Ankara is perfect for those looking for a cosmopolitan and lively city that has everything for digital nomads without being an impersonal metropolis. It’s not an automatic first choice for a coliving destination, but it’s growing in popularity. Turkey’s capital boasts over 50 museums and galleries and a wealth of culture and history for you to explore. This intellectual city has several universities, and the areas surrounding them are the most international parts of town. Coliving is a relatively new concept in Ankara, as there are fewer foreigners living there than in Istanbul, but they are growing. There is also a thriving café culture and no shortage of places to work if you need a change of scenery. Ankara’s cultural life is very rich and it is one of the few cities in the world where opera is affordable, so why not join the locals who attend it regularly? If opera is not your thing, you can enjoy the active music scene in Ankara’s many bars or eat out in the many Turkish and international restaurants this trendy university city has to offer.
Here are some fun facts about Ankara:
- Over 5.15 million people live in Ankara.
- In 1927 the population of Ankara was only 75,000!
- Has been continually inhabited since the Bronze Age.
- The city used to be called ‘Angora’ until the 1930s, and it’s also the origin of the famous Angora goat.
- It is also famous for the Angora cat and the Angora rabbit.
- Ankara’s most famous foods are honey, pears and muscat grapes.
- There are 17 universities in Ankara.
- The city is located at 938 m above sea level.
- Tulips are not from the Netherlands but actually originate in Turkey, where they have been grown for over 1,000 years.
- Ankara is also called the ‘green city’ because every inhabitant has an average of 72 m squared of green space.
- Has a lot of Roman history, including beautiful Roman baths.
- Ankara is even cheaper than in many places in South East Asia.
- Today, the stunning Ankara Palas is used to house official state guests.
The delicious cuisine and cafés, along with its rich history and culture make Ankara a very appealing coliving choice, for either short or long-term stays.