Middle East’s ‘City That Never Sleeps’
The famous tourist attraction of Israel, Tel Aviv is also the second most populated city there. It’s located in central-west Israel, on the Mediterranean coastline. Annually, this city has around 2.5 million international visitors from around the globe, making it the fifth most visited tourist destination of the Middles East and Africa.
Tel Aviv is known as the ‘city that never sleeps’ and has a spectacular White Nights Festival in the summer season. Flights to Tel Aviv may land at all times of the day and night, but during this time around the year, passengers get confused as to what time it really is. The skies are still bright into the late nights, and the sunrises are early. Sometimes, there is twilight throughout the night. The festival involves street entertainment, a lot of decoration and the marking of the completion of an academic school year.
The winters in the city are cold, yet pleasant for taking long walks and trekking. In February, the vegetations are celebrated, at the event called Tu Beshvat. Traditionalists thank their gods and goddesses for bestowing them with the fruits and plantations. People celebrate their blessed lives and offer the grand feasts prepared, to the ones in heaven.
A second form of Easter, for the Jews is celebrated in April. The followers do not eat bread, and instead have Matzot, their festive specialty. This event is carried forward for a week. But one doesn’t have to worry; the restaurants and cafes serve bread-related eateries to, for the outsiders and tourists.
Most of the events and public places have low fares as entrance fees so there isn’t much to worry about when in town. Surrounded by many other beautiful heritages, you may be keen to travel around places surrounding the city. After making plans with tour operators or the local officers, you can avail cheap domestic flights and be sure to make the best of your trip.
May is the peak time to have fun in the sun, at Tel Aviv’s beaches. Though open throughout the year, at this time around, the number of lifeguards and beach activities are commendable. Play volleyball, swim in the shallow waters, make sand castles with your children or simply lay back and sun bathe- the choice is yours to make. A series of evening parties take place, offering tasty delights after a fun-filled day in the water.
One must however be alert for the Lag Baomer night, where there is fire and smoke all over the city. Though there’s nothing to worry about, the locals are sure to help learn the drill, just in case.
Tel Aviv too has a cheese fiesta called Shevout in June. This event is all about cheese and its derivative products. Held at the Yarkon Park, this month also holds another annual food fair. So overall, there’s a lot to eat and tickle your taste buds. Cheap tickets to Tel Aviv’s food events are possible when booked in advance.
July becomes humid, and the weather remains a bit irritating for the two months to follow. But in case you’re in the city, you can go for the indoor activities taking place throughout the city such as exhibitions and trade fairs. Following this, there is one interesting day called Yom Kippur, in September, where one must stay indoors and be packed with a day’s supply of food and fun, for the city is closed completely. It is considered a bad day, and hence the restrictions.
The ending months of the year turn more towards the music world. October’s guitar fest and December’s choir groups in Jerusalem are some of the featuring events.