Tel Aviv, the city by the sea! Flanked by the gorgeous Mediterranean Ocean, this city is enthralling and engaging. Combining the best of its history with the glorious achievements of the present, Israel’s stunning capital promises to amaze and delight people of all ages and sensibilities.
For those who just want to relax and chill, head to one of Tel Aviv’s many beaches. Gordon Beach is one of the most famous, attracting a variety of people from tourists to locals. With almost 10km of beach to choose from, where you go doesn’t really matter. Just pick a spot, sit down and get ready to do some tanning!
Stroll down the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Promenade, a walkway that links the Old Jaffa in the south with the northern neighbourhoods. Stop by one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the promenade and people watch, while waiting for the sun to set.
No visit to Tel Aviv is complete without a hop over to Old Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest cities and home to the oldest seaport in the world. In complete contrast to the modern hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, the picturesque alleyways of Old Jaffa have an understated charm. One of the hottest places for designers, artists and gourmands, the food here is delicious and abundant, a must try for any visitor.
Don’t miss the famous Clock Tower and make sure to haggle for best prices at the flea market. For more culture, head to the Old Port and the NaLaga’at Center artistic complex operated by the Muslim-Christian-Jewish deaf and blind community.
For more shopping, head to the famous Carmel Market, and prepare to be assaulted with colour, noise and other sensory delights. To shop for art pieces and other souvenirs, visit the Nachalat Binyamin Art Market. Parallel to the Carmel Market, this is the ideal place to pick up handmade ceramics, toys and other pieces to take home to your loved ones.
How to get there and around
Check Skyscanner for your preferred flight from New Zealand to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. From there, buses and taxis are available to take you to your intended destination.
Tel Aviv city buses follow an efficient network of routes, running from 5.30am to midnight except Shabbat. You can pay by single-trip fares or purchase a red pass (hofshi yomi), which allows a day of unlimited bus travel around Tel Aviv and its suburbs; valid from 9am until the end of the day.
All Tel Aviv taxis charge by the meter. More cost effective than a bus if you’re in a group of four people, the taxi is another affordable way of travelling around Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is flat and traffic is relatively light so it’s easy to get around by bike. A few streets even have dedicated bike paths, such as Rothschild Boulevard, Ben-Gurion Avenue and Ben-Zion Avenue.