What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

There are lots of unique neighborhoods in Ankara and easy day trips to the Black Sea and ottoman towns. Ulus is a neat, old part of town. - Sep 2020


Ankara is far from a sterile, administrative capital city. It is well placed to see lots of Turkey's best historical sites. It has great museums; a visit to Ataturk's mausoleum (Anitkabir) is a must. - Oct 2018


Not much to do in the area at all. Some decent hikes. On weekends, people like to visit a lake (Eymir Golu), but it always seems overcrowded. You can hire bikes, but they seem to be in terrible condition, and I have found there are no helmets. - Oct 2018


Tons of historic sites like Ephesus, beautiful places like Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir, Fetiye, etc. You have the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts to travel across and even the Black Sea is fun to visit. - Sep 2018


I mostly talked about it above. Go to Kas, there is a restaurant there called Retro Bistro. Some of the best food I've had in my life. Cesme is another beach town that I really like, or you could try Dalyan. There's another place called Pammukale which was an old roman town with a natural spring bath. You can still swim in the spring pool among original roman columns. - Sep 2017


Ask about Rabbit Hole. It's a single table restaurant with one of the best chefs in the world. Take a weekend at Kas. The beaches are worth the trip. Spend as many weekends out of Ankara that you can. You can rent a nice AirBnB for $30 a night. - Jun 2017


Leave :-) Really, use Ankara as a point to travel to Cappadocia, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean... - Aug 2015


Ulus area (Ankara Kalesi, good museums, etc). Plenty of malls. Lots of cafes. - Jun 2015


Exploring. There is way too much to see and do - you can find anything you want, really. Museums, hiking the Lycian way, climbing Mt. Ararat, beaches, getting dive certified, swimming, exploring history, watching the Dervishes, taking classes, hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, sampling unlimited local cheeses and enjoying tea and coffee and getting to know the locals. - Feb 2015


Hamams, wandering the old town Ulus and castle area, hanging out with friends at meyhanes (traditional Turkish pubs). - Jun 2014


Walks around Eymir Golu (Lake), trips to old town ULUS, Lavish lunches at Liva or Elizinn. - Apr 2014


There are so many things to do here. Theater, hiking groups on Sundays, Poker Clubs, Choral Clubs, the Hash, book clubs, cooking clubs, Ice skating. You can discover many hidden gems here if your eyes are open and you get out of your expat pocket. - Mar 2014


Ulus area is very nice. Quaint shops and old hamams. - Mar 2014


See Attaturks mausoleum, shop in Ulus (old town Ankara), go to a mall and see an English language movie or go bowling. - Jul 2013


Ankara itself is rather boring. It's nice to walk around the old town and visit a few museums. Otherwise, it's easy to view films in English or hit a mall. Having the base here is a bonus. - Aug 2011


Ankara has some great movie theaters with current movies. Even IMAX movie theaters. Also good restaurants and a few good pubs. Travel and go sightseeing outside of Ankara. - Jul 2010


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