September 11th 2012
As the modern face of Israel, Tel Aviv is the place to go to let loose during your tour of Israel. Whether you want to experience the city’s nonstop nightlife, go shopping, or relax on the beach, this urban playground has something for all personalities, moods and times of day.
There’s no better way to spend a relaxing day than swimming and sunbathing at one of Tel Aviv’s famous pristine beaches. With soft, white sand and warm, azure Mediterranean waters, you may not be able to peel yourself away. Pick any spot along the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Promenade, the 14-kilometer walkway that runs the entire length of the city. It’s also a great place to go for a stroll, run or bike ride.
Yarkon Park, Tel Aviv’s biggest public park, is another beautiful natural setting for a fun and relaxing day. There are botanical gardens that showcase over 3,000 types of plants, plus a petting zoo and an aviary. Rent a paddleboat at one of the park’s lakes, or catch a concert or festival on the grounds. Also in the park, Sportech offers fun for the whole family with rock climbing, soccer, basketball, a skate park and even trampolines.
For shopping and a taste of life in Tel Aviv, head to one of the city’s famously chic streets: Dizengoff, Shenken or Rothschild. Each has its own character, but all offer stylish boutiques, hip restaurants and comfortable cafes. Get a taste of the Israeli design ethos, and then rest your feet at a sidewalk café to people watch.
To check out an up-and-coming neighborhood, visit the windy streets of Neve Tzedek. One of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods, today it is being rediscovered by trendy Tel Avivans and tourists alike. The restored buildings, which date back to the 1800s, are now home to cafes, art galleries and charming boutiques.
If you are looking for unique gifts to bring home, then stop by the Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, which takes place every Tuesday and Friday. Located near the bustling Carmel Market, which is also worth a visit, the fair showcases local artists and craftspeople who sell handmade jewelry, ceramics, home wares and countless other crafts.
Finally, after a long and fun day of shopping, eating and relaxing, it’s time to find out why they call Tel Aviv the city that never stops. Happening nightlife can be found any night of the week, but be forewarned that things don’t really get started until at least 11pm, and sometimes later. Whether you want to chill at a bar, dance the night away at a club, or just hang out until late at a café, there’s an option to match every speed. Head to Rothschild or the newly renovated area by the Tel Aviv Port to experience the range of nightlife options.