Ankara is the capital of Turkey as well as the second-largest city and it is historically known as Ancyra and Angora. The city serves as an important commercial and industrial center due to its location at the center of the country’s road and railway networks. It also contributes to Turkey’s growing medical tourism revenue and most of the patients coming to the city are from Germany, Libya, the UK, and the UAE. It is a preferred medical destination because most of the procedures are 40% cheaper than in European countries. The medical centers cater to a wide range of procedures with world-class quality and Dunyagoz Ankara is one of the more popular medical centers.
Overshadowed by Istanbul, Ankara is often overlooked by tourists who visit Turkey. However, the city actually has a lot to offer. One of the main attraction of the city is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. It exhibits curated artifacts from every significant archaeological site in Anatolia as well as a collection of Roman artifacts. A short walk from the museum is the citadel, which houses a number of restaurants that sells tender kebabs and milk-puddings. The monumental mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is a major draw for Turks, and foreign visitors are recommended to pay a visit to experience the respect and admiration that the local people have for the founder of modern Turkey.
The international airport of Ankara is Ankara Esenboğa Airport, it serves international flights to many cities in Europe and the Middle East as well as domestic flights to major cities in Turkey. Several low-cost airlines operate flights from this airport, including Pegasus Airlines, and Eurowings. The city is well-connected by metro rail system and city buses. Taxis are widely available, and the fares are reasonable and the taxis are painted yellow with the word ‘Taksi’ on top of the car.
Holders of passports issued by 78 countries can enter Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days per 180-day period. e-Visa is available for citizens of 40 countries, including China, the UK, and the US and the e-Visa is valid for up to 90 days.
Ankara enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The summer is hot and dry, while the winter is cold and sometimes it snows. Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit the city because the weather is pleasant and the temperatures are cooler than the Summer.
- Local Currency: Turkish Lira is the official currency. 1USD is equivalent to 5.7TRY.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are widely available. Most restaurants and hotels will accept credit cards. Tipping can sometimes be expected in many places.
- Local Language: Turkish is the local and the most widely spoken language. English is spoken in numerous areas, especially in tourist areas.
- Local Culture and Religion: Islam is the major religion in the city. There are also groups of Christian and Jews.
- Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Labor Day, and Republic Day are some of the main public holidays in Ankara.