What to see in Tel Aviv – the main attractions
Tel Aviv-Jaffa – this Israeli city on the Mediterranean Sea, which combines ancient antiquity and bright modernity. Apart from dining out and nightlife, it offers a rich cultural program: Tel Aviv attractions offer a unique and completely diverse.
In this article we have compiled a selection and brief description of several places in Tel Aviv, which are most often visited by tourists. We hope it will help many of you to decide what to see in Tel Aviv.
The Old City of Jaffa
Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, is the perfect place to start. Here are the most interesting sights:
- Clock Tower,
- the unique floating tree,
- ancient mosques and Christian churches,
- workshops of contemporary artists and sculptors,
- The promenade with a stunning view of the city,
- the old Jaffa harbor,
- the zodiac quarter.
And then literally at every step you come across small stores with colorful souvenirs and antiques, restaurants with unusual interiors and delicious food, bakeries with freshly baked flavored bread of different kinds.
A detailed description of the attractions of old Jaffa can be found here.
Tourists keep in mind! Be careful: the ancient narrow streets of Jaffa create a real labyrinth of stone walls. For a complete experience of the fairytale atmosphere of Jaffa without getting lost use the map of Tel Aviv, which shows all the sights in the city.
The promenade at Tayelet
Along the famous beaches of Tel Aviv there is a long promenade, known as the “Promenade” (in Hebrew it sounds like “Tayelet”). Walking along the promenade is best starting from the old port of Jaffa.
It is a great pleasure to walk along Tayelet. It is always crowded, yet it creates an amazing impression of solitude and isolation from the crowd. The promenade is very clean, spacious, well equipped and beautiful. And although the photos of the attractions of Tel Aviv are always bright and picturesque, they can not convey the full force of impressions received from the real walk.
The gaze of inquisitive tourists walking along one of the most famous promenades in Israel, will open many interesting sights, among them:
- The picturesque scenery of Charles Clore Park;
- The monument to the victims of the terrorist attack that took place in 2001 near the Dolphi Disco Club;
- a monument in the shape of a ship, rising in London Square, where Yarkon and Bograshov streets intersect;
- Gordon outdoor pool, which draws water directly from the seabed;
- the old port in the north of Tel Aviv – it awaits tourists at the very end of the promenade.
However, in one walk to go through the entire “Taellet” is very difficult: distracted by the many cafes.
The Old Port of Tel Aviv
On the north side of Tel Aviv is a marina, which functioned from 1938 to 1965. Only in the 1990s, after 30 years of abandonment, the harbor was converted into a tourist area, which quickly gained fame as a popular city attraction.
The area is very stylishly decorated: picturesque walking paths, many decent restaurants, and stores.
On weekdays the port is quiet enough, but on Shabbat and other holidays there are always a lot of people.
The Neve Tzedek area
The first settlement, located outside Jaffa, was founded in 1887 and was named Neve Tzedek. Developers were wealthy immigrants from Europe, so the streets of Neve Tzedek area resemble the streets of Prague, Munich and Krakow.
When in the first half of XX century Tel Aviv began to grow rapidly, Neve Tzedek began to resemble a remote village, nestled among the skyscrapers in the southeastern part of the metropolis. Having miraculously escaped demolition, the neighborhood has achieved the status of a Historic Landmark.
Today Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood is a sightseeing attraction that enjoys popularity among tourists visiting Israel. Unusual apartment buildings with unique facades, interesting galleries and museums, cozy cafes and restaurants – all this turns a leisurely stroll through the living museum in the open air in a colorful series of vivid pictures.
The Schlusch Bridge, the Twin Houses, and the former Alliance School are must-sees in this neighborhood. You must also visit local attractions such as the Nahum Gutman Museum of Painting and Sculpture and the Susan Dalal Center for Theatre and Ballet.
Rothschild Boulevard in White City
White City is the name given to the Bauhaus-style neighborhoods in southwest Tel Aviv. This international architectural style was especially popular in the 1920s-1950s, when a lot of white buildings were built in Israel, and their greatest concentration was in Tel Aviv. A huge complex of 4,000 buildings in 2003, UNESCO declared a part of the World Cultural Heritage.
The most prominent area of Tel Aviv is the Rothschild Boulevard, one of the major tourist attractions. It begins at the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and ends at the Habima Theater.
