Sight Seeing in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is rich in history, culture and beautiful natural surroundings and with an exciting mix of old and new there is plenty to see and do, not to mention gorgeous beaches to relax on when you fancy a break from sightseeing!
Highly recommended for the most amazing introduction to the fabulous city is a visit to the Azrieli Observatory on the 49th floor of the Round Building giving you breathtaking panoramic views across the coastline from North to South. In the Azreili Mall you can watch a fascinating 3D film of the area and its history called the ‘Total Tel Aviv Experience’.
Check out the stunning and modernist style buildings of Tel Aviv’s White City – an absolute must visit which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Here you can see the influence of the graduates of the Bauhaus school of art and design in the extraordinary architecture of the white buildings.
Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighbourhood to be built outside of Jaffa is home to many artists and you can see this in the architecture and surroundings just talking a leisurely walk through the streets. Go up to the top of the Shalom Tower, where from the observation deck you can see for miles across the sea, sands, and to the hill of Jaffa.
The Tel Aviv University area is an interesting place to visit with museums, synagogue and the Jewish Heritage Centre. Also visit the memorial to the assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Memorial Garden to the Fallen built for those lost in Israel’s wars.
For a bit of culture head to the artists’ quarter in the old town where there are plenty of small shops selling fine art and exquisite jewellery plus Old Jaffa has lots of places to eat and drink and the bustling Old Port area is an exciting and vibrant part of Tel Aviv not to be missed.
Romantic Breaks in Tel Aviv
For one of the most spectacular views of Tel Aviv take a romantic stroll up to Old Jaffa at the top of the hill which looks out across the beautiful stretch of coastline with a fantastic skyline of modern skyscrapers shimmering in the sunlight. At the top of Old Jaffa Hill you will also find the Franciscan Church of St Peter.
Old Jaffa is one of the most popular areas to visit and for good reason – it really gives visitors the feel for ancient Israel with winding roads running amongst the stunning stone houses and ancient churches which welcome visitors inside. Around each corner you will find a colourful boutique or quaint café to enjoy a light snack or glass of wine. Visit the Old Port area with lively promenade where there is always something going on whether an exhibition, an event or festival. Clock Square with the impressive Clock Tower is a great starting point to explore the area.
In complete contrast to the Old part, there is a modern and vibrant side to Tel Aviv to the South where the number of businesses there also result in a large variety of sophisticated and high class eateries where you can indulge and chic bars where you can unwind. A range of exclusive clothes and art shops and jewellers can be found here if you want to treat your loved one to a special gift.
Fun Seekers in Tel Aviv
Shopaholics will not be disappointed in Tel Aviv with plenty of high fashion stores, jewellery shops and one off boutiques as well as art shops galore! For designer gear make Dizengoff Street your first port of call, which is also a great place to grab a drink and do some people watching. Once you’ve worked up an appetite then Sheinkin Street is a good location for fantastic restaurants catering to all palates with the smaller atmospheric streets of Nachmani and Montefiore also offering a number of popular eateries serving culinary delights to visitors.
Tel Aviv also enjoys a great nightlife, Basel Street is a lively part of the city with young people socialising in the numerous trendy cafes bars and restaurants, in the evenings this area is popular to meet up with friends and start the night. For a big night out with a buzzing atmosphere - the Yarkon estuary by the Port has become the place to go for partying with nightclubs, bars and theatres to entertain you through the night.
Family Fun in Tel Aviv
As well as having a variety of interesting historical sites to visit Tel Aviv is popular for its stunning beaches. With 14kms of sandy coastline and clear warm waters, adults and kids alike can enjoy the seashore swimming, paddling and sunbathing and getting in the heart of the beach action playing volleyball or having a go at some watersports. The promenade area is fun and lively with lots of cafes and shops when you want to buy refreshments or enjoy a family meal with fantastic views.
For lush greenery and a spectacular setting for a family day out then visit Hayarkon Park. Set along the banks of the Hayarkon River with a large lake, Tropical gardens and Cactus gardens with a miniature train and playgrounds children will love.
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