Dating may seem hard in Portugal, but if it’s any conciliation it’s 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.
Tinder is big in Portugal just like everywhere else and, just like every else, it attracts a wide variety of different people all looking for different things. Some people (usually men, but not always) are looking for one night stands, while others are looking are looking to meet the love of their lives. Others again aren’t looking for love (or lust) at all but simply to meet others and make friends.
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.
OKCupid is nowhere near as popular as Badoo or Tinder, but is still 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.
Because the number of users in Portugal is so small, it doesn’t take long before you’ve been shown pretty much every profile in Portugal.
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 and OkCupid which are essentially free (but have a premium upgrade). You can create a profile for free, which allows you to view other people’s profiles, but you’ll have to upgrade if you want to get in touch with them.
With Bumble, women make the first move. They have to start the conversation, and they have to do it within a 24-hour window as well. It’s essentially Tinder, but with that slight difference.
Plenty of Fish (POF)
POF is one of the largest free dating websites in the world, and very popular because it’s free. It attracts people of all ages, particularly a slightly older age group.
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.
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.
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.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Apps like Tinder and Badoo allow you to ‘like’ hundreds of people every day. Coffee Meets Bagel, on the other hand, allows you to like one. It’s a focus on quality rather than quantity: instead of getting to say yes to everyone, you’ve got to choose wisely and just pick one.
The app isn’t particularly popular in Portugal, but does have a handful of users.