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Visit tel aviv and fall in love with it​, book your hotel, tel aviv, the city that never sleeps.

Every city likes to boast that there is no place like it in the world, and in Tel Aviv’s case, this is especially true. Where else can you find the astonishing mix of sparkling beaches and sprawling parks, non-stop nightlife, first-rate arts and culture, centuries’ worth of history and archaeology, not to mention sites devoted to the world’s three major religions?

Tel Aviv is Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. In recent years it has cultivated its reputation as one of the Middle East’s most cutting-edge cosmopolitan centers, yet the real source of its seductive powers is in its overwhelming love of life. You see it in the ever-crowded cafes, buzzing with laughter and conversation from morning until night; in the 24-hour holiday atmosphere during the long summer months; and in the furious creativity poured into the local theater, music and fashion scenes.

Tel Aviv celebrated its 100th anniversary recently, and it is safe to say that the city has come a long way in the span of just a century. Founded in 1909 on the outskirts of Yafo, the fledgling Jewish settlement first called Ahuzat Bayit (Homestead) was later renamed after the Hebrew title of Theodor Herzl’s tract on Zionism Altneuland (German for “Old New Land”). Tel Aviv literally means “Hill of Spring,” and its name was chosen to reflect the fusion of old with new.

That approach continues today: As Tel Aviv becomes ever more modern, with its sleek new skyscrapers, it also keeps an eye on the past, and takes increasingly greater care in preserving it. Conservation projects are underway all across the city to refurbish landmarks, including Sarona, a former German agricultural colony, Yafo’s first train station, Habima Theater complex and countless Bauhaus-style buildings (which, in 2003, earned Tel Aviv the honor of being designated a UNESCO World Cultural heritage site).

The main anchor for Tel Aviv’s modernity, though, is Yafo or Jaffa, which is frequently referred to as the oldest functioning port city in the world. Yafo, which was mentioned in ancient Egyptian letters and in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, is awash in historic monuments and feels more traditionally Middle Eastern. Today, the two cities are officially one—called Tel Aviv-Yafo—and while they may look and feel quite different, they complement and complete on another.

In general, the joy of Tel Aviv can be found in its simple pleasures, such as a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride along the Mediterranean coastline, or a casual chat with the person sitting next to you at a cafe. Few other places manage to feel so profoundly alive, while at the same time exuding such a welcoming, home-like vibe.

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15 Best Things To Do in Tel Aviv

Updated Feb. 11, 2021

Amateur historians generally rebuff Tel Aviv's high-rises in favor of Jerusalem 's ancient monuments. But don't dismiss TA too hastily: Amid sun-soaked beaches and a thumping bar scene, you'll find several significant attractions. Spend a few hours

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The Tayelet The Tayelet free

It's easy to see why walking and biking are the preferred modes of transportation here: With a 3-mile-long beachside boardwalk to cruise, taking a taxi or a bus just feels like a missed opportunity. Tel Aviv's Tayelet –  a pedestrian-only street –  runs along the Mediterranean from the Old Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa , offering bikers and strollers spectacular views of the sea. On the inland side, the Tayelet grants easy access to Tel Aviv's prime hotel areas, as well as numerous restaurants and nightlife venues. On the other side of the promenade, you'll find beautiful beaches , including hot spots like Gordon Beach. 

Previous guests praised the Tayelet as one of the best places in Tel Aviv to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The coffee shops and restaurants that dot the boardwalk also received rave reviews. Visitors also insisted on renting a bike to see as much of the coastline as possible. There are several Tel-O-Fun stations along the promenade.

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Neve Tzedek Neve Tzedek free

Sitting about halfway between downtown Tel Aviv and Jaffa is Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv's original settlements. Composed of beautifully restored houses, boutique shops, thriving cafes and trendy art galleries, this neighborhood is undeniably one of the city's most beautiful areas. Recent visitors described Neve Tzedek as Tel Aviv's SoHo and insist that future travelers check out the array of offerings available. This trendy neighborhood houses some of the city's premier art venues, including the Rokach House Museum and the Suzanne Dellal Centre, where the  Batsheva Dance Company performs. While you're exploring, keep your eyes peeled for the murals adorning many of Neve Tzedek's walls.

You can easily reach this vibrant region by bike or taxi from anywhere in the city. It can also be reached via bus Nos. 41 and 240. You can wander Neve Tzedek's streets 24 hours a day without spending a shekel. To learn more, visit the Israeli Tourism Board's website .

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Jaffa Jaffa free

This ancient city located just south of Tel Aviv can trace its roots back to the Bible. Jaffa is said to have been named for Noah's son, Japhet, who constructed the beautiful city walls and winding corridors after the Flood. And it is from here that Jonah embarked on his adventure with the whale. This once thriving port has played host to the Roman and the Ottoman civilizations. Steeping the area even further in lore, Saint Peter performed miracles here, and Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon both laid claim to it. Jaffa is also the city from where the founders of Tel Aviv originated.

Previous visitors describe walking through Jaffa as similar to strolling back in history. Beautiful views of and stone buildings delight travelers who make the trek. Except now, the interiors of these ancient buildings have been transformed into art galleries and cafes. Throughout the city, narrow alleyways funnel you past jewelry-makers and fruit vendors into the primary square, where a thriving flea market sells everything from antiques to regional snacks.

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Old Tel Aviv Port Old Tel Aviv Port free

From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Old Tel Aviv Port acted as Israel's primary gateway to the sea. Day in and day out, ships brought merchandise to Israel's shores from all over the Mediterranean, as Israeli exports increased. Since the port closed in the '60s, major revitalization efforts have turned this area into one of the most exciting entertainment districts. Today, the wooden docks support cozy cafes, trendy shops, delectable restaurants and seaside bars.

Previous visitors describe the Old Tel Aviv Port as an ideal place to take in the city’s culture. Tourists can alternate between people-watching and taking in the stellar views of the Mediterranean while they enjoy a coffee or drink.

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Tel Aviv Beaches Tel Aviv Beaches

The city boasts 16 beaches, all of which have clean toilets and outdoor showers, and most also offer indoor showers and changing rooms.

The beaches of Tel Aviv are diverse, and consistently receive rave reviews from the visitors. The Nordau Street Beach caters to conservative, Orthodox Jewish sun seekers by offering separate visiting days for men and women, while the Atzmaut Beach is especially welcoming to Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay community. The areas adjacent to the Tel Aviv Marina (primarily Gordon-Frishman Beach) are the ideal spot to hop in on a game of volleyball or participate in surfing, kayaking, boating or diving. Whether you want to go swimming with the dogs, relax and read or play matkot – Israel’s favorite beach sport – you'll find a shoreline to suit your needs.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel's premier artistic institutions, housing works from the 16th century to the present. Boasting drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography, this museum exhibits pieces from both local and international artists. Since 1932 –  when the museum was founded by Tel Aviv's first mayor –  the museum has been welcoming art aficionados who have come to admire the Matisses and Streichmans. For many visitors, the building's striking architecture enhances (and can even overshadow) the museum’s art offerings. Regardless of whether you're an art or architecture enthusiast (or neither), recent travelers describe the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as a must-see attraction.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art sits in the heart of the city in the Mahane Rabin (HaKirya) neighborhood. It can be reached via bus  Nos. 9, 18, 28, 70, 90 and 111.  The museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. The museum is closed on Sunday. Admission costs 50 Israeli shekel  (less than $15) for adults; children 18 and younger can enter for free. For more information, check out the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's website .

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Nahalat Binyamin Market Nahalat Binyamin Market free

Every Tuesday and Friday, the Nahalat Binyamin  Pedestrian Mall in downtown Tel Aviv is taken over by more than 200 outdoor stalls, displaying everything from glassware to jewelry to local crafts. The historic market is the largest arts and crafts market in Israel. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this popular shopping district overflows with browsers and buyers looking for the perfect souvenir. 

Recent visitors described the Nahalat Binyamin Market as the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or just people watch. The only caveat is the market does get extremely crowded, so some tourists recommend that those who don’t do well in crowds skip this particular attraction. 

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Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) free

Sandwiched between Allenby Street to the north and HaKovshim Park to the south, the buzzing Carmel Market is the largest open-air marketplace in the city. Here, crowds converge on stalls that sell everything from colorful spices to knock-off sunglasses. This is a great place to stop for picnic supplies before heading to the beach.

Within a few minutes of exploration, you'll be engulfed by the hustle and bustle of Carmel. Various vendors try to serenade you with songs of pricing and claims about their merchandise. Previous visitors say that shopping here can be a bit of a stimulation overload, but the experience is definitely a net positive.

