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Short City Breaks in Ankara

Ankara is the second-largest city and the capital of Turkey. The population of Ankara is approximately 3.5 million. Ankara is located almost right in the middle of the country. It's the perfect destination for a short break, read on to find out the highlights.

3 sights You can't Miss in Ankara

  • Anitkabir – located in the Anittep quarter part of the city on an imposing hill, is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk mausoleum. The nearby museum is open every day but Monday. It houses a large display of Ataturk paraphernalia and memorabilia.
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations – one of the best museums in the entire country, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is worth a visit. The museum has artefacts that date to the Palaeolithic time period.
  • Ankara Opera House – as the capital of Turkey, Ankara is also home of most of the cultural activities in the country. The Ankara Opera House offers shows from the national directorate of ballet and opera companies from the country.

Shopping & Dining in Ankara

If you want to shop on your trip to Ankara, the modern shops are found in the Kizilay or Tunali Hilmi Avenue areas. However, for the older shops, visit Cikrikcilar Yokusu, located near the Ulus. Another popular area is the copper workers street. Ankara’s Castle is well-known for its leather, antiquities, and carpet traders.  Ankara offers a wonderful variety of food as well. The Doner kebab is one of the best k

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nown signature dishes of the country. There are many restaurants that offer kebabs so you will not find it hard to spot one.

Nightlife in Ankara

There are many bars and night clubs within the city of Ankara. Papsi is a great place to have a beer in a friendly atmosphere. Random and Kitir are two popular bars in the city as well. If you are looking for a rock music venue, Corvus located on Bestekar Street is a fantastic choice. If you love to dance and want to stay out late, Siyah-Beyaz, Manhattan, Overall, and Performance Hall are all open until 4 am and offer great rock music.  Park Avenue is the newest street full of classy bars, night clubs and cafes. This is a perfect place to start out your evening.

Suggested 2 day Itinerary in Ankara

When visiting the city of Ankara for a short two day trip, your first day should begin by visiting the many markets and shopping areas within the city. After grabbing a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, spend the afternoon at the Anitkabir. You can visit another Turkish restaurant for dinner and then hit one of the nightclubs for some action in the evening.
Your second day should begin with a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Then spend the afternoon walking through the city and enjoying the unique and historical architecture. Finish your trip with a show at the Ankara Opera House or one of the other theatres in the city.

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