Introduction of Scenic Spots in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Beaches
Tel Aviv is defined by its coastal position. The beaches attract tourists and locals alike. On weekends Tel Aviv's strips of sand are crowded with sun-worshippers, posers, partiers, and people just coming to relax. The most popular sandy stretches are centrally-located Gordon Beach, Frishman Beach, and Banana Beach where you'll find excellent facilities such as fresh-water showers, sun loungers for rent, and cafés.
Old Jaffa Port
A short walk south along the coast from downtown Tel Aviv brings you to the old Arab port town of Jaffa with its preserved acropolis remains and well-restored stone architecture. Much of the original bazaar area is now home to restaurants and artisan boutiques. It's particularly lively in the evening when the old town throngs with diners. The flea market here is the major attraction for visitors, full of the hubbub of a genuine souk, while St. Peter's Monastery and the Old Port area itself are also not to be missed. Compared to the big-city hustle of Tel Aviv, Jaffa is a wonderfully tranquil place for a stroll that, despite serious gentrification, still retains its old-fashioned charm.
Location: 2 km south from Tel Aviv
Carmel Market - Yemenite Quarter
One of Tel Aviv's most atmospheric neighborhoods, the Yemenite Quarter is full of meandering alleyways lined by old-style architecture that has withstood the area's gentrification. It was first settled by Yemenite Jews in the early 20th century, and the original feel of the closely-packed streets is still very much alive. The neighborhood backs onto Carmel Market; busy, colorful, full of fresh produce and Tel Aviv's answer to Jerusalem's famous Manane Yehuda Market. If you're hungry in Tel Aviv and want a cheap meal, this is the place to head.
Location: off Allenby Street, Central City
Dizengoff Circle and Surroundings
The hub of Tel Aviv is this central plaza, laid out on two levels with a raised area for pedestrians above the carriageway and topped by the peculiar modern-art Fire and Water Fountain designed by Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam. The plaza and the street running off it are named after Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor after the city separated from Jaffa. From the circle, Dizengoff Street runs southeast to Habimah Square, Tel Aviv's cultural center and home to the Habimah Theatre, built in 1935. This is also where you'll find the excellent Helena Rubenstein Pavilion of Contemporary Art, which hosts a program of temporary art exhibits.
Location: Dizengoff Street, Central City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
A leading light in Israel's contemporary art scene, the Tel Aviv Museum of Artcontains works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Henry Moore, Picasso, Jackson Pollock and the world's largest collection of work by Israeli artists. The ultra-modern building with its sophisticated architecture houses and highlights the artworks perfectly. As well as the permanent collection, the museum hosts regular temporary exhibits and other events.
Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat 10am-6pm; Tue, Thu 10am-9pm
Admission: adult 50NIS, student 40NIS, child under 18yrs free
Location: 27 Shaul HaMelech Boulevard, Central City
Official site: http://www.tamuseum.org.il/
Neve Tzedek Quarter
The funky Neve Tzedek Quarter is the city's oldest neighborhood with European-Jewish settlers first building houses here in the 1880s. These lovely old buildings have been well preserved and many now house arty boutiques, cafés, and some of the city's hippest restaurants. Snuggled within the quarter on Rochkach Street, you'll find the Rockach House, home to a small sculpture gallery, and the Nachum Gutman Art Museum, which displays the artwork of this Israeli painter. In the district's southwest corner is the old Ottoman railway station called the HaTachana. This has been restored and reopened as a rather stylish complex of cafes, restaurants, and designer boutiques.
Location: Central City
Little Bialik Street is home to three historical houses that will interest history and culture lovers. The House of artist Reuven Rubin is now a museum dedicated to his work, full of paintings as well as old photographs of Tel Aviv. Further along the street, Bialik House used to be the residence of poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, and is now a tribute to his life and works. Next door is Tel Aviv's original town hall, now known as Beit Ha'ir. It contains displays documenting Tel Aviv's history.
Location: Central City
In the house once occupied by Haganah Commander Eliyahu Golomb, the Haganah Museum documents the Haganah guerrilla force, which actively attacked British Mandate rule. There are weaponry exhibits and information on the Haganah's activities.
Hours: Sun-Thu 9am-4pm
Address: 23 Rothschild Boulevard, Central City
Namal (Old Port Area)
Tel Aviv's old port area (known as Namal) has been slickly rejuvenated and is now a hip waterfront hang-out strip full of shops and cafés. The boardwalk here is a favorite for promenading youngsters, while families flock to the area on weekends. The port area is also home to an excellent indoor market.
Location: off HaYarkon Street
Official site: www.namal.co.il
David Ben-Gurion was Israel's first prime minister and his residence has been left largely as it was when he and his wife Paula lived here. There is an interesting display of old black-and-white photographs, and a number of his letters are exhibited. The house also still contains part of his extensive library.
Hours: Sun-Thu 8am-3pm, Fri 8am-1pm
Address: 17 Ben Gurion Boulevard
Eretz Israel Museum
The Eretz Israel Museum (Land of Israel Museum) occupies a complex of buildings that also takes in the Tell Qasile archaeological site. The complex includes a planetarium as well as pavilions with displays on ceramics, glass, the history of writing, science, ethnography, and folklore. In the center of the complex is Tell Qasile where Israeli archaeologists have identified 12 settlement levels dating back to the 12th century BC. Stratum XII and Stratum XI are attributed to the Philistines, while Stratum X dates from the 10th century when the kings of Israel had a port here. Later strata show that the site was still occupied during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras and was only finally abandoned in favor of nearby Jaffa during the Islamic period.
Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-4pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-2pm
Admission: Adult 42NIS, Child 28NIS
Address: 2 Chaim Levanon Street