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Palmach Museum Palmach Museum

If you're interested in Israel's military history, don't miss the Palmach Museum. Located just a short walk from the Eretz Israel Museum , this compact facility walks visitors through the origins of the Palmach, an elite part of the Hagana paramilitary organization. The Hagana was established in 1920 by the Jewish community and the Zionist Movement. The Palmach (the Hagana's strike force) was founded in 1941 to help protect the region from Nazi invasion. After World War II, the Palmach helped bring thousands of refugees and Holocaust survivors to the country. A guided tour of this museum leads you through three-dimensional exhibits that depict scenes from the Palmach's history. After the tour –  which lasts approximately 90 minutes –  you have the opportunity to converse with former members of the organization.

Previous visitors said this is the perfect place to start a trip to Israel and will appeal to travelers of all ages. They were also quick to praise the museum's unique layout and presentation of history.  

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Beit Hatfutsot (The Diaspora Museum) Beit Hatfutsot (The Diaspora Museum)

This isn't just a museum; in 2005, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law declaring Beit Hatfutsot the center for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. This beautiful facility traces the history of the Jewish people and spotlights the constant evolution of the faith and culture worldwide. Exhibits include artifacts, dioramas and murals. Recent Jewish visitors especially liked tracing their own origins right there at the museum, while non-Jewish visitors found the exhibits educational and engaging. 

Beit Hatfutsot is located on the Tel Aviv University campus about 5 miles north of the downtown area. You can reach the museum by bus Nos. 7, 25, 45, 94, 137, 222, 270, 271, 274, 289, 572, train, or taxi. Beit Hatfutsot welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the general exhibits costs 45 Israeli shekels (about $13), but children 4 and younger get in free. Entry to some of the special exhibits will cost extra. To learn more, visit the Beit Hatfutsot website .

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White City White City free

Design aficionados won't want to miss the opportunity to wander this pearly neighborhood in central Tel Aviv. Extending from Allenby Street to the Yarkon River, this district –  now a UNESCO World Heritage site –  earned its nickname, the "White City," from the cream-colored walls of its Bauhaus architecture. This building style is based on the use of clean geometric shapes in an asymmetrical way. The architectural style gained popularity in Germany during the 1930s and was brought to Tel Aviv by German Jewish immigrants. Today, the city houses the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world.

Previous visitors said the White City is especially appealing to architecture buffs but is worth a quick trip regardless of your enthusiasm for building design. You're welcome to wander the White City on your own, but you’ll want either a good guide or a good guidebook to get the most out of it. Many past tourists recommend the guided tours offered by the Bauhaus Center, which is located on Dizengoff Street. Tours cost 80 Israeli shekels (around $22). If you only have a short amount of time, spend it strolling Rothschild Boulevard, where many Bauhaus buildings now house charming cafes and shops.

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Eretz Israel Museum Eretz Israel Museum

If you're curious about how Tel Aviv came to be, a visit to the Eretz Israel Museum is a must. This facility showcases historical artifacts discovered in Tel Aviv, as well as a planetarium. The museum comprises several pavilions, each housing a different category of findings, like glasswork, ceramics, fabrics and coinage. The museum also serves as an active archaeological facility, so you can tour several restored sites, including the Tell Qasile Excavations, while on the grounds. Archeologists have discovered that Tell Qasile (an ancient port city built by the Philistines in the 12th century B.C.) was destroyed by a fire during the 10th century B.C.; some speculate that the fire was the work of King David.

Recent visitors said that the Eretz Israel Museum offers great insight into Tel Aviv's past and that the exhibits cater to visitors of all ages. However, some warned that those not interested in archaeology may be underwhelmed. If you're in Tel Aviv in the summer, you'll want to plan your visit to the museum in the morning  – some recent visitors found it difficult to tour in the midday heat.

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14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Tel Aviv

Written by Jess Lee Updated Mar 22, 2023

Rimmed by stretches of golden beach and renowned for its lively café culture and innovative dining scene, Tel Aviv is Israel's most cosmopolitan and youthful city.

View over Jaffa with the Tel Aviv skyline in the distance

Soaking up the sun and sand, shopping in arty boutiques, and enjoying some serious foodie action are Tel Aviv's top things to do, and what the city lacks in major tourist attractions, it makes up for with its laid-back atmosphere.

Nicknamed " The White City ," the town was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2003 in recognition of its fine examples of Bauhaus architecture (an early 20th-century Modernist style of building). There are also a number of art galleries and small, specialist museums for sightseeing off the beach.

For historic ambience, though, one of the best places to visit is Jaffa, just to the south. This well-preserved port town has a settlement history dating back thousands of years and today is home to excellent restaurants and cafés.

Plan your time here with our list of the top tourist attractions in Tel Aviv.

1. Tel Aviv Beaches

3. yemenite quarter, 4. dizengoff circle & surrounds, 5. tel aviv museum of art, 6. neve tzedek quarter, 7. bialik street, 8. namal: the old port area, 9. eretz israel museum, 10. anu (museum of the jewish people), 11. netanya, 13. yitzhak rabin center, 14. rothschild boulevard, tel aviv-yafo, israel - climate chart, history of tel aviv.

Tel Aviv Beaches

Tel Aviv is defined by its coastal position. The beaches attract tourists and locals alike. On weekends, Tel Aviv's strips of sand are crowded with sun-worshippers, posers, and people just chilling out.

The most popular sandy stretches are centrally located Gordon Beach , Frishman Beach , and Banana Beach , where you'll find excellent facilities such as freshwater showers, sun loungers, and sunshades for rent.

The Homat Hayam Promenade (also known as the Tayelet) is a paved boardwalk that runs along the beach from central Tel Aviv for two kilometers to Jaffa. This is prime evening promenading territory, as well as offering a scenic seafront walkway for those who want to stroll to Jaffa rather than take public transport.

The beachfront area is lined with plenty of cafés and restaurants, allowing an easy entire day at the beach.

Old Jaffa Port

A two-kilometer walk south along the coast from downtown Tel Aviv brings you to the ancient port town of Jaffa, with its preserved Ottoman-era architecture and a handful of historic monuments that point to Jaffa's long history as one of the Mediterranean's most important ports over the centuries.

Today, most visitors are here to simply stroll around the central Old Jaffa area, with its flea market, restaurants, cafés, and artisan boutiques. It's particularly lively in the evening, when the old town throngs with diners.

To get a glimpse of Jaffa's history, head down to the old port area, then visit St. Peter's Church and Jaffa's Great Mosque .

Jaffa's Abrasha Park is also home to an excavation area that has revealed a section of the Hyksos period walls (dating from between the 18th to the 16th centuries BCE).

Compared to the big-city hustle of Tel Aviv, Jaffa is a wonderfully tranquil place for a stroll that, despite serious gentrification, still retains its old-fashioned charm.

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Fresh fruit for sale in the Carmel Market

One of Tel Aviv's most atmospheric neighborhoods, the Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTemaniem) is full of meandering alleyways lined by old-style architecture that has withstood the area's gentrification.

It was first settled by Yemenite Jews in the early 20th century, and the original feel of the closely-packed streets is still very much alive.

The neighborhood backs onto Tel Aviv's famed Carmel Market — busy, colorful, full of fresh produce, and Tel Aviv's answer to Jerusalem's famous Mahane Yehuda Market.

There are excellent dining opportunities both within and around the market area, and this district is best known for its cheap and cheerful dining options, dishing up plenty of Middle Eastern flavors, as well as its buzzing café culture. If you're hungry in Tel Aviv and want a cheap meal, this is the place to head.

Fire and Water Fountain

The hub of Tel Aviv is this central plaza, laid out on two levels with a raised area for pedestrians above the carriageway and topped by the peculiar modern-art Fire and Water Fountain designed by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam.

The plaza and the street running off it are named after Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor after the city separated from Jaffa.

From the circle, Dizengoff Street runs southeast to Habima Square, Tel Aviv's cultural center and home to the Habima Theater built in 1935.

This is also where you'll find the excellent Helena Rubinstein Pavilion of Contemporary Art , which hosts a program of temporary art exhibits.

Just off Habima Square, on Berdyczewski Street, is one of Tel Aviv's best speciality museums. The Joseph Bau House Museum is set in the house where the famous Israeli artist and holocaust survivor lived and worked. Exhibits of his work, including animation films, paintings, and graphic art, are displayed throughout, and tours of the space are run by his daughters.

Address: Dizengoff Street, Central City

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The city's major museum and a leading light in Israel's contemporary art scene, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art contains works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Henry Moore, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and the world's largest collection of work by Israeli artists.

A particular highlight is the collection of Alois Breyer early 20th century prints and architectural renderings of Ukrainian wooden synagogues, all of which were destroyed during World War II.

The ultra-modern building, with its sophisticated architecture, houses and highlights the artworks perfectly.

As well as the permanent collection, the museum hosts regular temporary exhibits and other events.

