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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Texas Groups Planning Trip to Tel Aviv Pride

Author: , November 20th, 2013

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The Jewish Community Centers of Dallas, Austin and Houston are organizing an LGBT trip to Israel for Tel Aviv Pride celebration.

Dallas’ LGBT synagogue Congregation Beth El Binah and Houston’s Jewish LGBT group Keshet are co-sponsors of the June 8–20 trip that coincides with Tel Aviv Pride.

Tel Aviv is known as the gay capital of the Middle East. The city’s LGBT population has grown to an estimated 20 percent as the city has become a refuge for many of Russia’s persecuted gay population. American Airlines named Tel Aviv best gay city in 2011.

The Pride parade takes place on Friday, June 8.

See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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Getting the Most for Your Buck in Tel Aviv

Author: , July 17th, 2013

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Israel’s buzzing metropolis of Tel Aviv has been trending for a while now – proving many travelers aren’t put off by the city’s high cost of visiting. But the Israeli hub isn’t just for deep-pocketed tourists. We’ve sussed out a few ways to enjoy this beach town on a budget…

Recently opened in June, the AL Boutique Hotel is a tiny, 11-room boutique hotel housed in a historic building from the 1930s (its previous function was a philosophy school). Each room is elegantly furnished with light wood paneling, glass-topped nightstands and crushed leather armchairs; even better, the Wi-Fi is free. Breakfast is included in the rate (from $230/night), and guests have access to a wine bar, cafe, and Garden Patio.

Spend an afternoon gathering edible souvenirs at the bustling Levinski Market, one of the city’s most popular shuks, or open-air markets. Spread across five blocks on Levinski, the area serves two purposes: grocery store and social hub. You can leave the credit card in your wallet, as many of the family-owned spice kiosks, bakeries, and tiny coffee shops are cash-only. Not that you’ll be spending a fortune anyway: a single slab of Turkish halvah typically goes for just 4 shekels (about $1.10).

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

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Tel Aviv Celebrates Its Biggest Gay Pride Parade Ever

Author: , June 9th, 2013

Tel Aviv Gay Pride 2013Tel Aviv’s pride celebration was its largest yet, with over 100K people participating. Gay Star News reports:

Tel Aviv’s 15th annual gay Pride parade kicked off earlier today with well over 100,000 participants. The event commenced at 1pm local time, and was the culmination of Israel’s Pride Month events, with tens of thousands of LGBT tourists arriving to participate. Gay marriage was highlighted in an event in Meir Park just before pride, where thousands gathered at makeshift mock gay wedding.

Gay Star News has more photos at the link above.

Eyal Feldman at BoyButter has more on Tel Aviv as a gay friendly destination:

Tel Aviv has been titled the gay capital of the Middle East. Some would even go as far as calling it the newest gay capital of Europe, due to all the European tourists flocking in all year round, but especially during this period, in honor of the city’s gay pride week.

Nadav Peretz, Founder of ‘Fabulous Israel’, Boutique Gay Travel: “In the past 5 years we see big numbers, thousands of gay tourists; from the United States and Europe come to Israel. Every summer we see a growing number of those tourists who come here, that they want to enjoy Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is the highlight of gay Israel, it was chosen in a few gay magazines as one of the number one destination for gays in the world, not only for the good looking guys that we have here in Tel Aviv and in Israel, and the beautiful beach that we have in Tel Aviv, and of course the people of Tel Aviv that are very open and liberal and they accept the gay people, not only those in Tel Aviv but those who come from abroad to Israel.”

And Queerty has more photos of the city:

Despite the headlines about the Mid-East conflict, believe that gay people in this city are out and proud. Tel Aviv even has an LGBT Community Center. The 50,000 gay travelers who visited the city during the past year are obviously enchanted and telling friends as the number of vacationing gays is expected double in 2014. As thousands of people in the Israeli hot spot celebrates pride weekend, scroll through for some photos of this fascinating city.

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Tel Aviv, Israel – Rising Gay Travel Hot-Spot

Author: , February 21st, 2013
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Tel Aviv has been getting a lot of attention over the last year as a rising gay travel mecca. The Daily Beast adds its two cents, discussing gay TV exec Scott Perlmutter’s recent trip:

Perlmutter and his friends spent the entire 10-day trip in Tel Aviv, never leaving the city limits. They went to the gay beach, partied at gay bars and nightclubs, even stayed at a gay hotel, one of several that have popped up around the city in recent years. But perhaps the biggest draw, according to Perlmutter, was the never-ending supply of good-looking men. “My neck almost twisted off from looking at them,” Perlmutter says, laughing. “I had a $500 phone bill from all the pictures of hot men I sent to my friends back home.”

Things have changed, as Perelmutter explains:

“Last time I was in Israel, back in the ’80s, the airport was a field with some planes on it,” says Perlmutter. “There was barely a tarmac.” He was shocked to discover that not only has the city’s airport undergone a billion-dollar facelift (Ben-Gurion was recently named the third-best airport in the Middle East, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi, by the Airport Service Quality Awards, the Oscars of the airport industry) but Tel Aviv itself was unrecognizable.

The Beast explains the change.

Four years ago, the straight mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, realized his city had all the necessary ingredients to become a leading gay tourist destination: warm weather, pristine beaches, a vibrant nightlife, a thriving gay community, and some of the most beautiful men on the planet. The problem was, Tel Aviv wasn’t known as a gay town. A study commissioned by the mayor’s office showed gay tourists were more inclined to go to cities like Barcelona or Berlin rather than Israel, a country they associated with religion and war. So the mayor had an idea: brand Tel Aviv as its own separate entity.

