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If you prefer traditional life to ancient remains, Beypazarı, set high above the picturesque Inozu Vadisi, makes a great place for a day trip. Explore the winding back streets and the fascinating old market, and you'll soon come across row upon row of tastefully restored old Ottoman houses. Several of these have been turned into cafes or pensions with inviting courtyards, and one is also open to the public as a museum note in particular the original bathrooms inside cupboards the magnificent 1894 map of the eastern Mediterranean in the hall 

In June the Beypazarı Festival swells the ranks of market traders and introduces a carnival atmosphere while a quirkier harvest festival in October celebrates that crucial crop, the carrot.

While you are here it'd be rude not to try the local delicacies which include havuç lokum (carrot- flavoured Turkish delight) , cevizli sucuğu (walnuts coated in grape jelly) and Beypazarı's  own local mineral water, bottled here and marketed through the country.

Getting  there and  away


To get to Beypazarı you need to take from Ankara's Etlik bus station rather than AŞTİ; to get there dolmuş (0,45€,15 minutes) from the inside Hacı Bayram Camii Sporadic dolmuses and more comfort travel back and forth Beypazarı everyday (1.75€ 1,5hrs). Check the time of the last bus back to Ankara as soon as you can arrive.