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Rarely do travel guides step up to the question every traveler, male and female alike, cannot help but consider when exploring new terrain: are the locals hot?

One of the most exciting aspects of traveling is learning about a new culture. However, this “learning process” isn’t just limited to days in stuffy museums or visiting another one of the 100 churches in the city, but by exploring it with locals. And by “locals,” I mean hot, sexy men.

Sure, maybe life isn’t quite like Hollywood engineered romances such as “Before Sunset,” but at the very least, it makes traveling quite the spicy adventure.

So, if you’re tired of hearing men talk about their steamy travel encounters or sick of the stereotype that all women want “Harlequin style romances,” then ladies, it’s time we took travel and adventure by the “balls” with Matador’s list of the “Sexiest Men in the World.”

Berlin, Germany:

Berlin is THE place for traveling bookworms, artists and intellectuals looking for some stimulation – mental or otherwise. The stereotype of uptight, lederhosen-wearing Germans is no longer applicable in the 21st century. Berliners today are well-traveled, well-read and well, you know… sausage isn’t their national food for nothing.

When it comes to romance, the men from the city of lights truly do live up to their reputation.
Paris, France:

Paris, je t’aime! When it comes to romance, the men from the city of lights truly do live up to their reputation. Don’t expect berets and silly mustaches, as the French men of Paris have stepped it up a notch and have a much edgier style of dressing, philosophizing and pursuing women.

Though, a word to the wise, there are still many sleazy Parisians who enjoy “preying” on soft-hearted travelers who are obviously seeking dreamy love affairs. Sharks such as these have been known to hang out in hostels and tourist areas with the mission of picking up foreign “babes.”

However, the true men out there do know a thing or two about wining and dining, though it’s not the cheesy Hollywood created Paris affairs you’d expect. Instead of having dinner on the top of the Eiffel tower, you and your fabulous tour guide will check out the latest grungy cafe; and instead of having French poetry whispered in your ear, you’ll find yourself debating politics as you peruse open air markets, taste-tasting fresh fruits and cheeses.

Rome, Italy:

The cliché of the Italian lotharios is alive and well. That said, the effect isn’t quite the same knowing that most of them still live at home with their mothers.

Quick to brand themselves as “Italian stallions,” these men really do know how to lay the compliments on thick. Flirting seems to be a part of their genetic-cultural code, as the sight of any attractive woman seems to arouse a mouthful of “ciao, bella” or attempts at supposedly “seductive” maneuvers.

However, don’t dismiss these smooth boys just yet, as you’ll be charmed by their passion for protesting everything from the environment to legalizing pot, as well as their affectionate nature and love for their Italian mothers.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

The sexiness of the Dutch seems to be underrated, but these sharply dressed and quick-witted men really do deserve some time in the spotlight.

No, they aren’t all potheads and mushroom-eaters in Amsterdam – they leave that to the wide-eyed tourists. Though they’re not known for any hot-blooded romantic gestures, these “tall glasses of water” are well-mannered, skilled linguists and will be eager to show you some drug-free (or whatever) mind trips.

Aside from celebrities like Orlando Bloom and Hugh Grant, Londoners in general are often perceived as cocky, stuffy and just plain unromantic.
London, England:

From jokes about “British teeth” to “Benny Hill,” the boys from London sure do have it tough. Aside from celebrities like Orlando Bloom and Hugh Grant, Londoners in general are often perceived as cocky, stuffy and just plain unromantic. However, these lads have a charm that is all their own.

Their witty, self-deprecating jokes and remarks will have you falling off the barstool, while their knowledge of pop culture issues and trends will leave you flabbergasted.

Manila, Philippines:

If the hot and humid tropical weather hasn’t gotten you sweating yet, the Manila men certainly will. If you’re looking for some old fashioned, high romance, Manila men are as sexy as they get. From long drawn out courtships to thoughtful gestures, these seemingly conservative souls will make it their personal mission to sweep you off your feet.

Madrid, Spain:

The word “sexy” seems to be synonymous with “Spanish men”, and the men of Madrid are in a class all their own. Cool, sophisticated, charming, creative and oh-so-captivating, their passion and pride for their city is contagious.

There are a hundred reasons why Aussie blokes are considered hot.
Sydney, Australia:

There are a hundred reasons why Aussie blokes are considered hot. It could be their sexy accents, dedication to physical fitness and well, their sexy accents.

Now don’t assume that the men from Sydney are carbon copies of Crocodile Dundee or the late Steve Irwin, as Australia is a massive country where the outback is a world away from the city. However, the guys from Sydney are cosmopolitan, fun, cheeky and won’t hesitate to make shameless references to taking a trip “down under.”

