Last updated May 9th 2017

14,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveler España, one of the leading travel magazines for the Spanish-speaking world, have picked Tel Aviv, Israel, as their best city for 2017.

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is gracing the May issue, accompanied by stunning photos of her in different locations across the Tel Aviv, taken by Israeli photographer Eyal Nevo.

Tel Aviv was honored by the magazine in a ceremony held in Madrid last week, which was attended by both Refaeli and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

Bar Refaeli and Ron Huldai receiving the award last week

In the article, written by Sandra Del Rio, Refaeli is photographed wearing haute couture at Rabin Square, next to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, on the beach, and elsewhere across the vibrant city that’s been dubbed “the city that never sleeps.”

Entitled “Bar Refaeli welcomes you to Tel Aviv, the avant-garde city,” the magazine piece spans 12 colorful pages, showcasing both urban and beach scenes. “Discover Tel Aviv, the beautiful, exciting city I live in,” Refaeli recently posted on her Instagram page.

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The award-winning city “is an innovative metropolis that combines urban quality of life, stunning beaches and unique culinary qualities,” Huldai said in a statement.

SEE ALSO: Urban Jungle: Tel Aviv Named World’s 7th Greenest City

Among the accolades Tel Aviv has won in recent years are: the world’s smartest city, one of the world’s top 10 green cities, and one of the top three startup ecosystems, to name a few.

Earlier this year, Israel was named one of the “Best Places To Travel In 2017” by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, in a piece that included several cities, including Tel Aviv.

SEE ALSO: Top Vacation Destination: Israel Is One Of Harper’s Bazaar “Best Places To Travel In 2017”

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler España,’s readers vote for the most highly regarded cities. With this win, Tel Aviv has joined other leading cities in the world, including New York, London, Paris and Madrid.

According to reports in the Israeli media, the Best City Award and the expansive coverage of Tel Aviv by Condé Nast Traveler España is a result of efforts by the Israeli Embassy in Madrid and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to market Israel to the Latin world as a cool tourist destination.

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Photo from ceremony by Leticia Diaz, courtesy of the City of Tel Aviv; Conde Nast Traveler photos by Eyal Nevo (from Bar Refaeli’s Instagram account).

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