What is interesting about Rothschild Boulevard and what sights can be seen here? In the middle of the boulevard is a beautiful park area with rows of ficus and acacia trees and a beautiful pond. You can take a lounge chair and sit in it with a book from the free library located here. You can take a leisurely stroll in the shade, not forgetting to look at the buildings:
On the same street is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence of Israel was signed in 1948.
Rothschild Boulevard is also the financial center of Tel Aviv. Behind the old houses, in the second line, rise skyscrapers with offices of large companies.
Shuk Karmel market
Market Shouk Karmel (or simply Carmel) – the most popular of all markets in Tel Aviv.
This is understandable, because it is the largest, and in addition is located in the central part of the city: it occupies the entire street Ha-Karmel, from Magen David Square to the end of Karmalit, as well as the neighboring streets of Keren Haithainam district and the pedestrian area of Nahalat Binyamin. Another explanation for the popularity of this market among almost all Tel Aviv residents: the prices here are lower than in the stores.
Tourists take note! Despite the fact that on all sides you can hear the cries of the sellers “only today for a better price”, you should always haggle. And you must always be very careful: the sellers can easily demand 2-3 more payment or just not give a couple of hundred shekels, proving: “I handed everything over. “. The best option is to give money without change.
Shuk-Karmel is a typical oriental market, so to speak, a landmark that allows you to get a closer look at the life and life of the people of Israel. The market is quite messy and noisy, but also bright, fun, interesting. Even if you do not buy, it is interesting just to look. There is a very rich assortment of all kinds of fruits and vegetables, a variety of cheeses and spices, and many other interesting things that are usually offered by Oriental sellers.
You can also have a snack here, and a very tasty one. If you enter Carmel from the Magen David Square, at the entrance there is a stall with burekas (puff pastry), and regular customers declare that they are very tasty. Other recommended places are “Hummus Ha-Karmel” or “Ha-Kitzonet” where you can enjoy delicious hummus with homemade pickles or meatballs. A great beet soup can be tasted at Savot Mevschlot.
Most of the stalls are open from 8:00 a.m. until early in the night. On Friday, Shuk-Karmel closes with the onset of lunch, and on Saturday, as everywhere else in Israel, it is a day off.
The address is Allenby, King George and Sheinkin streets, Tel Aviv, Israel.
By public transport in Tel Aviv you can get there as follows:
- From the new Central Bus Station by buses #4 and #204 or by shuttle buses #4 and #5;
- From the Central Railway Station “Merkaz” by bus № 18, 61, 82;
- From the railway station “University” by bus # 24, 25.
Street Nahalat Binyamin.
Near the market Shuk Karmel there is another attraction, which is usually recommended to all tourists to see. It is the pedestrian street Nahalat Binyamin, which connects the northern entrance of Shuk Karmel and Gruzenberg Street.
Nahalat Binyamin is one of the oldest streets in Tel Aviv, with many atmospheric restaurants and cafes. It is quite pleasant to stroll along it, see the beautiful houses, sit in a cozy cafe.
But twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 17:00, Nahalat Binyamin is a sight to see as the pedestrian street hosts a colorful, handmade bazaar. There’s plenty to see and do, and it’s also relatively inexpensive to buy interesting things like paintings, jewelry, toys, lamps, and interior decor.
Interesting! Almost every Friday at the intersection of Nahalat Binyamin Street and Allenby Street, you can see the famous Israeli singer Miri Aloni.
Museum of Fine Arts
Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a famous landmark and one of the largest art museums in Israel. It occupies an entire complex of buildings:
- The main building at 27 Shaul Ha-Melech Avenue;
- The Temple of Modernism – the new wing of the main building;
- Lola Be’er Ebner Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the main building;
- Elena Rubinstein’s Contemporary Art Pavilion at 6 Tarsat Street;
- Meyerhof School of Art on Dubnow Street.
The collection of paintings has more than 40,000 pieces. In the museum you can see famous paintings by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jackson Pollock, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani. Tourists note that the arrangement of the paintings is very convenient – canvases don’t disturb each other, each has special lighting and they don’t glare at all.