Bangkok, Thailand:

Though Thailand is rife with foreign exploitation and is perceived by many sleazy travelers as their personal “sex playground,” the inclusion of Bangkok in this “Sexiest Men in World” list tries to avoid such stereotypes.

The men, as well as the women, in Bangkok are not only sexy because of their beautiful features but because they know everything there is to know about the latest music trends, have profound sensibilities towards visual art and a deep respect for their cultural traditions.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is more than just it’s famed Petronas Towers, this happening city also has a plethora of sexy, captivating men. It’s not just the food that’s savory, but also the guys, who are extremely cultured, intelligent and multi-dimensional. Be prepared to eat your heart out, as you’ll most on a taste-testing adventure through the streets of KL.

About The Author

Michaela Abrera

Michaela Abrera realized at the tender age of eight that life was meant to be an adventure.

  • Eva

    Hey… this is mostly about their personalities! Who says I care about that stuff? ;)

    In all seriousness, though, cool list. I'm absolutely with you on Amsterdam and Sydney (make that ALL of Australia), and I'd throw Istanbul into the mix too. Guys there are smooth enough to *almost* make me buy a carpet!

    Can't go with you on Rome, though. Three greasy dudes tossing out "how you doins" while all squashed onto one tiny scooter? Pass.

  • http://www.matadorpulse.com Eva

    Hey… this is mostly about their personalities! Who says I care about that stuff? ;)

    In all seriousness, though, cool list. I’m absolutely with you on Amsterdam and Sydney (make that ALL of Australia), and I’d throw Istanbul into the mix too. Guys there are smooth enough to *almost* make me buy a carpet!

    Can’t go with you on Rome, though. Three greasy dudes tossing out “how you doins” while all squashed onto one tiny scooter? Pass.

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  • Nomadic Matt

    I like to think I'm the sexiest guy outside of america hehe

  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    I like to think I’m the sexiest guy outside of america hehe

  • Ian MacKenzie

    yeah what's the deal here – you forgot to put Vancouver, BC. Don't pot smoking snowboarders rank high on the list? No? Oh….

  • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

    yeah what’s the deal here – you forgot to put Vancouver, BC. Don’t pot smoking snowboarders rank high on the list? No? Oh….

  • Michaela Lola

    Hahahhaha! Thanks for all the great replies…

    Eva – I loved your comment on Istanbul, where you say: "Guys there are smooth enough to *almost* make me buy a carpet!" Hahahhahahhahah! True , true! My older half-sister is half-Turkish (yes, a mouthful, I know!) so I've made a lot of Turkish friends and I was really tempted to include it, but I thought that it would be better to only write about places that I've actually been to…but hopefully one day…maybe one that will make me want to buy a carpet! hahahhaha

    Nomadic Matt –

    ummmmmmmmmmm…..well..

    NEXT!

    Ian – hahhahahhahaa! was too high to remember….

  • Michaela Lola

    Oh last thing…I'm totally non-techie. I hate technology. Using the computer is already like pulling teeth! It's a betrayal of my moral and religious beliefs…BUT what is that whole pingback thingymajigy comment about? why does it say "lauren wrote an interesting post…" My name is Michaela…I think…

  • Michaela Lola

    Hahahhaha! Thanks for all the great replies…

    Eva – I loved your comment on Istanbul, where you say: “Guys there are smooth enough to *almost* make me buy a carpet!” Hahahhahahhahah! True , true! My older half-sister is half-Turkish (yes, a mouthful, I know!) so I’ve made a lot of Turkish friends and I was really tempted to include it, but I thought that it would be better to only write about places that I’ve actually been to…but hopefully one day…maybe one that will make me want to buy a carpet! hahahhaha

    Nomadic Matt –

    ummmmmmmmmmm…..well..

    NEXT!

    Ian – hahhahahhahaa! was too high to remember….

  • Michaela Lola

    Oh last thing…I’m totally non-techie. I hate technology. Using the computer is already like pulling teeth! It’s a betrayal of my moral and religious beliefs…BUT what is that whole pingback thingymajigy comment about? why does it say “lauren wrote an interesting post…” My name is Michaela…I think…

  • Julie

    Ok, ok, so I know that I'm biased and I know Cuba made the sexiest women list, but you will not only find some of the sexiest men in the world in Cuba, you will also enjoy the bonus of being treated exceptionally well.

  • http://www.collazoprojects.com Julie

    Ok, ok, so I know that I’m biased and I know Cuba made the sexiest women list, but you will not only find some of the sexiest men in the world in Cuba, you will also enjoy the bonus of being treated exceptionally well.

