The Old City of Jaffa or YAFO

Author: , December 21st, 2014

Carlos Melia in Jaffa

Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew, is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv, an ancient port city in Israel. The most ancient remnants that were discovered in Jaffa, were from the Bronze Age, the Period of Egyptian Rule. I spent a morning walking around, and an evening enjoying the cool sea breeze and the tree gardens. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Saint Peter.

Only a few minutes away from the epicenter of Tel Aviv, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Offering stunning views of Tel Aviv. MUST is to get lost walking around the Zodiac Alleys, a maze of restored alleys leading to the harbor. The St. Peter’s Church, off Kedumim Square. The flea market have revealed walls and water conduits dating to the Iron Age, Hellenistic period, early Islamic period, Crusader period and Ottoman era. The Jaffa clock-tower.

And my favorite, the museum, atelier and private home of renown Israeli artist Iliana Goor. For the first time in Israel, you have the opportunity to admire works of art from the point of view of the artist/collector rather than as exhibits in a sterile academic environment.The Ilana Goor Museum is located in an 18th century building surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the shoreline of Tel Aviv and the Old Jaffa City. Fascinating historical events are ensconced within the Museum’s walls dating back to 280 years ago, when the building served as the first Jewish Inn for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. –

Ready for a lunch or dinner (as we did). Stop by the Abrage Restaurant, situated at the picturesque ancient 6th square adjacent to St Peters church. Located in a historical building 100 years old Abrage is glorified with an Attomanic aroma that comes deep from within the exposed stone walls and Turquoise arches that characterize this venue.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Israel Gay Travel Resources

Two Week Pink Winter Festival Launches in Tel Aviv in December

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Visit Tel AvivTel Aviv has announced a two-week ‘Pink Winter’ Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January. The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

The festival’s headquarters will be based at the Tel Aviv Gay Center at 22Tchermichovsky S. in Park Mei’r, where LGBTIs can also attend lectures, support groups and counselling sessions.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Israel Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Tel Aviv: Beaches, Boys and Beyond

Author: , July 22nd, 2014

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Once named the “gayest city in the world” by GayCities.com travelers, Tel Aviv continues to position itself as one of the premier destinations for gay travel across the world. With 16 beaches, exciting nightlife, delicious places to eat, and exquisite gay-owned accommodations, there are many reasons travelers flock to the city each year. And this doesn’t even begin to mention the absolutely gorgeous men and women that call Tel Aviv home.

When I first had the opportunity to visit Tel Aviv and surrounding areas, I was not sure what to expect. I had travelled extensively throughout Europe and other countries, but never the Middle East. From the time I touched down and was walking through Ben Gurion airport, however, all concerns were out the window. The airport process is smooth and transportation abundant to be whisked away to your lodging of choice. About 12 miles from the city, you have the opportunity to take in the beauty of Israel as you drive into Tel Aviv. Once in the city, you will find transportation very easy, with many neighborhoods being walkable and an extensive public bus system called Dan.

Having spent two weeks there recently, I was able to really explore the city and all its cultural beauties in addition to the abundant nightlife and beach scene. Here are some of the places I would be sure not to miss as you book your Tel Aviv gaycation.

By Gregory Kiep – Full Story at Edge Boston | Israel Gay Travel Resources

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Going Gay Tel Aviv

Author: , June 18th, 2014

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Maybe it’s the fine white sand of the beaches. Or the calm, warm Mediterranean. It could be all the Bauhaus architecture, the white boxes with their rounded corners. Or the weather, and how the dry heat of the daytime cools to that perfect after-dark temperature, so that you feel comfortable in however much or little you choose to wear at night. Or perhaps it’s the strapping Israeli men.

Whatever the reason, Tel Aviv has become a top gay destination, popping up on gay travel lists and drawing people from around the world for its Pride festivities the second weekend in June. (This year’s parade is June 13.)

A few days before the big parade, considered the largest Pride gathering in Asia, you might walk out of your hotel and spot four cute twentysomething guys on the sidewalk. Where are they headed? To Drek, a pop music party in a club near Dizengoff Square. Maybe you’ll check it out later, after hitting the city’s two most popular gay bars–Evita, the oldest, and Shpagat, a hipper spot–where you’ll easily fall into conversations with visitors from London, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Panama City, and Berlin. (Indeed, if you do make it to Drek, you’ll learn, regardless of the boys’ homelands, that they all know the language of pop divas.)

By Chad Kaydo – Full Story at Dot 429 | Israel Gay Travel Resources

Tel Aviv Gay Film Festival to Celebrate Ninth Year

Author: , May 19th, 2014

Tel Aviv Gay Film FestivalNow in its 9th year, the Tel-Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (TLVFest) is one of the most important cultural LGBT events in Israel and will take place from June 7-16 at the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque, coinciding with Pride week. The above promotional video stars the famous Israeli drag queen Nona Chalant and the Israeli actress, model and DJ Narkis Tepler.

Opening night, the Tel Aviv gay film festival will be screening the world premiere of the new Israeli feature GuttmanX5; five short films which have been inspired by the life and films of the first openly gay Israeli film maker Amos Guttman.

