Turkish Men: What You Need to Know Before Dating a Man from Turkey

What You Need to Know Before Dating a Man from Turkey

Are you one of those girls drawn to foreign men with seductive looks and irresistible accents? Then you’ve come to the right place as I am about to reveal all about dating Turkish men!

In my dating history, Turkish guys have carved out a special place in my heart. I have visited Turkey several times and always ended up in the arms of a local charmer, so I now know a thing or two about Turkish men and how to date them.

To break it down for you, these are the topics I will cover in this article:

  • What are Turkish men like
  • Where to meet Turkish men
  • Pros and cons of dating a Turkish man
  • What do Turkish guys like in a girl
  • How to please a Turkish man
  • How are Turkish men in bed
  • How to know if a Turkish man loves you

So let’s get right to it!

What are Turkish Men Like?

Pros and Cons of Dating a Turkish Man

Men from Turkey are like no other. Because Turkey is situated between East and West, people there are also a blend of two worlds – appearance and character-wise. Turkish men act, look like and live different lives than Europeans or Americans.

What Do Turkish Men Look Like?

All in all, Turkish guys are rather dark and masculine and have a distinguished sense of style. Let me get more specific.

Dark Skin and Eyes

A typical Turkish man has a dark skin tone. It is darker than you can see, for example, in Italy. To complement their tanned face, Turkish guys possess dark eyes with a warm and deep look.

Lots of Hair

The hair of Turkish men is, of course, very dark as well. But their unique look comes from the combination of dark hair and, even more so, the abundance of it. They have thick lashes, eyebrows, and lots of body hair that they wear with pride.

Not That Tall

Turkish men are not one of the tallest males in the world. The average height of Turkish guys is 5’ 7’’ (or 173 cm).

Stylish and Fashionable

The men there have a great sense of style: they are fashionable yet love to mix their looks with patterns, accessories, and items from the local culture.

The Personality of Turkish Men

Much like their appearance, the personality of Turkish guys is very masculine, too. But there is also a soft side, and they are not afraid to show it.

Here are some of the most common characteristics that I’ve witnessed in Turkish men:

Persistent

Turkish guys have proven to be very determined and loyal in life and dating. Whether asking a girl on a date or sticking with a chosen one when the times are hard, a Turkish guy will not give up easily, that’s for sure.

Possessive at Times

Turkish men honor traditional ways, so they tend to be quite controlling and jealous in relationships. That might mean banning a sexy outfits or minimizing male friendships, etc. But to be fair, acting possessive in Turkish culture is a sign of truly caring and worrying for the people they love.

Open

Although they are reserved in many ways, there is also much friendliness and openness in Turkish men, making them charming. They can be super helpful to a stranger, and there is no room for dishonesty and lying in a relationship.

Romantic

A man from Turkey is much more affectionate than a typical Western guy. They have no problems overflowing you with beautiful words, setting up heart-melting dates, caring for your every need, or talking with you for hours.  

Where to Meet Turkish Men?

Now that you know what a great boyfriend he could be, let’s go ahead and look at the best places to meet a Turkish hunk. Generally speaking, you can do it two ways: the old-fashioned way, which is to meet someone special on the spot, or the modern way – using an online dating site. Or, in my experience, why not combine them both and get the most out of it?

Online Dating in Turkey

Nowadays, when everybody’s busy, it is common to seek help from online platforms, even when it comes to romance. Online dating can save you a ton of time and money, plus it gives you a wider selection of people to choose from. This is especially handy when you are not located in Turkey or, for example, you want to save yourself from work on the spot and have dates already lined up for your vacation in the country.

Luckily, you can register on dating sites like Dating.com, InternationalCupid.com, and Muslima.com, which are all popular among Turkish singles. Let me guide you through those sites.

Dating.com

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Dating.com is a huge worldwide dating platform that caters to all types of relationships and singles’ niches, both locally and internationally. It has over 73 million users worldwide and a high-quality match rate. You can get a Dating.com app for Android or IOS.

There are some interesting features on Dating.com that I’d like to introduce to you:

  • Video chatting to keep it real
  • Sending real-life presents
  • Changing your dating intentions easily

The user-base size is impressive, and this site is available in many countries, so it opens up opportunities all over the world. However, there is a bit of a problem with fake profiles. This is due to a convenient sign-up process that doesn’t require identification. Of course, a simple registration is an advantage for some, but still, Dating.com struggles with safety, and it is your responsibility to stay cautious about your new acquaintances.