Address: 27 Shaul HaMelech Boulevard, Central City

Official site: www.tamuseum.org.il

Restored street in Neve Tzedek Quarter

The funky Neve Tzedek Quarter is the city's oldest neighborhood, with European-Jewish settlers first building houses here in the 1880s.

These lovely old buildings have been well preserved, and many now house arty boutiques, cafés, and some of the city's hippest restaurants .

Snuggled within the quarter on Rochkach Street, you'll find two of its major points of interest: the Rockach House , home to a small sculpture gallery, and the Nachum Gutman Art Museum , which displays the artwork of this Israeli painter.

In the district's southwest corner is the old Ottoman railway station called the HaTachana . This has been restored and reopened as a rather stylish complex of cafés, restaurants, and designer boutiques.

Bialik Street

Little Bialik Street, just west of Meir Park in the central city, is home to some excellent examples of Tel Aviv's Bauhaus architecture.

At the northern end, Bialik Square is home to Tel Aviv's original Bauhaus-style town hall , now known as Beit Ha'ir. Various exhibits inside document the history of Tel Aviv.

Just south of the square is the distinctive Bialik House , which originally was the residence of poet Chaim Nachman Bialik and is now a tribute to his life and works.

Farther down the street is the house of artist Reuven Rubin. Again, this is now a museum dedicated to his work, full of paintings, as well as old photographs of Tel Aviv.

Namal: The Old Port Area

Tel Aviv's old port area (known as Namal) is located just off HaYarkon Street. It has been slickly rejuvenated and is now a hip waterfront hangout strip full of shops and cafés.

The boardwalk here is a favorite for promenading youngsters, while families flock to the area on weekends. The area is home to small private art galleries and an excellent indoor market.

During the weekends there are often free live music concerts and other events and family-friendly entertainment . This is a great place to come if you have kids in tow, as there's usually plenty to keep them occupied.

Official site: www.namal.co.il

Eretz Israel Museum

The Eretz Israel Museum (Land of Israel Museum) occupies a complex just north of Hayarkon Park.

The complex grounds include the Tell Qasile archaeological site and a planetarium , as well as various pavilion buildings with displays on ceramics, glass, the history of writing, science, ethnography, and folklore.

In the center of the complex is Tell Qasile where Israeli archaeologists have identified 12 settlement levels dating back to the 12th century BCE. Stratum XII and Stratum XI are attributed to the Philistines, while Stratum X dates from the 10th century when the kings of Israel had a port here.

Later strata show that the site was still occupied during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras and was only finally abandoned in favor of nearby Jaffa during the Islamic period.

Address: 2 Chaim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv

ANU (Museum of the Jewish People)

Now newly renewed and renamed, ANU (which used to also be known as Beit Hatefutsoth or the Diaspora Museum) illustrates the life and culture of the Jewish people across the world, throughout history.

The museum displays a wide variety of exhibits organized into themes that include synagogues and worship of Jewish communities throughout the world; Jewish humor; and prominent Jewish people throughout history, including famous musicians, writers, and actors.

Interactive displays and modern curation, film recordings, and models, document the world's Jewish population through the centuries.

There is also an excellent new children's section with interactive multimedia displays.

Complimentary guided tours are available three times per week but need to be booked beforehand.

Address: 2 Klausner Street, Tel Aviv

Official site: https://www.anumuseum.org.il/

Aerial view of Netanya

This popular seaside resort, 32 kilometers north of Tel Aviv, sits on a beautiful golden-sand beach that stretches for more than 10 kilometers.

The shoreline is the major attraction. Tel Aviv locals flock here during sunny weekends to chill out with friends and family.

Downtown is crammed with cafés and restaurants and really buzzes with energy during summer evenings. It's a quieter alternative to Tel Aviv if you don't fancy the big-city rush, and there are plenty of accommodation options here.

The Jewish Legion Museum (four kilometers north of the town center) documents the achievements of Jewish military units in the British army during World War I.

Church of St. George the Dragon Slayer

Although now known mainly for being home to Ben-Gurion International Airport, Lod has a rich history.

Founded by the tribe of Benjamin after the Israelite occupation of the Promised Land, Lod was later destroyed by the Assyrians during the 8th century BCE.

From the 4th century onwards, it was settled by Greeks who renamed it Lydda. During the Byzantine era, Lydda/Lod became an important Christian center, and St. Paul is said to have healed a bedridden man here before traveling on to Caesarea.

It's also one of the towns mentioned on the famous 6th century Madaba Map of the Holy Land in Madaba, Jordan.

Today, you can visit Lod's Greek Orthodox Church of St. George , which was rebuilt in 1870 over the original Crusader-era chapel here.

Lod is 22 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv.

View over Tel Aviv from the Yitzhak Rabin Center

Neighboring the Eretz Israel Museum, the Yitzhak Rabin Center (named after the former prime minister of Israel) includes a wealth of information about Israel itself, and about Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by Jewish terrorists after making peace with Jordan in 1995.

The museum's highly detailed exhibits include a multitude of archived films and photographs.

They take visitors through Israeli history from the early 20th century while focusing on the biography of Rabin from his early years, through his life as a soldier, and then in the government and as leader of the country, right up to his assassination.

Address: 8 Haim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv

Poinciana trees blooming along Boulevard Rothschild in Tel Aviv

This central city street, which runs south from Habima Square, is home to some of Tel Aviv's finest Bauhaus architecture and is a great place for a stroll, particularly in the early evening.

Along the road are two museums where you can make stops between admiring the preserved buildings.

The Independence Hall (Beit Dizengoff) is the former residence of Tel Aviv's first mayor and is where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the state of Israel on May 14th, 1948. Inside, a display of mementos from this event is exhibited.

Also along the road is the house once occupied by Haganah Commander Eliyahu Golomb, now home to the Haganah Museum , which documents the Haganah guerrilla force that actively attacked British Mandate rule. There are weaponry exhibits and information on the Haganah's activities inside.

Old city Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Although Tel Aviv itself is a modern town, Jaffa , just to the south, has been occupied for centuries.

Excavations in recent years have brought to light a wall dating from the Hyksos period (18th-16th centuries BCE), and archaeologists have also found a stone door with an inscription in the name of Egypt's Pharaoh Ramses II dating from the 13th century BCE.

Around 1200 BCE, Philistines settled in Jaffa and on Tell Qasile (north of the river Yarqon). Later (approximately 1000 BCE), the town was captured by David, and it's thought that his son Solomon imported cedar wood from Lebanon for the construction of the temple in Jerusalem through the port of Jaffa or the harbor near Tell Qasile.

In later centuries, however, the population of Jaffa was predominantly Phoenician, and from the 3rd century BCE, predominantly Greek. During the 1st century BCE, the port of Jaffa lost its leading place to the newly founded town of Caesarea.

The Christian era in Jaffa began with the visit of the apostle Peter (Acts 9,36-43), and it became the see of a bishop during the 4th century CE. In 636 CE, it was conquered by the Arabs, and during the 7th and 8th centuries enjoyed a period of prosperity under the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphs.

The Crusaders destroyed the town in 1099 and then rebuilt the walls; thereafter the port was used by pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. The Crusader occupation came to an end, however, with the capture of the town by the Mameluke Sultan Baibars in 1267. Thereafter, for many centuries, Jaffa lay desolate.

From 1520, Palestine was ruled by the Ottomans, who in 1650 gave permission to Franciscan friars to build a church and pilgrim hospice at Jaffa.

In 1807, Mahmud, whose severity earned him the name of Abu Nebut ("Father of the Cudgel"), became Pasha of Gaza and made Jaffa his capital. Many monuments in Jaffa date from this time, including the Seraglio (now a museum), the nearby Hammam, the Mahmudiye Mosque, and the Abu Nebut Fountain.

A new period of development under European auspices began in the mid 19th century.

The "capitulations" in agreement with the Ottoman government ensured great influence for the European powers in Palestine. The French built hospitals and enlarged monasteries and churches. The Russians built a church dedicated to St. Peter at the "Tomb of Tabitha" on the hill of Abu Kabir. Farther north, the Jewish settlements of Neve Tzedek and Neve Shalom were established.

In 1892, French engineers built a railway line between Jaffa and Jerusalem. In 1909, immigrants from Russia founded the purely Jewish suburb of Ahuzat Bayit, with the Herzl Grammar School (on a site now occupied by the Shalom Tower). This marked the beginning of the modern town, which was named Tel Aviv in 1910. Following the intercommunal conflict of the Jaffa Riots in 1921, Tel Aviv broke away from Jaffa and became an independent city.

During the British Mandate (1920-48), wide new streets were cut through Jaffa's maze of alleys to make it easier to control disorder. By 1924, the town had a population of 35,000.

The United Nations plan for the partition of Palestine (1947) proposed that Jaffa (population 100,000, including 30,000 Jews) should remain Palestinian, and Tel Aviv (population 230,000) become Jewish.

