Tel Aviv City Guide
About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, which is situated on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is a sea-facing, busy skyscraper littered metropolis. The city’s coastal location has bestowed Tel-Aviv with nearly ten miles of golden sand beaches which are extremely popular with both domestic and international tourists who periodically choose to book a vacation to Tel Aviv.
Aside from its beach side attractions, Tel Aviv is an important commercial center in Israel and is also known for its vibrant dining and nightlife scene and many animated markets. These myriad attractions ensure that the city is visited by both leisure and business tourists regularly.
Where to stay in Tel Aviv
Ha Yarkon Street Hotels
If the beaches of Tel Aviv are the main focus of your vacation, then one of the luxury hotels located along the beach side Ha-Yarkon Street, which stretches north along the shore from Mograbi Street, should meet your accommodation needs.
Most of the beach side hotels located here are luxury hotel properties though the area also hosts some mid-range and discount hotels along the adjacent Ben-Yehuda Street.
Dizengoff Square Area
The Dizengoff Square area is yet another popular hotel area in Tel Aviv. The area, which is known for its many fashionable boutiques and luxe stores, offers a wide array of hotels that range from luxury hotels to more moderately priced hotel properties.
South Tel Aviv
The area of South Tel Aviv is located at a distance from the beach and hosts two big hotels which provide easy access to the city of Old Jaffa. Other attractions within close proximity of the South Tel Aviv area include the busy Carmel Market and the trendy dining areas of Nahlat Binyamin and Rothschild Street.
Places to see in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has many fascinating attractions including, the UNESCO designated World Heritage site of White City. Tel Aviv’s White City refers to a collection of Bauhaus style buildings that were built in the city by German Jewish architects who arrived here in the 1930’s to escape the Nazis back home. This collection of white buildings built in this style is believed to be the largest in the world and the district was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. If you are a fan of architecture then Tel Aviv’s White City should definitely figure as a must do on your sight-seeing list for your Tel Aviv vacation.
Tel Aviv Beaches
Tel Aviv is known for its simmering sand beaches, which offer many opportunities to kick back and relax as well as to party and dine. The city’s most famous beaches include areas like Old Sheraton Beach, the Hilton Beach, Gordon and Frishman Beaches, Tel Baruch and Hatzok beaches and the Religious Beach, which is equipped with separate sections for men and women.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is another prime attraction in the city. This museum pre-dates the creation of the Israeli state founded as it was in 1932. The museum is known for its displays of Israeli Art but also has a selection of European art that includes the works of the old masters like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. Additionally the Museum has a section dedicated for design and architecture and another one dedicated to photography.
The Eretz Israel Museum
The Eretz Israel Museum or the Land of Israel Museum is located in a park like setting around the ancient mound of Tel Kasile, which is a site for on-going archeological excavations.
The Museum of Jewish Diaspora
The stark, modern Beit Hatfutzot/Museum of the Jewish Diaspora catalogues 2500 years of Jewish history from around the world with displays that feature photographs, documents, historical art and artifacts, films, music, maps, and scale models.
The charming old city of Old Jaffa, which is now a part of Tel Aviv is also worth visiting for it has within its folds a bustling flea market (Fridays are the busiest days in this flea market). The vendors at this flea market sell an assortment of junk, bargains and locally made crafts and you never know what you mind find in the narrow alleyways of the Jaffa market. Jaffa is also home to several art galleries and the Ilana Gur Museum, which is located on the third floor of this famous artists’ residence. The museum hosts exhibits of the artist’s works as well as those of other local artists, which featured in her personal collection. Yet another museum worth visiting in Jaffa is the Museum of Antiquities of Jaffa which is housed in an ancient Turkish administrative and detention center dating back to the 19th century. Jaffa also has its own virgin beach called the Givat Aliya Beach which is located in the old port area of Jaffa and is well worth a visit during your vacation in Tel Aviv.
Best time to visit Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is a year round destination whose climate can be described as sub tropical. Tel Aviv’s weather is characterized by hot summers, which feature average daytime temperatures of around 77F (25C) and mild winters, which often register temperature readings of around 57F(14C).
The summer months of July and August are typically the most heavily tourist-trafficked months in Tel Aviv. This peak tourist season coincides with the Israel domestic vacation season and hotel accommodations are usually impossible to get as prices go sky-high.
