TA in world’s 10 best party towns

City breaks into "Lonely Planet" guide.

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
June 5, 2010 02:10
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TA in  world’s 10 best party towns

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Thinking of going abroad to let the good times roll? You might be better off staying home in Tel Aviv, according to the ultra-hip Lonely Planet travel guides, whose writers picked the Big Orange as one of the world’s top 10 hedonistic city breaks in a May 25 “Best of Lonely Planet” e-mail.

“Beach parties, riotous bars and tango-dancing till dawn – pleasure-seekers unite! We've got the top 10 cities where you can exercise gold-medal indulgence,” the Lonely Planet promised. Tel Aviv – where the clubs have no closing hours and minimal restrictions on the sale of alcohol – was ranked alongside Berlin, Las Vegas, Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Havana, Istanbul, Montreal and Lisbon.

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“If Jerusalem is Israel’s historic, classical capital, then Tel Aviv is its pleasure-seeking younger brother and the country’s coolest city by miles. Dubbed the ‘Miami of the Middle East,’ you won’t see blinged-up superstars like Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, but everyone else looks the part on the wonderful beaches. Tel Aviv’s locals are a cultured lot, oozing style and hungry for the finest art, fashion, cuisine and clubbing.

“The city celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009 with a riot of creative arts. Don’t worry if you missed the party – there’ll be another one along in no time,” the Lonely Planet oozed.

“Tel Aviv’s summers are scorching and humid, while winter is a damp and nippy affair; spring is a great time to visit – try March for warm days and evenings that merit no more than a light sweater.”

Illustrating the point, a photo showed scantily-clad partygoers at Tel Aviv’s Love Parade street party.

The 10 cities selected were excerpted from the recently published Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010.

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