TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE
VISITING A BUSTLING CITY
Cultural differences between Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Jerusalem are high. Residents of the former are not very religious and believes Jerusalem a boring town without any entertainment.
As in European cities every year on the streets of Tel Aviv gay parade parade since 2008. This is inconceivable to Jerusalem.
BAZAAR AND TASTE EAST
One of the oldest part of Tel Aviv is Hatemanim Karem – a district of Yemen and an enclave of traditional Middle East, a labyrinth of narrow streets and old houses. It is famous for its excellent restaurants with good food at affordable prices.
A central area is the Carmel Market, noisy and crowded bazaar where you can buy everything from clothes and spices to agricultural products and bread.Nahalat Binyamin avenue near there is a weekly fair of arts and crafts.
FUN ON THE WHITE SAND
The city became an important tourist destination due to its 14 km of white sandfrom its edge. Most residents in the groups coast summer weekend – here are attracted many lovers of the sun, and water sports and Matkot (a local form of tennis on the beach).
Evening beaches near hotels turn into lively nightclubs and concert halls.Although the municipality to ensure that the main beaches are supervised by lifeguards, life still take some dangerous currents swimmers every year.
SHALOM TOWER – THE FIRST SKYSCRAPER
The first skyscraper in Israel were built between 1959 and 1965. Shalom Tower(142m high, 34 floors) was one of the first high-rise buildings in Tel Aviv.
A period was the tallest building in the Middle East and remains the tallest skyscraper in Israel by 1999. 50,000 cubic kilometers of concrete, 4,000 tons of steel, 500 km of cables and 35 km of water pipes have It was used for building.
Recently tower was renovated and the last three floors were converted into luxury apartments. Downstairs is the largest restaurant in the world.
TEL AVIV GREEN – OVER 300 PARKS
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the region’s leading city in terms of responsibility towards the environment. In the metropolis are created numerous green areas and currently there are over 300 parks, groves and playgrounds, which includes the largest public park in the city, Jarkon.
There are so new projects to achieve the aspirations of urban Tel Aviv to become a garden city.
VISIT CITY MUSEUM
Eretz Israel Museum, founded in 1953, occupies an entire neighborhood and includes several separate buildings, which together make up a so-called town-museum. Tell Qasi is the most important place in the neighborhood. It includes ruins from the twelfth century BC, and the Crusades.
The neighborhood is also home to a unique museum of glass, pottery museum, a collection of ancient coins and other items which were used as money before carrying coins, exhibits about local folklore and even a museum of the alphabet, which shows the history of writing.
Did you know?
Tel Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area is the second largest economy of all the Middle Eastern cities. In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine ranked Tel Aviv 46th among the largest cities in the world. The city is considered the 17th most expensive urban center, the most expensive in the region.
FLIGHTS TO TEL AVIV
- Bucharest 80 €
- Cluj Napoca 81 €
- Iasi 83 €
- Timisoara 252 €
- Oradea 210 €
- Craiova 99 €
PLACES TO GO IN TEL AVIV
- Tel Aviv Art Museum – founded in 1932 in the first primary home. The museum collection consists of Israeli art from the past few decades, and European works created between 1850 and 1950.
- Jaffa port – one of the oldest ports in the world. A rock called Andromeda out of nearby waters because it says here Princess Andromeda was offered as a sacrifice to a sea monster.
- Museum of Jewish Diaspora – the first museum in the world dedicated to presenting the history of the Hebrew people over the last 2,000 years. It was founded in 1978 and contains a permanent exhibition on the Jewish Diaspora.
- Hassan Beck Mosque – built in 1916 during the Ottoman occupation;architecture closely resembles that of other Turkish mosques.
One of the main urban centers in Israel is on the Mediterranean coast, 60 kilometers northwest of Jerusalem. Although the city itself is not very populous metropolitan area surrounding it is almost ten times higher (approx. 3.2 million inhabitants). Urban center consists of Jaffa, the oldest district traditionally inhabited by Arabs and modern Tel Aviv Jewish population.
WHAT TO DO TO TEL AVIV?
Tel Aviv is a great city, and some days you will not be enough to visit all. You start your day with the old town – Jaffa. It is undoubtedly the most important tourist attraction.
