Why you should tour fascinating Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is one of Israel’s most alluring destinations. This coastal spot is also a cosmopolitan city that is home to renowned heritage sites, chic boutique stores and a thriving culinary scene. Most who visit leave with a true sense of the region’s culture. The area’s residents love to be outside and active, which you shouldn’t fail to get caught up in.
A comfortable climate is enjoyed year-round in Tel Aviv with temperatures rarely dropping below ten degrees Celsius. From July to September they creep over the mid-twenties during the day and don’t fall far at night. Spring is when things are at their most comfortable.
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A good cultural starting point during a Tel Aviv holiday is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Its many departments cover Israeli and modern & contemporary art, photography, and architecture & design. Concerts, lectures, and guided tours are all held to educate and inspire visitors. Old Jaffa is Tel Aviv’s oldest part and closely associated with many biblical stories. The Port of Jaffa is still in daily working use, with fishing boats moving in and out throughout the day. The Clock Tower is another notable landmark that was renovated in 1965 to hold new clocks and stained glass windows. A stroll in central Tel Aviv reveals the Great Synagogue, built in 1926 and remodelled in 1970. It’s an impressive sight, just like the Salonikis Synagogue, which gets its name from its seashell-like design.
Head to Tel Aviv Port for wonderful views over the sea and to cycle against a memorable backdrop. Jaffa Port is surrounded by galleries and museums and has a more historic feel. Hatachana is a great place to keep all ages occupied as there is always so much going on. Street performers express their creative side while exhibitions showcase Israeli culture and lifestyle.
The diverse range of shopping options reflects Tel Aviv’s cultural mix. The Dizengoff Centre was the country’s first mall and counts global fashion and sports brands under its roof. Ramat Aviv Mall is located just beyond the city centre and is where you will find high-end fashion to take home with you. For something more authentic, pay a visit to the Nahalat Binyamin quarter for its energetic street fair, where hand-made goods make a superb memento or gift. The Carmel Market close to the Neveh Zedek quarter is the best place for fresh produce and other edible treats.
From its street food to its bakeries, markets, and fine dining restaurants, Tel Aviv’s food scene is now one of its defining features. Fusion cuisine rules, with Middle Eastern flavours combined using cooking methods borrowed from Europe. Rothschild Boulevard is a hub for stylish bistros and understated cafés serving international cuisine. Ramat Hachayal feels more separated from the centre of town but is still a lively place to dine. Many of the restaurants aren’t kosher and are therefore open throughout the weekend.