If you’ve had your fill of architecture and archaeology on your trip to Ankara, the city has many greener parts from which to choose. Take in the sights and tranquil atmosphere of Kugulu Park, an immaculately kept sanctuary in which to unwind or enjoy a picnic. It also serves as a refuge for the city’s thriving swan population. Over time, the long-necked birds have become used to humans and will even deign to be fed by them.
For the more energetic traveller, Karagol Lake offers spectacular views of the city and its surroundings, and if you feel like stretching your legs even more, you can trek around the adjacent mountains.
If you are taking children on your visit to Ankara, then it’s worth paying a visit to the Ataturk Farm and Zoo. Here, youngsters can meet working farm animals and view more exotic species, including monkeys, big cats and numerous species of bird. The farm also sells fresh produce, including cheeses, or you can eat at the traditional restaurant in its grounds.