11 of the Most Popular Dating Apps & Websites in Portugal

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Written by: | Last updated on February 8, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 7 minutes

Dating may seem hard in Portugal but, if it’s any conciliation, dating is hard everywhere. Thankfully, there are a wide selection of apps available that make it easy to connect with people based on similar interests, whether you’ve crossed paths, or just if they like you back. 


Love it or hate it, Tinder is probably the most popular dating app in Portugal. Unlike other dating apps where you search based on a number of specific filters (e.g. does the person want a relationship, do they have kids, how tall are they, etc), Tinder leaves the hard work up to you. All it does it show you one profile after another which you can swipe left or right on.

But, even though, ironically for a dating app, Tinder isn’t very good at helping you find the right person, it is the most popular app which is why everyone continues to use it.

For iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), you can download Tinder on the App Store. For Android devices, you can download Tinder on Google Play.


Feeld is a unique and inclusive dating app that has gained popularity among individuals in Portugal seeking open-minded connections and exploring alternative relationship dynamics. This app goes beyond the traditional boundaries of dating by catering to a diverse range of interests, including polyamory, non-monogamy, and ethical non-monogamy.

With its user-friendly interface and emphasis on inclusivity, Feeld provides a platform where individuals can express their desires, find like-minded partners, and foster meaningful connections. By offering a safe and judgment-free space for exploring unconventional relationship styles, Feeld has become a go-to app for those in Portugal who are open to expanding their horizons in the dating world.

Inner Circle

Inner Circle is a dating app that a lot of people haven’t heard about, but it’s one that’s growing in popularity as members fill out (a bit) more information on their profiles. It’s also easy to filter by certain attributes like height, age, whether their smoke, have children, or what level of education they have. It also shows you when people were last online, which is also helpful for knowing which profiles are worth getting excited about or not.

If you upgrade – which costs €10 – you can also filter by nationality, industry, to the tags they’ve added to their profile e.g. “coffee lover,” “home cook,” “back packer.”

Unlike Bumble, where women message first, anyone can message anyone on Inner Circle. And they do. In order to read your messages, however, you either need to upgrade or invite two friends.

You won’t find the same numbers of people on here that you’ll find on Tinder or even Bumble, but sometimes less is more.


With Bumble, if you match with someone, it’s up to the woman to start the conversation. And, they have to do it within a 24-hour window as well. 

It isn’t that different to Tinder in reality. Bumble does ask a few more questions like do you prefer Netflix or Nightclubs, but it doesn’t really encourage people to fill out their profiles in any more depth than Tinder does.


Hinge is a dating app that’s focused on getting people to connect, and actually described itself as “The dating app designed to be deleted”. Rather than simply swiping yes to someone, you have to comment on an aspect of their profile e.g. a picture or something they’ve said about themselves.

Of course, despite all its good intentions, Hinge is still in the business of making money. While it is making a big effort to encourage people to connect rather than just to swipe, you do have to pay for premium features like the ability to filter people by their height, family plans, whether they have children, and anything else that might be important to you. Still, it goes a long way to encouraging people to connect.


Meetic is generally considered to be for people who are serious about meeting the one. It’s also a paid-membership dating site, unlike sites apps like Tinder, Happn, and OkCupid which are essentially free (but have a premium upgrade).

You can create a profile for free on Meetic, which allows you to view other people’s profiles, but you’ll have to upgrade if you want to get in touch with them. 


OKCupid is nowhere near as popular as other apps like Badoo or Tinder, but is attracts a loyal crowd. Users fill out their profile and answer quiz-style questions about themselves to see how well they match with other OKCupid users. 

While there are plenty of empty profiles on OkCupid, people do tend to write more here and you can get a good idea of whether you match with someone based on how they’ve answered the quiz questions.

But despite its pros, OkCupid does try to push its paid membership and its hard to match with people who’ve liked you if you don’t have this.


Happn uses GPS to connect you with people you’ve crossed paths with. It’s a strange way to connect two people, although it could be an interesting way of meeting the people you frequently cross paths with. It’s also great if you’re really lazy and only want to meet people who live in the same neighbourhood as you.

Happn is only really worth using in big cities like Lisbon and Porto, though. If you’re based somewhere much smaller, you may not actually cross paths with very many people. Of course, if you do cross paths with someone, and you’re the only local users on the app, you’re probably more likely to strike up a conversation. 


Badoo is an app that many visitors to Portugal probably won’t have heard of, but one that’s very popular in countries like Spain and Portugal. This does mean you’ll definitely need to speak Portuguese, or at least have Google Translate open, if you want to chat with the people on there.

Plenty of Fish (POF)

POF is one of the largest free dating websites in the world. The profiles on POF tend to vary in quality. Not a lot of people put effort into their profiles and, unlike sites like OkCupid, they aren’t really encouraged to do so. This means that you don’t really get to know a lot about people before you message them, and so most of your decisions will be based on looks. 

Coffee Meets Bagel

Apps like Tinder and Badoo potentially allow you to match with lots of people. Coffee Meets Bagel, on the other hand, limits the number. It’s a focus on quality rather than quantity: instead of getting to say yes to everyone, you have to choose wisely.

You are also only given 8 days to chat to each match, which is designed to encourage you to move onto the next stage: either exchanging phone numbers or meeting up.

Overall, Coffee Meets Bagel seems to be very focused on building a dating app that solves a lot of the issues that other apps have. Unfortunately, it’s not that popular in Portugal and it’s “bean-based” currency system means the free version of the app is much more limited than other dating apps.

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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  1. I’m a senior citizen Presently in China, I have a lot to offer a really nice, thin, and attractive lady to (65) to share the rest of my life with. You gotta be independent, and educated. If you share your home with me in Portugal, I’m happy to share my USA home with you in Texas. Lets chat.

  2. The problem with all applications is that they want you to pay.
    If you don’t, your photo is not displayed and you do not receive visits or likes.
    In all applications there are 3 times more men than women.
    And Portuguese women don’t usually use these apps.
    In the case of badoo, there is a very noticeable difference, as in many applications. In badoo you can write to the “ugliest” women / men. if you want to contact someone you like, you will have to pay. It sounds quite racist, but it is reality. If you don’t pay no one will see you. And if you pay, the chances of making an appointment are 5% or 10%. the algorithm of these systems are all the same. You are more likely to meet someone at the grocery store than in these apps. and I repeat, portuguese girls do not use apps for dates. they just want to see what happens, they are too shy. thats why you will find people from other countries.

  3. I am using Tinder and Badoo Andy experience is quite good. Yes, of course, most of the ladies here on these apps are Brazilian. But how does it matter? You want a lady for dating. Nothing to do with nationality or country of origin. Just match and enjoy.

  4. Karen hello, I really would like to find a Portuguese woman for a relationship based on true love and that can lead to marriage. I don’t intend to impress women with my body but with honesty, caring, loving respecting, appreciating and loving them

  5. There’s a big macho culture here in Portugal like in Spain and Italy. Lots of shirtless men etc. Not really my scene. Will check out some the other apps.

  6. Tried Coffee Meets Bagel but it’s basically a ghost town. Hinge is similar.

    Badoo seemed to be a bit chavvy.

    Everyone recommended me Bumble but I didn’t find it any better than Tinder.

    Everyone is on Tinder. Unfortunately.

    • Yes. Reverse colonization is happening at the moment. Portugal was the colonizer until the 1700’s and now Brazil is taking over!… :o)


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