Tel Aviv Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Tel Aviv
CITY LIFEWander along NAHALAT BINYAMIN ST., a rejuvenated street filled with trendy cafes and arty shops. It's a pedestrianised area where you'll also find CARMEL MARKET and its stalls of fresh fruits, vegetables, and clothing.
While the center of Tel Aviv looks and feels like a contemporary metropolis, walking along the shore takes you to OLD JAFFA, the historic Mediterranean port to where Tel Avivians escape for a weekend brunch. Enjoy the sea views and feel the laid-back atmosphere as you stroll through its streets and lively flea market filled with interesting pieces and antiques.
Back by the shore, TAYELET is the Mediterranean promenade with its series of beaches where tourists join practically every local on the sand both day and night.
You can walk from there all the way to TEL AVIV PORT, the old port that's once again new, thanks to a makeover in 2002. It's now home to upscale restaurants in renovated warehouses and there's a wide boardwalk for a stroll with the fresh air of the sea.
When they're not there, everyone's on SHEINKIN STREET, Tel Aviv's hippest hangout lined with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.
More shopping is found on DIZENGOFF, the city's main commerical area for brand names and independent boutiques.
THE LANDMARKSThe White City district has the world's largest number of Bauhaus buildings, and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are about 4,000 of them dating from the 1930s to 1950s, many of them well preserved and the others awaiting facelifts. If you're interested in getting more information about them, head to the Bauhaus Center which not only sells artwork and souvenirs, but also organizes tours.
MODERN ARTThe permanent collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art includes some outstanding Impressionist works together with 20th century art by artists like Picasso, Matisse, Miró, and Pollock. There is also a good collection of Israeli art, a sculpture garden, and space for temporary exhibitions.
CLASSIC ARTThe Eretz Israel Museum is really a complex of pavilions dedicated to different subjects, from glass to ceramics to folklore. Everything focuses on the culture and history of Israel, and there are also related temporary exhibitions.
BEACHESWhen the weather is warm (and it usually is during most of the year), join the tanned bodies under the Mediterranean sun. Tel Aviv's beaches are clean and safe, and offer freshwater showers and changing rooms along the promenade. You can get a good swim here, but do pay attention to the flags (black means swimming is forbidden, red means it's risky, and white means it's perfectly safe). You'll have to share your space on the sand with large crowds on the Shabbat. At night, the seaside bars are also popular hangouts.
TOURS & DAYTRIPSMost travelers to Israel don't leave the country without also visiting JERUSALEM. You may rent a car to get there or use the Sherut, the shared taxi service. They are 13-seat minivans and are faster than buses. They depart frequently from outside the central bus station but only when they are full, which rarely takes more than 20 minutes. To return to Tel Aviv, head to the corner of Harav Kook St. and Jaffa Rd. in Jerusalem to find your Sherut back.