Information about gay life in Bodrum

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Gay Bars and Clubs in Bodrum:

Although Bodrum is known as one of the most gay-friendly summer destination in Turkey, there are few gay exclusive bars. This is probably because most of the regular bars in Bodrum are also gay-friendly in Bodrum and the gay people do not necessarily need to be in a gay exclusive venue in order to have fun. Of course visiting one of these few gay bars is highly recommended to meet other local gay men more quickly & easily, especially if you are visiting for a short time.

Haspa Club Bodrum (23:00-05:00)
Address: Sakiresendemir Cad, Erguvan Sokak, No:5, Gumbet, Bodrum, Turkey
Web: Haspaclub.html (Click for guest reviews, location map, videos, pictures and more)
Popular gay night club in Gumbet district of Bodrum. It is located at the upper end of Gumbet's bar street, somewhere opposite of the well-know wind-mill restaurant. There is a taxi station (Tepe Taksi) right across facing the entrance door. The venues is medium sized. The atmosphere is not as exciting as gay-clubs in Istanbul. The latest DJ music, a bar, dancing floor and occasional drag shows are available..

Kavalye Beach Bar (10:00-03:00)
Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi (Barlar Sokagi), No:70, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey
Web: Kavalye.html (Click for guest reviews, location map, videos, pictures and more)
It was opened in 2010 in downtown Bodrum. The owner was a partner of a senior gay club in Istanbul before, who also runs a gay friendly Pasha Motel in Bodrum. The location is great right in the middle of Barlar Sokagi (bar street) of Bodrum, on the beach-side. The venue and beach in front of the bar functions as a beach-cafe in day time, when they make chill-out music. Consequently, it is also a meeting point in day time for gay-men where they can swim and sip their drinks in a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. It gets vibrant at night time.

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Other Recommended None-Gay Bars Clubs in Bodrum

Bodrum has got amazing number choices for night life and musical events. It even rivals with big cities of Turkey including Istanbul. In downtown Bodrum the most bars are located along what is called the Bar Street (Barlar Sokagi). The Bar street consists of Dr Alim Bey - the one closer to the castle - and Cumhuriyet streets almost connected to each other both running parallel to the coast. There is surely at least one bar or club along the street for everyone's taste offering any kind of music you would want to hear; jazz, blues, rock, live music, Latin, classic or Turkish pop music etc. There are many Turkish live music bars (meyhanes) where the most famous Turkish singers would perform, some of whom are queer-celebrities of Turkish televisions. During the summer most famous singers of Turkey give concerts at the Bodrum Castle or at the antic theatre of Bodrum. Beach district Gumbet also has its own nightlife, and a smaller bar street. Gumbet is more dominated by British style bars and night-life.

Here are only a few of the most popular night life venues in Bodrum, which can comfortably be recommended to gay or lesbian tourists visiting Bodrum

Alem Bar
Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi ("bar street") No: 98   Bodrum, Turkey
Although it is not officially proclaimed as a gay or gay-friendly venue, Alem Bar is an exceptional place in Bodrum where gay people can feel very comfortable. This is a live music venue where mostly gay / queer singers take to the stage and consequently other clients are also expected to be pretty gay friendly. For tourists the only problem will be getting used to classical Turkish music which might even be enjoyable after drinking a few glasses of raki, the traditional Turkish drink. It will be really fun especially if you go with friends; an unforgettable experience to observe traditional Turkish night life culture. Go at least once if you have a chance. It is located somewhere in the middle of the "barlar sokagi / bar street", the most popular nightlife quarter of Bodrum, on the right hand side if you walk into the street from the marina direction.