  • Ida

    Ok, Scandinavia really needs to get on the map here! I guess people don't come here, because they're afraid of all the polar bears in the streets, and all the snow we have all year round.
    Well, you're making a huge mistake! Scandinavia is beautiful, and the guys are HOT and tall and good looking in all the countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway – if you didn't know)! Come and check them out, it's worth it ;)

    • Anne

      The best looking men in THE WORLD are from the nordic countries..forget spanish italians ”latinos” etc. those tall blonde god like men from nordic regions in the north of europe are a joy to be with and if I could marry one and have children with him…beautiful children I will be having..but I can only dream with having a man like them…

  • Ida

    Ok, Scandinavia really needs to get on the map here! I guess people don’t come here, because they’re afraid of all the polar bears in the streets, and all the snow we have all year round.
    Well, you’re making a huge mistake! Scandinavia is beautiful, and the guys are HOT and tall and good looking in all the countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway – if you didn’t know)! Come and check them out, it’s worth it ;)

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  • Mark

    Haha! Good times. At least you have hot girls in Vancouver…

  • alala long

    The Malaysian brand of sexiness should never be confused with the Brad Pitt type of hotness. They are charming in the sense that their sense of humour is captivating and often quick-witted.

  • Paul Stubbings

    Us brits do get it tough, we're not all cocky chav boys.

  • Anonymous

    Um, how about pics of hot guys to go with your list.

  • anonymouss

    u said malaysia, KL? u gotta be kiddin me!! Croatia! i wont say all are hot there but sure thang, they got me drooling…Ireland too.. but hellooo, malaysia!!??? come on!! ugly!

  • Claire

    This is just my observation but….. Malay men have small, droopy shoulders and wide, pregnant hips. Not what I would call 'manly'. Thai men are much better looking.

  • Karen

    Israeli men are the hottest… yeah, many of them are cocky as hell and full of themselves, but they all are OH SO HOOOOOT!!! Just have to try and find the not so full of themselves ones.

  • sc

    These kind of articles need to properly labelled! it should be "the sexiest white and asian men in the world"

  • lulu

    With you on Amsterdam and Berlin. But hot DAMN, if you have never seen Prague men, you have not seen sexy. My god are they delicious!

  • Pinx

    Ohkay I do know India does not make the list here. Ha ha ha. But if you ever make it to India…The men in Bangalore are by far the hottest!!! I have never seen so many good looking guys at one place as I have in the clubs in Bangalore…pity they hv a strict rule n close by 1am!

  • Olivia Giovetti

    At least pot smoking snowboarders rank "high" in other things….oh, bad pun. Although "The stereotype of uptight, lederhosen-wearing Germans is no longer applicable in the 21st century," while definitely true in Berlin, goes right out the door when you get to parts of Bavaria.

  • TelAvivit

    How could you have neglected Israel? Israelis are known to be very beautiful people. And a comment on the picture on this blog– you know the man in the first picture is wearing a keffiyeh around his neck, right? This symbol can be offensive to some people…

  • Anon

    hmmm… "Sexiest Men in THE WORLD" – dunno if I you can say that since you obviously haven't been all over the world… didn't see any South Asian or Middle Eastern men in the list and they are certainly some of hottest men around :)

  • gwylym

    hmmm… just to be annoying: Orlando Bloom doesn't come from London. Not all English men live in the capital, you know…

  • Tallulah Bernard

    What about Greece?
    Beautiful men & They are insanely polite and nice. Plus, who can resist the sexy tan?

  • Leon Adams

    Thank you. Great article, I was kind of disappointed that Japan wasn’t on It

  • http://destinationhotelandvacationrentals.blogspot.com/ Hotel Lover

    Yes on Berlin and Yes on Madrid… ‘ehh’ on Paris

  • Supergirl

    I think that SERBIAN guys beat them all!!!
    p.s. Lets make THE WORLD’s WORST LOOKING GUYS EVER:)
    Im from Poland and I must tell you I considered being a lesbian once :)

  • http://sbandrews.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    I am 100% in agreement with you on Paris and Amsterdam.

    I lived in Paris for 4 months and it was honestly a treat to people watch there. The French men know how to dress, that is for sure.

    One other place I would have to add is Copenhagen, Denmark. That whole city was filled with sexy men and women for that matter. Beautiful people.

  • http://www.myspace.com/iheartfilip tessacael

    gimme amsterdam and sydney!!
    i do hope that berliners r better than the rest of the german guys, cuz the ones where ive been need a lot of buttering up to get them in bed. but yes, they are well hung :D

  • http://matadortravel.com/travel-community/gypsynoir Shreya

    Hahahah! Great list, and “what about” comments are really awesome. I am geographically limited to India (and Nepal, once) so I cannot offer a compare-contrast interpretation. Woe is me.