In 1948, as the British Mandate was dissolved, Jewish forces capturing Jaffa. Much of the Palestinian population of Jaffa fled during the onslaught. On May 14th, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the state of Israel in the former house of the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff.

In 1949, the old town of Jaffa was amalgamated with Tel Aviv under the name of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

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The local currency is the shekel, and there are plenty of places to change money at the airport throughout the city. When you exchange currency, make sure you are getting a realistic rate. You can check on the official exchange rate  here:  To find the change spot nearest you:  Click Here  Most businesses do not accept foreign currency, so we recommend that you buy shekels. You can also pay almost everywhere with international credit cards. To check the cost of things compared to the cost at home, you can do quick conversions  here:

Getting from the airport to Tel Aviv

Never fear. Getting from the airport to Tel Aviv is simple and there are several options:

•  By bus  – El AL Junction: Kavim 475 & 500, Egged 268. Service: Egged every 2-3 hours. Fare: Kavim – NIS 12.60 NIS, Egged – NIS 14.70

•  By train  – There is a train station at the airport and there are four stations in Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv Central Station, Ha’hagana, Ha’Shalom and University. Trains run every 20-30 minutes. Check with your hotel to see which station is best. Fare: about NIS 10.50.

•  By taxi  – If going by regular taxi, be sure to follow the signs and catch a cab from the official taxi stand only. Here the dispatcher can tell you the price upfront.

To help you get oriented with the layout of the city, here you can find a  map of Tel Aviv .

Getting around town

Tel Aviv has lots of options for moving about the city. For those of you who like public transportation, two bus companies operate in Tel Aviv:  Egged  and  Dan  . Both websites provide information on fares, lines and timetables. The bus drivers do not automatically stop at each bus stop, so it’s important for you to let them know when you want to get off.

Another option is renting a bike or even electric bike to ride around the city. One place to do that is Pole Position, located at 13 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv. Phone: 03-5252134. Click here to visit their  website . Another option is  Tel-O-Fun .

Just remember that when the temperatures climb, you may find it difficult to ride around the city. Be sure to take a big bottle of water with you!

Need to take a longer trip? Try the train – you can find information about tickets, timetables and rates on the  Israel Railways website .

And like in any big city, you can always hail a cab. Here in Israel, taxis have two sets of rates – a day rate and a night rate that is higher. And if you have any issues with the driver, their name and number appear on a plate positioned on the side.

The weather

The weather in Israel is one of its strongest selling points. Here’s what you can expect as the summer approaches. In May, expect temperatures of 25°C-29°C during the day and 17°C-20°C at night. In June – 29°C-31°C during the day and 20°C-23°C at night. You can find detailed information about average weather conditions  here .

When you’re out and about in the sun all day, don’t forget to drink lots of water.

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The following are some useful numbers that are always good to have on hand.

Ben-Gurion International Airport: 03-9754260

Tel Aviv Tourist Information Office: Tel Aviv Promenade, 46 Herbert Samuel Street. Tel: 03-5166188

Jaffa Clock Tower Tourist Information Center: 2 Marzuk VeAzar St. (near the Clock Tower)

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21 Tel Aviv attractions for tourists and natives alike

From sandy beaches to fascinating museums, find out why the White City of Tel Aviv never sleeps

A visit to Tel Aviv will be one to remember thanks to its gorgeous beaches, the incredible  restaurants , energetic  nightlife , mesmerizing museums, great shopping, breathtaking landscapes. Still with us? Great because there's so much more. Don’t let yourself get swept up by the coastline’s sea, sun and hummus (we know it’s a challenge!) because the city boasts a lot more attractions. To help you get organized, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Tel Aviv so you can make the most of your visit.

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Tel Aviv's must-see attractions

Park HaYarkon

1.  Park HaYarkon

  • Attractions
  • Wildlife centers
  • Park  HaYarkon

New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park, and Tel Aviv has HaYarkon Park. The popular stretch of green is nestled in the north of the city with the Yarkon River running through it. Swathes of joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and young mothers taking a stroll, pack the park every day, making it come alive with its own unique personality. Pitch a spot on the grass and spend the day basking in the sun with a spot of people-watching.

Suzanne Dellal Center

2.  Suzanne Dellal Center

  • Performing arts space
  • Neve Tzedek

The Suzanne Dellal Center, located at the heart of the picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, has been the spot for Israeli and international dance performances (as well as the home of one of Israel’s most famous troupes, the Batsheva Dance Company) since 1989. A performance at the center and dinner in the restaurants nearby make a great night out.

A stroll down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard

3.  A stroll down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard

Wander down Tel Aviv’s most beautiful tree-lined boulevard and embrace the classic Bauhaus architecture.With everything from charming cafes and lively late night clubs to historical museums and endless charming places to sit and relax, Rothschild Boulevard is the perfect central spot to explore and, before you know it, you'll be swanning about like a Tel Aviv local. We’ve got the low-down on the must-see sights along the infamous street.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

4.  Tel Aviv Museum of Art

  • Art and design
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Gracing the walls of this museum are Israel’s most comprehensive collections of modern, contemporary, and Israeli art. The museum boasts an impressive collection of the old masters, diverse temporary exhibitions, displays of photography, design & architecture, a performance hall, and a beautiful, calming sculpture garden to wander around or relax in.  Built around a spiraling, 90-foot high atrium, the more recently added Herta and Paul Amir Building is an architectural wonder. The interior space provides a unique setting for the display of contemporary art, a center for architecture, and a gallery.

Old City of Jaffa

5.  Old City of Jaffa

One of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean basin, the Old City of Jaffa stands on a cliff that protrudes from the water, puncturing the Tel Aviv skyline. The range of attractions in Old Jaffa is vast, from mosques and churches to ancient clock towers; wishing bridges; sculptures; yoga classes; museums; galleries; trendy restaurants and bars. The possibilities for exploration are endless in this new-old city.

Gordon Pool

6.  Gordon Pool

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  • Tel Aviv Beach 

An institution in Tel Aviv, Gordon Pool is an Olympic-size swimming pool located on the boardwalk right by the marina with the seascape in the background. If you like the atmosphere, but want a clean and organized place to do some serious swimming, this is the perfect place to strap on your goggles and join the locals as they breaststroke their way through the day. Dating back to 1956, this legendary pool underwent thorough renovations a few years ago and the facility now includes pools for children and toddlers as well as a modern wooden deck with sun beds, chairs and large parasols for when you want to rest a little or soak up the sun.

Carmel Market

7.  Carmel Market

  • Markets and fairs
  • Shuk  HaCarmel

Otherwise known as the Shuk Hacarmel, Carmel Market is Tel Aviv’s largest market and is filled to the brim with spices, fabrics and fresh produce. With dozens of stalls selling fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and the likes, you can take in all the sights, sounds and smells the Carmel Market has to offer while hunting for the cheapest bargain. The market is especially busy on Fridays, so be sure to get there early for your Shabbat fixings.


8.  Sarona

Sarona Compound, a 140-year-old former Templar colony, is the first culinary center of its kind in Israel. An 8,700-square-meter market houses dozens of specialty food shops from all around the world. Inside the market, you’ll find everything imaginable from Dutch cheese to waffle towers and even Asian buns. Just outside the indoor market, dozens of clothing, book and shoe stores line its lanes, interspersed with lily ponds and grassy areas to relax.

Tel Aviv Port

9.  Tel Aviv Port

  • Public spaces
  • Tel Aviv Port

In 2001 the Tel Aviv Port, known locally by its Hebrew name Namal Tel Aviv, was completely revamped to the tune of NIS 100 million, becoming one of the biggest attractions in Tel Aviv. The wooden wave-shaped deck is replete with stores, cafes, bars and leisure centers. Even if you don’t fancy dining, shopping or drinking, just walking around to soak up the atmosphere and ocean spray is well worth the time. 

Rabin Square

10.  Rabin Square

  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Tel Aviv City Center

Rabin Square is more than just a large public city space bang in the middle of Tel Aviv. Renamed in 1995 to honor Yitzhak Rabin following his assassination, the iconic space houses numerous political rallies, parades, and holiday events (like the all-night dance-a-thon that is Simchat Torah). Every year, on the weekend closest to the day of Rabin's assassination (Nov 4), thousands of people assemble in the square for a huge commemoration. When not occupied by an event, the open space with its peaceful fountain and unique sculpture is a perfect place to sit down and read a book in front of the Tel Aviv municipality building.

Jaffa Port

11.  Jaffa Port

Jaffa Port, a renewed culinary, shopping and entertainment stop set in the city's ancient harbor, is home to various merchants and stalls that offer a vibrant and exciting experience inspired by the historical, cultural, and, of course, culinary legacy of its location. Take a stroll around the charming port, watch as elderly, weather-beaten fisherman hook calamari, stop off for an ice cream, or for a spot of live music at the Port’s Container bar. Jaffa Port Market combines traditional and ethnic elements with modern, urban touches. 