It is the oldest port in the region and Tel Aviv. In the old town you can visitCatholic Church St. Peter, a Franciscan church and make a wish to cross thebridge wishes. You can also go to the Bazaar, where you will definitely find something to buy and lose a lot of time.
The next day you can devote downtown. Go Spend some time in Rabin Square.Then, Art Museum is a good opportunity to admire modern and contemporary art. Moreover, it is an excellent idea to go and Yarqon park, the largest in Tel Aviv.If you are an active person, here you can go jogging or cycling. Do not forget to admire the city from above, namely Central Tel Aviv.
The third day you should really go to the beach. Or you can choose amusement park Luna Park Tel Aviv, ideal especially if you have children. In the evening you can try one of the clubs excellent here (considerably better than in many European cities).
THE CITY’S ECONOMY
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the main cultural, scientific and economic of the country. The city has many thriving industries, including appliances, manufacture of machinery and equipment, printing, food processing. Chemical industry, diamond cutting, and many financial institutions such as local stock exchange.
The city is sometimes called „the small Los Angeles” and compared well with Silicon Valley because many live in urban centers IT engineers, immigrants from the former USSR countries.
TEL AVIV – WHITE CITY
Tel Aviv-Jaffa houses, as in many Mediterranean cities, are usually white – so the urban center is called the White City. Architecture in Tel Aviv is unusual: the city is renowned for having the highest concentration of modern buildings in the world and consists of nearly 5,000 constructions built in the 1930s.
They were built mainly of settlers who had escaped persecution Hebrew Germans and Nazis – so most of the buildings have features of German modernism and Bauhaus. The overall design of the houses take into account differences in climate – walls in light colors reflect sunlight and large areas of glass are replaced with small windows to keep cool inside.
Shaded balconies, where the sea breeze, is a more comfort. Many of the buildings have stood the test of time, although they were included in UNESCO World Heritage Site and are carefully restored. In 2008, in one of the houses it was opened a museum dedicated to the Bauhaus style.
Did you know?
An estimated 91.45 of city residents are Hebrew and Tel Aviv 4.2% Arabs. The remaining 4.4% is a mixture of nationalities, consisting of Russian, English, French, Spanish, Polish and Thai.
6 COOL STUFF
- 1. Residents call their city often Bog Orange (by analogy with New York, called the Big Apple).
- 2. The name Tel Aviv means Spring Hill and was first used in the Book of Ezekiel. Jaffa can be translated as „beautiful” or come from Japheth, one of Noah’s sons.
- 3. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, onsa UN does not recognize this because of the status of the disputed city. Therefore, most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv.
- 4. biblical prophet Jonah, who finally swallowed by a whale and began the journey to Tarshish in Jaffa.
- 5. In 2009, as part of a water conservation campaign, every family who show a low water consumption per person receive free parking in the city next year.
- 6. The main highway intersects the city is named after the river Ayalon flowing through its bands a few kilometers.
WHEN TO VISIT TEL AVIV?
- Tel Aviv has a subtropical maritime climate. Summers are hot and without rain, but humidity is very high. Winters are cold and rainy.
- August is the hottest month – 23.7 degrees Celsius and 30.2 degrees Celsius on the night. January is the coldest – in September and 17.5 degrees Celsius respectively. 46 degrees Celsius is the highest temperature ever recorded, the lower -1 degree Celsius.
Average annual rainfall amounts to 531 mm – mainly rains between November and March. Tel Aviv enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means that you can always visit the city, although from December to April’s cold for the beach, but liked to visit the city and shopping.
The warmer is from July to September (30-31 degrees C), so if you do not like such a time, the best would be to plan your visit in May-June, or October to November.
HOW MUCH IS 1 DAY TEL AVIV?
You can change money at exchange where no commission is charged. ATMs will find everywhere in malls and banks, so it is not difficult to use a card. You can pay by card (Visa / Mastercard) in great restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.Accommodation prices depend heavily on location.
For example, you can start one day to Tel Aviv from € 100 per night in a 3 star hotel on the beach, or € 117 in a 4-star hotel in the center, close enough to the sea, included breakfast.
Some prices in Tel Aviv falafel – 6 euro, main course Israeli Restaurant – 10 euros.