Marine Club Catamaran
Office Address: Dr. Alim Bey Caddesi (Bar street) 1025 Sokak, No: 44,  Bodrum, Turkey.
Web:  & &
This is one of the coolest experiences you can have in Bodrum. You board this (boat) club before 01:00 am when it departs into the sea. The music from very good DJ's and sometimes even well known international DJ's is great. The floor is made of glass so you can see the sea underneath you. Beautiful people go to this club, a lot of tourists but also a lot of Turks. The club is the worlds biggest and only catamaran club with a capacity for 1500 people. If you want to get off board earlier that's also possible since you can take small boats to the coast again. There is no specific dress code, but dress nicely so that you don't look very different from the rest of the crowd.

Kuba Bar & Restaurant
Address: Neyzen Tevfik Cad. No: 62, Bodrum (
Web: &
One of the most popular bar restaurants frequented by high society, excellent food and great music, valet parking. Drinks are expensive (over average for Bodrum) It's located on the main seaside road between Marina and the Castle. If not explicitly, this place can be classified as a gay-friendly venue, as mentioned on some other websites as well.

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Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Bodrum

There are no apparent gay baths and saunas in Bodrum. Please note that 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 reasons. Actually, it is very possible to meet interested people in such places anytime in Turkey, whether it be a gay venue or not. 

Gay Cruising Spots in Bodrum

In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the people they happen to meet. It is always possible to come across to some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in suchlike places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.

The most visible cruising places in Bodrum are these:

Bodrum Castle -  Google Map
The breakwater behind the Bodrum Castle has been closed to pedestrians since several years but the water front between the castle and Marina is still cruisy, sometimes until morning light in season. If you cruise at night, do not carry your valuables with you, just in case. This area is the place where itinerant people who came to town for a job would hang around.

Bar Street - Google Map
Combination of Dr. Alim Bey and Cumhuriyet Caddesi (streets), but better known as Barlar Caddesi (the street of bars/clubs) is the area where all major bars, clubs and some restaurants of Bodrum are located next to each other. In busy season the street itself turns into an open air club, piled up with people walking from one club/bar to another. It gets cruisy late in the evening and around midnight. The bars street area start from the Castle to Club Halikasnas along the coast.

Belediye Park - Google Map
The central park near the town hall around the square. It is possible to run into other gay men occasionally late after midnight.

Comments about gay cruising spots in Bodrum:
"Next to the bus terminal and the market hall is a modern, clean and big public toilet with lots of possibilities for cruising." (Posted by Ruud from Netherlands on November 04 2013)

Gay Friendly Beaches in Bodrum

Haremtan Beach

The secluded beach between Gumbet and Bodrum is called "Erkekler Plajı" (men's beach) by some native gay men. This part of the beach is rocky and less sandy. Nude sunbathing is possible in isolated parts, but still watch if other people are doing it before you try.  It is possible to see some itinerant tourist hustlers in this part and it may be wise not to have a lot of money on you, because it is a desolate place a little far from settlement area. From Bodrum take Bardakci-Gumbet minibuses passing Siesta Beach hotel. Get off from minibus in front of Salmakis Residence; walk towards windmills; keep walking downward until you reach to the tip of smaller peninsula. It will take you some 20 minutes to reach there. If you are coming from Gumbet Beach. Climb up to hill after passing Siesta Aparts., and then downward and walk to the tip of the smaller peninsula on your left. It takes some 20-30 minutes hard walking from Gumbet beach. If you have a car you can drive in as close to as Windmills, from where it takes 5-10 minutes walking.
For Google map locating the beach and walking paths click here

Comments about gay beaches in Bodrum:
"The beach in Gumbet is often full of itinerant people who are looking for money. However Turkey is still a beautiful country populated by kind, friendly people" (Posted by Steven/UK on 02/05/2009)

Pasatarlasi Public Beach - Google Map
The public beach (Belediye Halk Plaiji) in Kumbahce quarter in the city center is located right after you walk pass Halicarnassus Disco, on the way to port of Bodrum. Especially the beach area in front of Bebek and Diamond hotels are recommended, where you will always see several middle-aged local gay man in summer season who are very easy to notice. Because it is a free beach and has no professional services such as change-rooms, lockers etc, it is usually preferred by the people living in the vicinity; few tourists staying in the neighborhood hotels as well as poor & itinerant people who come to Bodrum to work. The beach is sandy and the water is usually very clear.

