Ok, so you have decided to travel to Tel Aviv, good for you! You won’t regret it! Tel Aviv is a big city, with a nice vibe and plenty of great places to see. I know that this Travel Guide may not be new to you, as there are so many applications and sites where you can find all the information you need for your travels.
Although, you may enjoy what I’ve seen and just because you’ll see some nice pictures on my website or find some useful information, will make you curious enough to explore those places too. Or maybe you’re just bored and you’re killing out your work time. No matter what it is, I appreciate if you read my articles.
So, with my
shitty introduction being made, here is your Travel Guide to Tel Aviv, created just few days after my return from this city.
I’ve been in Israel for 6 days, so, I had enough time to explore Tel Aviv and to go for one day to Jerusalem.
The top attractions that I would recommend in Tel Aviv are:
The Old Jaffa– crafted with antiques shops and art galleries, this part of the city is one of a kind. Being the oldest side of Tel Aviv, here you will find a mix of nice squares, markets, stone buildings and super nice alleyways. On this side of the city you will also see the ancient port (Port Jaffa), out of which the modern Tel Aviv has grown. It is also worth to visit the St. Peter’s Church and the Clock Tower.
The Florentin Neighborhood– either if you’re an urban street art lover or not, you will be fascinated by this neighborhood ! It is full of graffiti everywhere and it is also associated with a bohemian life style.
The Rothschild Boulevard-this is from my point of view, the fancy part of Tel Aviv. This boulevard has many restaurants and cafés and it is super popular for walkers or bikers, so, make sure you don’t miss it.
The Carmel Market– this is like a big bazaar where you will find anything you want: from groceries to clothes and souvenirs of all kinds. The prices are, indeed, cheaper then what you find in the city, but I’m afraid you will have to negotiate if you want to get a good deal.
Rabin Square– this is the biggest public square in Tel Aviv. This is where most political demonstrations took place in the past. Here, one of the prime-minister of Israel- Rabin Yitzhak was assassinated of a peace rally in 1995. So, the square gets his name to commemorate his memory.
Ben Gurion House-since we are speaking about the important people, let’s also talk about the first prime-minister of Israel: Ben Gurion. This house won’t impress you from outside, but, once you step it, you will see something unique. The design is so simple, but so chic and cosy in the same time, and it’s making you feel like you would really wanna live there. The second floor is transformed into a giant library. All books belong to Ben Gurion and I bet he read all those books during his life. He was the founder of the state Israel and he remains one of the most debated figures in Israeli politics. Entrance is free.
Hatachana– this is the Tel Aviv’s Old Railway Station, transformed today in one of the coolest public spaces with cafes, boutiques and nice souvenir shops. I don’t know why, but this is one of my favorites things that I’ve seen in Tel Aviv.
Palmach Museum– even if museums are usually boring, that was the coolest one that I’ve ever been to. The whole museum is dedicated to Palmach, the underground defense organization, which had a major role to the creation of the State of Israel. The presentation is cinematic and you will be impressed. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so I won’t give you many details, but it’s worth it. The entrance costs 30 nis and make sure you make a reservation. We had luck as we could enter with another group, but reservation is necessary for this museum. The whole visit will take about 1:30 hours.
Park Yarkon– do you feel the need to relax and just sit on the grass? Well, go to this park as it is wonderful! You can walk, ride a bike, peddle a boat, have a picnic or take a nap in the nature. It is perfect for spending time with the whole family, as there are a lot of play areas for children where they can consume their energy.
Mall Azrieli– if you’re into malls and shopping, this is a nice place to come. You get as bonus, a nice view above the city and a huge terrace to have a drink on.
Bialik House– was the home of the national poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik and transformed now in a museum. I liked the interior design and the garden surrounding this beautiful house. The entrance tax is 20 nis, but the lady from there, was nice and asked us to pay 20 nis for two.
Beit Ha’it house– here you can admire an urban art exhibition and participate of all kind of events about art. At the second floor, there is the office of the first Maire of Tel Aviv. Entrance tax: 20 nis.
Last, but not least, take a walk on the Promenade- this is truly magical! I won’t say too much about it as it is obviously why.
As I said before, I didn’t think that I would go to Israel so soon, it wasn’t on my list for my future travels, but somehow I said : why not? What’s a better way to check all the myths about something, then seeing it with your own eyes?
All countries have their good and bad parts, but, I came back with a very nice impression and what I loved the most is the people! They are so opened to foreigners, always willing to help and they are good English speakers, my friend!
I have all my appreciation for what has been built during the years in Tel Aviv, how well developed is their infrastructure, I like how Jewish people have their own dressing style and I like how religious they are. This is the charm of every country and I love when I find out new things about other cultures! In this way, I can tell you my own stories!
Until next time….lots of hugs! Thanks for reading 🙂