Aksaray City Guide

Aksaray City Guide

Aksaray is one of the provinces of Turkey located in the central part of Central Anatolia, in the Cappadocia region. Today, Aksaray is an important industry and tourism center. In Aksaray, besides food industry facilities such as flour, milk and feed, mining-based industry and metal goods and machinery manufacturing have also developed. Aksaray, a part of which is located in the Salt Lake basin, is completely far from the sea effect and has a continental climate. Temperature difference between day and night is high in Aksaray. Winter seasons are quite cold and rainy. Summers are hot and dry. The vegetation of Aksaray is covered with pastures, pastures and meadows. Its lands are extremely suitable for use as agricultural land.

Check out the most comprehensive Aksaray city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Aksaray” or “How to get to Aksaray ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Central Anatolia


52 / km2


7,997 km2




5,912 $

After city center, Ortaköy is the biggest district of Aksaray with 32.000 population. We can say the economy of districts are based on agriculture in Aksaray.

The districts of Aksaray are Ağaçören, Eskil, Gülağaç, Güzelyurt, Ortaköy, Sultanhanı, Sarıyahşi. You will find detailed information for all districts of Aksaray in this guide.

Short History of Aksaray

The first traces in the Cappadocia region, which also includes Aksaray, were in BC. It goes back to the 7000s, in other words the Neolithic Age. During this period, various traces of settlement are encountered in Aksaray. B.C. Between 3000 and 2000, the settlers in this part of Anatolia were the Hatti Civilization. B.C. It is thought that the Hittite State, which dominated Anatolia in the 1700s, also included Aksaray. Towards the end of the 7th century, Christians who flocked to the region to take shelter increased the number of settlements in this region. Aksaray was joined to the Ottoman Empire in 1470 after the rule of İlhanlı, Danişmentli and Karamanoğulları. Being a province in 1920, Aksaray was removed from being a province again in 1933 and became a district of Niğde. Aksaray, which was a district of Niğde for the next 56 years, was accepted as a province again on June 15, 1989.

Accommodation in Aksaray has become easier with the new investment. Thanks to the increasing tourism potential of Cappadoccia Region and Ihlara Valley, new hotel investments started to made in different parts of the city.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Aksaray or real estate for rent in Aksaray , you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Aksaray, the prices of houses for sale increased by 14.51% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 160 square meters. Considering annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Aksaray for housing were Ortaköy and Ağaçören, in order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Aksaray ? In Adıyaman, there are 6 state hospitals and 7 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

Located in a central location, Anatolia possible to reach by road from every region of Aksaray, Turkey. Aksaray; Since it is surrounded by big cities such as Kayseri, Konya and Ankara, it is easy to reach the city by bus services. Aksaray Bus Station is located in Hacılarharmanı District in the city center.

Air Transportation

There is no airport within the province of Aksaray. The closest place you can choose to travel to Aksaray is Nevşehir Cappadocia Airport. Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport has 80 km distance. and 1 hour away to Aksaray. There is a shuttle service within this airport that provides transportation to Aksaray.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Aksaray” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Aksaray” questions in this guide.  Aksaray is one of the places hosting the most important historical treasures of not only Turkey, but also the world. Aksaray is very rich in terms of places to visit. We have compiled the most important places for you on its route, which creates a long list of valleys, fairy chimneys, haunted underground cities, churches and shrines. We recommend you to see the city, which has harsh winters, especially in the spring months. We can call Ihlara Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, the entrance gate of Cappadocia. In this valley that starts from Ihlara and continues for 14 km until Selime, the history is M.S. It begins in the 4th century. Its churches immerse you in its centuries-old magic.  Bearing the magic of the prayers of the monks and the saints retreating, Manastir Valley is the place where Christianity, especially the Orthodox sect philosophy, spread to Anatolia. The valley is also located in Güzelyurt district. In this magical place that stretches for 4.5 km, there are nearly fifty monasteries and churches carved into rocks.

Due to the curvature of Italy like the world famous Tower of Pisa, the structure called “Eğri Minare” is also known as “Red Minaret” because it is made of red bricks. The construction date of this minaret, which you will immediately recognize from its silhouette while walking around the center of Aksaray, dates back to the Seljuk Sultanate period.

There are only one state university located in Aksaray named as Aksaray University.


Enes Sahin

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