Israel has long championed equal rights and Tel Aviv has a reputation as its coolest city, so the LGBT scene has found a natural home in this stylish metropolis. Gay Tel Aviv gravitates towards the nightspots around Rothschild Boulevard, famous for its flamboyant party circuit. The Municipal LGBT Community Centre in Meir Park houses a popular café and organises cultural and social events – it’s an ideal place to meet like-minded locals if you’re a stranger in town. The grand parade at the climax of Gay Pride Tel Aviv kicks off from Meir Park and winds through the heart of the city, ending up with a huge beach party. Tel Aviv’s sun-drenched beaches are another of the city’s big draws, with Hilton Beach especially popular with the gay community.
Tel Aviv Package Holidays
From the historic port of Jaffa to the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus-era landmarks, Tel Aviv is set apart by its unique architectural heritage and cultural diversity. This cosmopolitan city is easy to enjoy, with its bohemian cafés, stylish shops, endless sandy beaches and wonderful cuisine. Soak up the atmosphere of Old Jaffa’s colourful flea market, window shop in the designer boutiques of the old port, or browse new work by local and international artists in the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion. Admire the spectacular Arts and Crafts-style interior of the former home of Israeli poet Chaim Nahman Bialik, then get up to speed with the history of modern Israel in the Yitzhak Rabin Centre, named in memory of the country’s pioneering former Prime Minister.
Tel Aviv Hotel Deals
When it comes to a choice of gay hotels, Tel Aviv prides itself on offering something for every taste and pocket, from upmarket global brands to cosy family-run hostelries.
The Arcadia Tower exudes boutique exclusivity the minute you step into its welcoming reception. Occupying part of an iconic Tel Aviv landmark, with breathtaking views along the coast to Old Jaffa, it offers home comforts in a dramatic setting.
The Poli House, Designed by Karim Rashid takes its unique design theme from the Bauhaus-inspired original building, dating from 1934. This boutique gem is awash with luxurious touches such as a rooftop pool, sunbathing lounge and bespoke wellness treatments.
The Pink House TLV – ApartHotel is proud of its gay-friendly credentials. This cosy aparthotel in the historic Yemmenite quarter provides the perfect base to explore Tel Aviv’s vibrant LGBT scene, with facilities including a rooftop sun terrace and outdoor shower.
Fun activities in Tel Aviv
Discover Tel Aviv’s extraordinary past on a walking tour of Old Jaffa, taking in street markets and neighbourhoods that have stood the test of time. Be stirred by the area’s biblical heritage with a stimulating tour of the multitude of religious sites around Nazareth, Galilee and the Jordan river, or follow the trail through the Judaean desert from Bethlehem to Jericho. Wander through the old town of Jerusalem to discover its importance as a centre of Judaism, or enjoy the Mediterranean panoramas on a drive up the west coast to the Roman port of Caesarea and the stunning Baha’i Gardens of Haifa.