With its stunning beaches, vibrant gay nightlife, much-heralded reputation arts and fashion scene, trendy restaurant scene, the energetic - and rather nocturnal - city of Tel Aviv is not only Israel's gay hub, it's the LGBT capital of the Middle East. The nation's second-largest city has a gay scene that rivals any in Europe or North America when it comes to sheer joie de vivre, and at no time is this spirit more evident than during June's Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. This year, the date of this largest Pride celebration in Asia is June 7, 2013.
Additionally, gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride Weekend and the days leading up to it. Check out resources on the local gay scene, such as the extremely helpful online GayTLVGuide and the NightTours.com Gay Guide to Tel Aviv for more on the local GLBT scene. And take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the country's official tourism organization, the Israel Ministry of Tourism.