10 Must See Things in Tel Aviv

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Martí Micolau
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Ideal as a destination to experience at any time of the year, Tel Aviv is one of the most multi-ethnic and avant-garde metropolises in the Middle East, full of points of interest scattered throughout the urban fabric. From flea markets frequented by locals, to clubs for young people with trendy atmospheres, to kilometer-long beaches populated by surfers and tourists looking for a little relaxation, Tel Aviv has a wide range of facets that are just waiting to be discoveries.
In this article, we introduce the 10 things to see absolutely in Tel Aviv, telling you how to get there, how much they cost and when is the best time to visit them.



Index

  1. Tel Aviv waterfront
  2. Jaffa
  3. Jaffa Flea Market
  4. Carmel Market
  5. Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  6. Habima Square
  7. Rabin Square
  8. Sarona Market
  9. Independence Hall
  10. Park HaYarkon
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Tel Aviv waterfront

Among the most widespread images of Tel Aviv, the one that probably each of you will have seen hundreds of times on the web is the one that depicts the beautiful city waterfront that stands between the beaches and skyscrapers.

More than 14 km long, it is probably the most popular place in the whole metropolis, both in summer and in the "coldest" months: here, in fact, you will find outdoor gyms, ice cream kiosks, restaurants with direct access to the beach, green dedicated to lovers of running or yoga, hammocks, palm trees and, finally, beautiful beaches where you can relax or face the waves on a surfboard.
In this case, we advise you to push yourself up to Hilton Beach, the most popular beach with local surfers. If, on the other hand, you are looking for the city day and night movida, head without hesitation to Gordon Beach, the liveliest beach in all of Tel Aviv.



  • rather simple from any corner of the city, in addition to following the numerous indications, you just need to follow the scent of salt and the cheerful shouting of tourists, intent on enjoying the sun and the waves - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Jaffa

Among the most characteristic neighborhoods of the metropolis, Jaffa is actually a kind of city apart: with an ancient history of 4.000 years, it is in fact the oldest nucleus in the area, that's why many call it the Old City of Tel Aviv.

By now inhabited mostly by the minority of Arab origin, this area can be pleasantly visited on foot: here, you will not find skyscrapers or wide tree-lined avenues, but cobbled alleys, shops of local artists and a beautiful marina overlooked by several fish restaurants (a little touristy, but with a awesome!). Among the main attractions of Jaffa, we point out the Immanuel Church of clear European influence, but also the Monastery of San Pietro and the manicured gardens located in the upper part of Jaffa.

  • you need to walk about 25 minutes along the Tel Aviv seafront or take bus 18 or 10 departing from the city center (single ticket 5,90 NIS, approx € 1,50) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Jaffa Flea Market

The picturesque Jaffa Flea Market deserves a separate mention: almost as old as the area in which it is located, it is theJaffa's most popular event, enjoyed by both locals and curious tourists.

Similar to a flea market, the Flea Market is characterized by stalls and boutiques with a vintage charm, where goods of all kinds (jewelry, clothes, utensils, maps, etc.) are arranged in bulk. This is undoubtedly the ideal place for those who love to get lost for hours in search of treasures of the past, but it is also a particularly beautiful destination for those who do not intend to go shopping sprees. If you intend to take home an original souvenir, however, do not hesitate to browse through the various stalls, something very interesting could come up!



  • follow the signs from Jaffa, the market is well signposted, moreover most of the tourists present will flock right there; if you are coming from the center, you can take bus 18 or 10 departing from the city center (single ticket 5,90 NIS, about € 1,50) - Get directions
  • the market is open from Sunday to Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 to 15:00
  • free

4 - Carmel Market

Speaking of markets, the other large market in Tel Aviv that enjoys some fame is Carmel Market.
Of a completely different kind from the Flea Market, the Carmel Market is focused mostly on Israeli cuisine, although there are still stalls selling clothes, jewelry and local handicrafts (in addition to the ubiquitous fast fashion products, of course!).

The market is divided into areas by type of goods, which makes it very easy to explore, depending on the type of purchase you want to make. However, we advise you to absolutely pass in the area dedicated to street food and typical local dishes: the sweet tooth among you will go crazy for the honey cakes typical of the Middle East. A real delicacy!

  • in the area south of the city center; getting there on foot is easy following the signs for HaCarmel Street; Alternatively, from the bus station located near King George Street, take bus 18 or 61 which stop nearby (single fare 5,90 NIS, approx € 1,50) - Get directions
  • from Sunday to Thursday from 8.00 until late afternoon, Friday from 8 to 00 approximately
  • free

5 - Tel Aviv Museum of Art

In addition to street markets and beaches, Tel Aviv also has a not indifferent cultural side. Among the main museums of the city, we advise you to go and see the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: founded in 1932, inside it works by Israeli artists of the centuries between the th and th centuries, as well as world-renowned artists and temporary photographic exhibitions.