Tel Aviv Promenade

12.  Tel Aviv Promenade

Nothing beats walking – or cycling – along the seaside promenade, breathing in the fresh, salty air of the Mediterranean. With Old Jaffa stamping the horizon to the south and the city’s skyscrapers to the north, it’s no wonder the Tel Aviv boardwalk is considered one of the world’s most beautiful. Sit on a bench on the promenade - or the Tayelet in Hebrew - and watch Tel Aviv life unfold before your eyes with beach-goers, paddle players and joggers doing their thing while the sounds of the waves gently crash on the shore.

Hot Air Balloon TLV

13.  Hot Air Balloon TLV

Ever wanted to experience a hot air balloon? Look no further! Floating up to 120 meters high, this giant balloon is an amazing and unique Tel Aviv attraction. Carrying up to 30 people per ride, this massive helium-filled balloon provides a 360 degree view of Tel Aviv, day or night. Located in the beautiful Yarkon Park this adventurous attraction is sure to impress any visitors to Israel.

Top tip: Book online directly with TLV-Balloon for a 10% discount because we all love a discount. 

Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo (Beit Ha'ir)

14.  Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo (Beit Ha'ir)

Part of the Bialik Complex in the UNESCO “White City,” the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo is situated in the impressive former Town Hall of Tel Aviv. It boasts multimedia displays chronicling the fascinating history of this city from its founding a century ago until today.

Jaffa Flea Market

15.  Jaffa Flea Market

  • Shuk HaPishpeshim

Rootle through bric-a-brac to discover vintage treasures and antique furniture in Jaffa’s flea market while brushing up on your haggling skills. Even just wandering among the clothes stalls, traipsing around secondhand stores or grabbing some authentic street food is enough to make for a blissful day.


16.  Planetarium

  • Science and technology

The Eretz Israel Museum is more than a series of exhibits exploring the history and culture of Israel. Inside the multidisciplinary museum sits a magical place that is literally “out of this world.” At the Planetarium you can sneak a peek at the stars the same way that Galileo did through his telescope. Watch a riveting presentation about the mysterious galaxies that exist all the while spinning in revolving seats or learn about Israel’s first ever astronaut, Ilan Ramon, and view real time pictures of outer space provided by NASA. 

Surf Point

17.  Surf Point

Wind, sand, surf: water sport lovers have a chance to enjoy all three at Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium Beach, Surf Point - the largest water sport center in Israel. The complex offers lessons in windsurfing, kayaking, and, for the truly adventurous, kitesurfing. Otherwise, just enjoy the sand.

Indoor Port Market

18.  Indoor Port Market

Like San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza and Barcelona’s Boqueria, Israel’s latest market is an indoor offering of the freshest ingredients peppered with live demonstration cooking stations and upscale, fresh food eateries. Be sure to indulge in the handmade pasta bar.

Nalaga’at Center

19.  Nalaga’at Center

Located in the heart of Jaffa’s port, the Nalaga’at Center is home to one of Israel’s most unconventional and exceptional theaters: deaf and blind actors and hosts take the audience on a magical tour into the districts of their own inner world.

Lake TLV

20.  Lake TLV

  • Rivers, lakes and ponds

For adventurous locals and vacationers, Tel Aviv’s Begin Park offers Lake TLV, a man-made lake with world-class cable waterskiing facilities. Though the lake, open year-round, hosts tournaments for athletes in October and May, July is the high season for families and beginners. First-time visitors watch a short instructional video and receive safety tips from instructors before diving in. Some quick learners might advance to the lake’s seven obstacle courses, which contain jumpers and gliders frequented by professionals. 

Beit Ben-Gurion

21.  Beit Ben-Gurion

The Ben-Gurion House was built in 1930, and was the permanent home of Paula and David Ben-Gurion until they settled in Sde Boker. Upon David Ben-Gurion’s death, he requested his house to become a public institution for reading, study, and research. His extensive library houses thousands of books from all genres: philosophy, history, language, psychology, and more. All the items belonging to Paula and David Ben-Gurion are in the house, in addition to exhibits added when the house opened to the public in 1974. 

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Welcome from Mr. Ron Huldai

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Shalom from Tel Aviv-Yafo!

Our official tourism website (visit.tel-aviv.gov.il), will ensure you experience the Nonstop City to the most. But, as you could imagine, each Tel Avivian has his or her own favorite recommendations.

Here are mine:

Go to the beach and enjoy our promenade (the "Tayelet") Few cities in the world can boast such a connection between a bustling urban metropolis and such a strong beach culture. You haven’t experienced Tel Aviv until you've experienced its beaches…

Stroll Old Jaffa, Jaffa Port and the Flea Market Spend time in the most ancient active port city in the world, and experience not just the views and sights, but a unique middle-eastern mix of cultures and communities.

Visit an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art One of the city's most iconic buildings, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art houses the world's largest collection of Israeli art. Make sure to check out special activities for children at the museum.

Stroll down Rothschild Blvd. – the heart of the white city Enjoy the International-Style ("Bauhaus") architecture in the historic district, awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. While there, follow 'Independence Trail', a one-kilometre walk connecting monuments from the foundation of Tel Aviv and the State of Israel. While you are there make sure to visit the White City Centre on 29 Idelson Street.

Visit the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial at the entrance to City Hall Pause to take in one of the defining moments of Israeli democracy, and learn about the importance of Tel Aviv-Yafo as a "lighthouse city" and a home for all.

One last tip for those looking to really feel like a Tel Avivian – leave your hotel room not at 2pm, but rather at 2am, and see for yourself why we call it the "Nonstop City".

We look forward to welcome you to our home!

Tel Aviv is still dubbed the city that never sleeps, and rightfully so. Whether you are visiting for the first or tenth time, we ensure discovery, surprise and an unforgettable experience at any visit! We have included some of the latest charming places that make this city, the cultural hub of Israel.

Upon arrival in the city, one can choose from a range of established accommodation, which you probably have heard of like the Norman, Hilton, Intercontinental and so many more. Additionally, the past year has seen many new openings, including smaller boutique hotels like Vera, Ink and Saul, to huge household names like the Soho House and the Kempinski.

Tel Aviv-Yafo is very accessible, and most places can be reached by foot or both bicycles and scooters that can be rented throughout the bustling streets. Acclaimed local fashion designers, artists, jewelers, and restaurateurs rub shoulders with both historic and modern buildings making every corner of the city a place worth visiting.

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To experience a true local lifestyle, you can head over to Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s first and most iconic streets. Locals love strolling or biking along this tree-lined avenue full of outdoor coffee stands, restaurants, cafés, and beautiful Eclectic and Bauhaus-style buildings. At night, it transforms into a lively nightlife scene full of trendy restaurants and bars. The famed boulevard and its surrounding streets are among the leading locations for an outstanding dinner and drinks.

The area and its surroundings also houses some of the latest –and hottest- restaurants of the moment including Cena, Timna, 'A' restaurant, Bar51, HaBasta and so many more – these book up fast so make sure to book your table well in advance!

For dessert, do not miss the chance to grab an ice cream or frozen yoghurt while picking up a flyer from the tourist information center to follow the Independence Trail and discover the riveting history of the area. It does not matter how many times you have been here, there is always a new corner to discover!

For some local shopping, you can continue onto the Neve Tzedek, and HaTachana areas, both filled with local and international fashion designers, art galleries, cafés and charming alleyways forming the perfect break from the busy city life. Kikar Hamedina is also an ultimate shopping destination, at the centre of Tel Aviv; this roundabout hosts the most luxurious boutiques of the city, while enabling you to enjoy the sun in between stores. If diamonds and gemstones are your shopping of choice, the city also boast one of the most important diamond exchanges in the world, leading to many independent jewelry boutiques with very attractive prices.

Further, down the coastline, you will find Old Jaffa – The most visited place in Tel Aviv, and number 3 in Israel overall - with its iconic clock tower, luxury hotels, historic buildings (dating back many centuries), its delicious world-renowned restaurants, and beautiful antique and modern mosques. A stone’s throw away from Jaffa’s picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower lies the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpeshim), one of the three main Shuks of the city, where vendors sell antiques, second-hand, and handmade items. The two other Shuks of Tel Aviv - HaCarmel and Hatikvah - offer a mix of rich food stands, local spices and memorabilia.

