Some people – some very weird people out there – might think that the selection had something to do with the Kardashian Sisters buying an apartment there recently. Well it didn’t.
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Heres what the magazine said about Tel Aviv: “There’s plenty of room for beach bathing in this modern Israeli city on the Mediterranean. The historic port of Jaffa has found new life in recent years with a vibrant gallery, café, and restaurant scene.”
The Israeli city also recently came in at number 9 on National Geographic’s list of the ten best beach cities. Then it said of Tel Aviv, “Call it Miami Beach on the Med. Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem. In the “bubble, ” as it’s known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes, 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. Head to wide and sandy Gordon Beach to sit in a seaside café or take a dip in the saltwater pool.”
This adds to the list of awards and recognitions that the Israeli metropolis has received recently. Last November it was named the world’s smartest city by the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona. It beat out 250 cities around the world for the title.
And last December Tel Aviv was selected by UNESCO as one of 28 of the world’s most creative cities, specifically in the field of Media Arts. There are now 68 such cities, so it is not too exclusive an honor.