Cankiri City Guide

Cankiri City Guide

Çankırı is a small city located in Central Anatolia Region of Turkey with 195.000 population.  The lofty mountains covered with snow in half of the year, forests covering one third of the lands, plateaus suitable for many tourism types such as camping, caravan, pedestrian and horseback walking, cycling, photography and hunting, rich thermal resources and drinking, cultural values, affectionate people and traditional With its hospitality, it is ideal for those who want to stay alone with nature and get away from city life. At the last years, Çankırı started to be an important attraction point for tourists with its amazing historical buildings. On the other hand, the main economical activity of the city is based on agriculture and livestock. There are only a few industrial foundations in Çankırı city.

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

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Central Anatolia


26 / km2

-9,51 %

7,490 km2




12,465 $

After city center, Çerkeş and Ilgaz are the biggest districts of Çankırı with 30.000 population totally . We can say the economy of districts are based on agriculture in Çankırı.

The districts of Çankırı are Atkaracalar, Bayramören, Çerkeş, Eldivan, Ilgaz, Kızılırmak, Korgun, Kurşunlu, Orta, Şabanözü and Yapraklı. You will find detailed information for all districts of Çankırı in this guide.

Short History of Çankırı

The known history of Çankırı dates back to the Hittites and was founded by a Hittite ruler. It was an important city as it was close to Hattusa, the center of the Hittite Empire. After the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071, Çankırı was conquered by the Turks. Danişmendoğulları, one of the important principalities of the Seljuks, dominated the region. More than 600 years, Çankırı was a district of Kastamonu province during the Ottoman Empire period. After establishing Republic of Turkey in 1923, Çankırı has become a province.

Accommodation in Çankırı has become easier with the new investment. Thanks to the increasing tourism potential of the city, you can find a lot of accommodation alternatives in Çankırı.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Çankırı or real estate for rent in Çankırı , you are on the right page. As of the end of August 2020 in Çankırı, the prices of houses for sale increased by 19.53% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 130 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of August 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Çankırı for housing were Ilgaz and Şabanözü, respectively.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Çankırı ? In Çankırı, there are 7 state hospitals and 1 private hospital. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

There are regular bus services to Çankırı from many other provinces, especially from big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa and Antalya. Çankırı Bus Station is located in the city center.

Air Transportation

You can use Ankara Esenboğa Airport, which is the closest airport, for air transportation. The distance from the airport to Çankırı city center is 110 km.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Çankırı” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Çankırı” questions in this guide.  Çankırı Castle is the symbol of the city. Reflecting a part of the history of Çankırı, the castle was built by the Hittites and rubble stone and brick were used during its construction. Çankırı Castle, located in the northern part of the city, has a height of 730 meters. Since the time it was built, it has been used by the Romans, Byzantines, Danişmentliler, Seljuks and Ottomans. Çankırı Houses, which have been brought to tourism, provide a lot of information about the geological and economic structure of the period. These houses, which reflect all the features of a classical Turkish house, are generally built as two floors. The first floor is designed for winter and has kitchen and living rooms. The second floor is generally reserved for guests.The thermal spring in Kurşunlu is an important thermal tourism point of the city. Çavundur Hot Springs, which have been used as a hotel for a long time, is approximately 1 hour away from Çankırı. Ilgaz Mountain National Park, which you can go to regardless of the season, is an attraction point with quality oxygen where you can find peace. The region, which is visited especially in the winter months, attracts great attention not only in this period.

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


Enes Sahin

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