The massive Turkish capital, with its 15 million inhabitants, is the only city in the world that extends over two continents, along with Bosporus Strait. The position of the gay community is somewhat ambiguous. Daily life is fine for gay people in the capital, but society tends to become more and more conservative, especially outside Istanbul. On the other hand, Istanbul offers a rich and vibrant gay life, which is quite rare for a Muslim country. Gay venues are well established, and if discretion is required, even in the city center, you will not encounter particular problems, either with the authorities or with the inhabitants.
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He talks about his experiences of the gay scene, and also gives advice on where to go and what to expect. Turkey is a land for all seasons, whether you fancy dipping your toes in the warm Aegean, tumbling over ancient stones, hiking past towering peaks, shooting the rapids or gazing up in awe at the dome of Aya Sofya. The Turkish attitude towards open homosexuality is ambivalent, to say the least. On the whole, Turkish society is paternalistic, family-centred and traditional.
Probably the city's glitziest club, this is where Istanbul's investment bankers dance the night away on the banks of the Bosphorus — the super-flash avoid the traffic of the coastal road and arrive at the club by boat. In recent months, however, it has become a bit of an open secret — though it has retained all of its charm. With little floor space, the dance floor rapidly absorbs the club. If you can fight your way into the bar, dance the night away to Turkish and European pop under an extraordinary ceiling of flashing LEDs, presided over by DJs in a bunk bed-like booth halfway up the wall.
Istanbul is a very big city. Fortunately many of the interesting places including the gay night life are close to each other. Most gay bars and clubs, the shopping street, and many trendy restaurants can be found near Taksim Square map.