  • adam, bassey

    Talking about the world most appealing men and where the can be found, i thing it’s in the eyes of the beholders.

  • Meghan Dwyer

    I’ve been to some of the cities listed, and one could describe the men as hot, attractive, cute, handsome, charming, etc. However, if you want to talk about SEXY…. Rio de Janeiro is where it’s at, hands down. There is just this beautiful, natural mix of races. I’ve never been stopped in my tracks while traveling as much as I was there. I also agree about the Israelis….I think Israel must have the highest percentage of attractive men of any nation; not that they are all drop dead gorgeous, but I think I’ve met like two ugly ones. Again, it’s the mixing of all different races which yields such beautiful results. Not all white or all brown….booooooring!

  • Lauren

    I would have to agree with the hotness of males from most european countries
    (minus england) and disagree with thailand! I can’t recall seeing a single one,that wasn’t foreign that is! You have left out men from the one of the most diverse, cosmopolitan cities in the world. Cape Town, South Africa. Beautiful men of all races and varieties all within this incredible city, plus the majority are gentlemen too. oh and Argentina and Brazil cannot be excluded either!

  • http://???? farah

    hahahaha? yea its true that beauty in on the eye of the beholder.. but i agree in manila (all part of philippines espicially in cebu) because its the only place that the man need to court the girl. and they need to try hard to get that girl…. and they are very thoughtful as i knew… i’ve been in cebu for almost 5 years.. by the way im farah from california…. and one thing i almost forgot.. they are very kind and welcome…

  • Ed

    Hahaha!! Why don’t you losers just say it. You’d just as sooner remove any reference to asian countries in the list and replace them with any country where the majority of men are caucasian looking. Everyone on here probably considers themselves open minded and worldly yet still define a males physical attractiveness by western standards of beauty.

  • Cherry

    London?! You must be joking! This place is so devoid of hot men it is ridiculous. Attractive women, but hot men. No way, only guys who travel here from elsewhere.

    Am gonna try Madrid or Rome.

    Thanks for this guide, it’s an important topic.

  • ebonnie

    i wish i could date atleast one of those men..
    hehe

  • Rogério

    hi, hi. Hey, everybody. all these people that wrote here are stupids. the most beautiful people in the world are in my country, brazil. São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Brasília, Natal, Porto Alegre, Vitória, Florianópolis, Belém, Cuiabá, Campo Grande and Manaus have the most beautiful men and women. So, forget all that you heard before. There is not beautiful people in Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia. only in BRAZIL everybody has beauty.

    • Jimmy

      Hey.. you should get out more :)

    • 123

      it doesnt matter where u go, they will be beautiful people, and ugly people. but, france and spain has some very sexy guys.

  • Luan

    Hi Rogèrio, dont call people stupids, I dont think anyone’s fighthing,so I dont see the need for you to be so rude. Oh and you contradicting yourself because you are stating that Brazil is the only country that has beauty then you end your comment with ” everybody has beauty ” huh?

  • Dizzy

    If you all want to experience a true mix of races, come to Trinidad :-) Also, I need to find myself in Brazil as soon as possible <3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57OWSTR2M25KB5PZ6QPFEPMKMM unknown

    It’s usually about appearances and dress. So far the Western USA has the hottest guys. Cowboys. While France has the cutest. French guys dress well but they can be a bit shy or timide.

  • Metalmadhatters

    British guys ftw, nothing beats that accent for me. Its funny how the girls arent that pretty, but the guys are to die for.

  • INMA

    muchacho estas muy bien pa verte en la playa con migo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/GiwrgosGoldruv Giwrgos Rouvalis

    ATHENS,GREECE!! cause i live in it so i make the meter so up.xD Ok to firraraaznd super hot beatiful straight guys like me you must go to italy or spain,or germany in big citties i guess like madrid,barcelona,milan,rome,berlin (dont try england or scadinavian countries there are super gay and ugly gingers) etc OR send me a post,if you are super sexy girl we maybe work out the situation :Dxaxaxa

  • seri-park

    You forgot South Korea… hottest guys in the world!!!  Jaejoong being the hottest of all… then the members of SHINee and INFINITE…

  • Curtis

    Why do you list cities in countries? I live in Australia and the men from Sydney are no different from the men from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Darwin or Canberra. Australian men are in general the same all across the country.

  • mimi

    I like your description about Bangkok ;)

  • Cnrss

    Manila!!! Are you serious… ? I was about to believe on this hahahaha after I saw that!!!!

  • puretimes

    Tibet, believe or not, has some pretty sexy guys.

  • Leslie Ikirenga

    ho ho ho, do not know.

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