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TEL AVIV

Destination Israel: why not choose… Tel Aviv?

 

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, the White City of Tel Aviv has lost none of its energy, vitality and emotion, as it prepares to celebrate its centenary. Tel Aviv is both traditional and fashionable, boasting some unbelievable Bauhaus architecture, mouth-watering markets, a multitude of beaches and some surprisingly rich museums. Listed in the UNESCO world heritage, Tel Aviv invites to spend an unforgettable stay.

 


The effervescent White City centre

In the centre of Tel Aviv, you can discover a unique wealth of Bauhaus architecture that is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. With its 400 immaculate buildings, with their sober and geometric design, the Diezengoff quarter is the most intense expression of the Bauhaus style. You can visit the Bauhaus Museum to find out more about the history and the development of this style.

Tel Aviv also has plenty of cultural attractions to offer. The art museum is home to an exceptional collection of modern art, with dozens of works by Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso. Tel Aviv is the contemporary cultural centre of Israel, with numerous galleries in Ben Yehuda, Diezengoff and Neve Tzedek.

And don’t miss the Museum of the Jewish People, which depicts the history, tradition and the heritage of the Jews.

As you stroll through the White City, make sure that you visit Bialik Street and the magnificent square of the same name, and admire the old Tel Aviv town hall, an impressive building that today houses the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv and Jaffa.


Old Jaffa: the memory of Israel

In 1950, Tel Aviv and Jaffa merged to form a single city: Tel-Aviv-Yafo.

Far from the bustling activity of the White City, the Yafo quarter has retained all its authenticity. The narrow paved streets, the old stone buildings, the clock that watches over the town, the old port and the old Arab houses with their inner courtyards and mosaics all invite you to talk a stroll through the Orient.

And don’t miss the picturesque flea market.

 

You can also take a relaxing stroll along the Tayelet, or choose one of the city’s many beaches for families, believers, gays or surfers. Gordon beach is the most fashionable beach of all and is reminiscent of Miami Beach, with its luxury hotels and a festive atmosphere that lasts all day and all night.

 


Top 10 Must-Sees

 

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The Tel Aviv Museum of Art: undoubtedly one of the finest museums of modern art in the world. The new wing has increased the available space spectacularly. The museum has a superb collection of works by Israeli and international artists that are exhibited in a superb setting.

The Bauhaus Museum: situated in Bialik Street, this boutique-style museum and gallery illustrates the history and the development of Bauhaus in the White City. It offers a fascinating overview of Bauhaus, the style behind the architectural pride of the city of Tel Aviv.

The Museum of the Jewish People: first opened in 1978 on the Tel Aviv University campus, this museum uses modern audiovisual techniques to tell the stories of the communities in the Jewish Diaspora through the ages and on all the continents.

Carmel Market: Tel Aviv’s biggest outdoor market. The narrow winding streets are lined with stalls of fragrant fruit and vegetables, Moroccan spices and hummus.

Tayelet: a promenade along 5 kilometres of fine beaches that is lined with numerous cafés. The newly installed shaded areas allow walkers to take a brief break from the sun. Stretching from the port of Tel Aviv (HaNamal) in the north to Jaffa in the south, the promenade is a scene of changing atmospheres, delicacies and specialities, from one end to the other.

Jaffa Flea Market: you will find everything here, from old materials, to antiques, French sofas, old tables, pillowcases from India, old enamel kitchen utensils and old clocks.

The Old Port of Jaffa: Jaffa is often referred to as the oldest port in the world. While it remains commercially active, today the port is a picturesque marina for local fishermen and pleasure boaters.

Neve Tsedek: the first Jewish quarter, built long before the creation of Tel Aviv. Universally known amongst Israelis as the artist’s quarter or “Little Paris”, it is one of the most expensive districts in the city. It attracts the wealthy and fashionable members of Israeli society. The quarter is reminiscent of a small Mediterranean village, with streets resembling a maze, low ochre-coloured houses and orange and olive trees.

Florentin: the home of underground night life. The hub of the Florentin quarter can be found on Vital Street and Florentin Street, with their jazz clubs, whisky bars, cafés and posh restaurants.

Hayarkon Park: this huge park is rather like Tel Aviv’s Central Park. The perfect place for a stroll at any time of day. Just like in New York, you will come across people doing yoga, jogging and cycling. And there’s plenty to do for the kids too, from kayaking to cycling, but also basketball, football, tennis and even pedalo rides.

 


A melting pot of cultures and traditions

Israeli cuisine offers an unbelievable range of tastes and fragrances that are the fruit of the land and its traditions. The different ethnic groups that have arrived in the country have all contributed to a highly varied cuisine. Shawarma, hummus, tajines, couscous and gelfite fish: there is something for everyone! But the unchallenged star of Israeli cuisine has to be the falafel, a hot pita bread stuffed with chickpeas and fresh salad.

Chakchouka, a delicate preserve made from tomatoes, peppers and garlic, that is cooked for hours, is another speciality that you can enjoy without moderation.


Cultural Events

 

April: Pescha : A celebration of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt in the first years of the 13th century before Christ. An incommensurable remembrance of one of the greatest deliverances of the Jewish people.

May: Docaviv : This international film festival, which was first organised in 1998, aims to promote the production of films in Israel. The films address a broad range of subjects and issues, from multiculturalism, to conflicts and traditions, that all reflect the complexity of Israeli society.

Open House : The weekend when Tel Aviv opens the doors of its most secret places. Launched in 2004, this event allows visitors to discover places that are usually closed to the public. The Open House is an opportunity for lovers of architecture to visit lofts, villas, synagogues, public buildings and building sites.

June: Laila Lavan (White Night) : Tel Aviv stays up all night. The festivities start at 9pm and last all night. The Bauhaus buildings on Rothschild Boulevard and Bialik Street are illuminated, and the concerts, shows and plays continue deep into the night.


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