Gay Friendly Sauna and Turkish Baths in Istanbul

Istanbul Gay Sauna

Gay Friendly Hammams in Istanbul

Attention Constantly updated by the local Pink Guides representatives living in the major Turkish cities, Turkeygay.Net, serves as the most dependable resource you can find providing information on LGBT venues and gay-friendly events in Turkey. However, it’s important to acknowledge that there might be occasional discrepancies in the provided information, as we may not have captured all recent changes. Please use the details provided with this in mind.

Attention Additionally, please be aware that many of the venues listed on the website lack official owner approval and they all are not gay or gay-friendly places necessarily.

General Information

Bathhouses are daytime venues, and most of them close around 10 p.m. They tend to be busiest after work hours, in the evenings, and on Sundays. While you may encounter people of all ages, the majority of clients in these bathhouses are middle-aged and mature men. The bathhouses frequented by gay individuals are situated on some backstreets and are not very close to each other. Therefore, if you plan to visit several of them in one day, it’s advisable to conduct thorough research in advance. Our tailor-made online LGBT Map will be very helpful for this purpose

You can find more detailed information about gay friendly sauna and bath houses on Turkish Bath Guide.Com website, including location maps and reviews of the people who have visited them.

Cruisy Turkish Baths & Saunas

Firuzagha Hamam
Address Cukurcuma Cd. No: 6, Cukurcuma, Beyoglu
Website Turkish Bath Guide - Firuzaga
A small old Turkish bath house in Beyoglu. You can find most easily by walking down from Galatasaray Square, the middle of Istiklal avenue, or walking up from Tophane tram station 

Yeshildirek Hamamı
Address Tershane Cad. No:124, Azapkapı, Istanbul
Website Turkish Bath Guide - Yesildirek
It is about 5-10 minutes walking distance to Halic (Golden Horn) station on the M2 metro line. You can also walk from Taksim in some 20 minutes. Visited by mature men mostly.

Cihangir Sauna
Address Altipatlar Sokak, No: 14,  Beyoglu, Istanbul
Website Turkish Bath Guide - Cihangir
Located on a back-street near the beginning of Cukurcuma street.  It is not a traditional Turkish bath. Basically it has a sauna, some kind of a dark room, showers and a cafe-lounge area.

Balat Cavus Hamami (07:00 - 22:00)
Address Cavus Hamami Sk. No:1/1, Balat, Istanbul.
Website Turkish Bath Guide - Balat Cavus
Located in rising Balat district of Istanbul popular with its colorful historical houses and lovely cafe shops, Balat Cavus Hamam is a traditional Turkish hammam, where locals and tourists go.

Aquarius Sauna (open 7/24)
Address Sadri Alisik Sokak, 29/1, Beyoglu, Istanbul.
Website Turkish Bath Guide - Aquarius
A modern venue near Taksim with a dry sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. Open 7/24, everyday and round the clock. It is advised to read guest reviews before going to this place because it has a completely different concept compared to other traditional bath houses listed above. Click here for more details.

Historical Turkish Hammams in Istanbul

Following hamams are not gay venues, but are recommended to people who wants to experience the atmosphere of a real historical & traditions Turkish bath.

Website Ayasofya Hamam
Address Ayasofya Meydani No:2, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami is the most luxury and fairly expensive historical Turkish bath located at the very center of historical Sultanahmet district, across from Santa Sophia. It was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman's consort, Hurrem Sultan, and constructed by well-known architect Mimar Sinan during the 16th century.

Website Galatasaray Hamam
Address Turnacibasi Sokak No: 24 Beyoglu, Istanbul
This hamam was used exclusively by men for almost 500 years. This all changed in 1963 with the addition of a small section for women. However, aside from this little addition, not much else has been altered. It was originally built in 1481 during the reign of Beyazit II and contains many pretty details, such as the intricate tile work at the entrance to the steam room in the men's section.

Website Cagaloglu Hamam  
Address Prof. Kazim Ismail Gurkan Cad No:34, Cagaloglu
Cagaloglu Hamam ("hamam" means Turkish bath) was built about 300 years ago on an area of 2834 It is considered the last sample of its category and the architectural design is astonishing. It is open everyday.

Website Cemberlitas Hamam
Address Vezirhan Cd. No:8, Cemberlitas, Fatih / Istanbul
It is located in Sultanahmet, near the Grand Bazaar (there is Cemberlitas tram station right across the entrance). This hamam built in 1584 was very popular among the Ottoman Sultans. It is considered to be one of the most important examples of 16th century Ottoman architecture.

Click here for a full list of historical Turkish baths

Istanbul Gay Turkish Bath

Other None-Gay Small Hamams in Istanbul

Most tourists do not like to be in places where there are only other tourists and understandably want to experience the original places where local people go. Although above listed bath houses are easier to find and better samples of historical Turkish baths we would also like to introduce several other good samples of less-known local Turkish baths. Actually, there is always a possibility bumping into people interested in gay-affair in such less touristy bath houses. Intimacy is highly recommended in such cases.

Please click here for a complete list

What is a Hammam ?

The Turkish hamam (also Turkish bath or hammam) is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. They had played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. Europeans learned about the hamam via contacts with Turkey hence the European name for it: "Turkish" hamam.

Taking a Turkish bath firstly involves relaxing in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an ever hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.

In Turkey, the advent of modern plumbing systems, showers, and bathtubs in homes caused the importance of hamams to fade in recent times.

A typical hamam consists of three interconnected basic rooms similar to its Roman ancestors: the sicaklik (or hararet -caldarium) which is the hot room, the warm room (tepidarium) which is the intermediate room and the sogukluk which is the cool room. The sicaklik usually has a large dome decorated with small glass windows that create a half-light; it also contains a large marble stone at the center that the customers lie on, and niches with fountains in the corners.


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