What to see in Tel Aviv in one day

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Not just an ideal summer destination, Tel Aviv is also a destination to consider for a warm getaway during the autumn months.

Modern, friendly, lively both day and night, but above all suitable for travelers of all ages, the Israeli metropolis with its many facets is able to satisfy the most diverse tastes: from lovers of the sea and relaxation, to the more sporty types always looking for the perfect wave to ride, but also to tourists who are passionate about culture and museums.
The city is very large, however the main attractions are quite close together and it is very convenient to visit on foot.

Here's what to see Tel Aviv in one day, what are the main activities to do, the best places to eat and many other useful tips.



Index

  1. Before leaving: useful tips
  2. One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Morning
  3. One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Afternoon
  4. One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Evening
  5. What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up
  6. User questions and comments

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Best time to visit: for a holiday in total tranquility, enjoying the mild climate and the beaches that are not too crowded, we recommend the mid-seasons, in particular April and May or September and October. In summer, the climate is quite humid and daytime temperatures can reach 40 ° - more info on when to go
  • What to pack: light clothing for the summer (t-shirt, shorts, mask, hat and sunscreen). During the mid-seasons always bring a sweatshirt or sweater with you for the evening. Do not forget a pair of comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and a camera to immortalize the wonders of the place
  • How to get around the city: it is really nice to explore the metropolis on foot. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or an electric scooter that the city is full of - more info on how to get around the city

One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Morning

1 - Breakfast, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The day can only start with a hearty breakfast near Rabin Square. Here you can find the excellent pastry Vaniglia Ibn Gvirol, also known for its excellent ice cream. Here you will have a more than satisfying breakfast by spending a few euros.

Known as the largest public square in the city, Rabin Square is an open space in which to relax, embellished with chairs and benches in the shade of large trees and an artificial lake in which lotus flowers float. A walk is a must, if only to admire the memorial of the victims of the holocaust up close.

From here, taking less than 5 minutes, then move towards the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, where many works of modern and contemporary art are collected of Israeli artists and beyond. Among the most famous, Klimt, Picasso, Mirò and Pollock stand out. The museum also has a section entirely dedicated to photography since 2011. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; from 10:00 to 21:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Fridays.



2 - Sarona Market, Habima Square

After a cultural moment of a certain depth, head towards the chaotic but colorful Sarona Market: it is a very modern city area, characterized by skyscrapers and lush gardens. It will take you about 10 minutes on foot, along Leonardo da Vinci Street (850 meters).

Here, among palm trees and glass buildings, are located some of the most popular clubs / restaurants in the city, frequented by a clientele of all ages; however, the main attraction of the whole area is the covered food market where you can taste and buy the typical local specialties of Israeli cuisine. Furthermore, also inside the market, there are several street food stalls offering international dishes ranging from Japanese to Greek cuisine.

After walking in this riot of colors and scents, continue on foot towards Habima Square, the splendid square overlooked by the cultural buildings of the city (including the theater and the auditorium). The square is just 10 minutes away and features a sunken garden, a body of water and one of Tel Aviv's most famous sculptures: the sculpture of the Three Circles, created in memory of the economic crisis that hit the country between 1967 and 1976.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 43 min / 3,2 km
  • Places visited: Rabin Square (free), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (free), Sarona Market (free), Habima Square (free)
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  • Where to have breakfast: Vanilla Ibn Gvirol - Get directions

One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Afternoon

1 - Lunch, Carmel Market, Levinsky Market

Before continuing the tour, it's time for a substantial lunch break and the perfect place to stop for a meal is the Day Kitchen. This is a restaurant that offers local cuisine in a street food format. The prices are very affordable, so much so that you will spend around € 5,00 / 8,00 per person.

After eating, pop into the neighbor Carmel Market, the largest and most loved market in the whole city. It is an outdoor market, divided into various sections according to the type of goods sold: in fact, we move from clothing and products of the so-called "fast fashion", to typical foods up to local handicrafts. The best way to visit the market? Let yourself be carried away by the flood of people, fully immersing yourself in the atmosphere lively place.

Still on the subject, continue south along Nahalat Binyamin Street for about a quarter of an hour and you will come across another very nice and more niche market: the Levinsky Market it is a small market frequented mostly by locals and specialized in the sale of spices of all kinds. If you are looking for a particular souvenir to take home, you have found it!



2 - Lungomare and relax on the beach

To take a breather from the chaos and stalls of Tel Aviv, we recommend that you finally head to the nearby promenade and spend the last hours of the afternoon on the beach.

In Tel Aviv there are several, all equipped and suitable for relaxation but also for water sports (including surfing). Among the many Alma beach , where you can take a nice cold drink and enjoy your well-deserved break overlooking the sea.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 39 min / 3,1 km
  • Places visited: Carmel Market (free), Levinsky Market (free), Alma beach (free)
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  • Where to have lunch: Day Kitchen - Get directions

One day itinerary in Tel Aviv: Evening

1 - Dinner, Visit of Jaffa

There is no better way to end the day in Tel Aviv than by walking in the direction of the old part of the city (for about twenty minutes).

It was once the core of city life (with a history more than 4.000 years old!), Today Jaffa is a quiet and picturesque corner, inhabited mostly by the Muslim minority of the local population.

Among the main attractions of the area, we suggest you not to get lost the surroundings of the old port from which you can admire a splendid sunset, the famous Jaffa Flea Market (a sort of flea market where you can do real bargains) and the Monastery of San Pietro.

Finally, stop for dinner at the Aladin restaurant, highly recommended for fresh fish dishes and super views. Furthermore, the restaurant has an excellent value for money: a dinner for one person costs on average € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 31 min / 2,4 km
  • Places visited: Jaffa (free)
  • Tel Aviv Pub Crawl Ancient Jaffa and Tel Aviv: 1 Hour Segway Tour of Jaffa
  • Where to dine: Aladin restaurant, Get directions

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Cameri Theater
  2. Independence Hall
  3. Palmach Museum
  4. Tel Aviv Center of Arts and Entertainment
  5. Dizengoff Square

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