Tel Aviv is globally recognized as one of the world’s leading cities in terms of nightlife and food-culture. With a bar, restaurant, café or nightclub for every 239 residents, the city is home to some of the world’s most esteemed cocktail bars, night-clubs and new-style restaurants, in par with the world’s top cities. Top areas to experience the city’s nightlife scene include Rothschild Boulevard, Jaffa Flea Market, Florentin Street, Dizengoff Street, and Allenby Street. Some of the trendiest Tel Aviv nightlife establishments include award winning craft cocktail bar Imperial, quirky Bellboy Bar, and The Prince – which overlooks the Carmel Market. Another must-visit is the Teder Bar. This popular urban courtyard combines a restaurant, bar, pizzeria, radio station, and shop, offering a cool and laid-back atmosphere. The spot also often hosts themed events, attracting locals and tourists alike all year round.

It is time to book your flights and pack your bags. We cannot wait to welcome you with open arms, and hearts!

For any tailored trips or particular questions about Tel Aviv-Yafo, you can always contact the Tourism office at [email protected]

Author: Kenneth Gotlib for Tel Aviv Global and Tourism

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Tel Aviv is often dubbed “the city that never sleeps.” People hang out in the local cafes, sunbathe on the beautiful beaches, go party till the early hours of the morning. There’s always something going on. It’s the most vibrant city in Israel. It’s also very liberal and open-minded, with one of the largest pride parades in the world taking place every June. And for vegetarians and vegans, it’s a paradise boasting over 400 vegetarian and vegan eateries.

Tel Aviv was established in 1909 as the first Hebrew city in the Land of Israel. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Tel Aviv was unified with neighboring Jaffa, a much older city dating from Biblical days. So, there’s also some history to see. I love to wander around the Old Jaffa, which also has a charming artists’ colony.

This travel guide to Tel Aviv includes everything you need for a perfect visit. And I’m updating it all the time. So, if you plan to visit Tel Aviv soon, check it out.

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5 top things to see and do in tel aviv, explore old jaffa.

Old Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is one of the oldest port cities in the world. Therefore, it lies right next to the seaside. If you love history, art, and food, it’s a great place to explore. You can start your visit at the famous clock tower, dating from 1903. Then, look for antiques and taste some local food in the Flea Market. Walk the narrow streets, visit the beautiful galleries, and stop at some historical points. Christians will also find some interesting spots connected to the beginning of Christianity. There are tons of things to see and do in Old Jaffa . While you can explore the place on your own, it’s always better to walk around with a tour guide. 

Looking for a tour guide in Old Jaffa? I can be your guide. Just contact me at [email protected] or read more about my guided tours in Israel .

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Go to the beach

Tel Aviv is the perfect destination for beach lovers. The Tel Avivian coastline spreads over 14 kilometers and offers plenty of fun activities along the Mediterranean Sea. In the summer, you can soak up some sun, splash around in the water, or learn to surf. Just before you enter the sea, make sure to check the jellyfish forecast . In the winter, you can walk or cycle on the seaside promenade from Old Jaffa to Tel Aviv Port, meditate in front of the water, or play matkot on the sand. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent on several beaches. There are also many cafes and restaurants along the coastline, so you can enjoy a nice meal and drink facing the stunning Mediterranean.  

Make sure to come to the seaside at sunset to view the magnificent sun as it goes below the horizon!

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Enjoy the food and ambiance at the Carmel Market

The Carmel Market (“Shuk HaCarmel” in Hebrew) is one of Israel’s most popular marketplaces, first opened in 1920. It’s the largest market in Tel Aviv, with dozens of stores and stalls selling everything from food to clothing and electronics. It’s best to come here in the afternoon when the place is bustling. But if you want to avoid the heavy crowds, don’t come on Thursdays or Fridays, when people are getting groceries for Shabbat. Walk the narrow alleyways, soak in the colors and scents, and experience the ambiance of this busy Israeli market. Ah, and don’t forget to grab something to eat!

The market is open from Sunday to Thursday between 7:30 AM and 7 PM. On Friday, it’s open from 6:30 AM until two hours before Shabbat.

On Tuesday and Friday, you can find an artists’ fair right next to the market, on Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian street.

People walking in the Carmel Market

Visit Tel Aviv’s top museums

Tel Aviv is Israel’s cultural center. So, if you like museums, you’ll find plenty of options in Tel Aviv. Art lovers will probably love the Tel Aviv Museum of Art , which showcases both Israeli and international artworks. History lovers might prefer the Eretz Israel Museum , where they can view some of the archeologic findings from Israel. There’s also the impressive Yitzhak Rabin Center , where you can learn the history of Israel through the life story of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s fifth prime minister. Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing extremist following the signing of the Oslo Accords. Another museum worth visiting is the Palmach Museum , which tells the story of the elite Jewish fighting force during the British mandate. However, you must order a visit in advance. Whichever museum you choose, it’s going to be a fascinating experience!  

Rent a bike

When walking around Tel Aviv, you’ll notice bikes everywhere. The city is flat, and there’s not a lot of parking, so cycling has become a popular form of transportation. If you want to feel Tel Avivian for a while, you can rent a bike and cycle around the city. The best places to cycle are on the coastline promenade or through Yarkon Park. You’ll find Tel-O-Fun (now Metrofun) bike rental stations in various locations throughout Tel Aviv.

All you need to do is download their app, pick a bike, and release it from the station. Bike rental is possible only for people aged 16 and above. You will need to scan your ID in the app in order to prove you are above 16 years old. Prices start from 27 ILS for an hour + an unlocking fee of 5 ILS. The prices are higher on Shabbat and if you want to unlock an electric bike.

You can also rent a bike in various stores throughout the city.

Free walking tours in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is so much different with a guide because you don’t just see buildings – you hear the stories behind them. If you can’t afford a Tel Aviv private tour or a paid group tour, you can search for “free tours” in Tel Aviv. Here are two options:

  • Tel Aviv Greeter – I heard about it years ago, and it seems like a beautiful program. It links travelers and local people from Tel Aviv, who show you around the city for free. All you need to do is fill in the Greeter Request Form, and they’ll try to find you a match. 
  • Abraham Tours’ Free Tour of Jaffa –  Abraham Tours offers a free 2-hour walking tour of Old Jaffa, which could be a great way to get to know the old part of Tel Aviv. I’ve joined some of the their paid tours in the past and they were great. 

How many days to visit Tel Aviv?

You can experience the ambiance of the city in one day. But if you want to visit a museum or two, spend time on the beach, and take it easy, 2 to 3 days would be better. Take into consideration that a tour of Old Jaffa takes about half a day.

When to visit Tel Aviv?

It depends on what you want to do in Tel Aviv. If you’re coming for the beaches, the weather is perfect from May to September. But if you’re not a beach-lover, maybe it’s better to avoid summer because the Tel Avivian summer is extremely hot and humid. In general, the best time to come is during spring, from February to May, when the weather is usually pleasant . Also, if you want to avoid crowds, it’s best to avoid weekends (Fridays-Saturdays) and holidays. Check the dates of the main Jewish holidays here . They change each year because they are celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar.

If you want to experience some festivals, you can check out the time of Tel Aviv’s top annual events.

Where to stay in Tel Aviv?

To get the most out of your visit to Tel Aviv, I recommend staying close to the historical city center, near Rothschild Boulevard. From there, it is about 30 minutes on foot to Old Jaffa. It’s also very close to other attractions in Tel Aviv, such as the Carmel Market, Florentin, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. And if you want to party, all the top bars and clubs are there.

There are many hostels and Airbnb properties near Rothschild Boulevard. If you want to be close to the beach, there are also some hostels near the coastline.   And for a quieter, more unique stay, you can try to find places to stay in Old Jaffa.  

For more info about recommended places to stay, check out my post – Where to Stay in Tel Aviv .

Where to eat in Tel Aviv?

There are many places to eat in Tel Aviv. Your best bet would be to go to one of the markets. Carmel Market is the largest one, but you can also go to Levinsky Market, Hatikvah Market, and the Jaffa Flea Market. You’ll find a lot of street food in those markets, like falafel, shawarma, and sabich. But you’ll also find well-established restaurants offering a wide variety of food options. There are also some great restaurants along Rothschild Boulevard and in the Florentin neighborhood.

If you observe Kosher, make sure to check if the restaurants are Kosher. Tel Aviv has many non-Kosher options.

Money-saving tips for Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is pricey, as is most of Israel. You can expect to pay about 200-300 ILS (60-90 USD) per day, including food and accommodation. But if you’ll follow these money-saving tips, you can lower your budget:

Take advantage of the Secret Tel Aviv VIP Card.

The Secret Tel Aviv community has created a VIP card with special offers and discounts at leading restaurants, bars, and businesses. There are also some tours and activities included in the card. For more information about pick-up options and the special offers, check out Secret Tel Aviv’s official website .  

Do the free things.

There are tons of free things to do in Tel Aviv ! If you want to experience Tel Aviv without spending too much money, you can skip the museums and other paid attractions and just walk around Old Jaffa, hang out on the beach, or explore the historic neighborhoods.

Use Couchsurfing .

