Tel Aviv beach.
(photo credit: Hadas Parush)
Confirming something that its residents have known for years, Tel Aviv has been voted as one of the best beach cities in the world. Joining the likes of Miami and Rio de Janeiro, National Geographic has included Tel Aviv in its list of the "Top 10 Beach Cities."
"Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem," according to the list featured in the popular magazine, which is celebrating 125 years. "In the 'bubble,' as it’s known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes, some restaurants, discos, and clubs are open until dawn," the description continued.
According to National Geographic:
"By day, the scene shifts to the city’s promenade and eight miles (13 kilometers) of beach literally steps from town."
Of all of Tel Aviv's beaches, only Gordon beach was mentioned by name. "Head to wide and sandy Gordon Beach to sit in a seaside café or take a dip in the saltwater pool," recommends National Geographic
Barcelona in Spain was voted as the number one in the list, followed by Cape Town in South Africa, with Honolulu in Hawaii taking third place.
Tel Aviv and its beaches have been included in a number of similar lists recently. In 2012 Lonely Planet ranked Tel Aviv as one of the world’s most vibrant cities for nightlife and among the best hedonistic city breaks.
Also last year, LGBT travel website Gaycities.com included the city's Hilton Beach in its annual list of the 10 best gay beaches in the world.