Latino pop star Ricky Martin is in Israel for one concert and three days of touring. The Puerto Rican crooner is making his first visit here, although he has told local media that he has many friends in Tel Aviv and has been invited numerous times before.

“I know that Israelis and Latinos are very similar. We’re very warm, we’re very caring and very open and I’m looking forward to this,” he told Ynet news site prior to his visit.

The Shake Your Bon-Bon and Livin’ La Vida Loca singer arrived by private plane on Tuesday with an entourage that includes 18 dancers and his twin sons Matteo and Valentino.

The 44-year-old Martin has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide. His Tel Aviv concert is part of the One World Tour.

“This is my first visit and I’m going to make the best of it,” Martin said, noting he will partake in the Tel Aviv nightlife and visit holy sites in Jerusalem. “I cannot wait to try Israeli food.”