The Top Five Places To Visit In Tel Aviv

10 Jul 2014

There has been a settlement present in this particular part of the Mediterranean coast for over four thousand years, although Tel Aviv itself was first founded in 1909, away from the old city of Jaffa. However, over the years the small settlement continued to grow, and eventually became large enough to absorb the old city. Today Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, and not only boasts a liberal atmosphere, but also a wonderful architecture, which has earned the city UNESCO recognition, and the charming nickname of the 'White City'.

Old Jaffa

This historic area is reputed to be where Jonah departed in the biblical tale, and legend states that the city was built by Japheth, one of the sons of Noah after the waters receded following the Great Flood. The history of the area can at least be documented back three and a half thousand years, with Egyptian documents showing the city was conquered in 1440BCE. Today the old city is home to several historic mosques and churches, with beautiful alleys and streets giving the area a very distinctive and traditional atmosphere.

Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv

Rothschild Boulevard

This boulevard was one of the original areas of Tel Aviv when it was first founded in 1909, and is one of the main reasons that the city achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Many of the buildings along the boulevard are built in the European Bauhaus style, with the white walls leading to the nickname 'White City'. This is at the heart of Tel Aviv's financial district, but is also an attractive, tree-lined area that makes a beautiful heart for the city.

Tel Aviv Beach

The beaches of Tel Aviv are among the most popular attractions, with beautiful, bustling stretches of sand fronting on to pleasant and clean water which is fine for swimming. Similarly to many other cities located in a location near a beach, this really comes into its own in the summer when people flock to the beaches to relax and unwind. Parties, barbecues and games of matkot are among the most common activities to spot on the beach during this period.

Tel Aviv Beach Attractions

Luna Park Tel Aviv

This is the largest theme park in Tel Aviv, and is home to a variety of different rides and amusements, with the features designed to appeal to both adults and children with a combination of rides on offer. There are two roller coasters located in the park, and a variety of ferris wheels and bumper cars, while those looking to cool off will find that the location is perfect for combining a trip here with a visit to the Meimadyon Water Park.

Dizengoff Street

When it comes to shopping, the majority of places in Tel Aviv are shopping malls, but for those looking for a more traditional experience Dizengoff Street is certainly an interesting place to visit. As well as vintage clothing shops and specialist boutiques, there are some very nice cafes and restaurants along the route, and regular events also help to make this area of Tel Aviv a great place to relax and to shop.