Central Anatolia Region

Discover Turkey and distinctive Central Anatolia

The Cradle of Civilization

Anatolia is full of countless remnants of civilizations. Whatever you go, it seems that you come across the signs of yet another civilization that once dominated Central Anatolia with its own very unique culture and belief system.

Central Anatolia Region

Central Anatolia region is located in the middle of Turkey. It occupies 19% of the total area of country with its 151.000 km² of land. It is Turkey's second largest region. The lands of Anatolia are full of countless remnants of civilizations that graced these lands for hundreds of years. Whatever corner we turn, it seems that we come across the signs of yet another civilization that once dominated Central Anatolia region with its own very unique culture and belief system.

Culinary Culture

Central Anatolia has a unique culinary culture with its kitchen architecture, kitchen utensils, food types, cooking methods, table settings, service procedures and food prepared for the winter.

Climate

Central Anatolia has a semi-arid continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. This region of Turkey usually has low precipitation throughout the year.

Things to Do and See

Central Anatolia is a place that has been crossed by countless important actors on the historical stages, figures like Alexander the Great and Tamerlane.

The region is surrounded by the ruins of numerous civilizations from the Hattians to the Hittites, from the Phrygians to the Galatians, from the Romans to the Byzantines, and from the Seljuks to the Ottomans. Just some of these; Catalhoyuk, a settlement that stretches all the way back to 8000 BC, the remnants of the Hittite capital of Hattusha and Alacahoyuk. The Tomb of Rumi in Konya, the sacred city where the Mevlana dervishes whirled for divine love and devotion. The grave of Phrygian King Midas near Eskisehir.

Where to Go

Looking for a different destination to discover in Turkey? Central Anatolia region is a perfect place for those who want to go to unusual places, to follow the traces of Turkish cuisine and to see the remains of Anatolian civilizations.

Provinces: The provinces that you can visit in the Central Anatolia region; Ankara, Eskisehir, Konya, Kayseri, Sivas, Nevsehir, Aksaray, Cankiri, Karaman, Kirikkale, Kirsehir, Nigde, Yozgat.

Towns: The most popular towns of the Central Anatolia: Beypazari, Gudul, Odunpazari, Ermenek, Goreme.

The Cradle of Civilization
Nallihan Bird Sanctuary, Ankara