The Sculpture Garden of Lola Ebner (the famous fashion designer and designer of Israel) adjoins the main building of the museum. Here you can see sculptures by Calder, Caro, Majol, Graham, Lipschitz, Gucci, Cohen-Levy, Ullmann and Berg. By the way, it is worth remembering: when you leave the museum for the sculpture courtyard outside, you must take your ticket with you, otherwise you will not be able to get back into the building.
The cost of admission ticket:
- 50 shekels for adults,
- for seniors 25 shekels,
- Children under 18 years old admission is free.
Important: At the entrance you can take a light portable cane chair, and outerwear and bags (if any) should be deposited in the checkroom.
The Museum of Art accepts visitors at these times:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m;
- on Tuesdays and Thursdays – from 10:00 to 21:00;
- on Fridays – from 10:00 to 14:00;
- Sundays off.
“The Palmach” are combat units formed before the state of Israel even existed. They were organized in 1941 when Hitler threatened to attack Palestine. The invasion of Palestine by the soldiers of the Third Reich would have meant the physical destruction of the Jews living in that country. The “Palmach” units existed until 1948, and then they became part of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Palmach Museum, which is devoted to the history of the Jewish units, has been in existence since 2000. From the descriptions and photos of Tel Aviv sights it is clear that it occupies a building that resembles a fortress.
The format of the museum is interactive. With the help of videos, game film projections and a variety of special effects, visitors are introduced to the history of the formation of the State of Israel. All you can see from the actual exhibits is a couple of photos and flags at the entrance.
The address where the Palmach Museum is located is 10 Haim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv, Israel. You can get there from the city center by bus number 24.
The attraction can be viewed at these times:
- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m;
- Wednesday – from 9:00 to 13:30;
- Friday – from 9:00 to 11:00.
Viewpoint of the Azrieli complex
Another attraction in Tel Aviv is the Azrieli Business Center. It is interesting because it consists of three towers of different shapes: a round tower (186 m), a triangular tower (169 m) and a square tower (154 m).
On the 49th floor of the round tower at a height of 182 meters there is a glass observation deck of the Azrieli Observatory. From there you could see the Diamond Exchange and the panoramic views of Tel Aviv and the Israeli-owned coastline of the Mediterranean from Hadera (North) to Ashkelon (South) and the mountains of Judea. But from the reviews of the tourists who have been there a slightly different impression of the Azrieli Observatory:
- Many new high-rise buildings have already been built around the towers, blocking the panoramic view;
- the observation deck is several interconnected rooms, some of which are used as storage for tables and chairs from a nearby restaurant – this furniture creates the impression of a dump and obscures a decent part of the view;
- The grounds are glazed, and the glare on the dirty glass is not good for the quality of photos.
Visitors are taken to the observation deck of the Azrieli Observatory by a high-speed elevator located on the third floor of the tower. The entrance ticket (22 shekels) can be purchased at the counter next to the high-speed elevator, but no one checks the ticket at the top. Azrieli Observatory is open daily from 9:30 to 20:00.
For tourists please note! On the 49th floor, next to the observation deck, in the lobby overlooking the sea, is a restaurant. From its panoramic windows you can see much more attractive views, but only if you go there as a visitor to the restaurant. To get to the restaurant, you do not need to buy a ticket, you can go up to him on the elevator for free.
The Azrieli complex is located at 132 Petach Tikvah, Tel Aviv, Israel. Given the fact that the Azrieli skyscrapers are some of the tallest buildings in the city, from anywhere in Tel Aviv, these sights are very visible. The Tel Aviv Metro station and the Ayalon bypass are very easy to reach.
All attractions in Tel Aviv, mentioned on the page marked on the map in Russian.
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What to see in Tel Aviv
We tell you what you can see in and around Tel Aviv in a few days: itinerary for a walk around the city and excursions to Jerusalem, Petra, Eilat and the Dead Sea. Museums and attractions on the map of Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is a modern and young city, where you will find entertainment and enthusiasts of active recreation, and fans of historical sites. It is convenient to travel to neighboring cities, and very close to Ben-Gurion airport. For visiting the sights of Tel Aviv the most comfortable months – March, September and October. At other times it is either too hot or humid.
If you’re in town for a few days, then make a route and plan excursions. What to see in Tel Aviv in 1 day? Devote it to a walk through the old town of Jaffa and the museums of the city – there are plenty of them. On the 2nd day you can explore interesting places such as parks, markets, and trendy boulevards. On the 3rd day take a trip to the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and other tourist spots.
