Perfect place to get rid of the noise of the big city and enjoy the nature for long walks and listen to the sound of the silence ... :)
Ankara Golbasi district is a town and district of the Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, 20 km south of the city of Ankara. According to a 2010 census, the population of the district is 95,109. The district includes the Mogan and Eymir lakes.
The picnic areas and lakeside restaurants of Golbasi serve as a popular retreat from the city for the people of Ankara. A number of government departments have accommodations here and the town is slowly but surely joining up with the city as the green space between the two disappears.
People that live in Ankara use Eymir lake as a great escape from the noise of their city. It’s located 11km south of the city center and it belongs to the ODTU(Middle East Technical University). It’s 10meters depth and covers an area of 1sq kilometer. The name probably came from a local tribe named Eymur!
It’s a lively lake where people can walk around (about 10km long), jogging or cycling. People buy sandwiches with fish from small kiosks or go for picnic while many others rent raw boats and enjoy the lake (where also the boating team of ODTU practice). My local friend showed me some amazing winter pics when the lake was frozen (with people walking over it!) but during spring was great too, so beautiful there under Oran forest, with no pollution or city noise.
We drove around with the car (I think the members of the university have to show an ID for entering, they also have discount at the restaurants). Although we saw people doing picnic here and there we preferred to check some of the restaurants that are located next to the lake, most of them specialize on fish. We first stoped at Bag Evi, a historic building (pic 4) with fireplace for the winter but also an amazing garden with tables next to the lake (pic 5) but suddenly showers came and we moved further choosing another restaurant (see restaurant tips)
Visiting the lakes at the south of Ankara is not usually on tourists’ list but stopping at a park with no name just to see them first from above is obviously really rare!
We parked our car at the side street of Turan Güneş Bv (Oran caddesi for the locals). Keep your eyes open for a green door for ODTU(Middle East Technical University) EYMiR area. There is usually a man selling fresh orange juice near the gate!
We walked a bit through the (boring) park, not much of flowers, just some typical trees (pic 1) but we liked the fact we were alone and we could breath fresh air and enjoy the silence after a busy day at the chaotic city center of Ankara.
We checked some more trees (pic 2) and we ended up at a clearing where a couple was watching Eymir lake from above (pic 3), we didn’t spoil their moment for a while but then we went closer and we had a picture of the lake too (pic 4). More info about Eymir lake at my next tip because after a while we went down there.
If you turn your head a bit to the right you will see another lake at the distance (pic 5). It’s Mogan lake (locally known as Golbasi) 25km south of Ankara at Golbasiarea, it’s a small (6sq kilometers) alluvial set lake, 3km SW of Eymir lake (100 years before the 2 lakes were one due to a heavy flood). It houses camping areas and many restaurants, recreation park and numerous walking paths.
Polatli is a big town which is 76 km from Ankara. It is important for Turkish travellers.
Gordion(yassi hoyuk) is a ancient area but there are also something to see about Turkey's big war for independence. Bombardier's school museum also worth to see.
You may say ODTU (Orta Dogu Teknik Üniveritesi) in Turkish. It is one of the best university in Turkey. There are many international students here. Students can go to US or Europe from here easily. It has a good education, good campus, nice forest, many activities, concerts etc. Eymir lake also belongs to university. But it is far from university.
Ankara has 2 big lake. Mogan is at the Golbasi town. Eymir is the smaller river which belongs to Middle east technical university. But you may reach from Oran area and walk around the lake if you have extra time..
Near the southern end of Ankara, behind the TRT building, Middle East Technical University maintains a forest and a lake. It is 4 YTL to drive your car in, but if you park outside and walk it is free. The walking path around the lake is 11 km, but you can stop and rest your feet at any number of shoreline restaurants and cafes. You can also picnic, but open fires and grills are restricted to preserve the forest. If you want to have a peaceful time, go before 12:00 pm, but if you want to people watch, after 2:00 pm is the best time.
If you walk your dog, you will be barked at by some of the semi-owned dogs in the area, but they are completely harmless.
If you are a runner, a running club meets in the TRT side parking lot, outside the gate every Saturday morning at 8:00 am, rain, shine, or snow.
It can be very interesting to have a trip over the houses and apartments in a gondola for recognising the ordinary housing and daily life with the teleferic line of Kalaba valley in Kecioren district Ankara.You can have a good Turkish meal also in the authentic restaurant located near teleferic station at "estergon kalesi" castle.
eymir golu is a nice little lake in the outskirts of ankara.
it has a lot of cafes and is a favorite hangout for ankara intellectuals.
i really like chilling out there with some fish and beer while chatting to university turks.
the place is hard to reach though and you will need your own transport in order to get there.
A crater lake 74 kms away from Ankara. 29 kms away from Cubuk province. Surrounded by tree covered cliffs. you can either take your own food (barbecu etc.) or there is a small fish restaurant. take a walk thorugh the forest but dont get lost!. You gotta use your personal car or there may be some travel acencies for daily trips.
Ankara has various points of interest. Pages can never include its richness completely. Kizilcahamam is one of my favourites. Soguksu National Park is only 100 kms away from Ankara and that easily makes Kizilcahamam a place to go. It is possible to access higher points of mountains. Views are great over there, its maximum height is 1800 metres. Enjoy clear skies and feel the magic of pine trees...
Eymir Lake is the smallest of the three lakes in Ankara. Surrounded by tall trees, and housing many birds including ducks, the lake is a great spot for hiking, cycling, fishing, rowing and other outdoor activities...
The lake is about 20 km (16 miles) away from the city center. To get there, you can either drive or take a bus to Gölbasi. There are buses from Kizilay (No: 105) and Ulus (No: 104)...
Please check out my Eymir travelogue for more info.
Although they are not as well known as Egyptians, the Hittite civilization has added a lot to world culture.
One of the world's first parliaments, as PANKU
Their only fault was to use resources for the good of ordinary people, instead of building up enourmous monuments only for kings by oppressing people using the religions. Thier only fault was keeping a pluralist culture, with tolerence to all cultures, on the contrary to Egyptians....
That is why they are not very well known.
During my recent trip to Ankara, Turkey, I happened to attend an international meeting that was held at the guest house ("Konuk Evi" in Turkish) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. The building is a historic site, built in the early days of the Turkish Republic and serving, then, to house members of the state and government delegations visiting Turkey during the 1920s, 1930s, etc. One corner of the expansive lobby is set aside as a tiny museum, as this is where Mustafa Ataturk, the founder and first president of modern Turkey, used to hold talks with his foreign counterparts (see photo; or click on it for a larger view). In its heydays, the guest house had born witness to an influx of foreign politicans and statesmen coming to Turkey, and staying in this massive stone building, as those were the times of crucial events that were shaping the geopolitics of the region, Europe and the world.
No longer used to house foreign dignitories, the guest house today is reserved for hosting selected national and international events organized under the auspices of the Turkish MFA.
A small village just a couple hours bus ride away. Perhaps Turkey's most charmingly authentic village (at least as far as the architecture goes). It is very popular with Turkish tourists but not so much so with foreigners. It is truly a lovely place to spend a couple of days while you arrange how you are going to avoid Ankara.