

    Polulation density: 103 per sq km

    Capital: Ankara

    Government: Republic since 1923

    Language

    Turkish is the official language. Kurdish is also spoken by a minority in the southeast. French, German and English are widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas.

    Currency

    New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of YTL1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 New Kurus.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +2 hours (October – March)
    UTC/GMT +3 hours (March – October)

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01 January 2014
    National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: 23 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: 19 Mai 2014
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 28 July 2014
    Victory Day: 30 August 2014
    Kurban Bayrami (Feast of Sacrifice): 04 Oktober 2014
    Republic Day: 28 Oktober 2014

     

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01 January 2015
    National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: 23 April 2015
    Labour Day: 1 May 2015
    Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: 19 Mai 2015
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 18 July 2015
    Victory Day: 30 August 2015
    Kurban Bayrami (Feast of Sacrifice): 23 September 2015
    Republic Day: 28 Oktober 2015

     

     

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    Nightlife in Ankara
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    Ankara has a sophisticated and eclectic entertainment scene, from cool cocktail bars to grungy dance clubs.

    Kizilay and Bakanliklar are the hotspots for a no-frills night out, but for something a little classier, Kavaklidere attracts a well-heeled crowd.

    IF Performance Hall

    Kavaklıdere Mh.
    Tunus Caddesi No:14
    06410 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Top local and international bands pack in the crowds in this basement concert hall.

    The Soul Pub

    Olgunlar Caddesi 18
    06420 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Friendly atmosphere, inexpensive drinks and conversation-level music all add up to make this a great pub for a sociable night out.

    Ankara State Opera

    Atatürk Bulvarı 20
    Ankara
    Turkey
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    The city’s premier concert hall hosts classical performances as well as opera.

    Atatürk Cultural Centre

    Ziyabey Caddesi 19
    06520 Ankara
    Turkey
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    This multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre holds occasional folk music concerts.

    Random

    Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi 114
    Ankara
    Turkey
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    This sprawling nightclub has several dance floors on different storeys, with a loud and full-on atmosphere.

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    Restaurants in Ankara
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    Cosmopolitan Ankara has a wide range of dining options, from formal gourmet restaurants for its diplomats and business folk,

    to cheap cafés for students on a shoestring. The best areas are Kizilay and Kavaklidere.

    Zenger Paşa Konaği

    Doyran sok.No: 13
    06240 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Dine in style on traditional Anatolian cuisine in a historic 18th-century mansion, with regular live folk music nights.

    Trilye

    Hafta Sokak 11B
    Ankara
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Rare in an inland city, this restaurant is famous for its delicious fresh fish, and popular with diplomats and politicians.

    Hayyami

    Bestekar Sokak 82B
    06540 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    This intimate wine bar is a favourite of Ankara’s intelligentsia; its dimly lit corners are packed with armchair philosophers.

    Café des Cafés

    Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi 83A
    Ankara
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    This lively café in a chic neighbourhood serves tasty snacks and warming mulled wine on winter nights.

    Öz Urfa Kebapçisi

    Kazim Karabekir Caddesi 112/9
    06030 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Price: Cheap

    Excellent kebabs in this big, cheery restaurant with tables on the pavement.

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    Bilkent International Anatolian Festival

    1 – 31 August 2014

    Staged by Ankara’s respected Music and Performing Arts Faculty, this well-attended event attracts thousands of music lovers and performers to the city. An innovative programme runs from classical orchestral music to alternative acts and traditional regional folklore and dance.

    Republic Day

    29 October 2014

    This much-celebrated public holiday is observed nationwide, marking the end of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. In Ankara, people flock to events in parks and plazas throughout the city with much eating, drinking and merriment and flag-waving pageantry.

    Ankara International Film Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Venues across Ankara.

    Turkey’s cinematic highlight draws filmmakers and cinema-lovers from all over the world. 2010 marks the Film Festival’s 21st birthday.

    International Children's Theatre Festival

    1 April – 31 May 2015

    Venue: Various venues, including the main parks and schools

    Held in honour of Turkey’s founder, Kemal Ataturk, this vibrant 10-day event focuses on the promise of youth. Dozens of events include folkloric dancing, music, song and food with processions and displays across the city.

    Ankara International Music Festival

    1 – 30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Outdoor venues and plush concert halls.

    A month-long musical highlight that draws musical aficionados from all over Turkey, this popular festival boasts a packed calendar of concerts and performances featuring big-name artists and unknown acts.

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    Hotels in Ankara
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    Ankara has a good selection of hotels, as befits a capital city, and prices are often cheaper than in Istanbul. Kavaklidere has the lion’s share of upscale hotels, with mid-range alternatives in

    adjacent Bakanlilar and Kizilay. For budget options, your best bet is on the Citadel hillside.

    JW Marriott

    Kızılırmak Mahallesi Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu Caddesi 1
    06520 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    This large modern tower has all the luxury comforts expected of the international chain.

    Hotel Rixos Grand

    Atatürk Bulvarı 183
    06680 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    Right in the heart of town, this plush modern hotel is an ideal choice for business visits.

    Nesta

    Uğur Mumcu Caddesi Kizkulesi Sokak 36
    06700 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This modern boutique hotel has arty rooms and is centrally located in the embassy district.

    Surmeli Ankara

    Cihan Sokak 6
    06430 Ankara
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This large modern hotel is ideal for business visits with good amenities and a restaurant.

