Top 5 things to do in trendy Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv - the city that never sleeps - is known for its beaches and vibrant nightlife. World-class Israeli chefs cook in trendy restaurants. Actors and celebs meet at open-air cafes. The ancient port of Jaffa contrasts with the new Tel Aviv Port waterfront promenade which is lined with shops and restaurants.
1. The White City
A typical Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv (Image credit: Unsplash)
The city that never sleeps is also affectionately know as The White City. Stroll through the streets and take in some of a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the unique Bauhaus or International Style. Tel Aviv has the largest number of buildings built in this style than any other city in the world. In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed Tel Aviv's White City a World Cultural Heritage site. The Bauhaus Center offers guided tours but if you can’t make one of the guided tours, the Bauhaus Center will provide audio guides in various languages and accompanied by videos and maps.
Tel Aviv's miles of golden beaches (Image credit: Unsplash)
It's very hard to choose which one of Tel Aviv's many beaches is the best. National Geographic and Lonely Planet rank the Tel Aviv beaches in their Top 10 List. Whether you choose to jog, cycle, swim, surf or just do some people-watching you will enjoy the nearly 15km of beaches on the greater Tel Aviv coastline. There is capoeira at the Dolphinarium, volleyball at Gordon, separate bathing for men and women at Nordau Beach and kite surfing at Aviv Beach. Access to Tzuk Beach, Metzitzim and the Hilton are disabled friendly.
Shuk HaCarmel is open every day of the week except Saturdays. People come from all over the country to spend a day shopping for designer knock-off clothes and accessories. Dizingoff Mall was the first mall in Israel and was named after the first Mayor of Tel Aviv. The new Sarona Market and Nachalat Binyamin must be on your list. End the day at Kikar HaMedina - no knock-offs here only the real deal - luxurious local and international designer shops, exclusive boutiques and high-end jewelry stores.
The Old Jaffa Port is one of the oldest ports in the world. Reference is made to it in The Old Testament in the book of Jonah, and Josephus mentions it in his account of Jewish history during Roman rule. Great restaurants, art galleries and workshops here. The Namal - the Tel Aviv Port, dates back to the 1930's but when Ashdod port opened in 1965, the Tel Aviv port became derelict. Revamped and refurbished, now it's a bustling waterfront with an indoor farmer's market, trendy restaurants, pubs and clubs.
5. Family Fun
The Maymadion, Israel's largest water park will satisfy your children and the child in you - hours of fun for the whole family. Paddle on a river boat or picnic in the gardens of The Yarkon Park. Rent a bike and take in the bird sanctuary and the botanical gardens.