Ankara, capital of Turkey, home to 4.5 million people. That surely sounds like a winning tourism formula. Yet Ankara only receives a fraction of the total number of tourists that make their way to Turkey each year. We know statistics are boring, but if a capital city of a country only receives 1 million out of a total of 40 million (2.5%) of a country's total tourists, something must be wrong. Compare that with more than 30% for Paris in France, another country that has plenty to see outside of its capital. But I digress... What gives?
What gives is probably that Ankara just can't compare with Istanbul on the historical front. Take note of another boring historical fact for instance: when Ankara in 1924 became the new capital of the Republic of Turkey, it had a population of just 35,000 vs. nearly a million in Istanbul. Ankara's history actually does go much further, but it only started to become a city of true significance in the 20th century.
So Ankara is more modern. Grey buildings and wide streets are what is typically associated with the city. But in truth there is much more to be seen here, such as Anıtkabir, the huge mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Or the medieval citadel that houses Ankara Castle and overlooks the red roofs of the city. Or how about the cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter next to it, or the Kocatepe and Hacı Bayram mosques, the Temple of Augustus, the Roman Baths, etc. etc. Or maybe even Kizilay with its plentiful shops, restaurants, bars and party hotspots? I guess you get the point we are trying to make. Just do not compare this city to Istanbul, a city very few can match up to, and enjoy it in its own right. Because there is a lot to do in Ankara. [Review by travelindicator]
- Ankara is a city in Turkey. It has a population of 4,417,522, is situated at an altitude of 2858ft and the best airport to fly into is ESB (Esenboga International, Ankara)
- The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY)
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