Attention: Most 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.
Gay Bars and Clubs in Bursa:
There is not any exclusively gay cafe, bar club in Bursa
Gay Friendly Cafe, Bars and Clubs in Bursa
Following venues are reported by local visitors as gay friendly venues, but this not yet confirmed by the owners. They may be worth trying but do not expect a visible gay-scene in these venues.
King's Burger Cafe
Address: Aliıparmak 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)
Leman Kultur, Bursa
Address: Ataturk Cd. Tuz Pazarı Sk. Osmangazi, Bursa, Turkey
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. (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. (13/07/2008)
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. (13/07/2008)
Address: Within Kultur Park, near Ipekis entrance gate. Ipekis is historical textile company (since 1925) has a complex of buildings near Kultur Park. (13/07/2008)
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. (13/07/2008)
Gay Friendly Cinemas in Bursa:
Although there is not a gay exclusive cinema in Bursa 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.
Address : Altiparmak Caddesi, Bursa
"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)
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.
Sauna or Bath Houses Recommended by Website Visitors
The places listed below 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 Hamami
Address: Yeni Kaplica Cd, No:6, Çekirge, Bursa, Turkey - Google Map
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
Address : Cekirge, Kaplicalar district, Bursa - Google Map
This venue was recommended by a website visitor and described as below:
"Recommended mainly for bears and admirors. 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)
The Kara Mustafa Pasa Buyuk Kaplica Hamam consists of three rooms - a cold room, a warm room and a hot room. They are supplied with all the facilities that you may need for your pleasant stay. There are also dressing rooms and rest rooms. Kaplicalar district is named after / famous with many spas and hot spring resorts.
Address: I. Murat Caddesi, Cekirge Mh. Bursa - Google Map
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)
Located at the vicinity of Bursa Cekirge below the road level of I. Murad Street, the Cekirge Hamam was built in the XIV. Century in 1365. Its entrance is several steps below the road and the top of the hamam’s door is decorated with a brick motif that looks like sea waves.
Other Sauna or Bath Houses in Bursa:
We would also like to introduce some popular or historical bath houses in Bursa independent from their approach to gay people.
Timurtas (Demirtas) Pasha Hamam
Address: Demirtaşpaşa Mh. Bursa - Google Map
It was built by Demirtas Pasha’s son Oruc Bey at the end of the 14th century during the Yildirim Bayezid era. The hamam was in ruins for a long time and it was repaired in 1987 to function as a hamam again. It is being used as a hamam today. Open between 10:00-17:00 o'clock.
Address: Ebu İshak Mh. 16230 Bursa Turkey - Google Map
Located at the west side of Gokdere and in the vicinity of At Pazari (horse market), the Dayioglu Hamam is also called the At Pazari Hamam. First record regarding the structure dates back to 1605. However, the structure is very likely to have been built before this date. The water of the hamam comes from Gokdere. The Dayioglu Hamam is a double-hamam typology hamam. Even though the hamam was busy until the end of 1950 and was closed periodically, it has been serving the neighborhood today
Setbasi (Osmangazi), 16010 Bursa, Turkey - Google Map
It was built near the Setbasi Bridge at the end of the 15th century by the Grand Vizier Mesih Mehmed Pasha who served during the Sultan Bayezid II. era. Due to Mevlana Nasuh and his son Mehmed being the trusteeship of the hamam, it was named as Nasuh Pasha Hamam. When the hamam was first built, it was a double-hamam but because the costs weren’t being met, the women’s section of the hamam was torn down in 1588 by the order of the kadi (Islamic judge) and the income was spent on the men’s section. The structure is being used as a hamam today and it largely preserving its authenticity with its current state.
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. 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)
Info: 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.
The arboraceous slopes of Tophane district above Altiparmak quarter and the park at the top of the hill. Beware of isolated parts and do not go to dark area in late hours.
Kent Meydani & Metro Park
The vicinity of Osmangazi Metro station and Kent Meydani (main square of downtown Bursa) is becoming a meeting and cruising point for local gay men living in Bursa. The park opposite of Bahar Tip Merkezi (medical center) behind the Osmangazi Metro station is also recommended especially for gay-bears and bear-admirer by a website visitor, said to be busier after 22:00 o'clock.
The park with a pool located next to Gençosman Postanesi (the post office at Gencosman quarter)
Popular cruising place for local transvestites, gay men and sometimes bears. (04/09/2007)
Gay Groups and 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 LGBT solidarity association which was unofficially declared to have been founded but later vanished for various reasons. Both incidents were pionered by local transvestites and transsexuals of Bursa rather than gay men or lesbians.
Bursa Ozgur Renkler
Ozgur Renkler (Free Colors) is a LTBT solidarity group initially formed by the students of Uludag University based in Bursa province. You can join their Facebook page to interact with the group members and to follow their activities.
The meeting point of Turkish & none- Turkish gay men living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over Turkey, including Ankara in this bilingual (Turkish & English) Facebook community page.
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 Ankara in this group.
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 Ankara 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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Gay Friendly Hotels in Bursa
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General Information About Bursa
Kozahan, historical building for silk trade houses traditional cafe shops now.
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.
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.
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