Tel Aviv offers all of the conveniences of an urban, cosmopolitan center combined with the beauty of a Mediterranean coastal city. On the one hand, you have the sprawling expanse that is downtown with its numerous modern buildings. On the other hand, there are beautiful stretches of waterfront on which to stroll and take in the sunshine. If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle, I would recommend traveling just south of the main center of the city and visiting the ancient port of Jaffa (incorporated with Tel Aviv). From Jaffa, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the entire Tel Aviv cityscape and coastline. As you approach Jaffa, there is an outdoor market with amazing pastries that my family and I stopped at for a quick snack – something I would recommend over a more traditional and more expensive sit-down style meal. The architecture and layout of the ancient port city of Jaffa are probably its most notable qualities. The streets and alleyways of Jaffa twist and meander much like a maze, giving the ancient port an interesting medieval quality. This, coupled with the aged, yet beautiful architecture (made of what appeared to be limestone) made for a pleasant afternoon excursion.
If you are looking for something informative with which to occupy yourself, go to the main center of Tel Aviv. There you can visit the Independence Hall Museum, which gives a great overview of the founding of the state of Israel and a historical background of the founding and development of the city of Tel Aviv. For those interested in nightlife, I can definitively say that this city has something to offer. Just by walking around after dark, it is obvious that Tel Aviv has a young and lively nightlife scene, with many great venues for dancing or drinks. However, before heading out for a night on the town, I would suggest catching the sunset along the waterfront. During the last, dwindling hours before sunset the waterfront beaches are filled with local people and their families enjoying the weather, smoking hookah, eating dinner and listening to music. It’s a great place to relax and take in your surroundings before witnessing the beauty of the sun setting over the Mediterranean. Ultimately, Tel Aviv has a diverse array of things to offer, so make sure not to limit the kinds of activities in which you take part!
Story and Photos by Robert Paige