The City that Never Sleeps
Hailed as ‘The Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times and among Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Action-Packed Cities’, Tel Aviv is without a doubt the place to visit in the Mediterranean.
Israel's second-largest city is modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is a sun-bronzed strip of coastline where coffee and culinary innovation are the local obsessions, where residents speak every language under the sun, and where life is lived outdoors and to the fullest.
Tel Aviv is the financial center and the technology hub of Israel. At the same time, it's referred to as ''The City that Never Sleeps'', due to its dynamic culture and nightlife scene.
What to do & see?
Walking Tours & Neighborhood strolls
The best way to see Tel Aviv is to wander the streets, neighborhoods, and markets. There are several free walking tours throughout different parts of the city offered by the Tel Aviv municipality.
Old Jaffa & Jaffa Port
Jaffa (or Yafo) is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has grown. Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in the world, and legendary, the port from which Jonah left in the story of Jonah and the whale. The port is still used by fisherman but is also offering lots of touristic attractions in the form of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. The Old City of Jaffa offers a picturesque feel when you walk the narrow streets, climb small alleys, and enjoy ancient buildings and landmarks.
Tel Aviv Port (Namal Tel Aviv)
An old port dating back to 1938 regenerated into a hub of cafes and stores, the Namal is an area for culture, entertainment, and relaxation. There are restaurants, nightlife, boutiques and a farmer's market. The port is spread along 14,000 square meters of a wooden deck, which was inspired by Tel Aviv's sand dunes.
The first neighborhood of Tel Aviv outside of Jaffa, Neve Tzedek was built in the 19th century and has a flare of romance around it. Beautifully restored houses and streets invite you to wander around. History lovers can feed on the historic Jaffa train station and the Nahum Gutman Museum.
Rothschild Boulevard & the Culture Square
Rothschild Boulevard is where the true Telavivians wonder or sit at the corner kiosk for a coffee. At the end of the Boulevard, you find the Culture Square, where three of the city's most important cultural institutions meet: The Habima National Theatre, the Mann Auditorium, and the contemporary art exhibition in the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion. The square is designed by artist Dani Karavan and is a lovely place to sit, relax, and listen to classical music.
Tel Aviv is compiled of buildings in a range of architectural styles, including the famous Bauhaus style. The central portion of the city – known as "The White City" – contains the largest group of buildings in Bauhaus style worldwide, and has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Along the Bauhaus, you'll find tall, modern architecture, as well as beautiful historic and archaeological areas such as the Jaffa port.
Tel Aviv has more than twenty museums covering a range of subjects, so you can be sure to find one that matches your interests.
The Tel Aviv Art Museum is a dynamic construction made of 430 polished cement panels. The museum hosts visiting exhibitions, in addition to a permanent collection of 100 years of Israeli art.
Other museums include the Museum of the Diaspora, the Israel Defense Forces History Museum, the Etzel Museum, the Haganah Museum, the Palmach Museum, The Lehi Museum, and the Nachum Guttman Museum.
A tour of the markets in Tel Aviv is probably one of the best ways to get to know the true local spirit of Tel Aviv. The city's markets offer colorful stands, a mix of people and cultural influences, and a never-ending variety of delicacies.
The Carmel Market
Shuk HaCarmel is the biggest and main market in Tel Aviv, right in the center of the city. It is fascinating to behold, and a true Tel Aviv experience. Locals go for fruits and veggies, but you will also find spices, dried fruits, olives as well as clothes and other products. Start from King George/Allenby street and walk all the way to the other and at the Carmelit Bus Station, or vice versa.
Nachalat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Market
Every Tuesday and Friday, Nachalat Binyamin Street gets transformed into an alley of stalls full of handmade art. The market starts around 10.00 am, and aside from woodwork, jewelry, ceramics and other crafts, you will find street artists creating a lovely creative vibe all around.
Jaffa Flea Market
The Flea Market in Jaffa, Shuk Hapishpishim, is an authentic flea market, full of antiques, treasures and junk and plenty of haggling. Around the flea market, you will find boutiques and some places for souvenir shopping. The atmosphere is truly wonderful and something you should not miss.
Beach & Sports
National Geographic included Tel Aviv in its ''10 best beach cities in the world'' list, and for good reason!
The Tel Aviv coastline is comprised of 13 unique beaches that each gives a different view and offers a different experience. From the busy and trendy to the chill and laid-back, together they form a rich, colorful tapestry of this exciting and diverse city.
Beach and water sports are very popular in Tel Aviv. Surfing, sailing, rowing, swimming, supping, diving or volleyball, the options are endless. And if you're more into walking, running or cycling, the promenade alongside the seashore offers a glorious view.
If you're a foodie you simply must get a taste of Tel Aviv. Israeli chefs have become famous around the world for their innovative dishes and the Tel Aviv culinary scene is absolutely exploding.
Many of the restaurants are owned by worldwide acclaimed chefs who trained and worked in some of the best establishments in all the world before returning to Israel to put their unique mark on the local culinary scene. The result is a great fusion of food styles and cultures, over around 4500 establishments.
Get energized, get inspired, get ready – you're will fall in love with Tel Aviv!
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