Dating Culture in Turkey - Relationships - Love Custom

by Michelle Devani

Speaking about dating culture in European countries, surely we can't just left out Turkey. As the youngest member of the European Union, Turkey has slightly different value and culture than any other European countries. Being not wholly modernized, their conservative culture still going strong on the countryside. However, in its modern country such an Istanbul, we can see little piece of Europe in there.

Still, Turkey has its own customs and tradition when it comes to dating, courtship, and marriage. Here come some of the lists for you:

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Thus, here are dating culture in Turkey in the rural and countryside area:

1. Proposing Through The Milk Bottle

In a rural or countryside areas of Turkey, you may find an empty bottle place on a roof of a house. It's an old tradition in Turkey, where fathers purposely placed an empty bottle on his house roof. This indicates that the daughter of the house is ready to get married, and whoever the man take the empty bottle has the right to proposed her. If both sides come to an agreement, then marriage would be arranged between two families in a quite short time. However, this tradition is not as strong as it was.

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2. It's Conservative In The Rural Areas

In the rural areas, dating and courtship should be done in a conservative ways. People looked down to those who live together before marriage. Excessive public display of affection is also unaccepted. Virginity status is also important in the Turkey rural area.

3. Good Coffee Means Good Woman

good coffee means good woman

In some Turkey area, how good the coffee you made tasted is a measure whether you will make a good wife or not. The better your coffee tasted, the better woman you will be in the future.

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4. Arranged Marriage Is Still Exist

Someone probably living an upright life in modern Turkey. But if your whole family and parents are still living in the countryside, they might have arranged your marriage before you know it. Although this has become less and less common in Turkey, there are still parents and elder who arranged marriage for their children.

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5. In The Modern City It's More Loose

However, the old and conservative rules seem to be only applied in the border of Turkey. As in the modern city like Istanbul, the influence of modernity has spread heavily, and public display of affection between couple such as hugging and kissing in public is a common thing.

6. Night Life Has Developed In Turkey

As the result of modernization, a night life in Turkey has upgraded as well. It was common for a man and a woman to hook up in a bar, as Turkish night life is indifference with the West.

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Turkish General Dating Rules

turkish general dating rules

Indeed, here are more dating culture in Turkey that you may want to know:

1. Jealousy Is The Form Of Love

In Turkey, both the man and woman have a big jealousy towards their lover. Jealousy was taken as another form of "I love you" and "You are mine". If you already dating someone, there is no way yo can meet you opposite sex friends freely anymore. Their jealousy was so serious that your lover will think that you don't love him if you never jealous.

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2. Do Not Hang Out With Other People

As Turkish is really, really jealous over small things, it's important for their lover to be careful when they hang out with someone. Even if you just engaged in a small talk, your partner will get jealous over that. Doesn't matter how many times you explain and try to make him understand, he just won't change their mind.

3. Turkish Love To Chat

Turkish love to mingled and blend with the society, especially for the men. It's a common thing in Turkey to have a coffee with your teacher soon after class, whether you want to take an additional course or just want to have a little chit chat. By the end of the conversation, your teacher would likely do matchmaking for you!

4. All Girls Are Princesses

Regardless of their race, culture, and looks, Turkish men were taught to treat every girls they met as a princess. This is one good traits of Turkish men. They truly understand the value of a woman.

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How To Spend A Romantic Date In Turkey

If we speak about Turkey, there will a lot of things to do and places to visit. If your lover is Turkish, or you plan to visit Turkey with him, here come lists of things you can do in its most famous city, Istanbul. Let's check them out!

1. Spend The Date By The Water

What would be the most romantic thing in the world other than watching the sun setting together with your lover? In Istanbul, you can witness the sky change its color from blue to pitch black by the river or aboard the boat. Having a glass of drink as a company would make it nicer.

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2. Trip To Prince Island

trip to prince island

Turkey has 4 biggest islands, and one of them is Prince Island. You can take a ferry trip for 40 minutes long from Istanbul to get on this islands. Cruising the sea together never fail for a couple, and once you arrived at the island, you enjoy the sip of raki, Turkish signature drink. There are also some church in this islands with many historical sites.

3. Romantic Dinner In Maiden's Tower

This tower located in a small islands, and it's a perfect place if you planned to have a dinner with your loved ones. The first floor served many delicious dinner every day accompanied by live music. Such a perfect combination to enjoy for romantic night.

4. The Bosphorus Beach

If you want to spend you time with your lover in Turkey, Bosphorus beach is a must visit. It's nice to take a walk together along the coastline. You can also enjoy dinner, as there are so many restaurant served any kind of dinner you may like there.

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5. Beyoglu Tunel

Beyoglu has a main street called Istiklal street. If you want to enjoy casual stroll around the town, this street makes a perfect choice. There are pedestrian style street of shops, cafe, restaurant, and other good places to visit. The street was lined with neoclassical building that will spoil your eyesight. This place is so much like Milan's Galleria.

6. Enjoy Coffee On Pierre Loti

If you are looking for something different, try to visit Pierre Loti. It's a hill named after famous French writer. On the top of the hill, stood a historical cafe which served coffee and tea. You can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea from the top of the hill that surround by the view of Golden Horn, Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.

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7. Try Kanlica Yogurt

Turkey offers various kind of things you can do with your love one, including if you want to try Turkish homemade milk and yogurt. There is small coastal district named Kanlica which famous for its milk and yogurt. You can enjoy Bosophorus view from here. And if want to enjoy the beautiful view, make sure you come in the evening when the sun is ready to set.

8. Romantic View At Cengelkoy

Dating culture in Turkey is basically so romantic. For you who is looking other romantic places, there are place in Cengelkoy where you can enjoy romantic view and taking a romantic photos with your lover. Cengelkoy is a district famous for it signature dish called borek. Its a traditional food made of dough and meat, spinach, cheese, or potatoes in the ingredients. To reach the Cengelkoy district, you need to take ferry from Istanbul.

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9. Enjoy The Istanbul View From Galata Tower

enjoy the istanbul view from galata tower

The Galata Tower has become tourist attraction in Turkey. It was located on the north side of the Golden Horn. The tower is medieval stone tower. From here you can enjoy Istanbul's panoramic view from the top of the tower. Consists of 9 floor, you can enjoy the best view from its encircling balcony. On the top floor, there are a restaurant that will served you the best dishes while enjoying the view.

10. Take A Nice Picture At Agva

Agva is located in Istanbul's Sile district. The place was rather populated, and it was a good place to take picture with your lover. The Agva is situated between two rivers, in a coastal area facing the Black Sea. If you intended to stay there, there are many boarding places you can choose along the coast.

There are some dating culture in Turkey, and recommended things you can do to spend time with your lover in there. The dating culture in Turkey may not apply to everyone, as its only a general picture of how dating are done in Turkey. If you curious about how dating is really done in Turkey, it's not bad to start find a Turkish lover.

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Michelle Devani
My name is Michelle Devani, and I've been helping people with their relationships since 2003. In 2017 I decided it was about time I started a blog on the topic, and since then more than 2 million people worldwide have read my relationship advice. Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think.