TA in world’s 10 best party towns

City breaks into "Lonely Planet" guide.

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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.
“If Jerusalem is Israel’s historic, classical capital, then Tel Aviv isits pleasure-seeking younger brother and the country’s coolest city bymiles. Dubbed the ‘Miami of the Middle East,’ you won’t see blinged-upsuperstars like Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, but everyone else looks the parton the wonderful beaches. Tel Aviv’s locals are a cultured lot, oozingstyle and hungry for the finest art, fashion, cuisine and clubbing.
“The city celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009 with a riot of creativearts. Don’t worry if you missed the party – there’ll be another onealong in no time,” the Lonely Planet oozed.
“Tel Aviv’s summers are scorching and humid, while winter is a damp andnippy affair; spring is a great time to visit – try March for warm daysand 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.