|ANTALYA GAY TRAVEL GUIDE|
Gay Bars and Clubs in Antalya:
The gay bars in Antalya change their name or location almost every year. Following venues has already been closed down: Work Club in 2011, My Angel in 2009 changed its name as 7 BUCUK in 2010 and closed down at the end of same year. Before them there was Alexander Club and Romeo 07 which also did not last long and closed down roughly in 2007/2008. Finally Antalya Q-Club has been closed down only several months after it was opened in 2012.
Ceyn Athena (21:00 - 06:00)
Although this is a straight-owned venue it has been the longest lasting exclusively gay bar / club in Antalya. The club is welcoming local and foreign gay men and lesbian women. Transvestites can also be seen once in a while. They are trying to provide a very relaxed atmosphere and organize miscellaneous shows and activities on various days of the week. It is located on the "Barlar Sokagi", the small bars-street near historical Marina and Cumhuriyet Meydanı, the main square of down-town Antalya. The street is somewhere across the Orduevi (Military Officer's Club) building. When you walk into L-shaped Barlar Sokağı (59. sokak) from Cumhuriyet avenue you need to turn to the right to see the clubs entrance ahead of you, at the end of this dead-end street. Click here for location of the street on Google Map.
Reviews about this venue:
"September 2015: It is still open. Some people at Friday and Sunday. A small, varying crowd at a Saturday. Entrance fee 30 TL" (Posted by Josbert on September 9th, 2015)
"This club is still open as of Sept 2014 and is a great venue for meeting the local gay crowd, having a few drinks and dancing the night away. It is difficult to find and is located off the Cumhuriyet Cd and winding road to the harbour (Varyant Sk) on 59 Sokat (5/6) which connects the two. There are a few straight clubs around it. Worth the effort! " (Posted by Marc from UK September 13th, 2014)
"This Disco does still exist. Smallish place, lots of trans, turkish Music, friendly staff." (Posted by Adrew on March 19th 2014)
"Nice and only gay place in Antalya for gays/lesbians/tv. Open on wed, Fri, Sat. 22:30; best day Sat.. Coming from main street it's on the right side, first floor in the building with the other discos. Musik is o.k. an prices for a disco also. Only on Sat. entrance fee with drink voucher." (Posted by Hoevith on October 13th, 2013)
Favori Restaurant in Antalya is a nice restaurant
situated in old town-Kaleici; 200 m below the
Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi). Narghile (water pipe) is
also available (Posted by Janod from Germany on 11/09/2009)
Although there is not a gay exclusive cinema in Antalya although some straight porno-cinemas are frequented by gay men. Because of Turkey's bisexual culture it's possible to have some limited action in most of such places. In a few of them gays are really welcomed. But still better be a little discrete , because they are open to the public. Make sure that you are approaching the right person because they are all visited by straight men as well.
Muratpasa Mosque walk towards old city Kaleici / Clock Tower
into the the shopping street closed to car traffic which is
Sarampol street, also known as 'Kapalı Yol' (closed)
road. Right after you enter Kapali Yol take the first
turn on your left into the narrow street (461 sokak) by the Koton dress
shop. You will see its sign-board on your left after walking a
few meters. Muratpasa mosque is located at the square in Muratapasa
neighborhood of city center, very close to Mark Antalya shopping
mall. If you go from Kaleici start from Clock Tower in the
"Porn Cinema near the The Murat Pasa Mosque. The Mosque is
reached by going up the pedestrian shopping street opposite the
Clock Tower and Cumhuriyet Square. Easiest way to find is....
Stand at the south west corner of the Mosque and face the sea.
Go down the shopping street and take the first left turn just
past a modern , Turkish fast food take-away restaurant. Kent
Sinemasi is down this street. It is just by the letter "S" on
the words Sarampol Cd in the centre of this map
http://tinyurl.com/32ovdu2 Sex is frequent and open (not
hidden) between men in the back row of this cinema. Turkish men
are almost always "Top/Active" though. They do not have condoms
, so take your own and USE them !"
(Posted to our
Yahoo group on October 12th, 2010)
Bati Sinemalari (11:00-21:00)
Address: Milli Güvenlik Cad. No:11
Kizilsaray Mh. Muratpasa/Antalya
See Location Map
"Many gay people visits this
cinema. It is located somewhere on the crossways of
bookstores. You will see it ahead of you if you walk in from the
bus stop or grocery store."
"Bati cinema doesn't exist anymore . March 2016." (Posted by Bernd from Germany on March 5th, 2015)
Aspendos Sinemasi (11:00-21:00)
"Its REOPEN NOW!!! Best gay place
in ANTALYA!!!!! Your comments: "From the CLOCK TOWER Walk EAST
(not west) following the tram line to Ali Cetincaya Cd -road.