If you are seriously thinking of booking a vacation to Tel Aviv during the summer months, then you should plan to contact Fare Buzz as soon as possible. Fare Buzz enjoys an exclusive relationship with over 100,000 hotels around the world and due to this special relationship it can procure the best hotel deals for any type and grade of hotel even during the peak tourist season in Tel Aviv.
Getting around in Tel Aviv
A whole host of airlines provide nonstop and multi-stop air connections between Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV) and various cities around the world. Fare Buzz often has tempting flight deals for Tel Aviv so if you are currently on the lookout for cheap air tickets for Tel Aviv, you may want to give us a call at 1.888.808.4123 and see what we have on offer.
Tel Aviv’s international airport is located nine miles (14km) southeast of Tel Aviv and is well connected to the city center by buses, taxis and a train service that comes into Tel Aviv’s central station. Buses also connect Tel Aviv’s airport to other popular tourist destinations like the holy city of Jerusalem and historical, coastal city of Haifa.
Public transport within Tel Aviv is provided by metered taxis, buses and mini buses call sheruts. Most tourists however tend to explore the city on foot or then use the various modes of public transportation available in Tel Aviv.
Most visitors to Tel Aviv don’t usually rent a car as local drivers are quite aggressive and traffic is often grid locked in the city. However, if you feel confident enough to tackle Tel Aviv’s traffic and wish to rent a car to traverse the city during your stay in Tel Aviv, then Fare Buzz can be of assistance for it offers a wide array of affordable car rentals for Tel Aviv. These Tel Aviv car rentals can also be booked at the same time as when you make your other travel bookings with us for your vacation to Tel Aviv.
Where to shop in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv brims with diverse shopping options. In fact all sorts of shoppers and budgets are catered to at the varied Tel Aviv shopping destinations. If you fancy luxe shopping at boutiques, then your best bets in Tel Aviv are located within the city’s Kikar Hamedina and the Dizengoff street districts. Kikar Hamdina hosts several upmarket stores belonging to well-known international and local brands like Gucci, Prada, Yves St Laurent, Gottex amongst others. Dizengoff Street has long been associated with upmarket shopping in Tel Aviv and continues to host upscale stores offering quality wares until today.
Aside from boutiques and upmarket stores, Tel Aviv also offers bountiful shopping options at its many malls and shopping centers like Ramat Aviv Mall, Azrieli Mall, Dizengoff Center Mall, the Ayalon Mall and the City Garden Shopping center. Most individual shops and malls in Tel Aviv are open from 9.30 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday. However, retail establishments in Tel Aviv usually observe shortened hours on Fridays and on Saturdays for Shabbat.
Additional shopping options in Tel Aviv are provided by its various bustling markets, like the market held within the pedestrianized enclave Nahalat Binyamin (an open air market held on Tuesdays and Fridays), the Carmel Market (known for its several fresh produce vendors and many restaurants serving delicious local eats), the Shuk Levinsky (the aromatic, spice market) and Tel Aviv’s famed flea market, Shuk Hapishpeshim located in Old Jaffa.
Where to eat in Tel Aviv
Packed with restaurants serving food from across the globe, Tel Aviv is a great place to dine out and its many diverse eateries aim to cater to every taste, preference and budget. Well-ranked and recommended restaurants in Tel Aviv currently include dining hotspots like Brasserie (French food), Mizlala (offering international eats), Gadera 26(modern Italian cuisine), Café Kasbah (Moroccan food), Abu Hassan (best hummus restaurant in Israel) and Orca (seafood).
Nightlife in Tel Aviv
If NYC is known as the city that never sleeps, then vibrant Tel Aviv is known as ‘the city that never stops’. The nightlife scene in Tel Aviv is lively and exciting and features numerous buzzing night spots like bars, pubs, dance clubs, cocktail lounges and live music venues. Additionally, night life in Tel Aviv kicks off late with people usually beginning to party at 11pm, while the peak times at most clubs is around 2am. Party animals in Tel Aviv don’t even halt for Shabbat as they do in Jerusalem and they continue to rock on at the city’s many buzzing bars and clubs like Sublet, Club 147, Mojo Club, Nanuchka Bar, Valium Club, Tipsy bar, Inca bar, Bocadilli amongst many others.