BURSA GAY TRAVEL GUIDE
 

ATTENTION!  Some of the venues  on this website are listed without the approval of their owners and they are not all necessarily gay or gay-friendly places. We do not guarantee the accuracy for the information provided by website visitors, especially. Moreover, there may be some changes with the information given here which we have not obtained yet, although we are trying to be as update as possible. Please note the indicated dates in order to understand how up to date the information is. Please use the provided information accordingly, otherwise we do not undertake responsibility for any problems you may encounter.

GENERAL INFO

 

Bursa  is the fourth largest city of Turkey in terms of population. In Turkey, the city is "infamous" because of some very popular gay Turkish celebrities who are originally natives of Bursa. The city does not have a very visible gay scene and there are no gay-exclusive venues. Some bath houses and cruising places listed below are where gay or related people can be seen more often. The city is comparatively more conservative than most other big cities of Turkey, but gay action is easy as long as it happens in the closet. In such smaller cities you can imply you are gay or lesbian, but never shout aloud.
 

Ulucamii, the Grand Mosque of Bursa

A part of old Bursa

A ski hotel in Uludag, Bursa


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BARS AND CLUBS


Exclusive Gay Bars and Clubs in Bursa:

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Gay Friendly Bursa Bars and Clubs and Other Popular None-Gay Night Clubs:
Non of them are officially gay-friendly but all below venues are recommended by a website visitor living in Bursa as places where gay man can be seen or feel comfortable. 
(13/07/2008)

Q Plus (22:30-05:00)
Address: Within Kultur Park, Altin Ceylan Tesisleri.
Q-Plus is a live music bar & club, a part of Altın Ceylan establishment; a complex of entertainment venues within Bursa Kultur Park. It has a total of 400-500 person capacity, frequented by elites of Bursa. It is a concert venue for popular singers of the country visiting Bursa.

Bursa Kultur Park (means culture park) is big park (393.000 km2), fairground and recreation spot assigned for cultural activities and entertainment facilities; also holds a conservatory, archeology museum, open air theater, funfair and picnic areas within its boundaries.

Club S
Address: Within Kultur Park, near Ipekis entrance gate. Ipekis is historical textile company (since 1925) has a complex of buildings near Kultur Park.

Mahfel Cafe
Address: On Setbasi Koprusu (bridge), across Sehir Kutuphanesi (city library)
It is said to be popular meeting place for elites and upper class of Bursa crowd.

Leman Kultur, Bursa
Address: Located behind Ahmet Vefik Pasa Devlet Tiyatrosu (state theater)
Leman is the most popular liberal & leftist weekly comic magazine of Turkey and has cafe-style meeting places what they call culture center in most major cities of the country, including Bursa.


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RESTAURANTS & CAFE SHOPS


Gay or Gay-Friendly Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Bursa:
There is no considerable information we obtained so far which is worth listing under this category

King's Burger Cafe
Address: Altiparmak Caddesi. No:64 Bursa (center)
This venue was recommended by a Turkish website visitor as a nice place where gay men and even transvestites can go comfortably. Open 24 hours. (Submitted on 17/08/2009)


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BLUE MOVIE & CINEMAS


Gay Friendly Cinemas in Bursa:
Almost in all porno or erotic movie cinemas, it is possible to see gay or bisexual men, although their owners do not want them to be classified as gay-venues. Make sure that you are approaching the right person because they are not gay-exclusive venues and are visited by straight men as well. There may also be pick-pockets in such places occasionally.

 Yazicioglu Sinemasi
Address :
Altiparmak Caddesi (street), on your left when you walk down the lane by the Yazicioglu Ishani (small shopping mall)
Recommended by a website mainly for gay-bears and bear-lovers.
(13/07/2008)

Visitor comments:
"Yazicioglu Erotic Cinema in Bursa has been closed down. Actually, the building it was located in has been destroyed and they are constructing new building in place of it. (posted by Okan from Turkey on September 2nd, 2011)

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SAUNA AND BATHS


Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Bursa:
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
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The places listed under this category are not gay venues and do not necessarily allow gay action inside. Although Bursa is very famous with its beautiful historical Turkish bath houses (hamam or hammam), only a few can be listed here  and we recommend you to do it secretly if you get in touch with other clients, just in case.

 Yeni Kaplica Hamam
Attention:
We received an e-mail from the owners of the venue which briefly said that they don't like to be listed as a gay venue (September 2002)
Address: Cekirge district, Bursa.
Cekirge district is one of the oldest settlement part of modern Bursa. It is popular wit many spas establishments and historical baths, due to abundant hot spring sources.

 Kara Mustafa Buyuk Kaplica (Spa)
Address : Cekirge, Kaplicalar district, Bursa.
Kaplicalar is the district of Bursa famous with spas and hot spring resorts.
This venue was recommended by a website visitor and described as below:
"Recommended mainly for bears and bear-lovers. Although the owners are not very gay friendly the place is still popular amongst some gay men. Do not be obvious in front of the owners or the staff. It is usually less crowded after 20:30 o'clock" (04/09/2007)

 Çekirge Kaplıca Hamam
Adres: Behind Ahmet Vefik Pasa Devlet Tiyatrosu (state theater)
This venue was recommended by a website visitor and described as below:
"It has private cubicles. It can be visited just as a nice hamam. Pretty cheap" (13/07/2008)

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CRUISING AREAS


Gay Cruising Areas in Bursa:

In general, the cruising areas - especially parks are where gay men should be very 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.

