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Tel Aviv, Israel: Vibrant City of the Middle East

Tel Aviv, Israel: Vibrant City of the Middle East

Tel-Aviv is a beautiful sea-side city, full of young vibrant people, history, and incredible architecture. From the beautiful beachy coast to the art, culture, and nightlife—Tel-Aviv is the city for you. Tel-Aviv has 380,000 residents which makes it the second largest city in Israel.

If you are a history or culture buff, you will not be disappointed. The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art is flawless. The work of many local artists can be found here but also international masters such as Van Gogh have pieces on display here. If you prefer history, hop on over to the Israel Museum to learn more about the young country with a few thousand years of Jewish history.

 Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Photo by Dana Friedlander for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)

Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Photo by Dana Friedlander for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)

Enjoy a picnic at Park Hayarkon, which is similar to Central Park in New York. This park is full of greenery and even boasts a river that runs through it. There are also a few common park attractions here such as places to picnic, paddle boats, and a few sport facilities—you get it, just a nice park to take a breath of fresh air away from the center of the city.

If that is not your vibe then Tel-Aviv has around 13 kilometers of coast full of white sand beaches to offer you. You simply cannot go wrong at Gordon beach or Banana beach for some usual fun in the sun. Go get a nice tan and enjoy a drink on the beach, and take a break from the busy city life.

 (Photo by Israel Tourism)

(Photo by Israel Tourism)

After you watch the sunset over the beach, Tel-Aviv has the perfect nightlife scene for you. Indeed, Tel-Aviv is quickly acquiring a reputation for having one of the best nightlife scenes in the world. Whether you like bars, concerts, or anything else, Tel-Aviv excels at providing the best of all worlds. You’re in for a long night if you go out because the young people party till dawn… may as well go back to the beach to watch the sunrise at that point.

When it comes to food, Tel-Aviv won’t disappoint you. As with any city in the Middle East, you can always settle for a cheap, yet delicious, meal of hummus, falafel, or shawarma. If your pockets run deep, I recommend you take yourself on a culinary adventure as Tel-Aviv has restaurants that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Tel-Aviv Port is the place to be if you wish to enjoy a bite with a breeze and a view of the sea.

 Carmel Market (Photo by Dana Friedlaner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism) 

Carmel Market (Photo by Dana Friedlaner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism) 

To further indulge yourself in food, go travel by foot through either the Carmel or Levinsky Market. Both markets can get quite rowdy, but buckle down because it’s worth it. You can find products from street-food, fresh produce, clothes and all the way to souvenirs. Sellers are truly passionate about what they sell and will likely convince you to buy a bit of all. An added bonus is that if you are into shooting photos, you are guaranteed to catch more than a few interesting snapshots here. An extra tip for foreigners: do not forget to haggle (YAY for almost perfect competition).

Lastly, do not miss out on taking a stroll down the central and memorable Rothschild boulevard which is full of delicious restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the architecture and history around the city. And of course, take one last dip at the beach before you leave.

As I said, Tel-Aviv is the city for you!

 

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