|IZMIR GAY TRAVEL GUIDE|
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Gay Bars and Clubs in Izmir:
the birthplace of
Homer - is the third biggest city of Turkey in terms of
population. Izmir is less cosmopolite compared to Istanbul and
Ankara because it takes less domestic migration from other small
cities and the countryside. The natives of Izmir are generally known to
be more liberal and western-minded in Turkey. The gay life in
Izmir is getting more and more visible each passing year. The
exclusive bars and clubs have been opened within the last 15
years in Izmir.
A new gay cafe bar opened in early 2014 on a side street (1448) linking to pedestrianized Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi; the most popular night life boulevard in Alsancak district, Izmir. It operates as typical cafe & bar during week-in days and usually busier in late hour of the evenings. The venue stays open until late hours on Friday & Saturday nights, serving as a night club. The managers also organizes various concept parties on different night clubs.
Ehli Keyf was opened in early April 2011 as a gay-exclusive
cafe & bar and its has been one of the major meeting point
for local gay men living in Izmir since then. It is located in
historical shopping district Kemeraltı, not far from Konak
square and famous Izmir Clock tower. It is open from
12:00 noon time, until 02:00 am everyday and the prices are
Saturday 19/4/2014. Entrance fee was 25TL including a drink (beer or alcohol, no matter). Do not accept the peanuts from the bartender, peanuts costs10TL. And they took it back to the trash bin before we were even finished eating them. KA bar is a bar of 80-100 people capacity. People are aged from 18-25 mostly. There were 3 transsexual this night, passed in front of us all of the time. Very very annoying. We stayed only an hour at this bar and then left. Sorry guys, this is 2014, not the 80s. (Posted by Christos from Greece on April 20 2014)
Oct.2011: The entrance fee is 15TL, including a beer. Do not
expect to find a bar/club like in London or Berlin. It's more a
Fassbinderesque night circus. It starts getting busy after
midnight. There's rent boys, and there's old men waiting for
something, too. You will see trans-ladies, some of them are
pretty, others were not so lucky, when they chose their surgeon.
And amongst them, you will even find some gay boys and men who
are just there to enjoy themselves. JUST BE BARWISE! Don't
accept the peanuts the bar staff offer you, as they will try to
charge you 1TL per peanut. Also, do not pay more than 12TL per
beer. AND ENJOY!" (Posted by
Dominick from Germany on October 9th 2011)
Angle Bar - Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi,
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Following venues are recommended by our website's visitors and they are not publicly gay / gay-friendly places. Your additional comments will be appreciated if you happen to visit any of them.
Address :Cumhuriyet Bulvari No;56 Gumruk, Izmir
It is located somewhere across from Is Bankasi next to Konak Pier shopping mall. This cafe shop is recommended by a website visitor as a gay-friendly venue. Do not expect any visible gay-scene. It is said to be famous with coffee varieties and pastries. (March 15 2010)
Telvin Cafe Bar (12:00-24:00)
Address: 1462 Sokak 6/B, Alsancak, Izmir
This venue is recommended by a website visitor as a gay-friendly place in July 2014. Located on 1462 Sokak (street) crossing main Kıbris Sehitleri Street somewhere close to Garanti Bank on it. Open between 12:00- 24:00.
Right opposite of Alsancak ferryboat station on Kordon
(waterfront of Izmir)
Address: 1452 (Can Yücel) Sokak,
Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi, Alsancak- Izmir, Turkey.
There is not any gay exclusive or explicitly gay-friendly cinema in Izmir, but most heterosexual erotic/porno cinemas are frequented by some gay men. Because of Turkey's bisexual culture it's very possible to meet interested-people in suchlike places. In a few of them gays are really welcomed, but still better be a little discrete, because they are open to straight men as well, some of whom can be homophobic.
