They may be hot, crowded and swarming with jellyfish, but Tel Aviv beaches are apparently a world-class asset.

National Geographic yesterday published a list of the world's 10 best beach cities and rated Tel Aviv alongside Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Nice (on the French riviera) and Cape Town.

The prestigious magazine's article says: "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."