Other Beaches in Bodrum

It is clever to stay in downtown Bodrum, because from the bus terminal you can go anywhere you like by local minibuses (Dolmus) available until late hours in peak season and are not expensive. There is something for everyone in the beaches of Bodrum. If you want to just lie down and relax on the sun lounger Turgutreis, Torba, Gundogan and Bitez is for you. If you are into water sports, crowded and loud fun beaches then stay in Gumbet. If you like private beach loud music and big cushions to lie down Orange Club in Gumbet is the place to go, which turns into a beach club at night. One is certainly spoilt for choice for beaches around the Bodrum peninsula, which are all easily reached by dolmus (shared taxis), which run from the main bus station in Bodrum town and are very cheap.

Gumbet Beach - Google Map
Gumbet is the nearest beach district of Bodrum, about 2 km away and easily accessible from Bodrum's city center by very frequent public busses/hotel shuttles. This is the place where you can see many gay-man around, most of them staying in neighborhood Gumbet or Bodrum hotels.

Bitez Beach.- Google Map 
Bitez beach is just over the hill from Gumbet and can be reached quickest by taxi. Its village is 2 Km inland from its sea front. Bitez is a quieter beach than Gumbet but hosts cafes and restaurants. The water is shallow and the area is very sheltered, therefore very popular for windsurfing and other water sports. See photo

Ortakent Yahsi - Google Map
Ortakent village is in the center of the Bodrum peninsular. However its beach lies 3 km south of the village which can be reached by dolmuş from downtown. The beach provides a long stretch of sand with water sports facilities, numerous restaurants and hotels. The water there is nice for swimming as the bottom drops off quickly.

Turgutreis Beaches - Google Map  
Tugut Reis is recognized as a town rather than a village. It is the second largest settlement on the Bodrum peninsula. Turgut Reis has a very good sandy beach but it is not sheltered so water sports are not available here. It hosts a weekly bazaar on Saturdays.

Gumusluk - Google Map
Gumusluk is a peaceful village and is one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula, definitely worth visiting. Gümüşlük retains its charm as building work is restricted in an attempt to protect the ancient site of Myndos which lies mainly beneath the village. Part of Myndos lies underwater and can be seen by snorkelers. Also here is a small island called “Rabbit Island” (Tavsan Adasi) which can be reached by wading through the water. Locals raise rabbits on the island and later sell them in markets elsewhere. The sandy beach to the west of the village is good for sunbathers and there are some very good restaurants in the village that specialize in fish.

Bagla / Camel Beach - Google Map
Bagla (also known as Camel Beach or Kargi Beach) offers one of the best opportunities to escape the bustle of many of the more conveniently located beaches in the immediate Bodrum area. Camel beach is in Ortakent Yahsi, at a distance of only 8 km to Bodrum. The main beach/camel beach is very clean with a selection of beach cafes & waterspouts and safe for swimming as well. Kargi bay is basic stopover point for daily boat tours, which stop near the beach and give a swimming break. You can indeed hire a camel for a ride here.

Torba Beach - Google Map
Torba is situated in a protected bay in the gulf of Gulluk on the extreme north coast of the Bodrum peninsula. Numerous jetties are supplied for sunbathers and plenty of restaurants are scattered along the sea shore.

Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Bodrum

LGBT Turkey
The meeting point of Turkish & none- Turkish gay men living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over Turkey, including Bodrum.

Google Group for Turkish Gays
A Google 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 Bodrum in this group.

Gay Friendly Tours:
Turkish gay travel agency is organizing daily city tours, budget and tailor made package tours, boat cruises, hotel reservations in Bodrum and all around Turkey.
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