Take the street "1264" going south/right. You find the cinema on
your left hand in the 3rd block just before the post office. It
is in a basement . Porn, cruising zone / dark room in the
cellar. Many gay guys." (posted by Pedro from Spain on February
Cinemasi is closed.. it doesn't exist anymore...june 20th 2014"
(Posted by Tim on June 20th, 2014)
"From the CLOCK TOWER Walk EAST (not west) following the tram line to Ali Cetincaya Cd -road. Take the street "1264" going south/right. You find the cinema on your left hand in the 3rd block just before the post office. It is in a basement , is hard to spot, so look inside "open entrys". The sign is pretty small and just above the stairs inside. It is just right near the Vodafone shop. Plus there is some kind of what we would call cruising zone / dark room in the cellar, where lots of action is. No one hassles for money in the Cinemas, so , it is a safe place for casual activities...." (Posted by David from USA on February 24 2014)
Homosexuality is not and has never been illegal in Turkey and
individuals can not be punished by any law for homosexual
action, but any sexual action (gay/straight) is still forbidden
in public venues and can be a reason for periodical closure of
the venues by the authorities. Probably for that reason most
owners of action places such as cinemas, baths and saunas do not
like to be mentioned on gay websites or guide books even if they
want them to come to their venues for business reason.
The places listed under this category are not gay venues and do
not necessarily allow gay action inside. So, it is advised to to
Gay Cruising Areas in Antalya:
In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded
beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the
people they meet. It is always possible to come across to some
bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places.
Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very
valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
You can see local gay men cruising especially along the breakwater by the Yacht Marina, amphitheatre and its neighborhood. Yach Marina is located in Kaleici, old city district in downtown Antalya. It is usually not very dangerous to walk about as long as you be selective with people you get in touch with. There may be hustlers in the vicinity. (Location Map)
Also called as Karaoglan park mistakenly, this is a very big park in downtown Antalya somewhere between yacht Marina and Football stadium. Especially the isolated parts closer to the sea side are where most local gay men are walking about. Watch out hustlers and thieves especially late at night, and do not carry valuable belongings on you. Please see visitor reviews below for more detailed information. (Location map)
Most people would not know the name of the park as Yavuz Ozcan,
which is located
opposite of Selekler Carsisi,
that most people would know better. Selekler Carsisi is a
one of the old shopping mall at the junction of Gulluk and
Konyaalti streets. The park is more central, therefore safer
than Karaalioglan Park to walk around after dark, but you still
need to be careful with the people you meet here.
The square at the heart of down
town Antalya. You can see few local gay people cruising around
especially in the evening, mostly around the monument.
Old Lara Road
Gay Friendly & Other Beaches in Antalya
There is not any peculiarly gay-friendly beach in Antalya, but it is more likely to come across other some gay men in following beaches.
"Karaalioglu park: Few active men looking for sex during
the night. You hook up in the park and the action happens in the
dark areas of the cliffs. Bring your condoms and don't bring
(Posted by Gonzales from Spain on July 25 2014)
"Cumhuriyet meydani: Safe place, go there after 9 pm...only a place to pick up guys take them home, as Police controls at nights are regular. Be selective, lots of young straight crowds. They are friendly - but not gay! Karaalioglu Park: Nice place to go, lots of straight guys as well, so be selective. Walk down Atatürk caddesi, straight on into the park, you will end up at the centre turret. At your left there are steps going down to the base. The rest you will find yourself. A safe place to go." (Posted by Adrew on March 19th 2014)
"Sunbathe daytimes in front of the old, derelict swimming pool on Konyaalti Beach, just past Plaji 8 http://tinyurl.com/352p3el . Take reef shoes for going in and out of the sea , as the beach is pebbly. See who goes in and out of the swimming pool and follow them. Also , hang around here any time of day as it is a local gay sex spot. At night , cruising and sex below the ramparts in Karaalioglu Park, Antalya City http://tinyurl.com/39bd8gd Watch out though , they will ask you for money after you have had sex, so , best to go there with no money, no watch , no phone , no valuables. Cumhuriyet Square , right next to the clock tower in Antalya City. Local gays meet to chat and cruise. Common sense tells you that if the guy is quite well dressed and western'ish he is probably just a normal gay or bi guy looking for hook-ups. Chatting to the gay tourists here is also a good thing. If a local guy is poor and grubby looking , he is probably only there cruising for sex with the view of receiving payment. He wont be into you , he will be in to your money. Again , go there with no phone , no watch or jeweler and just a small amount of money." (Posted to our Yahoo group on October 12th, 2010)
Other Beaches Near Antalya.
Gay Groups and Organizations in Antalya:
Click here for more information about Turkish gay life and
LGBT solidarity movement in Turkey.