If you want to save money on accommodation, Couchsurfing is a great option. For some countries, they have started charging an annual subscription, but it’s still worth it. Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts who are happy to host free of charge. This way, you save money and also get to know the local people! Couchsurfing is very popular in Israel, so it’s easy to find a host. Just make sure to read the references before you send a request and stick to the safety basics .

There’s no need to rent a car for Tel Aviv. Public transportation is very efficient, and there is even transportation on Shabbat ! If you are staying near Rothschild Boulevard, you can easily reach Old Jaffa, Florentin, the main markets, and the beach on foot. So, save money by walking from one place to another! The weather is usually pleasant, and all you need are comfortable shoes. In the summer (June-September), when it gets very hot, you can use the public buses and sherut (shared) taxis.  

Make your own meal .

An average meal costs 30-50 ILS. So, to save money, it’s best to purchase supplies in a local supermarket and make your own meals. If you’re staying in a hostel, you can use the shared kitchen. The local markets might also be ok for getting supplies, but don’t forget to haggle if you feel the price is too high. For the best prices, come to the market near its closing time. The vendors will want to get rid of the products and will be happy to give discounts.

Drink during Happy Hour.  

Alcohol is expensive in Israel. In the supermarket, a bottle of beer costs about 10 ILS, depending on the type. In a bar, prices range around 30-35 ILS! So, if you want to hang out in one of Tel Aviv’s bars but also save money, come for Happy Hour. The nightlife scene starts late, around 10-11 PM, so you’ll find Happy Hour deals earlier, around 5-8 PM. This way, you’ll get more for less. You can also join a pub crawl in Tel Aviv , which will take you to the best places and also offer great prices.

Haggle at the marketplaces .

Most shops in Tel Aviv have fixed prices. But in the marketplaces, prices are usually negotiable. Vendors will typically ask for more than what the product is worth, so you should haggle. Tell them it’s too much and ask if they can give a discount. It’s also good to walk around the market, look for the same product in other places, and compare prices.

Use the free WiFi.

Instead of using a phone plan for an internet connection, you can take advantage of the free WiFi network in Tel Aviv. The network is available at 80 locations throughout the city, including many tourist locations. The name of the network is FREE TLV WiFi. Here are all the locations .

How to get around Tel Aviv

You can walk from Old Jaffa to Yarkon Park in about 2 hours. Those are the two edges of Tel Aviv’s tourist area. So, if you want to save money, walking is definitely an option. You can also rent a bike starting at 32 ILS for an hour. But if you want to save time, you might want to use Tel Aviv’s public transportation. There’s a light-rail train, a lot of bus lines, and sherut taxis (shared service taxis).

To use public transportation, you will need a Rav-Kav public transit card. It is available at the airport or in designated offices. You can also pay through public transportation payment apps like Moovit and Rav Pass . By using the apps, you don’t need to preload money. You can just pay whatever you need to pay. Payment is done on the buses and sherut taxis. To find the best route in the city, you can use the Moovit app or Google Maps .

To learn more, read our full guide to public transportation in Israel .

Unlike other places in Israel, there’s also public transportation on the weekends and during public holidays. The Tel Aviv municipality has created seven bus lines that operate during Shabbat when the regular lines are not available. And the good news is that it’s a free service!

How to get to certain attractions

Here are some popular destinations and how to get to them by public transportation from Rothschild Boulevard, the city center:

Old Jaffa: Take bus number 18 from Allenby/ Montefiore station (אלנבי/ מונטיפיורי). The station is on Allenby Street, which goes out of Rothschild Boulevard, on the western side of the street. Get off at the Shuk HaPishpishim/ Yeffet station (שוק הפשפשים/ יפת). It takes about 20 minutes. On weekends, you can take bus number 706 from Rothschild Boulevard/ Nachmani station (שדרות רוטשילד/ נחמני), on the western side of the street.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Take bus number 142 or 70 from Rothschild Boulevard/ Balfur Station (שדרות רוטשילד/ בלפור), on the western side of the street. Get off at The Opera/ King Shaul Boulevard station (האופרה/ שדרות המלך דוד) and walk a short while to the museum. It takes about 10 minutes. On the weekends, take bus number 706 from the Rothschild Boulevard/ Mazah station (שדרות רוטשילד/ מזא”ה) and get off at Ichilov Hospital/ King David Boulevard station (ביה”ח איכילוב/ שדרות דוד המלך).

Tel Aviv Port: Take sherut taxi number 5 from Rothschild Boulevard/ Mazah station (שדרות רוטשילד/ מזא”ה), on the eastern side of the street. Get off at Dizengoff/Nordau Boulevard station and walk a short while to the port. Walk north-west, towards the beach. It takes about 25 minutes to arrive at the port. On the weekends, take bus number 708 from Allenby/Ahad Ha’Am station (אלנבי/ אחד העם) and get off at Dizengoff/Ben Yehuda (דיזנגוף/ בן יהודה). Then, walk about 10 minutes to the port.  

Annual events and festivals in Tel Aviv

Tel aviv marathon.

Usually in February.

The Tel Aviv Marathon is one of Israel’s largest running events, with thousands of runners participating from around the world! There are many running routes fit for all levels and styles. To participate, you need to register and pay the registration fee in advance.

For more information, enter the official website of the Tel Aviv Marathon .  

Check out this video by Shave Tiul:

Usually at the end of May.

Docaviv is the leading documentary film festival in the Middle East, featuring the best Israeli and international documentaries in both English and Hebrew. Each year, it screens over 130 new documentary films.

Check out this video by Docaviv:

Tel Aviv Pride Week

Usually in June.

Tel Aviv is dubbed as the Gay Capital of the Middle East. Tel Aviv Pride Week is the most vibrant and colorful week in Tel Aviv, with dozens of events, parties, and concerts for the LGBTQ community. People outside the community are also welcome! At the end of the week, there’s the famous Pride Parade, which is one of the largest in the world.

Check out this video by Relaxing WALKER:

Recommended day trips from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv lies on the Coastal Plain and is often referred to as “the center of Israel.” Jerusalem is only 40 minutes away by train. Here are some more suggestions for day trips outside Tel Aviv:

  • Caesarea National Park: Only 1 hour by bus, Caesarea National Park is a magnificent archeological site with relics from the Roman-Byzantine time, about 2000 years ago. It was once one of the main port cities in the ancient world. Read more about it in my post – A Walk Through Ancient Caesarea .   
  • Bnei Brak: About half an hour by bus, you’ll reach Bnei Brak, the largest ultra-orthodox city in Israel. In Bnei Brak, you can learn more about the ultra-orthodox way of life and taste some Jewish dishes. Read more about it in my post – Bnei Brak: A Glimpse into the Ultra-Orthodox World .
  • Holon: About half an hour by bus, Holon, “the Children’s City,” is a great place to go if you have kids. It has several great museums, including the Design Museum, the Israeli Cartoon Museum, and the Dialogue in the Dark, where you can experience the life of blind people.

Recommended watch-list

Before coming to Tel Aviv, I recommend watching some enriching videos that will tell you more about the city. Here is my recommended watch list:

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Embracing tel aviv: the city that pauses time.


Dive into the vibrant heart of a city where ancient history and modern flair meet under the Mediterranean sun. From its bustling markets and culinary delights to tranquil beaches and dynamic nightlife, discover how this Tel Aviv travel guide offers a unique escape from the ordinary, inviting you to pause time and savor each moment.

Sunset over Tel Aviv, showing a striking contrast between the historic buildings of Jaffa and the city's modern skyscrapers, under a vibrant orange sky.

Welcome to Tel Aviv , a city where modern life’s vibrant pulse finds harmony with the tranquil rhythms of ancient culture. This breathtaking oasis under the golden Mediterranean sun stands out for its dynamic nightlife, innovative culinary scene, and picturesque beaches. But more than all of that, Tel Aviv also offers a unique blend of excitement and relaxation for those eager to escape the daily grind. 

This Tel Aviv travel guide invites you to journey through the heart of this city, promising unforgettable moments that are free from the constraints of time. Whether your passion lies in exploring historical treasures, lounging on sun-kissed beaches, or indulging in gastronomic delights, Tel Aviv is your certified gateway to a truly extraordinary experience.

The Timeless Charm of Tel Aviv’s History

Ancient narratives and modern life blend seamlessly in Tel Aviv as it offers journeys through time. Let’s start with the ancient port of Jaffa , boasting its historical depth and contrasts with the Bauhaus elegance of the White City. This port absolutely illustrates the city’s impressive evolution. Walking through Jaffa, you’ll be tracing the steps of countless generations, while the UNESCO-recognized Bauhaus buildings await to show you how Tel Aviv has become a sanctuary for architectural innovation. This particular duality presents a city that’s not just living in the past or the present, but one that breathes its history while looking firmly towards the future.

