“Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the sea rather than an ancient Holy City on a hill.”
In its 2011 list of the world’s top 10 cities, Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guidebook series, has pinpointed what many tourists to Israel knew already. Israel has a dichotomous tourism industry: Jerusalem for the religious and spiritual, Tel Aviv for, well, the opposite.
Noted by Lonely Planet as a “greenhouse for Israel’s growing art, film and music scenes” and relentless party atmosphere, Tel Aviv ranked third behind New York and Tangier, Morocco and ahead of some surprising choices, like Iquitos, Peru and Ghent, Belgium. The list was released on Sunday.