The reason being that Tel-Aviv has its own energetic rhythm, quite different from the rest of the country.
Take a tour with someone who is actually living in this city :
The Lifeguard at the beach
The Tel-Aviv lifeguard likes to make himself comfortable, so the
fully equipped with electricity, running water, satellite TV and other
commodities. (I don't think there is an elevator inside).
Israeli IslandsI saw a big one, just in front of Tel-Aviv, with a flag on it.
Israel does not own islands, that's why we go to visit Greece and Thailand.
Tel-Aviv buildingsThis is a typical Tel-Aviv apartment building, it is built on pillars and has three or four floors:
There are lots of beaches in Tel-Aviv and each one has its own
characteristics. This is "dog beach", dogs are allowed in this beach.
This photo was
taken during a working day, but just imagine what happens on the
week-ends. (A lot of dogs playing and fighting) (See Map)
Watch this Video of Tel-Aviv-Dog Beach.
Just beside, you can find more specialized beaches, and they are all close to each other. You can find a beach where family use to go, a beach where young people go, a beach for gays and lesbians and the "seperated beach" with different bathing days for men and women. Orthodox religious people use that beach. Here is the welcoming sign:
Gay BeachDo you see the sun umbrellas in the photo? the Tel-Aviv municipality could not be more explicit (before, it was just the unofficial gay beach). Tel-Aviv is known to be a gay friendly destination, there is also a big gay parade held each year.
Tel-Aviv WeatherIt is hot in Tel-Aviv, very hot. You can say that winter lasts only 3 or 4 months a year, the rest are just beautiful days. July,August are very hot and humid with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celcius. The best month to visit Israel is probably October, you can still go to the beach while in Europe it begins to freeze. (More details: Weather Tel-Aviv)
This photo was taken in Tel-Aviv in December:
By the way, this is Europe in December:
Fruit juices Kiosques
You can find in Tel-Aviv a lot of these fruit juices kiosques. You can
choose to get your glass with a Mix of juices, so it gets complicated
and for that you have a menu. This Kiosque is situated in the Shenkin
street which is very popular, especially on Fridays afternoons when the
Abulafia BakerySituated In Jaffa (See Map), the Abulafia Bakery exists since 1879 and is very popular.
Watch this Video of a Walk in Old Jaffa.
The "Titanic Place"Some call it the Titanic Place. Can you guess why?
In the background you can see Jaffa. (See Map)
Bike PathsThere are now bike paths all around the city. Watch this Video of a Bike ride along TLV Beaches and this Video that includes also the Yarkon Park.
Tel-o-fun Internet site
La BoqueriaSomeone must have visited lately the Boqueria market in Barcelona because from November 2010 there is something very similar (at a smaller scale) in the Tel-Aviv port area (See Map).
Rami Meiri wall drawingsThere is someone drawing funny pictures on different facades of the city.
He is signing his works: Rami Meiri. It turns out he is a famous artist.
Here is another one of his paintings:
Boulevard KiosquesThe main boulevards of Tel-Aviv have a pedestrian alley just in the middle, and Coffee kiosques can be found in them. This one is in the Rothschild Bd.
Coffee PlacesThis is a typical café in Tel-Aviv:
There are also Coffee chains in Tel-Aviv and the most popular chain is called "Aroma". Consider Aroma to be the Israeli Starbucks. Other coffee chains: Coffee Bean, Arcafe, Café Café, Landwer, Loveat, Elite, Hillel, Joe.
Here is an Aroma, at the port of Tel-Aviv:
In a recent survey, Israel was found to be the country with the
highest rate of open (no password required) and free Wi-Fi networks per
capita (2300 per 10000 habitants). The implications for you as a
Tourist is that you can sit in almost any café in Tel-Aviv, with your
laptop and enjoy a free Internet access. Also at the airport you can
enjoy an open and free Internet access.
Visit the page about Internet and Phoning in Israel for more details.
Home-made food marketEach Friday, at Dizengoff Center there are stands selling home-made food.
In Israel, there are families coming from different origins, so expect to find very varied dishes in this market. see Map, see Video
There are basically two big malls in the heart of Tel-Aviv.
One is "Dizingof Center" and the other is "Azrieli Center" which is situated right at the base of the Azrieli towers. You can visit the top floor and get a panoramic view of the city. (See Map) (more on Commercial Centers)
Gordon Swimming-PoolThe Gordon public swimming pool was lately renovated. It was first opened in 1956. The water is Salty, taken from a 150 meter well. (See Map)
Tel-Aviv barsTel-Aviv is a city that never sleepes, there is "night-life" during all week.
There are hundreds of bars and dancing clubs. Many of the bars are shaped in a "square form" so that people could see each other.
Goldstar - the national beerThis is the Israeli national beer - Goldstar.
Maccabi is also an Israeli beer but less popular. To tell you the truth, we keep manufacturing those beers just for tourists like you, we Israelis, we prefer to drink Guinness. In the bars of Tel-Aviv you can find many types of draught beer from around the world. In the recent years there are also many Israeli "Boutique Beers" like Alexander, Malka, Pavo, Dancing Camel, Jem's, Golan, Negev and Aela. Israel is also a producer of many good wines, but that's another story.
Night ShoppingIf you don't want to dance at night, you can always go and buy your groceries. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day. I saw a sign in one of them saying: "We are open also during the day".
"Pitzutzia"This kind of Kiosque is called "Pitzutzia". The Israeli "Pitzutzia" is opened 24 hours a day and you can find in it anything a human being may need in the middle of the night, including all kind of cigarettes.
Typical IsraelisThis is the typical girl you can see in the streets of Tel-Aviv :
And this is the typical Tel-Aviv guy:
(By the way, both models were born in Israel)
Tel-Aviv ScootersThere are not many rainy days in Tel-Aviv, so it is a perfect city for motorcycles. In Tel-Aviv, motorcycles are always first in the traffic lights.
City Hall place - Rabin square
This is the City Hall square of Tel-Aviv (See
Map). Important national speeches
and demonstrations are held in this place. If you want to demonstrate
peace or against peace, you should come here. See
this Video of a demonstration.
This is the old City-Hall, it is situated in the south of Tel-Aviv.
Nicer, no? (See Map)
Kipur Day in Tel-AvivKipur day is the "Super-Shabat" of judaism.
In Tel-Aviv, on Kipur day there are lots of bicycles and no car traffic.
Paradoxically, this is the most dangerous day to ride a bike because there are lots of inexperienced riders on the roads.
Watch this Video of Tel-Aviv on Kipur day and this one filmed from a bike.
High Tech ZonesThe Computering Industry is Israel number one export and there are high-tech zones in and around the city. These areas have also restaurants and pubs and so they are also active at night. (Some engineers are so dedicated to their work that they prefer to stay close to their workplace even when they drink a beer).
(See Map). The trains from that station went to Jerusalem and the 65 km journey took more than four hours. Now the station is a site with cafes, restaurants and pubs and is one of the places to go out at night. Watch this Video, it includes the "Station".
See Map). It was until recently part of the "Kiria", the Israeli army headquarters (and before that, a Templer colony). The Israel army headquarter is still there, on the other side of the road, so you will see a few soldiers while eating a pizza with beer.
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