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Tel Aviv is set along the beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean; Tel-Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a bustling metropolis, which along with the city of Jaffa blends together the new and old of Israel Tel-Aviv has a special ambiance that bestows its visitors with an atmosphere of excitement and discovery.
Tel-Aviv is highly accessible to tourists. Flights to Tel Aviv arrive daily to Ben-Gurion Airport (located 20 minutes from the city center) from many worldwide destinations. Flights to Tel Aviv usually arrive over the city, so don’t miss the view!
Seen from a distance its seafront skyscrapers and exclusive hotels create a skyline that is one of the most modern in the Middle East. This is contrasted by the neighboring town of Jaffa, an ancient port city, dating back 4,000 years, which is associated with several Bible tales. In July, 2003, Tel Aviv's White City was announced unanimously by the UNESCO council as a World Heritage Site. These are fine examples of the Bauhaus International architecture dating from the 1930’s. Thus, both in architecture and spirit, Tel-Aviv embodies both the historical and the modern. Yet, first and foremost among Tel-Aviv’s forming influences is the Mediterranean Sea, which a visitor cannot miss when, visiting the city.
Tel-Aviv has a special blend of Mediterranean ambience, seaside resort and modern city. The beaches of Tel-Aviv hold the pulse of the city. Here you will find everyone: Busy lawyers surfing during their lunch break, fishermen bringing in the catch of the day, people doing yoga, or just lazing in the sun. The Tayelet, or promenade, stretches for miles along the Mediterranean. Its clean pavement is bordered by palm trees and is perfect for jogging, bicycling and leisurely walking. The Promenade is the best way to explore the city's many beaches. Each beach in Tel-Aviv has its own special atmosphere, reflected in the type of restaurants, music and sun lovers found there. All the beaches in Tel Aviv are free and most are serviced by lifeguards. In the center of the promenade is a water-sports center where you can rent surfboards, windsurfers and other water toys. Whether you want to relax in the sun or try your hand at a game of beach volleyball, Tel-Aviv beaches beckon you to come.
Tel-Aviv The Cultural Capital
Tel Aviv is called the country’s culture and art Mecca. The Golda Meir Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Israel famous Opera, houses dance companies, theater companies and concerts. The Mann Auditorium is home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, considered among the world’s best. The Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art holds a permanent collection which focuses on Israeli and European art. These are but a few examples of Tel-Aviv’s lively cultural scene. Events are listed weekly in the local papers, and in the internet.
Old Jaffa is one of the most attractive places to tour in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Old Jaffa has been an important port town for thousands of years. Its special aromas and fragrances will enchant you: beautiful stone buildings, narrow, winding alleys, fishermen’s port, artists’ quarter, cafés s, restaurants and shops. Jaffa holds old churches, which are among the most beautiful in Israel, serving the city’s Christian community, with open doors for visitors. Don’t miss the Middle Eastern flea market located near the “clock-square” built by the Turks in the height of the Ottoman Empire.
What does "Tel Aviv" mean?
The name "Tel Aviv" in Hebrew means hill of spring, the title given to the Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl's book
Altneuland or Oldnewland; the name "Tel Aviv" was borrowed by the translator, Nahum Sokolov, from the Book of Ezekiel.