The meeting point of Turkish &
none- Turkish gay men
living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over
Turkey, including Antalya in this bilingual (Turkish & English)
Facebook community page.
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Gay Life in Antalya
Antalya is the tourism
paradise of Turkey with a very long summer and offering natural,
historical and cultural beauties. Modern and liberal life makes
everything easier for gay people too. The city is also known as
Turkish Riviera internationally. Lots of bars, nightclubs on the
seafront, restaurants and shops adorn Antalya.
General Information About Antalya
The Antalya Region, offering all the mysticism of past in our day, is now called the "Turkish Riviera" due to its archaeological and natural beauties. Antalya is the place where sea, sun, history and nature constitute a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and clearest coast along the Mediterranean. The city still preserves its importance as a center throughout history in the south coast of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now exhibits all its secrets and marvels to mankind.
Antalya is located in the west of the Mediterranean region. In ancient times it covered all Pamphylia which means "the land of all tribes". The land really deserves the name since it has witnessed many successive civilizations throughout history. In 1st century BC the Pergamum king Attalus ordered his men to find the most beautiful piece of land on earth; he wanted them to find "heaven on earth". After a long search all over the world, they discovered this land and said "This must be 'Heaven' " and King Attalus founded the city giving it the name "Attaleia". From then on many nations kept their eyes on the city. When the Romans took over the Pergamene Kingdom, Attaleia became an outstanding Roman city which the great Roman Emperor Hadrian visited in 130 AD; an arch was built in his honor which is now worth seeing. Then came the Byzantines, after which the Seljuk Turks took over the city in 1207 and gave it a different name, Adalya, and built the Yivli Minaret. The Ottomans followed the Seljuks and finally within the Turkish Republic it became a Turkish city and an important port. Antalya has been growing rapidly since 1960 and its population is 1,146,109 according to the 1990 census.
The climate of the province is typical
Mediterranean: hot and dry in summers and temperate and rainy in winters.
Sunshine is guaranteed from April to October and the winters are
pleasantly mild. The humidity is a little bit high, about 64%, and the
average water temperature is 21.5 °C. Antalya is really a heavenly place
where the summer season is about 8-9 months long.
Antalya and its surrounding is an important and noteworthy touristy center on the Mediterranean Coast with its perfect climate and splendid harmony of archaeological, historical and natural beauties, throughout the year. Daily tours to surrounding touristy areas like Side, Alanya and Termessos are available, in addition to longer tours to Pamukkale or Cappadocia or anywhere you would like to go. Professional tourist guides are also available.
City Walls: The memorial Hadrian Arch and The Clock Tower are remarkable and date back to Hellenistic era.
Kaleici: This is the nucleus of a city which embraced many civilizations during time. It is now restored and has became a most attractive touristy center with its hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. Kaleici retains all the original ancient Turkish archaeological characteristics. The port's marina has been completely restored and is well worth visiting. The restoration activities in Kaleici won the Golden Apple Prize, the Oscar of tourism.
Antalya Museum: A prize winning museum and one of the most notable archaeology museums, of the world. It is also the only museum in Turkey with a children's department exhibiting ancient monuments appealing to children.
Hadrian's Gate: This ornamental marble arch was constructed in 2nd century BC by the Romans in honour of the Emperor Hadrian. It is the most amazing area in the whole ancient Pamphylia region.
Kesik Minaret (Broken Minaret): Once a Byzantine Panaglia church, later converted into a mosque.
Yivli Minaret: This fluted minaret of 13th century was built by the Seljuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.
Karatay Medresesi, Hidirilk Tower, Ahi Yusuf Mescidi, Iskele Mosque, Murat Pasa Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Balibey Mosque, Musellim Mosque, Seyh Sinan Efendi Mosque and Osman Efendi Mosque are other places to be visited.
"Han"s are Seljuk or Ottoman inns which have architectural significance. Some worth visiting are the Evdir Han, Klrkoz Han, Alara Han and Castle and Sarapsu (Serapsu) Han.
Termessos: It is a Pisidyan city with remnants of an agora, theatre and an odeon. It has a reputation of being the most magnificent necropolis on the Mediterranean, 35 kms northwest of Antalya.
Perge: 18 kms northeast of Antalya. The ruins are spread on two hills, the theatre on one and the acropolis on the other. According to the legend the city was built by three heroes from Troy.
Sillyon: 34 kms from Antalya on the Alanya direction. It is situated between Aspendos and Perge and dates back to 4th.century BC.
Aspendos: One of the most important Pamphilian cities. It is situated on the point where the Kopru River meets the sea. Once an important port and a commercial centre, it has a reputation for raising the best horses on earth. The odeon, basilica, galleria and fountains are worth seeing.