Maybe it’s the lifeguards, maybe it's the matkot, or maybe it’s the popsicle vendor's calls. Whatever it is, it seems the world can no longer ignore the Tel Aviv shore's charm.
The National Geographic Magazine ranked Tel Aviv ninth place in its list of Top 10 Beach Cities. "Call it the Miami Beach of the Mediterranean," the magazine said.
"In the 'bubble,' as it’s known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes," the magazine says, "some restaurants, discos, and clubs are open until dawn. By day, the scene shifts to the city’s promenade and eight miles (13 kilometers) of beach literally steps from town."
The magazine recommends its readers traveling to Tel Aviv visit the "wide and sandy" Gordon Beach and have a drink at one of the seaside cafes there or take a dip in the nearby saltwater swimming pool.
The magazine named Barcelona the world's best beach city. "With layers of architectural wonders, cutting-edge cuisine, and buzzing nightlife, Barcelona would be a world-class city even without the eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline," National Geographic said.
Cape Town, South Africa came in second, and Hawaii's Honolulu was rated the world's third best beach city.
Vancouver, Canada was ranked the world's 10th best beach city, coming in after Tel Aviv.
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