As an LGBTQ traveler it’s best to remain modest or discreet in these traditional and religious towns. Flamboyant behavior can be a trigger for deeply religious sentiments and the Palestinian Arab villages, in particular, are known to be unwelcoming to gay and extroverted behaviors like lighting up and sexy dancing, or singing in the street. Yet, if you happen to be on a kibbutz and you dream of a classic ‘country romance,’ take a look at your Grindr app – as the gay Tel Avivian proverb goes: gay ‘nature boy-kibbutznikim’ are true delicacies. Of course, cool and open minded villagers can be found everywhere. After all, many of these areas were founded by artists, foodies, botanists, vegetarians, and other creative subcultures.
Tip of the month: Many local villages offer intimate lodging called ‘tzimmers.’ Aladdin Cave, in the Golan Heights, is a gay-friendly cabin, and Etz HaHaim (Tree of Life) in the Western Galilean community, Matat, is a total stunner.
Aladdin Cave, 050-5316869; Etz HaHaim, 053-9429872