When it comes to Turkey, we might think about perfect all-inclusive vacations, the beauty of the country as a whole (like the amazing Pamukkale), beaches and beautiful resorts for perfect family getaways.
But today, we’re going to focus on the people of Turkey, as I will try to explain what makes a Turkish woman tick, what to expect from a relationship with one and everything else you should know about these amazing and usually underrated women.
The fact that Turkey is nestled between Europe and Asia means that the people here are a result of a mix of cultures that manage to blend really well together in a fascinating tapestry
A rich history – Turkey was one of the greatest empires of the world – steeped in tradition, shapes the social dynamics we see today. But what does that mean for the women who live there? Let’s jump in to learn more!
Traditional vs. Modern Perspectives
In my travels across Turkey (which were too few in my opinion – but hopefully there’s still time to right the wrongs), I’ve discovered a country that balances on the tightrope between tradition and modernity.
And I’m being a bit permissive when I say that. Because, in reality, except for the larger cities where tourism has managed to influence mentalities, you’ll see that traditional values are predominant.
Gender Roles in Turkey
In some areas, especially the rural regions or the very small towns, gender roles remain deeply traditional. Women are often seen as the homemakers, while men are the breadwinners.
Yet, in the larger cities, we can already notice a shift towards equality. The younger generations are challenging the old norms – but as we all know already, changing traditions is difficult and takes time.
So expect, even in the larger cities, for these traditional values to still be mostly present. You should never expect Turkish women to be as open minded as those in Denmark, for example.
But at least things are slowly moving in the right direction and women here are becoming more independent.
Turkish Women: An Overview
With these out of the way, let’s focus on the more fun parts of the article. We’ll start by learning what are Turkish women really like, beyond the stereotype and cultural backdrop.
Looks, expectations you should have from dating a woman from Turkey and more below.
Turkish Woman Looks: What to Expect
If we were to summarize it, I would say that Turkish women are beautiful. Usually on the curvier side, they are mesmerizing to look at and always amazing.
Of course, as Turkey is a country spread over two continents, and one with such a rich culture, you should expect to see plenty of diversity here.
The most common sight here would be a darker skinned, brown-eyed beauty with dark blonde or brown hair. However, it’s not uncommon to notice the striking blue eyes or the darkest black hair when looking around.
No matter what the combo is, Turkish women have a unique way of presenting it in the best way possible.
I say that because the allure of Turkish women is not just skin-deep and you should look more than just at their outstanding beauty.
Beyond physical appearance, there’s an intangible charm that they carry. It’s in the way they hold themselves, confident and poised, like the proud columns of ancient Ephesus.
Have you ever watched a Turkish woman stride into a room? It’s akin to watching the sunrise over Cappadocia’s unique landscape – quietly awe-inspiring. And I’m not exaggerating a bit!
Personality Traits of Turkish Women
When we talk about the personality of Turkish women, we have to think again about the more traditional values that are imposed in most cases from a young age.
While I am sure that women living here are independent at heart and extremely open-minded, it is usually the society that doesn’t allow them to fully be who they think they are.
As I said, this has already started to change over the past couple of decades, but the process is slow. Therefore, we should always look at what delves beyond the surface.
Personally, I’ve always been captivated by the blend of strength and grace they exude, always walking with their heads held high and shoulders pulled back, emanating a confidence that is almost palpable.
But alongside this strength, they are a melting pot of grace and intelligence – the latter easily seen in their beautiful eyes who always have that spark that gets you.
Since Turkish women are still expected to play the housewife role – but they also want to be independent and pursue a career – they will usually do both at the same time.
How often do we come across a woman managing a thriving business, and at the same time, ensuring her family feels loved and cared for? Well… often, if we’re talking about Turkey!
Finally, we have the Turkish women’s innate warmth and hospitality, a trait embedded in the fabric of Turkish culture, no matter if we’re talking about the women or men here.
The concept of “misafirperverlik,” meaning “hospitality in the turkish language”, comes alive when you interact with them. Especially if you are a foreigner – or a visitor in their country, they will do their best to make you feel welcome and they will be extremely friendly.
Make sure not to mistake this with them being interested in you. They might be, but since they’re always polite and nice, it might also be just the way that they are and behave.
In conclusion, if I were to sum up the personality of Turkish girls, I would say that they’re like a perfect Turkish coffee – sweet and comforting, yet robust and invigorating.
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Turkish Women in a Relationship: What to Expect
Now, let’s delve into the heart of the matter: what are Turkish women like in a relationship?
Embarking on a relationship with a Turkish woman is similar to setting sail on the Mediterranean Sea, without much of a sailing experience. It will be both enchanting and enlightening – and until you’re there, you can’t really know what to expect.
I am saying this because of the apparent traditional values that might or might not be true in reality when it comes to your women.