ETravelBlackboard chimes in:

The second largest city in Israel behind Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has quickly grown to become one of the world’s leading gay travel hotspots. According to the Times of Israel, the city estimates over 50,000 LGBT travellers will land on its shores this year, a figure forecast to double in 2014. And with its blend of beautiful beaches and thriving nightlife, it isn’t hard to see why the city has fallen under the spotlight of gay tourism.

And Travel Weekly has the skinny on a new batch of gay-friendly hotels in Tel Aviv:

Tel Aviv, whose lodging industry has long been marked by a wall of large, branded hotels along the Mediterranean, has more recently experienced an influx of small, independent boutique hotels catering to the growing number of younger tourists and business professionals visiting Israel. During the past three years, about 20 boutique hotels in the 10- to 60-room range have opened on or near Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard in the city’s center, spurring last month’s launch of the website TelAvivBoutiqueHotels.com.

If you’re thinking about going someplace new this year, why not check out Tel Aviv?

Tel Aviv, Israel’s Hot Gay Travel Destination

Author: , January 24th, 2013

Last summer, Scott Perlmutter, a 44-year-old gay TV executive from Los Angeles, went on a 10-day vacation to Mykonos–a tiny, gay-friendly island off the coast of Greece. Among the dizzying array of skimpy Speedos, ridiculously fit men, and breathtaking sunsets, Perlmutter was so high on life, he had to look down to see heaven.

Like many of his gay friends, Perlmutter is a travel fanatic. His yearly trips are carefully planned months in advance and include a mixture of fun and culture. In just the last few years, he’s been to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, and Berlin. He’s even gone on a lavish gay cruise to Italy.

But when his trendy (and, more relevantly, non-Jewish) friends suggested Tel Aviv as their next destination, Perlmutter thought they were a bit meshugah–out of their minds.

Authored By Itay Hod – See the Full Story at The Daily beast

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Art in Tel Aviv

Author: , January 20th, 2013

Tel Aviv ArtThe greatest thing about gay Tel Aviv, besides it being the amazing gay capital that it is- is that there it never rests. And if you are not too tired from last night’s partying, and you’d like to spend some time to explore Tel Aviv’s art scene- you are sure to get a taste of fine art, of whichever kind you fancy. Throughout the city, and surly not too far from your gay hotel, you will be able to find an art gallery- be it modern, contemporary or classic art, video art, instillation etc. But to get a better idea of the current Israeli artistic vibe you might want to venture out further into the city in search of the more complex and inspiring art.

All over the city you can find literally dozens of galleries, museums and art houses. Wanting to keep you as focused as possible, we concentrated a few of what we think are the best ones and the most representative of current Israeli art. But please, feel free to go out art-hunting on your own! It is highly recommended to book gay hotels in Tel Aviv that are close to the center, where everything happens, including its rich and diverse art scene.

Sommer Contemporary Art gallery, conveniently located on 13th Rothschild Boulevard (one of the major gay boulevards), is dedicated to the promotion of Israeli contemporary art in the international art scene and also vice versa- the introduction of international art to the Israeli art lovers. Artists that have exhibited in Sommer Contemporary Art gallery have, trough the help of the gallery, also exhibited their art in major galleries in London, Paris, Berlin and more.

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Thousands Come Out for Tel Aviv Gay Pride

Author: , June 29th, 2012

Tel Aviv Gay PrideGay Pride 2012 drew tens of thousands of people to the streets of Tel Aviv earlier this month to celebrate the city’s annual gay pride event.

The partygoers started their journey at a community park and walked through several main streets in the heart of the city before holding a large-scale beach party. The parade in Tel Aviv, known for its vibrant homosexual community, drew tourists from around the globe.

“What I find special about Tel Aviv is that it has a very vibrant gay community, but more than that, I find that the city itself and the people of Tel Aviv are very open-minded towards gay people,” said Neil Porter of Berlin. “Wherever we go, we can hold hands, we can kiss, and nobody ever bats an eyelid.”

Full Story from LGBT Weekly

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Is Tel Aviv the Gayest City on the Planet?

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Our friend in Tel Aviv, Roy Youldous Rosenzweig, reports to us directly from the Pride party:

After being crowned the gayest city for 2011 by the LGBT travel website GayCities.com no one would expect a less then amazing festival. Also known as the “white city,” Tel Aviv was dressed in rainbow hues this past weekend with an estimated 15,000 tourists from all around the world who came to celebrate.

Tourists from the U.S., Germany, Russia, France, and even far away as Australia and Japan partook in the parade, party, and peaceful celebration.

Full Story from The Advocate

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Thousands Attend Tel Aviv Gay Pride

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Tens of thousands of revelers on Friday celebrated Tel Aviv Gay Pride.

Approximately 30,000 people danced and waved rainbow-colored flags as the annual parade, which draws tourists from around the world, wound its way from a community park through the city’s center.

“What I find special about Tel Aviv is that it has a very vibrant gay community, but more than that, I find that the city itself and the people of Tel Aviv are very open-minded towards gay people,” Neil Porter of Berlin told CNN. “Wherever we go, we can hold hands, we can kiss, and nobody ever bats an eyelid.”

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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