Portugal’s online dating market is small in comparison to countries such as Germany or the U.S which have dozens of online dating sites for pretty much any niche you can imagine. There are really only a couple of sites in Portugal that are worth signing up for (more on these sites below).
With that said, with enough work on your part, you should be able to find some hidden gems in cities which are chock full of singles like Lisbon and Porto. I actually highly recommend you try to stay close to these cities in order to have the best chances for success.
Should you decide to sign up for the online dating site I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles and women looking for “clients.” Usually, I can spot these profiles pretty easily. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a tight bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear. Another clue of a pretender is a woman who has a poorly written profile. As a general rule of thumb, the more boring the profile, the more boring the person.
Without further ado, here is the quick list of the top two dating sites in Portugal. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews below.
Founded in 2001 and based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Meetic.pt is the best online dating site in Portugal. From its humble beginnings, it has grown into the largest online dating site in Europe (source: JupiterResearch). Following the acquisition of Match.com’s European operations, the site exploded in popularity and has millions of members all across the EU. With that said, If you are intending to go to Portugal or live there for any significant period of time (and you are single), sign up for Meetic.pt.
As I mention in my online dating e-book, just like the real world, there will be men or women who you will not click with or who don’t respond to your messages (or just disappear). There will be women or men who might only be interested in helping you to part with your money. That is life. Just keep sending out messages and reach out until you find the person you are looking for and get success. As is typical with online dating, expect a response rate of around 1-10% depending on how good your profile is. (response rate = people who will respond back to you to whom you sent an introduction message).
Badoo.com is popular in Latin America and Europe. I put it on this list because there are a lot of members in Portugal. However, because this site is free, you have to go through a lot of trash profiles to find anybody worthwhile. I would only sign up for this site if I had A LOT of time, or I ran out of options at Meetic.pt.
Online Dating Strategy:
- A lot of what I learned while dating online was through trial and error, planting a lot of seeds in order to get success…learning what works and doesn’t work and refining my approach along the way. You might have your own online dating strategy, and that is cool, but if you don’t and need a starting point, go and buy my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World. In the book I go into detail about how to set up a profile, what I recommend writing for your initial and follow up messages, when to ask the woman/man you’re interested in to go offline for a date, and more.
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