Amos Guttman was born in Transylvania, Romania and immigrated to Israel at the age of 7. He studied film at Beit Zvi and directed between 1977 and 1982 the three short films Drifting, A Safe Place and Returning Premiers. He created a rich, stylish cinematic language and his films were notable because of his attention to the visual and distinct content. Guttman also directed the feature films Drifting, Bar 51, Himmo king of Jerusalem and Amazing Grace; all movies that will be screened at TLVFest 2014 for free. In 1993 Amos Guttman died of AIDS.

via LGBT Weekly | Israel Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Fountain

Author: , May 18th, 2014

gay travel, gay tel aviv, israel, dizengoff fountainPart of my not-so-regular, recurring travel photo series… this time last year I was preparing for a trip to Tel Aviv for gay pride so I thought it fitting to share photos of one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Square.

I used to live a few short blocks away from Dizengoff Square so found myself spending a lot of time there during my summer living in Israel. The square is near a lot of the activity in this part of Tel Aviv, steps from the city’s Bauhaus Center off Frishman Avenue. Also in the area is a weekly flea market and Tel Aviv’s best gay club, Dreck, so it’s just generally a cool place to be.

At the center of Dizengoff Square is the colorful Fire and Water Fountain by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, dedicated in 1986.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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A First Timer’s Guide to Gay Pride in Tel Aviv

Author: , May 8th, 2014

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We’ve showed you how to experience the best of Tel Aviv on a shoestring budget — but for those of you traveling there next month, a bit more guidance is in order. Tel Aviv Pride, which takes place June 8-14, is one of the world’s largest pride celebrations (over 100,000 celebrants made it out last year). And not just that: it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the city’s most vibrant bars, beaches, and restaurants come alive. Here, a few essential spots to add to your list:

Eden House: A renovated 19th century townhouse in the heart of Kerem HaTemaneim beckons travelers of all stripes. The 12 rooms, all fitted out in retro-Victorian decor, include an “Economy” category, which sells for as low as $79 a night. Downstairs, there’s a Tea Room inspired by the owner’s Russian grandmother, where you can fuel up on caffeine before the festivities.

By Alex Schechter – Shermans Travel | Israel Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

More Than 100K Expected for Tel Aviv Pride

Author: , April 24th, 2014

Tel Aviv Gay PrideThousands of travelers from around the world are expected to arrive in Israel for the annual Pride Festivals taking place in Eilat (May 15-17) and Tel Aviv (June 8-14).

The 13th annual Eilat Pride Festival will feature a one-off performance by British pop legend Boy George, alongside international DJs at the “Temptation” party on Dekel Beach on May 15, as well as a weekend of outdoor activities and parties throughout the city’s beaches and parks.

Following last year’s record-breaking number of 100,000 attendants, the 17th annual Tel Aviv Pride Festival will include a week-long lineup of international dance, music and art performances, beach parties and events throughout the city, and concluding with a massive parade and beach party at Gordon-Frishman Beach on June 13. Tel Aviv has been consistently listed amongst the world’s “Best Gay Cities” by GayCities and ranked by Business Insider as the #2 “Best Gay Honeymoon Destination” in the world in 2013.

“We are thrilled to host the upcoming Pride festivals in Tel Aviv and Eilat, which are expected to draw tens of thousands of travelers to Israel,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “The festivals are a symbol of Israel’s openness for travelers of all tastes and interests.”

For more information about travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.

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Daytrips from Tel Aviv

Author: , April 9th, 2014

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With its small land mass and relatively easy public transportation system, Israel lends itself to quick, mad-dash side-trips for those intent on seeing as much of the country as possible in a short amount of time. Of course, you could easily spend weeks leisurely making your way up and down the Mediterranean coast, stopping in at desert-surrounded kibbutz-style hotels and remote mountain towns along the way. Or book a vacation package, like the one featured in our Top 25 this week, which takes you all over the country. But for those who find themselves in Tel Aviv, here are three easy day trips reachable in 45 minutes, 1 hour, or 1.5 hours from the bustling capital:

45 minutes away…

Ten miles outside of Jerusalem (which lies an hour east of Tel Aviv), the Cramim Resort & Spa, a chic new property with 155 modern rooms overlooking the rolling Judean Hills, has been an oasis for nature-seeking travelers since opening in late 2013 . The outdoor pool, indoor pool, Turkish hamam, wine bar, and wide list of activities (yoga, hiking, wine tastings) make it a great stopover for folks in need of a nature retreat while making their way between Israel’s two main cities; and if it’s just some quick vino-therapy you need, the spa experts at Cramim are happy to oblige.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Israel Bans Soldiers From Wearing Uniforms At Pride Parades

Author: , April 4th, 2014

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On March 30 Israel Defense Forces Manpower Directorate Commander Major General Orna Barbivai overturned a policy allowing Israeli soldiers to march in uniform in Pride parades. Soldiers will now have to march in civilian clothing. No explanation thus far has been given for the policy change.

According to GayAsiaNews:

The new ruling also states that it will allow soldiers to participate in such events provided they receive permission from their commanders.

Soldiers may only attend social protests that are not organized by a political party. They are also forbidden to participate in protests related to the army and its policies, or in anti-Israel protests.

Authored By Daniel Villarreal – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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