A Culinary Journey Through Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv ‘s culinary landscape is a melting pot of flavors, where tradition perfectly blends with innovation. Take the city’s markets like the vibrant Carmel Market , for example, where a treasure trove of local ingredients and street food, offering tastes that range from the iconic falafel to exotic spices. 

But beyond these bustling markets, Tel Aviv’s chefs are also reimagining Israeli cuisine by infusing traditional dishes with modern twists. From gourmet restaurants to casual eateries, the city’s food scene is a testament to its diversity, creativity, and the unifying power of food that brings people from all over together.

Aisles of Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, brimming with colorful arrays of fresh produce, spices, and local specialties to bustling crowds.

Tel Aviv’s Beach Life: A Haven of Relaxation

Our Tel Aviv travel guide brings us now to its breathtaking coastline— a stretch of golden sands, crystal-clear waters of Mediterranean sea , and radiant sunshine, offering a blissful retreat from the urban rush. The city’s beaches, vibrant hubs of activity and relaxation, cater to every preference. Near the lively promenade of Gordon Beach , which is perfect for those blending relaxation with the city’s social buzz, is Casa Nova Boutique Hotel that offers a luxury blend of modern design and unique architecture.

For water sports enthusiasts, Hilton Beach provides excellent conditions for surfing and has become a local hotspot for surfers. Just a stone’s throw away is the Orchid Tel Aviv Hotel , an iconic beachfront luxury spot perfect for those looking to dive into Tel Aviv’s vibrant lifestyle. 

On the other hand, families often choose Bograshov Beach for its friendly atmosphere and convenient amenities, making it ideal for a fun day out. Nearby, the Renoma Hotel offers chic boutique hospitality with a stylish twist, placing guests steps from the tranquil waters and golden sands. Lastly, Banana Beach, known for its laid-back vibe , appeals to those wishing to unwind with a captivating sunset and perhaps a beachside yoga session. 

Each beach in Tel Aviv tells its own story, yet all share the common theme of providing a serene escape where time seems to slow down, allowing visitors and locals alike to bask in the city’s renowned laid-back atmosphere.

Cultural Immersion in Tel Aviv

Frequent visitors know that Tel Aviv is a city where the arts flourish in every corner, presenting immersive cultural experience s that are as diverse as its inhabitants. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art stands as a beacon of contemporary and classic art, housing an impressive collection that spans multiple eras and styles, from Israeli art to international masterpieces. 

For those intrigued by the city’s unique architectural heritage, the Bauhaus Center offers Tel Aviv travel guide tours that reveal the stories behind the iconic Bauhaus buildings. 

Meanwhile, art galleries abound in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, where the thriving arts scene is complemented by quaint cafes and boutique shops , making it a perfect area for a leisurely cultural exploration. 

The city’s vibrant music scene can be experienced in various venues, from the grandeur of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the intimate settings of local bars hosting live indie and jazz performances. 

It goes without saying, Tel Aviv’s cultural landscape is a dynamic tapestry, reflecting a commitment to both preserving tradition and fostering innovation, ensuring every visitor finds something that resonates with their artistic soul.

Nightlife and Entertainment: Tel Aviv After Dark

As the sun sets, Tel Aviv transforms into a pulsating metropolis, boasting an electrifying nightlife that caters to every taste and preference. The city’s inclusive atmosphere is nowhere more evident than in its diverse array of nightlife options . From chic rooftop bars offering panoramic views of the city, like Speakeasy , to underground clubs pulsating with electronic beats, there is definitely an endless array of spots for nocturnals to explore after dark.

Rothschild Boulevard and the Port of Tel Aviv also teem with bars and clubs where locals and tourists mingle, enjoying craft cocktails and dance floors that stay alive until the early hours of the morning. The vibrant LGBT+ scene finds its heart in Tel Aviv , with venues like Shpagat and The Block welcoming everyone for a night of celebration and unity. 

Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxed evening of wine and live music or an all-night dance party, Tel Aviv’s nightlife promises unforgettable experiences, showcasing the city’s promise of unadulterated fun.

Exquisitely plated traditional Israeli cuisine, highlighting the culinary fusion of Tel Aviv with vibrant ingredients and flavors, ready to be enjoyed.

Navigating Tel Aviv: Tips and Tricks for Travelers

Getting around Tel Aviv and making the most of your stay requires a blend of preparation and spontaneity. First and foremost, know that this city is incredibly bike-friendly, with dedicated lanes and the Tel-O-Fun bike share program offering a green and enjoyable way to explore. 

As for public transport, buses and the recently introduced light rail connect major attractions and neighborhoods efficiently. But for more distant excursions, consider using reliable and user-friendly taxi apps like Gett .

No need to worry where to stay as well as accommodations in Tel Aviv caters to all preferences, from luxury hotels along the beachfront to charming boutique hotels in historic neighborhoods like Neve Tzedek. But for those on a budget, hostels and Airbnb options are plentiful, offering a closer look at local life. Embrace the city’s café culture for a taste of local hospitality and culinary delights , and don’t miss the chance to visit a market for fresh produce and unique souvenirs.

Lastly, learning a few phrases in Hebrew can enhance your connection with locals, although English is widely spoken. Always carry a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat to navigate the Mediterranean climate comfortably. 

With these tips from our Tel Aviv travel guide in mind, you’re set to dive into the vibrant life of Tel Aviv.

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As our journey through Tel Aviv comes to a close, thiscityknows.com invites you to take the leap from reading to experiencing. Our Tel Aviv travel guide introduces you to a city that defies the ordinary— a place where history, culture, and modernity dance together under the sunlit sky. From its historic streets to its bustling markets, tranquil beaches, and lively nightlife, Tel Aviv offers a multitude of experiences waiting to be discovered.

This City Knows is your gateway to delve deeper into the heart of Tel Aviv and beyond. Whether you’ve visited before, are planning your journey, or are simply dreaming of distant places, our platform is designed to help you know the world better. With insider tips and detailed Tel Aviv Travel Guide, we’re here to inspire your next adventure and ensure you make the most of every moment. Don’t just visit Tel Aviv — experience it. Let This City Knows be your guide to uncovering the stories, flavors, and people that make this city truly timeless. Start planning your adventure today and embrace the beauty of discovering the world with us.

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From Soho House Tel Aviv to New Direct Flights, Israel Will Be Better Than Ever Once It Reopens to Tourists

New hotels, flights, and conservations projects have been in the works during Israel's lockdown.

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While traveling to Israel isn't in the cards right now, this might also be the best time to plan a future trip.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism is hopeful that the country will be able to welcome back tourists from the U.S. and Canada as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Given the number of new and exciting projects happening in the country, tourists will also be tempted to make Israel their first post-pandemic trip.

First off, getting to Israel from the U.S. will be easier than ever in 2021. American Airlines recently announced the launch of a direct daily flight from JFK in New York City to Tel Aviv starting May 6, 2021, as well as a nonstop flight from Miami to Tel Aviv, three times a week beginning in June. Delta, United Airlines, and EL AL Airlines also have some daily options.

Once you arrive, new accommodations will be waiting for you to set down your suitcase and relax. On Aug. 5, the Six Senses Shaharut hotel will officially open in the Arava Valley of the Negev Desert. This highly anticipated hotel features 58 luxurious and sustainable suites and villas (not to mention a gorgeous views of the desert). This resort is a must-stay for adventure travelers, with an Earth Lab, camel stables, spa, and an authentic Bedouin dining experience, as well as off-roading, mountain climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, and more.

In addition, Soho House is coming to Tel Aviv sometime in the spring of 2021. This stunning spa and resort will be built within a former convent in the historic Jaffa neighborhood. With 24 bedrooms, terrace, and outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a small, boutique experience from a hotel chain with 27 locations around the world.

Other hotel openings in the country include the Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv , the Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel (which is built in a historic, stone house from the 19th century), and the contemporary Port Tower Hotel that has a stunning view of the sea.

Outside of your hotel, there are many ancient wonders to enjoy across Israel. Many sites of interest have been renovated and upgrade while tourists were away, including the Tower of David , which is under a multi-million-dollar renewal and conservation project. In addition, the Terra Sancta Museum , a museum network that includes all the places of conservation of historical, artistic, and archaeological heritage of the Custody of the Holy Land, is undergoing renovation, while Magdala, a holy site near the sea of Galilee, has been organizing virtual pilgrimages throughout the pandemic. The Emmaus Trail, too, is being constructed to allow visitors to hike from the Saxum Visitor Center to Emmaus Nicopolis.

Throughout the country, officials have been implementing new strategies in order to ensure health and safety for travelers in the wake of the pandemic, creating a so-called "Purple Standard" for sanitation protocols. And, according to CNBC , the country's vaccination program is becoming one of the fastest in the world.

For more information and inspiration for your next trip to Israel, visit the Israel Ministry of Tourism website .

Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @theandrearomano.

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