Sinemasi (Closed Down)
"Ipek Sinemasi is closed, but there's another one near by. On
the other side of the street in number 113." (posted by Fin
Rover from Finland on July 10th, 2013)
Saray Sinemasi - Kapilar, Izmir
listed under this category are not publicly gay / gay-friend
venues. In general, the owners of action places such as cinemas,
bath houses and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay
websites or guide books for fear of being raided by local
authorities. To avoid any misunderstanding, homosexuality is not
and has never been illegal in Turkey, but any sexual action (gay
or straight) in public venues is a reason to close the venue for
a period of time.
"went there last week and got the full service. A average masseur who felt me up. Decent place, don't expect glitz and glam. A good scrub all over. Was slightly busy and most guys checking each other out. Was easy to find also" (posted by Robby Walls on July 6th, 2013)
Other Recommended Sauna or Bath Houses in Izmir:
Not necessarily in order to find a sex-partner, a visit to a historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for gay tourists visiting Turkey. The following ones are recommended bath houses in Izmir listed for those who would not want to miss this exotic experience.
None of these venues are not publicly gay / gay-friendly places.
A small, budget hamam located on a back-alley in Konak.
Kestelli Cad. No: 93, Konak, Izmir - Google Map
This Turkish bath built in 16th century has very peculiar characteristics of Ottoman hamam architecture. It is said to have the highest dome among all other Turkish baths in Izmir.
Address: Anafartalar Caddesi, No:501, Konak, Izmir - Turkey
Address: Anafartalar Cad. 890 Basmane, Izmir - Turkey
Address: Anafartalar Cad. (street) No:660 Kececiler (quarter)
Izmir - Turkey
Adres: 1671 Sokak, No:88, Karsiyaka, Izmir - Google Map
A historical tourist hamam located in Karsiyaka, not far from the ferry terminal, Karsiyaka Vapur Iskelesi
Gay Cruising Areas in Izmir:
In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the people they encounter. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
Fairground area; officially named Kultur Park (Culture
Park), also called shortly "fuar", is a huge city park
in downtown Izmir where the annual
International Izmir Fair
Izmir International Fair is being organized. You can see the
cruising gay men especially around
the long pool (uzun havuz) and around the traffic circle at the
main entrance from Basmane. The vicinity of
Tower, not far on your left when you enter from
Basmane gate is also well-known cruising section in the
evenings. In this section of the park you can see mostly mature
men and men with mustache sitting on the benches alone, who are
most likely interested in meeting other men.
The famous promenade area, waterfront by the boulevard in Alsancak. Cruising happens mainly late in the evenings, at the less busy parts. Izmir's Kordon is well know all over Turkey, and has become inspiration to many classic and popular Turkish songs.
The park near the
(Saat Kulesi) and the neighborhood of the clock tower in Konak, which is the
district regarded as the down town of Izmir. Cruisy mainly after
dark. The clock tower in Konak is the symbol of Izmir
The park in Alaybey quarter of Karsiyaka district of Izmir
(official name is
Muammer Aksoy Park)
is recommended by a local person as a cruising place in April
2011, especially between 22:00-02:00.
There are no beaches in Izmir with visible gay scene
except a far and secluded part of Altinkum beach in Cesme,
which is about 1 hour
drive away from Izmir city center. In
fact there are no clean beaches left at Izmir city center, just
like in similar metropolitan cities. The following beaches can be recommended to gay men visiting
Izmir mainly for swimming and water sports. It is more likely to see
gay men in Pamucak beach and somel beaches in Cesme,
which are all in considerable distance.
Cesme is a prominent
center of international tourism in Turkey and is famous for its
night life, fish restaurants and many beaches. It is one of Turkey's
well-known touristy areas with landscapes of cultivated fields
of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees. Cesme is a
more popular summer destination among Turkish tourists in comparison to similar summer
resorts such as Fethiye, Bodrum and Marmaris.