Dating.com is more expensive than most other dating apps, and there are only a few free features. But I guess spending your money on a specific feature rather than an overall membership makes sense, and many people support this idea.

Muslima.com

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Most of the Turks are Muslims. Muslima.com is a dating site specially tailored for Muslim singles, and it is used by over 7.5 million people worldwide. Both safety and quality matches are rated highly on this platform.

Signing up with Muslima is fast and simple, and a special profile verification system is applied to keep members safe. Although anyone can create an account regardless of their religion, you will likely meet Arabic men with a serious wish to find a match from similar faith. Also, Muslima.com is built to bring together singles with long-term commitment goals, not just fooling around.

Muslima.com is considered to be quite an expensive online dating app. Registration is free, and so are some of the most basic features, but that’s about it.

However, Muslima.com offers some great features for your money:

  • Message translation
  • More personality details
  • Being on top of the search results
  •  Advanced search

On the downside, some of the features provided are not that up to date, plus the application is only available for Android devices.

InternationalCupid.com

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As the name indicates, this dating site aims to bring together singles no matter their location and culture. It is one of the largest and most well-established international dating sites, with a user base of over 4 million people.

Some of the most remarkable features of InternationalCupid.com are:

•    Gallery to highlight unique and exotic beauty

•    Using Cupid Tags to describe yourself better

•    Message translation

•    Compatibility rate to your match

Registration to InternationalCupid is easy, and it also enhances your matching experience. The majority of the profiles are of good quality, and the site claims to contain profiles with only serious long-term relationship objectives. There are a lot of safety measures, and if you want to use this site for free, there are plenty of features to support that.

On the other hand, many premium features are reserved for paid members only, the local user pool is considerably smaller than on other non-international dating sites, and the platform doesn’t support Apple devices.

Meeting Men in Turkey

Although I cannot imagine the world without online dating anymore, I also can’t imagine it without meeting people organically. No doubt, there is something special about running into an interesting person by accident and seeing how it goes from there. The beauty of it is that it can happen anywhere, but there are also loads of good venues and spots to try your luck.

A good thing about Turkish guys is that they will probably come to you. You have to be in the right place and look approachable.

I will gladly share my experience with you about where to find single Turkish men in the biggest cities of Turkey.

In Istanbul

Istanbul is filled with socially busy districts. In my experience, Istiklal Street, Sultanahmet, Topkaki, Eminonu, and Taksim Square will work just fine both day and night.

There are bars, cafes, and discotheques around every corner. Here are some of the best ones to go and check out:

  • Ruby
  • Golden Club
  • Ritim
  • Taksim Club IQ
  • Kalimera Night Club
  • Sortie
  • Tower Pub
  • Babylon
  • Peyote
  • U2 Istanbul Irish Pub

In Izmir

A great area to hang out in Izmir city is Alsancak. In the daytime, try walking on the Kordon along the seaside. When dark, visit the main street Gazi Kadınlar Sokağı for nightlife.

You might want to go and grab a drink in one of these night venues:

  • Sayonara
  • Chaos Cafe Bar
  • Tac Mahal
  • Mayhane Alsancak
  • Bios Bar
  • Monkey Club
  • Eco Pub
  • Sirena
  • Raw
  • Maze

In Antalya

The safest part of the city to socialize is The Old Town because there are a lot of open-air bars and cafes, and during the nighttime, the area becomes a little crazy. If you don’t mind exploring outside the city, I suggest you head to Lara beach.

There are also many bars and nightclubs in Kaleici and Kemer. Here is a list of some of the best ones:

  • Aura Club Kemer
  • Sheffield Pub
  • Gaga Club Lara
  • Monte Cristo Disco
  • Dark Angel Club
  • Olympos Disco
  • Klub Kristall Kemer
  • Club Inferno
  • Up Shot Bar

Pros and Cons of Dating a Turkish Man

The Personality of Turkish Men

A lot of issues when dating a Turkish man can come from cultural differences. As I said, they are just not what we, ladies, are used to in the West. But let me be clear – it is worth it because it’s hard to find a partner from anywhere else who is more masculine yet as gentle of a lover.

Pros of Dating Turkish Men

They are Romantic

It’s part of their culture and upbringing to be attentive and affectionate to the opposite sex. It comes so naturally for them to make you feel special, woo you with sweet gestures, blow you away with romantic dates, and the list goes on.

