|Being located on the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv offers both city attractions and good beaches with warm weather meaning you can combine a city break with a beach-front one!
It is a large city with much to see and do, including the port of Yafo (also known as Jaffa). This is one of the oldest ports in the world and was once the largest port in Israel. The area around the port, called Old Jaffa, has now been rejuvenated and you’ll find a variety of old and interesting buildings here including a Franciscan Church and St Peter’s Catholic Church. The Zodiac Alleys are a network of interesting alleys where you’ll find all sorts of small art galleries.
Also in Yafo is the Ramesses Gate and the Wishing Bridge, and the flea market and bazaar are a good place to go to buy local items at bargain prices.
Tel Aviv has many museums to visit and Israel is actually said to have the largest number of museums per capita in the world – three of the largest of Israel’s museums are in Tel Aviv – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Batey Haosef Museum. The Eretz Israel Museum is particularly well known for its archaeology collection and for its history exhibits.
If you enjoy nightlife, Tel Aviv has plenty to keep you occupied around the clock. There are many bars, nightclubs and restaurants, and a very cultural mix so there’s bound to be something to suit all tastes. The city is known as ‘the city that never sleeps’! It’s also a great place for shopping as there is a large variety of different shopping experiences on offer here. There are a number of modern shopping malls and Tel Aviv actually has the highest ratio of shopping malls per square mile per capita in the world. The largest mall is Azriely Center, though this is very popular and busy, so one of the slightly smaller ones such as Dizengoff Center may be better if you don’t like the crowds.
There are also many markets and popular shopping streets and some specialize in certain items such as books or jewellery.
Many of Tel Aviv’s best hotels are situated on the beachfront and this area is very popular with both locals and visitors. The beaches are well looked after and are lined with bars, restaurants and clubs so have everything you need. If you prefer a swimming pool experience, the Gordon swimming pool is a very large open-air pool with slides, although it is sea-water.