On 29 May the grand old queen of pop, Madonna, is kicking off her world tour in Tel Aviv but when the material girl has left the stage, what else is there to do in the city?
Tel Aviv has the honor of having been voted the best gay city in world, and talking to Michelle Roberts from the tourist office we can see why.
‘It’s very gay friendly, men and women can walk down the street holding their partners hand. No one blinks an eye, it’s very liberal and open,’ she told us.
As well as being Israel’s most cosmopolitan city, Tel Aviv has an atmosphere that makes it party central all year round, with gay bars dedicated for men and women, you can keep going all night long. But unlike other popular gay desinations it has a lot more to offer. You can relax and take in some culture then immerse yourself in the city’s wonderful history. Or why not swim with dophins in Eilat (just a four hour journey) and spend some time in Jerusalem which is only an hour away.
If beaches are more your thing, then soak up the high temperatures and relax on the gay Hilton Beach. And after a couple of days of partying you may need to pamper your body and experience the wonders of the Dead Sea. Roberts says, ‘It’s the best spa in the world. When you come out of the sea your whole body feels like it is covered in baby oil, and very soft.’
Being openly gay is quite common in Israel and the staff in Tel Aviv’s hotels are trained to host the gay community. When a gay couple wants to book a room the staff don’t presume that two single beds are needed. So you won’t have any embarrassing problems when it comes to booking a room during the busy Pride season in June.
El Al airlines is currently doing a big push on the city, encouraging a new generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors to come and discover why it’s such an amazing destination.
Zoe Bermant from El Al airlines told us: ‘There is so much more to Israel than people think, and we are very proud of the fact that it was voted the best gay city in the world.’
But El Al have a busy time ahead as they are flying Israel’s Olympic team over to the UK for London 2012.
To book a package that is suits you and to find out more details on Tel Aviv, visit tour operator Superstar’s website.