They are Charming

There’s something about how a Turkish man approaches and acts around a woman of his interest. He can do it respectfully so that his often too-focused attention doesn’t come off as cheesy. It’s pretty hard not to fall for that kind of guy.

They are Sensitive

It’s weird how Turkish men can be very dominant and soft simultaneously. They are always there for you, helping you, asking about your needs, etc. And over there, being in touch with their feminine sides is a matter of honor.

They are Passionate

Although they can be real sweethearts, there is a temper that comes along with it. This passion drives them in every way, making them extremely determined, stubborn, impulsive, and sensual.

Cons of Dating Turkish Men

Language Barrier

A surprising fact about a typical Turkish man is how little he can speak English. But if there’s a will, there’s a way, plus this is where modern technology can come to the rescue (think translation apps and translation services on dating sites).

They Can Be Too Jealous

It is in their blood to be the authority in a relationship which also means they can be too possessive and controlling sometimes. Being a Western girl, I initially had difficulty accepting it, but that just came with the package. For me, all his virtues overshadowed this side of him eventually, but I guess it is not for everyone.

They’re Mama’s Boys

Even as grown men, Turkish guys always put their mothers first. It’s a cultural thing and hard to swallow at times, but when you realize their sensitivity and softness come from the same source, it is easier to appreciate it a bit more.

What Do Turkish Guys Like in a Girl

I think it’s pretty clear by now that to be in a relationship with a Turkish man; you’ve got to be a bit submissive. This doesn’t mean you are weak or suppressed, but there are some traits that a Turkish guy subconsciously looks for in his other half.

Accept His Dominant Side

To feel masculine, he needs to feel like the man of the house. No matter how much you pull the strings behind the curtain, nurture his manly side and let him think he’s the boss.

Show Him He is Needed

As a boy, he was surrounded by women needing a man, which is the scenario he is still looking for. He wants to be your knight in shining armor, so let him. Isn’t it romantic?

Keep His Secrets

Although he’s not ashamed of his sensitive side, some things are left between just the two of you. So when you witness his moment of weakness, such as crying, be very careful with whom you will share this.

Don’t Lie

A Turkish man will stay honest and loyal to you and expect the same from you. And know that once you’ve betrayed his trust, you might never be able to restore it.

How to Please a Turkish Man

What are Turkish Men Like

Understanding a Turkish man starts with acknowledging Turkish culture. I’ve learned a few tips that help impress your man and make him cherish you even more.

Highlight Your Origins

Turkish men are naturally attracted to foreign women, so why not take advantage of that? They are interested in learning about other cultures and traditions and will happily support your exotic features.

Stay Independent

Modern Turkish guys appreciate strong women with lives of their own. Yes, it is a bit controversial as, in their eyes, an ideal girl is independent yet considerate of a man’s need to dominate. So, this is a matter of balancing the two opposite sides, but when you get the hang of it, you will become irresistible to him.

Show Off Your Knowledge

Turkish guys find intelligent women sexy. Demonstrating your skills and sharing your opinions makes you more appealing because a typical Turkish man needs a woman to look up to.

How Are Turkish Men in Bed?

A Turkish man is a passionate creature, which also shows in the bedroom. His sensitivity and romantic style pay off there and make him a dream lover for any girl. Also, as mentioned before, it’s in their nature to be honest and loyal, so you don’t have to worry about him looking for occasional sex around town.

Finally: How to Know if a Turkish Man Loves You?

There are a couple of signs to look for if you want to know whether or not he is truly into you:

When a Turkish guy is in love, keeping the distance is out of the question. He will probably call and text you day and night, so that it might come off as a bit creepy at first. But please understand that this is only evidence that he cares for you.

They Keep Contact

They Call You by a Nickname

It’s an unwritten rule: Turkish people have nicknames for their loved ones. So, if he creates a nickname for you, and even if you don’t like it, take it as a display of his affection.

They Announce You on Social Media

In modern Turkey, it’s not official until your social media status is “in the relationship.” This is how Turkish men manifest their loyalty nowadays. It’s also a good sign when they use your photo as their wallpaper on social media.

They Put Your Name on the Paper

You know he’s serious with you when he starts adding your name to all the important (and not so important) paperwork, such as bills and contracts and their plans and goals. The Turks believe that couples are together in everything, so this is a good sign!

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