You can reach to Cesme from Izmir's main
(Otogar) or from the secondary
bus terminal in Uckuyular district. The buses are more
frequent from Uckuyular terminal and they are available until
very late hours in summer season. It is also easy to reach to Uckuyular
terminal by Izmir metro. If you get on to train from metro stations in
central Izmir such as Basmane or Konak, you can easily reach to the bus terminal is very close to
terminal station, named Fahrettin Altay. There are many
Blue-flag bays around Cesme peninsula. Although there is only a
public beach nearby, it is wise to stay in hotels at the
center of Cesme from where there are frequent transportation to
all public beaches and other places all around the peninsula,
such as Altinkum (see below), public and private beaches in
Ciftlik (on the way to Altinkum) and
beaches in Ilica (near Alacati). Alacati is a windy area
in all seasons and so it is a famous windsurf palace. Alacati is
also famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills built
over 150 years ago.
Gay Beach in Altinkum Cesme, Turkey
Altinkum is probably the best beach location within the province of Izmir, located a few kilometers from the center of Ceshme. To go to Altinkum beach from downtown Cesme you first need to take the public minibuses departing from a point near the Police station by the coast, near the old castle. You will be in Altinkum in less than half an hour. You need to get off at the final stop which is right next to the beginning of public beach area. Walking to your left when you face the sea, you will see many privately-run beaches side by side which are providing sun beds, umbrellas, variety of food and drinks. You can also use the beach activities here for free in empty parts without necessarily renting sun-beds or umbrellas. The gay beach, also known as Ciplaklar kampi (Nudist beach) by some local people starts roughly 1 mile after these public beaches comes to an end. You will first reach to a short rocky area, after which there is one more private beach. After passing by this last private beach a few hundred meters, you will see a secluded sandy beach far from the eyes of curious people. (Click here for Google map) Not surprisingly, most of people hanging around this farthest and desolate part of the beach are gay men. There are usually no hustlers around, but it is still wise to make some observation first. Especially if you go alone, do not to carry very valuable things on you, because it is very far from security forces if needed. It is sometimes heard that some guys are hiding behind the bushes to steal the belongings of the people when they swim. You can come from Izmir to to Cesme in one hour by buses departing frequently from the bus terminal in Uckuyular district. It is easy to reach to Uckuyular terminal by Izmir metro. If you get on from metro stations in central Izmir such as Basmane or Konak, you need to get off at Fahrettin Altay terminal station.
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beach is in Selcuk town, just at the border of Izmir province
and Kusadasi, 5 km from world-wide famous ruins of Ephesus
ancient city, and also called as "Ephesus beach" by some people.
Pamucak Beach, is about 11 kms in length. The beach, is
sandy and has a clear water. It is very suitable place for
water-sports and camping. Ephesus Princess, Aqua Fantasia,
Surmeli Ephesus, Richmond Ephesus, are de luxe, club and resort
hotels, which lie on the beach. The Pamucak region has also a
camping area, aqua park, forest rest area covered with red pine
woods 10 km from Selcuk Kusadasi highway. Horse or Jeep
safaris are the exotic activities that can be participated.
Another seaside town out of Izmir
city. Karaburun region is comparatively much less visited than
Cesme although it provides an anticlimax to its southern
neighbor and the associated attractions especially for those who
want to escape the trails of mass tourism. The district's
administrative zone is bordered by the districts of Cesme and
Urla in its south and faces the Greek island of Chios.
Cesmealti, a part of Urla district of Izmir is about 36 km. away
from Konak; which is a lively and natural tourism center. The
long beaches which stretches from Cesmealti to Içmeler cause the
regions population to expand by two or three times during the
summer months. The Urla Camp Municipality Beach, the natural
beaches and swimming pools of some holiday villages located in
Cesmealti serve tourists all season long.
Gay Groups and Organizations in Izmir:
Literally meaning Black & Pink Triangle Siyah Pembe Ucgen is
Gay and Lesbian Solidarity NGO Organization based in Izmir, Turkey.
Click here for more information about Turkish gay life and LGBT solidarity movement in Turkey
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