(JTA) — Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were ranked among the world’s best cities by the New York-based Travel + Leisure magazine.
Jerusalem was ranked in second place followed by Tel Aviv in third in the Middle East and Africa category of the magazine’s Best Cities listings. Cape Town was rated first on the list, with Cairo and Dubai fourth and fifth.
The lists are compiled using a reader survey; the monthly magazine has more than 1 million subscribers.
According to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, during the first half of 2010, 76 percent of tourists in Israel went to Jerusalem, visiting the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem and the Mount of Olives. Tel Aviv, known for its night life and proximity to the beach, attracts approximately 54 percent of tourists in Israel.