All About Tel-Aviv
Built on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is one of Israel’s largest commercial and urban hubs. It is a city filled with excitement both day and night: shopping, markets, entertainment, culture and the arts flourish in this modern, sea-side metropolis. Tel Aviv offers easy access for travelers both within the city limits and for trips around Israel. Ben Gurion Airport is just minutes away. Excellent inner-city public transportation and private taxis enable easy movement within Tel Aviv and use of the Israel Railways provides quick and easy transfer to many other parts of the country. With so many hotel options in Tel Aviv, every visitor will find their ideal price and location: a beach-front suite, a lower-budget hotel in the city center or a Tel Aviv club hotel offering spa facilities and fun family activities.
Tel Aviv has something for everyone! Tel Aviv is an easy city to love, and an even easier city to stay in with so many accommodation options. On this page, you can find Get2Israel’s Tel Aviv hotel options for easy online booking, along with helpful information for every Tel Aviv traveler.
Tel Aviv was established in 1909 on the sand dunes next to the ancient port city of Jaffa. It was styled to accommodate the needs of its new settlers , while considering the harsh conditions of the Middle Eastern climate.
In 2003, “The White City” – the rectangular area between Allenby Street in the south, Ibn Gvirol in the east, the Yarkon River in the north and the Mediterranean Sea in the west – was pronounced a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO, the United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO acknowledged the unique aspects of Tel Aviv’s urban architecture, built by Jewish architects whose European education influenced their designs upon arrival in Palestine (before its establishment as the State of Israel).
Walk through the streets of the White City to find more than 1,000 Bauhaus buildings erected in the Tel Aviv World Heritage Site. The Nahalat Binyamin Art and Crafts Market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, offering unique shopping mixed with street theater, musicians and the neighboring Carmel Food Market. Nearby, visitors will find Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa’s city limits; it was built in 1887, and Tel Aviv was founded only 22 years later. Filled with boutique stores, luxurious restaurants, and quaint cafes, this district of narrow roads is not to be missed; Neve Tzedek’s various small museums and the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater are fantastic spots for an afternoon or evening of Israeli culture.
A visit to the Tel Aviv Municipality also brings you to the memorial built over the spot on which Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Graffiti painted on the night of his murder still remains on the nearby walls. For an outdoor adventure, the Yehoshua Gardens, built on the edge of the Yarkon River in North Tel Aviv, provide fun leisure-filled activities including rental boats and bicycles, Tropical Gardens, a Bird Park and a Water Park (open in the summer). One of Israel’s largest amusement parks is directly across from the park facilities. For a view of Tel Aviv’s skyline from above, visit the Azrieli Observatory on the 49th floor of the Azrieli Towers.
Many of Israel’s largest museums can be found in Tel Aviv, offering visitors the chance to experience Israeli art, archaeology, and history.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art boasts an array of permanent and visiting collections that includes work from top Israeli artists and sculptors, European impressionist and post-impressionist pieces, and modern art from Europe and the Americas. At the Eretz Yisrael Museum (the Land of Israel Museum), you will find an assortment of museums on one beautifully built campus: the glass museum, the ceramics museum and the museum of copper and coins, just to name a few. The Science Planetarium is also located on museum grounds. For those interested in Jewish history, the Diaspora Museum (Beit Hatefutsoth) focuses entirely on this subject, presenting permanent collections of art and video that share the history of Jewish communities outside of Israel. The Independence Hall Museum showcases the room in which David Ben Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14th, 1948. The museum has maintained the hall’s original appearance and plays an audio of his speech to provide visitors with an authentic experience of the event. The Ben Gurion House, the Rubin Museum and the Palmach Museum are just a few of the many smaller museums placed throughout Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv for Kids
The authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere in Old Yafo (Jaffa) is not to be missed. Boat rides from the ancient port feature a stunning view of Tel Aviv-Jaffa from the water. The outdoor markets, historical buildings, interactive museums and shows, and fresh-fish restaurants will keep the kids entertained for hours. Meymadion Water Park is one of Israel’s largest. Open throughout the summer, conveniently across from the Yehoshua Gardens, this is a great way to cool off in the Mediterranean heat. Water slides, pools, wave pools and land-sports make this a fantastic family activity. The Monkey Park, just outside of Tel Aviv near Ben Shemen, includes a petting zoo, guided tours of the many monkeys found on site and spacious areas for families and monkeys to mingle.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s center for high fashion shopping. Sheinkin Street, Dizengoff Street and Kikar HaMedina are filled with small, designer boutiques. The Tel Aviv Port provides an array of international and Israeli brand name stores. The Ramat Aviv Mall is known for its high fashion merchandise. There are also a number of shopping malls situated around the city.
Tel Aviv is lined from top to bottom with the sandy golden beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. During the summer months, the beach is filled with thousands of local and international bathers. A busy promenade follows the shoreline from Jaffa all the way north to the Tel Aviv Port. Following its recent renovation, visitors can now enjoy an array of restaurants, bars and beachfront cafes during a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. Water sports are also quite popular, making kite- and wind-surfing lessons and equipment rental easily accessible.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s City that Never Sleeps. Running 24 hours every day, you will never be at a loss for something to do. The city is full of activity every night of the week but bars, cafes and nightclubs are even more hectic on the weekend nights (Thursday through Saturday). The centers of Tel Aviv nightlife are in the Tel Aviv Port, Lilenblum Street and the streets surrounding Ha’arba and Karlibach Roads, but nightlife can be found in almost every section of the city.
This city also lays claim to many of Israel’s best restaurants. Top chefs return to Tel Aviv with culinary educations from abroad to provide Tel Aviv with the best in fine dining. Offering a variety of Middle Eastern and foreign tastes and a price range to suit any need, everyone can find a favorite place to eat in Tel Aviv!
Tel Aviv Culture
Tel Aviv has many cinemas showing recently released feature films in their original language. The Tel Aviv Cinemateque also boasts an array of international foreign films.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has its home base in the Mann Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Habimah Theater.