Among the most popular artists, the museum houses paintings by Picasso, Mirò and Klimt, as well as one collection of 36 works of abstractionism and surrealism, including the name of Pollock.



  • with one of the many buses, including 18, 28, 9, 70, 90 or 111 departing from the Tel Aviv bus station (single ticket 5,90 NIS, approx € 1,50) - Get directions
  • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00, Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, Sunday closed
  • full 50 NIS (around € 13,10), reduced 40 NIS (around € 10,50), free for children under 18

6 - Habima Square

Doubtless the most important square in the city, Habima Square is a very popular meeting and entertainment place for metropolitan life, both day and night. Perfectly connected to the seafront thanks to a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian boulevard with hammocks, reading areas and play areas for children, Habima Square is a large open space overlooked by some of the most famous buildings in Tel Aviv, including the National Theater and the Auditorium.

In the center of the square, there is a beautiful garden with colorful flowers and a nearby reflecting pool, but it is a sculpture composed of three circles that attracts most of the attention: it is precisely the Three Circles, the sculpture more than 15 meters high built between 1967 and 1976 in memory of the country's economic crisis, which took place in those years.

  • being the city center, the square is well signposted and easily reachable on foot from any point of the urban fabric - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Rabin Square

If Habima Square is the liveliest square in Tel Aviv, that wider in size and important from a historical point of view it is Rabin Square instead. Once the square of the Kings of Israel, Rabin Square is now dedicated to the Israeli prime minister (Yitzhak Rabin, in fact) murdered here in November 1995. In his memory, there is in fact a small wall with a commemorative plaque.

Also, the square it also houses a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, relaxation areas and a small swimming pool on which many lotus flowers float. To take a break after a lot of walking, Rabin Square is the perfect place!

  • starting from Habima Square, follow Chen Boulevard for a few minutes on foot, the square will appear right in front of you in all its width - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Sarona Market

Located in the homonymous area, the Sarona Market is a real paradise for street food lovers. This beautiful indoor market, in fact, it is characterized by a wide choice of small shops and kiosks where you can eat at a reasonable price, but above all by choosing from various proposals of local and international cuisine.

You will find Israeli, Japanese, Chinese, American, Thai, Greek and, if you miss the motherland, even Italian dishes (all strictly quality!). Furthermore, outside the market, a well-kept green area will allow you to rest in the shade of palm trees and skyscrapers, to have a coffee in one of the many trendy bars or to attend a performance by a street artist.

  • a few steps from Habima Square; to get there just walk down Kaplan Street for a couple of minutes - Get directions
  • every day from 9:00 to 22:00, on Saturdays until 23:00
  • free

9 - Independence Hall

More interesting from a historical point of view than an aesthetic one, the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv is an apparently anonymous building but inside it houses one of the most significant museums of the metropolis: the Museum dedicated to the history and independence of Israel. Indeed, in its halls Davin Ben Gurion declared the independence of the state of Israel in May 1948, eight hours before the British Mandate in Palestine finally expired.

At the entrance, a short introductory film retraces the salient moments of the day, in addition some exhibition panels tell the story through old photographs time of signing the document for the independence of the country. Upstairs, however, some rooms are dedicated to the Bible Museum with artifacts and works inspired by themes present in the Old Testament.

  • from Carmel Market, about ten minutes walk, following Allenby Street - Get Directions
  • Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 to 17:00, Friday from 9:00 to 14:00
  • full 24 NIS (around € 6,30), reduced 16 NIS (around € 4,20)

10 - Park HaYarkon

Tel Aviv is not only a seaside city or an avant-garde metropolis, it is also a very green city full of parks and well-kept green areas. One of the largest parks in the urban fabric is Park HaYarkon, more than 3.500 hectares.

Opened to the public in 1973, this green lung of Tel Aviv houses a water park, some ponds, sports facilities, botanical gardens, two large concert halls and even a river from which it takes its name. In addition, a beautiful hot air balloon, known as TLV Baloon, will allow you to admire the park and the surrounding city area from above. If you want to escape from the metropolitan chaos to take refuge in a quiet corner or if you are looking for an alternative to sunsets on the beach, the Park HaYarkon is what is best for you!

  • from Habima Square, you can reach the park in less than 10 minutes on foot along Weizmann Street - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

Plan your stay in Tel Aviv: info on flights, hotels and tours

Although it cannot be said that Tel Aviv is a particularly expensive city, it is also true that your choices will affect your budget. For example, if you intend to experience a low-cost holiday, opt for a standard hotel room, an apartment or a hostel (especially recommended for young people). In this way, you can spend around € 30,00 per night.

As for food, on the other hand, take advantage of the numerous street food markets instead of always dining in restaurants, obviously more expensive.

Finally, with regards to getting around the city, we advise you to walk around Tel Aviv given the proximity of the main attractions and the beautiful pedestrian areas available. Alternatively, consider the idea of ​​renting an electric bike or scooter: it is a practice that is very fashionable among the locals and will allow you to move faster in total freedom (and without polluting the environment).


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