If you thought that the Middle East doesn’t love a good time, Tel Aviv has something to show you. A thriving metropolis that overlooks the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv boasts a beautiful climate with plenty of sunshine for those who want to hit the beach.
It also doesn’t hurt that Tel Aviv is Israel’s cultural capital, offering delicious food from around the Middle East, UNESCO-designated architecture and a thriving artistic scene. Endless sunshine, pristine beaches and nightlife that just won’t quit—Tel Aviv is the perfect place to have the vacation of the year - or the decade.
Tel Aviv has earned plenty of nicknames over the years. Some call it the White City, a reference to the city’s proliferation of beautiful Bauhaus-style buildings—architecture that has earned UNESCO World Heritage site status. Others call it the Big Orange, a nod to its cosmopolitan status as the Manhattan of the Mediterranean. And some, in deference to Tel Aviv’s legendary nightlife, refer to it simply as Non-Stop City. Whatever you choose to call it, one thing is certain: there’s nowhere on earth quite like Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has two things in abundant supply: sunshine and shoreline. With almost 15 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches running the length of the city and endless sunny days in which to enjoy them, Tel Avivians are only too happy to spend their days tanning, swimming or surfing.
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What is a good time to visit Tel Aviv?
The beauty of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean climate is that there is plenty of sunshine to go around, and no real weather extremes travellers will want to avoid. In summer, from June to October, the temperature tends to stay between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius with little rainfall. In winter, from November to February, the average low is a very manageable 10 degrees Celsius, although it does rain more. Note as well that things will slow down somewhat around Jewish holidays such as Passover or Rosh Hashanah.
How do I get around in Tel Aviv?
Tel Aviv has many bus routes that typically operate throughout the city from 5:30 a.m. until midnight, although travellers should be aware that many buses do not operate on Shabbat (Saturday) out of religious observance. Many Tel Avivians, however, will recommend that you avoid the bus altogether and take advantage of the city’s beautiful weather by cycling through the city instead. Tel Aviv has many kilometres of dedicated bike paths with which to traverse the city, so for any journey inside the city, travellers should consider biking. Both traditional and electric bicycles are available for hire.
How should I pack?
Safe to say, you can leave the parka at home. Israel’s Mediterranean climate means that even in the depths of winter, a sweater or a windbreaker should be sufficient to keep you warm. And given that Tel Aviv is sunny all year round, make sure to pack sunscreen, swimwear and a pair of your most fashionable shades. Tel Avivians, in general, dress quite casually, although it should be remembered that when visiting religious sites or Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods anywhere in Israel, visitors are expected to cover up out of respect. Travellers wishing to visit more than just the beach should pack appropriate clothing, such as shawls, long skirts or slacks.
Tel Aviv is more than just beaches
Tel Aviv has more to offer than beautiful sandy beaches – the nightlife: nightclubs, dance bars and beachside watering holes stay open well into the early hours so that you can dance your stress away.
Be forewarned, however: once you visit Tel Aviv, you may never want to leave. People have settled in the area - especially in Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhood - since prehistory, and archaeological records show settlement as far back as 7500 BCE. Take advantage of the climate by cycling across the city’s many kilometres of dedicated bike paths, peruse the stalls of the city’s traditional open-air markets (known as shuks), or engage in a barefoot game of matkot with your friends on the white sands of the beach - life in the Big Orange is to be treasured. See the appeal for yourself: book your flight to Tel Aviv today!
Enjoy Tel Aviv’s attractions
Once you’ve seen what the beaches of Tel Aviv has to offer, there is much more to see: explore the city’s renowned markets, dance the night away at a hip Tel Aviv nightclub, or revel in the history of the place by visiting the historic port of Jaffa.
- Dolphinarium Beach
- Levinsky Market
- The Block
Beatuiful beaches at your disposal
Dolphinarium Beach: If you’re having trouble deciding which beach to throw your towel down on, you can’t go wrong with Dolphinarium Beach. Surfing lessons and games of matkot, an Israeli beach sport, are always on offer and there is a weekly drum circle on Friday evenings.
Explore the city on foot
Levinsky Market: A popular spot for local Tel Avivians, Levinsky Market features food from all around the Mediterranean. Buy produce or spices, or try local delicacies while taking in the delicious aromas.
Jaffa: Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhood is so ancient that it is mentioned in the Bible. Now, it features a museum, plenty of restaurants and a world-class flea market for dedicated bargain-hunters.
Dance the night away
The Block: Maybe Tel Aviv’s most famous nightclub, The Block is one of the best places in the city to catch a killer set by DJs from around the world. The music is good and the crowd’s mood is always even better.
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The cuisine of Tel Aviv
Travellers will have a tough time resisting all the tempting delicacies that Tel Aviv has to offer. The party culture has given birth to some of the world’s best cocktail bars, and an influx of people and recipes from around the Mediterranean means that the food is to die for. Over 4000 restaurants and other eateries will keep you well fed and often enough delighted with great taste.
From breakfast to hangover cure
The most typical staple of food in Israel is hummus, eaten as main course or a side dish or a condiment or instead of anything else. An Israeli breakfast is a filling experience, you will have an omelette, salad, different cheeses, tuna, olives, a selection of breads, together with fresh orange juice and an Israeli cappuccino. For some, Shakshuka is the perfect breakfast, tomato and pepper sauce spiced with cumin and chilli, poached eggs and parsley. The most popular fast food in Israel is falafel, deep fried balls of chickpeas and a great side dish for hummus. For the swwet-toothed, there is knafeh, a sweet pastry, dipped in syrup and flavoured with orange or rose water.
Shopping in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has plenty of options for shopaholics, especially those interested in exploring traditional Israeli shuks, or markets. Shuk HaCarmel (or the Camel Market) is the place to find a vast array of goods and food, from fresh produce and baked goods to clothing made of fine Israeli cotton and beauty products from the Dead Sea. Make sure to take out some money first: many vendors are cash-only.
A neighbourhood originally inhabited by the German Templar knights is Sarona. It has been recently restored and now serves as a popular part of the city’s business district. Visit Sarona for a selection of art galleries, small shops and trendy restaurants.
Our guide about eat and drink inTel Aviv has more information on everywhere you need to go to eat, shop and enjoy your stay. Check it out.