Israel’s most modern city, Tel Aviv, connects skyscrapers to sandy beaches. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv combines the best of a laid-back beach holiday with a fast-paced city break. Tel Aviv is a city known for its artists, fine restaurants and nightlife and beach life. The more than ten-kilometer-long shoreline guarantees sun worshipers a leisurely stay next to the big city.
City and beach vacation together
The administrative capital of Israel, Tel Aviv, connects a sandy beach and tall tower blocks. Indeed, the city’s numerous tall buildings and beaches are separated only by a wide beach boulevard, across which a beach holiday instantly turns into a city holiday – and vice versa.
The city of Tel Aviv itself has a population of over 400,000, but the surrounding metropolitan area has a population of over three million. Tel Aviv attracts especially Israeli young people, artists and, increasingly, tourists from all over the world, who are attracted by better pay levels.
For the tourist, Tel Aviv is divided into four main districts, each with its own character.
A huge selection of cafes and restaurants
Israeli food culture is a mixture of traditional Jewish cuisine and the influences that immigrants bring to traditional Jewish cuisine. Indeed, several of Tel Aviv’s restaurant menus are experimental and combine food styles from around the world.
As in the Israeli way, it is worth ordering several different dishes for appetizer and dessert to be distributed among the whole party. In this way, you can enjoy a wide range of quality menus.
Some restaurants follow the traditional kosher rule that meat and dairy products are not eaten with the same meal.
Tel Aviv shopping opportunities
Tel Aviv offers numerous modern western shopping malls for shopping, but also a wide variety of small boutiques, offering fashion, art and souvenirs in particular.
Shopping centers in Tel Aviv can be found especially in the northern city. Those looking for gifts can head to Carmel’s market area, for example, where you are guaranteed to find more exotic gifts.
Fashion-conscious people, on the other hand, are interested in the new Hatachana shopping mall in the southern city, which has been restored to the premises of Jaffa’s old railway station. Hatachana has numerous restaurants and small fashion boutiques, and is close to the cozy Sabazi shopping street.
Tel Aviv beaches
A vacation in Tel Aviv is not complete without relaxing on one of the city’s numerous beaches.
Tel Aviv’s beaches are basically one cohesive area of sand that can even be walked end to end. The area dominated by sandy beaches extends from Jaffa to the New Port area.
There are no natural boundaries between the different beach areas of Tel Aviv, but many parts of the beach have been given a name and developed their own character with which to describe the area. One of the famous beaches is Banana Beach, located at the end of the Shabazi shopping street.
Old Jaffa Harbor is one of Tel Aviv’s most famous attractions.
Spring and autumn are the best times
Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry, and winters are mild but rainy. On average, Tel Aviv receives 3,300 hours of sunshine a year, and even the coolest weather is 17-18 degrees in winter. In summer, the temperature can rise to about 30 degrees.
The hot season runs from June to September, and the warmest and driest month is August. Dry season is enough from April to September. January is the coolest and wettest month in Tel Aviv. The best travel times to Tel Aviv are in the spring and fall.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s most liberal city, so a Sabbath that runs from Friday night to Saturday night, for example, doesn’t show up in the city as much as, for example, in more traditional Jerusalem. Many restaurants and shops are open through the Sabbath.
Wheelchair users have been catered for in public transport. Some of Tel Aviv’s beaches are also barrier-free: Hilton, Metzitzim, Tzuk and Charles Clore beaches are wheelchair accessible.
As elsewhere in Israel, the usual precaution in Tel Aviv is sufficient. The Israeli authorities accept a same-sex registered partnership. In Tel Aviv, attitudes are very liberal, but it is worth remembering that extremist religious circles still do not accept homosexuality.
You should also be prepared for occasional security checks in Tel Aviv, and you should always keep your passport with you. When you also return to the airport security check, you should set aside a little more time.
The price level in Israel is almost the same as in Finland. Tel Aviv gets along well with English.
THE BEST OF TEL AVIV
Many of Tel Aviv’s beaches have barrier-free access.
Experience these in Tel Aviv
- Visit the observation deck of the Azrieli Tower on the 49th floor and enjoy the view over the rooftops of Tel Aviv.
- Stroll along Rotschild Boulevard and explore the UNESCO-protected “White City” or Bauhaus architecture.
- Visit Old Jaffa.
- Watch the sunset and listen to the drumming of amateur drummers gathering at Drummer’s Beach next to Banana Beach on Friday nights.
- Visit the Old Jaffa Flea Market, the Carmel open-air market and the numerous spice shops on Levinsky Street and discover.