    Mina 1

    Fidanlık Mh.
    Ataç-1 Sokak No:22
    06420 Ankara
    Türkei
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    Category: Budget

    This simply furnished but clean and well-run hotel offers excellent value for money.

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    Climate & best time to visit Turkey

    Turkey is a huge country, and its climate varies widely from region to region as well as seasonally. For sightseeing holidays to Istanbul and the most important ancient and medieval sights, and for active walking holidays, the best times to visit are spring (April-May) and autumn (October-early November) when days are generally warm and sunny but not uncomfortably hot. Rainy spells and cloudy days are possible, however, in spring and autumn, so the best months for a sun-and-sea holiday on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast are June to end September. Resort areas are most crowded from June until the end of August.

    In developing ski areas such as Uludag near Bursa and Palandoken near Erzurum, the best time to visit is between December and April. Temperatures in and around Istanbul can vary from well below freezing in midwinter to above 40°C (104°F) in summer. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts experience the hottest summers, with highs of 45°C (113°F), but midwinter temperatures can be as low as -5°C (23°F). Mountainous Eastern Turkey has the most extreme climate of all, with winter temperatures as low as -43°C (-45F) and highs up to 38C (100F). The climate of the central Anatolia is also extreme with summer highs of 40°C (104°F)and winter lows of -25°C (-13°F). The Turkish State Meteorological Office (www.mgm.gov.tr) provides a day to day, region by region online weather forecast.

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    Jan16 °C-24 °C4 °C-3 °C79 %47 mm82.9 h
    Feb20 °C-24 °C6 °C-2 °C75 %36 mm73.8 h
    Mar28 °C-19 °C11 °C0 °C65 %36 mm85.5 h
    Apr31 °C-6 °C17 °C5 °C58 %48 mm86.7 h
    May34 °C-1 °C21 °C9 °C57 %55 mm98.8 h
    Jun36 °C3 °C26 °C12 °C51 %37 mm610.6 h
    Jul38 °C4 °C29 °C15 °C43 %14 mm311.8 h
    Aug40 °C5 °C29 °C15 °C41 %12 mm211.2 h
    Sep35 °C-1 °C25 °C11 °C46 %19 mm29.6 h
    Oct33 °C-5 °C19 °C6 °C56 %27 mm56.9 h
    Nov24 °C-17 °C12 °C2 °C70 %33 mm64.7 h
    Dec20 °C-24 °C6 °C0 °C78 %49 mm82.5 h
    year40 °C-24 °C17 °C6 °C60 %415 mm727.1 h

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +90

    Telephone

    The cheapest way to make calls is from PTT telephone booths, which are found in all areas. These operate using phone cards, which can be bought from kiosks, or by using major credit cards.

    Mobile Phone

    Mobile phone coverage is generally good, but can be patchy in some rural areas in eastern Turkey. As Turkey is outside the EU, roaming charges are very much more expensive than for mobile phone use in the UK and the rest of the EU.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés throughout Turkey, even in small towns and rural villages. Almost all hotels (including even small guesthouses and budget hostels) offer free Wi-Fi internet access, as do many restaurants, bars and cafés.

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    Shopping in Ankara
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    Key Areas

    Ankara has plenty of places to tempt you to blow your shopping budget, from gleaming malls to atmospheric bazaars to chic boutiques. The Citadel is one of the most pleasant shopping districts, with specialist crafts shops selling carpets, leather and hand-beaten copper goods. Downtown Ulus and the main city-centre boulevards such as Tunali Hilmi Caddesi have upscale department stores and supermarkets, with international brands including Ikea and Marks and Spencer.

    Markets

    Two of the best and most atmospheric daily markets are the Ulus Hali food market, on Konya Caddesi, and the adjacent

    Vakif Suluhan Carsisi, a reconstructed caravanserai, with clothes and jewellery stalls. The Antika Pazari antique market takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

    Shopping Centres

    A couple of the increasing number of malls worth visiting are Karum, on Iran Caddesi, between the Sheraton and Hilton hotels in Kavaklidere, and the Galleria in Umitkoy.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting a stranger;  kissing on the cheek is reserved for meeting friends and family. Hospitality is very important and visitors should respect Islamic customs. Informal wear is acceptable, but beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. Smoking is widely acceptable but prohibited in cinemas, theatres, buses, coaches and dolmuş (collective taxis).

    There is no law against women wearing headscarves in public but those in public roles and campus students are banned from wearing them. However, if visiting a mosque, women are advised to take scarves to cover their hair and to wear long-sleeved tops. Both men and women should have legs covered from the knees upwards.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is chlorinated in towns and cities, but it is advisable to drink the widely available bottled mineral water. If a water source bears the words içilmez, it is not potable; sources labelled içilir or içme suyu are safe to drink. Milk is pasteurised. Eat only well-cooked meat and fish. When it comes to street food, common sense is advised; eat food that is freshly cooked and ideally, has been prepared in front of you. During the summer Turkey can experience temperatures up to 40°C so carry a bottle of water to avoid dehydration.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. It is recommended that travellers visiting rural areas, get a rabies vaccination as this may be found in dogs, cats and other animals throughout the countryside. Turkey has very low risk of malaria, with the risk increasing towards the Syrian border in the south east of the country, but keen trekkers may want to stock up on supplies of insect-repellent.

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