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What to see in Tel Aviv by yourself
Remember that in Israel there is a Sabbath: from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday, people are resting. Transport does not operate during this time.
Interested in history? Visit Old Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, where one culture gave way to another over the centuries. See the city from the observation deck, go to an inexpensive market, visit an art gallery and the old port, walk the narrow streets to get a feel for the atmosphere.
The White City neighborhood is interesting with its low houses with columns and roof gardens. There are fewer attractions in the northern and central parts of Tel Aviv, but they are no less popular with travelers.
Want to take an interactive walk in Jaffa with the kids? A guided tour of the city would be nice. It will tell you about the world religions in a playful way and introduce you to the lifestyle of a port city.
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Tel Aviv Museums
On your first day in Tel Aviv, we suggest checking out the museums. We have made a selection of the most interesting and famous places that you will like. All that remains is to make a choice and create an itinerary!
Tel Aviv Museum of Art – the main museum of contemporary art in Israel. Admission is 50 shekels for adults, 40 shekels for students, and free for children under 17.
Palmach Museum. An experimental and interactive museum where you will learn about the strike companies, a Jewish combat unit that became part of the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Elena Rubinstein Pavilion is part of the Museum of Art and includes the Habima Theater and Cultural Center. It now hosts contemporary art exhibitions and exhibits local and foreign artists.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center tells about the life and work of the politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate as well as the history of the creation and establishment of Israel. The museum preserves and emphasizes the democratic foundation and essence of Israel.
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The Diaspora Museum (Museum of the Jewish People) tells the stories of communities throughout the centuries and around the world. Admission is 45 shekels, and you can buy a ticket on the official page. It is located on the campus of Tel Aviv University.
Eretz Israel Museum . Here you will learn about the history, archaeology and culture of Tel Aviv. The museum has an extensive collection of archeological and anthropological exhibits: copperware, glass, coins and much more, even a philatelic pavilion and a planetarium. Admission prices are NIS 52 for adults, NIS 35 for students, and free for minors.
The Ilana Gur House Museum is an eclectic space by the famous artist, with a collection of contemporary art.
Israel Defense Forces Museum – The Israel Defense Forces Museum is the central military museum in Israel and houses various types of weapons: small arms, barrel and rocket artillery and much more.
House Museum of David Ben-Gurion – political and statesman of Israel. It is dedicated not only to the service of the politician, but also to his family life.
If you don’t want to spend much time in museums then take a trip to the Azrieli Center and Migdal Shalom Tower (Tower of Peace) where you will get a bird’s eye view of the city.
What to see in 1 day in Tel Aviv with kids? A great family vacation is a walk in the parks. Take a trip to Hayarkon park that has a playground for children or to the ornithological garden with its bird park and rock garden. A very nice park is Raanana with sports fields, a lake and a wildlife area.
Interesting facts about Tel Aviv
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Unusual tours in Tel Aviv
Devote your second day in Tel Aviv to unconventional walks. Get inspired by the atmospheric neighborhoods of Tel Aviv. You will see the city from a different perspective and experience its youth culture, visit cafes, study graffiti and find interesting facets that you don’t see at first glance.
If you and your children are interested in rare plants, we suggest going on a botanical tour, where you will learn about the history of gardening in the city and see the amazing ancient trees. Of course, it is impossible to get to know the city without the local cuisine. Go on a gastronomic journey – visit wineries and also try the local food in the countryside.
A handy pick:
A bird’s eye view video of Tel Aviv
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Excursions from Tel Aviv
On the third day, we suggest traveling from Tel Aviv to neighboring cities – they can be reached in about two hours. For example Tripster and Sputnik8 services offer some unusual and interesting excursions to them.
Go from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Eilat, Petra and the Dead Sea. On a trip to Bethlehem and Jerusalem you will see the origins of Christian civilization, the famous cave in Bethlehem, visit Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall and other biblical sites.
Go to the Dead Sea, a place with healing and very salty water and many thermal springs and mud.
If you want to make your own routes and not depend on public transport, then rent a car. Through Rentalcars.com service, you can pre-book a car without overpayment – rental costs from 117 shekels per day. A liter of gasoline in Tel Aviv costs 6.11 shekels.