Sure, she might seem all obedient and shy when she’s outside, but in private she could actually be that strong, independent woman who doesn’t like to be told what to do.
Either way, at the base of a relationship with somebody from Turkey, you’ll find the foundation of respect.
Turkish women hold this virtue in high regard: not just expecting it, but offering it in abundance in return. And you WILL get bonus points if you treat them as equals, as this is different from what most would expect from a local.
Yet, one cannot ignore the influence of a slightly traditional and patriarchal society on these relationships.
The Turkish culture, with its centuries-old traditions, still stands true in the hearts of some of the women here. So don’t be surprised if she actually feels good in a more conservative role, gladly accepting the housewife chores, cooking and cleaning and such.
You just have to get to know her better (the real her, not just the image she paints for others) to know exactly what you are getting.
I am not saying that one is necessarily better than the other – just that you could end up getting a really different experience from different Turkish women.
While many Turkish women embrace the traditional values they’ve grown up with, they’re also not shy to assert their individuality and independence.
They are excellent communicators, unafraid to voice their opinions or express their emotions. But no matter in which “team” they are, one thing that you should always expect is their deep sense of loyalty.
Turkish women are steadfast partners, always there to support, to comfort, to rally around their loved ones in times of need and never thinking about cheating on you.
Of course, they expect the same from you, so don’t even think about breaking her trust!
All in all, when contemplating a relationship with a Turkish woman, expect a journey of depth and intrigue, colored by cultural nuances.
Some navigate these waters with a more liberal mindset, while others steer the course guided by more conservative values.
In the end, it’s up for you to find out what type your woman is. And if you don’t really care – it’s even better. No matter which of these values she shares, she’ll be an amazing partner, giving it all in the relationship.
But if you want to play it safer, always consider the girls in the larger cities more open minded than those from villages or smaller towns that are farther away from the touristic hubs.
Best place to meet Turkish women
The best place to meet women from Turkey is… online! Head over to a premium dating website like this one – it has tradition, plenty of active users and all the ladies there are actively looking for a relationship.
And since this is a premium website, the competition is limited compared to free services (like Tinder or other), so it’s definitely a win-win situation. Online might seem old school, but you’ll be surprised with how solid of an option it still is!
Common Misconceptions about Turkish Women and Relationships
With everything I’ve mentioned above, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon plenty of misconceptions when it comes to dating Turkish women.
Let’s take a moment to dispel these myths and stereotypes.
1. All Turkish Women are Submissive
There’s a stereotype that all Turkish women are conservative and confined to their homes.
This is far from the truth. While tradition influences Turkish society, women are increasingly embracing diverse roles and identities.
Sure, some are indeed conservative and prefer a more traditional role in the family – expecting the same from you – but that’s not really the norm.
2. The belly dancer
This is, surprisingly, a very common stereotype and misconception that I was surprised to hear it exists.
Basically, tourists and foreigners somehow end up considering Turkish women as belly dancers aka promiscuous without a limit. This is obviously false and I would go as far as saying that the opposite is true.
Sure, girls here love to belly dance and it’s a big thing, but this doesn’t mean that it’s more than just a beautiful artistic expression. Sorry to burst your bubble!
3. All Turkish Women Wear a Headscarf
There’s also a misconception that all Turkish women wear a headscarf because of Islamic traditions.
It’s true that some Turkish women choose to wear a headscarf as part of their religious or cultural beliefs, and you will surely see more wearing it than you would in the US, for example.
But this is not the norm here and many Turkish women do not wear a headscarf. Even though officially, close to 100% of the Turkish population is Muslim, many of the women here are not deeply religious and as a result they do not wear head scarf (nor are they obliged to by the law).
4. Turkish Women Don’t Enjoy Social Life
This one comes from the previous preconceptions (well, maybe not the “belly dancer” one) combined.
However, urkish women love to socialize. They enjoy the vibrant café culture of Turkey, indulge in shopping, participate in community events, and play significant roles in cultural and arts festivals.
Sure, they might not be the party animals that you might see in other Western countries and alcohol is not a big part of their life (I’m still to see a drunk woman in Turkey that’s not a tourist), but this doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy social life.
It might differ slightly from what you consider “social life” (if booze and nightclubs are your definition from that), but that’s all.
This would by my guide to Turkish women. I do believe that I managed to cover everything there is to be covered about these amazing ladies and paint a clearer picture of what to expect from a relationship with one.
In the end, you can expect from women in Turkey to be either open-minded and forward-thinking, modern and independent; or a bit more on the conservative side, gladly accepting the more traditional, patriarchal way of being.
This won’t matter much though, as all women here are beautiful, amazing, have great personalities and, even more important, make for amazing partners, generally interested in longer term relationships and not so much hook-ups.
What is your experience with Turkish women, though. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.