*Around the lake in Kultur Park especially in the evenings. The park closes at midnight. The benches next to the pool in the park was also recommended by a website visitor (14/01/2009)
Bursa Kultur Park (means culture park) is big park (393.000 km2), fairground and recreation spot assigned for cultural activities and entertainment facilities; also holds a conservatory, archeology museum, open air theater, funfair and picnic areas within its boundaries.

*Surroundings of the pool in the courtyard of Ulu Camii (the Grand Mosque of Bursa), in the evenings.

*Yesil Cay Bahcesi, the tea-garden of Bursa Yesil Camii (The Green Mosque of Bursa)

Below cruising places were reported by website visitors.

*Metro Park
Behind the Osmangazi Metro (subway) station, opposite of Bahar Tip Merkezi (Bahar medical center).
Recommended especially for gay-bears and bear-lovers, better after 22:30 o'clock.
(04/09/2007)

*Havuzlu Park
The park with a pool located next to Gazi Osman Postanesi (Post office of Osmangazi district))
Popular cruising place for local transvestites, gay men and bears. (04/09/2007)

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GAY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Gay Groups and Gay lesbian Organizations in Bursa:
In 2006 and 2007 there was an unsuccessful attempt to organize a gay march in Bursa which was cancelled after severe "public" reaction and also a GLBT-rights association which was unofficially declared to have been founded but later vanished for various reasons. Both incidents were leaded by local transvestites and transsexuals of Bursa rather than gay men or lesbians.


Gay & lesbian Internet Sources for Bursa:

Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Bursa in this group.

Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays and gay tourists living in or visiting Bursa in this group

Harem Erotic Shop
Gay friendly erotic shop in Bursa.
Address : Altiparmak Cd. No:14 Yuksel Kardesler Pasajı No:59 Osmangazi, Bursa

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BURSA GAY TRAVEL

 

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Gay Friendly Bursa Daily Tours:

Gay and lesbian friendly daily Bursa tours from Istanbul
Daily departure from Istanbul at 08:00 am. Arrival to Yalova by ferryboat, and bus to Bursa from there. Visit to historical Covered Bazaar and Ulucami (Grand) Mosque of Bursa, Climb to Uludag Mountain, (Which also known as Mount Olympos, from where the Greek gods watched Trojan war) back to Bursa for lunch, visits to Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum, back to Istanbul at 19:00 pm and transfer to hotels.
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GAY OR LESBIAN FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BURSA

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ABOUT BURSA


Kozahan, the building for silk trade.

Known as "Green Bursa", this province stands on the lower slopes of Uludag (Mount Olympos of Asia, 2543 m). Because of its being the first Ottoman capital, Bursa is very rich in religious monuments, mosques, and tombs (turbes), baths. One of the places to be seen in Bursa is the Yesil Mosque (Green Mosque), with its carved marble doorway which is one of the best in Anatolia. It is an elaborate and significant building in the new Turkish style. Just opposite, is the Yesil Tomb "Green Tomb", set in a green garden with an enchanting exterior decorated with turquoise tiles. Near the tomb, the Medrese complements the others and makes this the "green" trio, now it houses the Ethnographical Museum which certainly deserves visiting. The Yildirim Beyazit Mosque is important as it is the first one built in the new Ottoman style and is accompanied by the Emir Sultan Mosque which lies in a peaceful setting. The province is decorated with these monuments-each of which is a masterpiece. Here are the Ulu Mosque built in the Seljuk style, with impressive calligraphic wall decorations; the Orhan Gazi Mosque; the "Hisar" an attractive part of the province, and in the park the Mausoleums of Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, and his son Orhan Gazi. The Muradiye Complex has a delightful view with its mosque and tombs of important characters from the Ottoman era and their tiles and charming decorations appeal to the sightseers. The Ottoman Museum offers a lively exhibit of the traditional life style of Ottomans.

Something you will enjoy in Bursa are the warm, mineral-rich springs; indeed most of the hotels in this province have thermal bath facilities. The Turkish baths "hammam" are great places which should be visited in Bursa. The Eski Kaplica (Old Spring) is the oldest in the province. The Kara Mustafa Pasha Baths are famous, and boast the best hot, mineral waters.

As for souvenirs, you should visit the Covered Bazaar, "Bedesten", or the Koza Han-an attractive building and also a center of silk trade. It is certain that Bursa will take some of time for you to see and add some more delightful experiences to your memories.
Environment:

Uludag Ski Resort

Uludag is the largest and most celebrated winter-sports center in Turkey. It is 36 kms from Bursa and easily accessible by car or cable-car (teleferik). The area is also a national park and is worth a visit at any time of the year. The accommodation is high quality offering the opportunity to enjoy, with a variety of entertainment and sports activities.

Mudanya is a seaside resort town from fine fish restaurants and night-clubs there so you can have a pleasant
Zeytinbagi (Trilye) is a town of typical Turkish architecture and lay out. There are sea bus and ferry connections with Istanbul.
Gemlik (27 km north), is another seaside resort with a wide, sandy beach.

Iznik (Nicaea) lies 85 kms northeast of Bursa, at the eastern tip of Lake knik. The town has witnessed many civilizations which have left their marks all over the land. This town is famous for its unique tiles and has been the center of tile production in the 16th century. Iznik tiles were the basic decorative element of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. The turquoise-tiled Yesil Mosque and Nilufer Hatun imareti are among the Islamic works in the town

 



 

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