Tel Aviv Israel just celebrated its 100th Anniversary. It was founded in 1909 north of the old city of Jaffa or Joppa in the Bible.
Tel Aviv-Yaffo itself is the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. It may be only an hour away but it may as well be a thousand years away culturally, socially and religiously.
The visionaries that first built the city never could have imagined that in just 100 years it will become such a huge and important one. The name Tel Aviv means “Spring Hill” or “Spring Mound” and is the center of Gush Dan a mole of many cities around it and with no boundaries to differentiate them, it is a metropolitan area with a population of more than three million people.
Metropolitan area of Tel Aviv Israel
Tel Aviv is a Non-Stop City
If what you want is partying on the shores of a real Mediterranean city, Tel Aviv is your place. It is not the capital of Israel as many think, but is the capital of dining, entertainment and nightlife.
In the evening you may sit on an outdoor Paris style café and enjoy your Cappuccino or Café Hafuch as it is called in Israel and at the same time watch the beachgoers, joggers and dog walkers.
It is by far Israel’s financial capital. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange operates here and it is home to many of the big companies of Israeli and foreign origin.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art
This is an art museum in Tel Aviv Israel that was established in 1932 in a building that was the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959.
The museum moved to its current location on King Saul Avenue in 1971. Another wing was added in 1999 and the Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden was established. The museum also contains "The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Art Education Center", opened since 1988.
Museums in Tel Aviv Israel
This museum, located in North Tel Aviv exhibits collections in the fields of Judaica and Archaeology of the Land of Israel.
The undisputable Founding Father of Israel left his house to the State and all the items belonging to him and his beloved wife Paula. Here you many have a closer look at his private and public life.
It is located at Tel Aviv University hosts collections of national history collected over the years since the founding of the state.
In Hebrew Beth Hatefutzot is a place to visit for hours and then come back for more to keep looking around so much information about the Jewish People. The Museum founded by Nahum Goldman is in reality the Museum of the Jewish People.
Tel Aviv Center of performing Arts
The Performing Arts Center presents during the year performances by the Israeli Ballet and the New Israel Opera Company. They also invite special performances by companies from around the world and hold international festivals. Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion exhibits contemporary art by Israeli and International artists and houses the Helena Rubinstein Collection of Miniature Rooms.
This cultural center is among Israel’s most important. It contains the Habima Theatre, the Mann Auditorium and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion. Habimah Theatre is the home of Israel's National Theatre Company with most performances in Hebrew and simultaneous translations in other languages.
Mann Auditorium is home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, established in 1937 and where Yitzhak Perlman started his career.
Tel Aviv Nightlife
Tel Aviv’s sister city, also known as Jaffa, is totally different. Its narrow streets are full of art galleries, tourist stores and fine restaurants.
The Old Port of Tel Aviv was recently refurbished and is today the center of nightlife and dining in the city. It is just unbelievable.
In English “The Station” is the Old Jaffa Railway Station converted into a world of restaurants, cafes and stores. This is definitely the place to be and be seen in Tel Aviv Israel.
Shuk Hacarmel or Carmel Market is the most popular in Tel Aviv
Markets or Shuks in Tel Aviv Israel
Nahalat Binyamin is a Pedestrian Mall near the Shuk. It features all kind of art work presented by the artists on Tuesdays and Fridays around noon time. On the rest of the week it is a busy pedestrian mall with outdoors cafes and stores.
Shuk Betzalel is known by all Israelis as the place of the best Falafel. Many picturesque stalls compete each other to attract your attention and eat at their place “The best Falafel”
Carmel Market called in Hebrew Shuk HaCarmel, is by itself an experience. You may buy here from a tomato or cucumber to inexpensive clothing or fake designers glasses.
Shenkin Street is a trendy Street that attracts younger crowd, street performers and café environment,
This Shalom Tower was for many years Israel’s only skyscraper. My God, you should see Tel Aviv now with its Manhattan like skyline. It features government offices and shops on the ground floor.
One of the home in the exclusive neighborhood of Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv Neighborhoods
This is an old and refurbished neighborhood of houses and narrow streets built even before Tel Aviv was inaugurated. They did this to encourage the Jews to leave the crowded living quarters of Jaffa. Later it was connected to the new city of Tel Aviv in 1909.
The city features the Bauhaus Architecture and is therefore called the “White City”. It was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because it hosts the largest concentration of Modern style buildings in the world.
No matter how you call this ancient city Yaffo, Yafo, Jaffa or Joppe it is an interestin place to visit. Please go to our page dedicated to Yafo.
Rabin Square in the center of Tel Aviv Israel
Passive recreation in Tel Aviv
On Ibn Gvirol Avenue is Rabin Square. The place was previously called Kikar Malchei Israel or Kings of Israel Square. After Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination by a fanatic assassin, the square was renamed and a memorial was inaugurated. Created by Yael Ben Artzi it is made from 16 basalt stones brought from the Golan Heights symbolizing his connection to his country and the earthquake that his murder created. The memorial is surrounded by a chain meaning the effort of our people to stay bonded.
Golda Meir’s Park is an oasis of green, located near Dizengoff Center. On summer evenings musicians perform for the delight of the general public.
Located in North Tel Aviv it offers large spaces of passive entertainment like the big parks of the big cities in the world. One of the park's main attractions is Tel Afek and its Ottoman-period fortress, Binary Bashi, overlooking the springs of the Yarkon River.
Kikar Hamedina is the Hebrew name for the State’s Square. It is located in North Tel Aviv and it is the place to go when you are looking for luxurious designer shops, exclusive boutiques and high end jewelry stores.
This is a complex of three buildings seen from all over the metropolitan area. One is round, one square and one triangular. On the 49th floor of the round one is the Azrieli Observatory where telescopes provide a 360* view of the city through 84 windows with headsets guiding you in many languages through Tel Aviv landmarks. Entrance is through the third floor of the Azrieli Mall.
I hope I gave you as many Tel Aviv Attractions as you wish to see. Tel Aviv is a non-stop city, enjoy every minute of it.
Tel Aviv Beaches are awesome
They are many beaches on the coast of Tel Aviv. They are sometimes so busy that it is difficult to find a place to put your towel or chair and relax. Locals come from the cities inland to the shores of Tel Aviv where they find parties, young company and all kind of attractions.
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tel aviv museum by itayba
performance by sambach
hacarmel by tijsb
neve tzedek by deror avi
rabin square by andrew nash
beach by edom
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