Welcome to Tel Aviv - one of Israel’s major cities on the shores of the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport is a short drive from the city center. Tel-Aviv (also called “Tel Aviv Jaffa”) is a bustling city with shops, shopping malls, museums, art and culture with an exhilarating 24-hour buzz. Travel throughout Tel Aviv is effortless with a good choice of buses, shared and private taxis, and a comprehensive railway. Tel-Aviv offers you numerous accommodation opportunities including luxury hotels facing the beach, smaller, budget hotels in the city centre and many more. Tel Aviv has something for everyone and we are sure you will find it irresistible. Check out our hotel options and book on-line with us.
The city of Tel Aviv was created in 1909 on the sandy dunes close to the historical port of Jaffa. The city was adapted to the requirements of the citizens and the characteristic weather of the Mediterranean area.
In 2003 part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa known as “The White City” situated between Allenby Street, Ibn Gvirol Street, the Yarkon River and the sea was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. In this way the world has acknowledged the beautiful and unique features of the buildings and surrounding areas which were designed by Jewish architects who left Europe for Palestine, which in time became the State of Israel.
Things to do in Tel Aviv:
There are a lot of things to do in Tel Aviv. Admirers of architecture will enjoy wandering around the streets of Tel Aviv and will find out why UNESCO made its decision to declare the White City as a world heritage site. This area includes over 1000 buildings constructed in the Bauhaus architecture style.
Visit the vibrant daily Carmel Market and the adjoining Nachalat Benyamin Arts and Crafts Fair open Tuesday and Fridays with street performers, mystics and musicians. Close by you will find the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, the first Jewish quarter to be established outside of Jaffa in 1887, 22 years before Tel Aviv came into being. Enjoy the alleyways with boutique stores, museums, restaurants and coffee shops and don’t miss the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre. Additional sites of interest are the monument memorializing the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was cruelly killed in proximity to the Tel Aviv Municipality plaza – original graffiti from the time of the murder is on display there. Recreational activities for all the family will be found at the Yehoshua Gardens Park along the Yarkon River including Tropical Gardens, an exotic bird safari and a water park open during the summer. Catch the funfair located just opposite the park. Take in the fantastic panorama of Tel Aviv from the 49th floor of the Azrieli Observatory.
Museums in Tel Aviv
Tel-Aviv has numerous museums large and small. Visit three of Israel’s major museums which are situated in Tel Aviv and exhibit innovative and traditional art as well as archaeology, history and sciences.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art exhibits both permanent and temporary exhibitions including the finest of Israeli art and sculpture and works by European impressionists and post impressionists and 20th century American art. The Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) museum includes several exhibitions – glass, ceramics, coins and more. You will also find the Planetarium there. The Jewish Diaspora Museum, located in the grounds of the Tel Aviv University is the first museum dedicated solely to the history of the Jewish people. The story of the Jews will be presented to you as you move through the exhibition with a collection of art, video clips, short films and more. Another museum of particular interest is the Independence Hall Museum – this is the exact location where David Ben Gurion presented the Declaration of Independence on May 14th 1948. Everything in the Hall has been preserved as it was at that time. There are also several smaller museums including Ben Gurion House, the Rubin Museum, the Palmach Museum and several others.
Shopping in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is renowned for its extensive shopping. You will find a wide selection of funky contemporary fashion stores in Sheinkin Street and Dizengoff Street, elite designer stores at Kikar Hamedina and many shopping malls for shopping and entertainment.
Tel Aviv’s Beaches
Tel Aviv has a spectacular coastline with beautiful beaches offering various water sports and a recently revamped, lively promenade with tens of restaurants and recreational sites. You may also like to visit the Marina and check out the private yachts moored there.
Tel Aviv’s Nightlife
Tel Aviv has been branded as the “city that never sleeps”. It is customary to see late night queues at its nightspots. Tel Aviv offers abundance of bars, coffee shops and hotspots which are always bustling and in particular at the weekends. The major areas of entertainment are the refurbished Tel Aviv Port, Allenby Street and along the beachfront. Some of the greatest restaurants in Israel and located in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and you will be amazed at the choice of Middle-Eastern, European, Kosher or street food such as falafel and pizza. No-one goes hungry in Tel Aviv! And for culture-vultures the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra’s home-base is at the Tel Aviv Mann Auditorium.
Come and visit Tel Aviv, stay at one of Tel Aviv hotels and enjoy this amazing city!