Welcome to Tel Aviv, the most modern city in Israel. It is the Jerusalem of every party-goer – here, there is only one rule. You have to enjoy yourself. And trust us, Tel Aviv knows how to help you enjoy your time. From the wildest nightclubs in the world to the vibrant, multicultural and open-minded art scene, Tel Aviv is everything but boring. Apart from the parties, Tel Aviv offers beautiful beaches and some of the best restaurants out there, ensuring that everyone can find something for himself. Those interested in learning about the cultural and historical heritage of Tel Aviv will be delighted by the excellent museums and monuments, with Jaffa, Neve Tzedek and Florentin drawing thousands of tourists every year. Finally, when you’re tired of partying, working on your tan and exploring the museums and landmarks, the local parks offer a calm retreat from all the rush. Oh, and there is also the hummus – simply the best in the world!
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Tel Aviv
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip
This day trip will show you along the outskirts of Tel Aviv in the Dead Sea and Masada. Transportation is included with a hotel pick-up and a drop-off afterwards, so you will not have to worry about renting your own vehicle. An air-conditioned vehicle ensures a relaxing journey, during which a guide will provide commentary.
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem
This comprehensive day tour packs a lot of attractions and sightseeing in just a single day, as you take off from Tel Aviv in a comfortable coach to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the famous religious sites of the two cities very important to both Christian and Jewish history.
Highlights of Israel
A great choice if you want to see more of Israel than just Tel Aviv but do not have your own way of getting around. This tour provides a hotel pick-up and drop-off and will take you along such sites as the Old City of Jerusalem, and after a hard day, you will have some free time to swim in the Dead Sea.
Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip
The aim of this tour is to show you some of the most important places of the New Testament with a convenient pick-up from Tel Aviv. You will be dropped off at your accommodation place after the tour, which has an additional option to get baptised in the Jordan River at Yardenit.
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
See the two very different part of Jerusalem during this day trip to the capital of Israel. The tour includes a professional guide commentary in English and visits to some of the most important landmarks and monuments to both Jewish and Christian history and religion.
Caesarea, Rosh Hanikra, and Acre Day Trip
This tour will take you along some of the beautiful historical sites located on the coast near Tel Aviv. You will be taken to the ancient ruins of Caesarea, as well as some of the sea grottos of Rosh Hanikra. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to explore the Crusader tunnels in Acre on your own.
Petra Day Trip
Visit one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Jordan with a comfortable flight included to Eilat from Tel Aviv and back. Inside the ancient site, a professional guide will show you along the narrow corridors as you visit the Siq, the Treasury, and other areas inside.
Day Trip: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea
This trip takes you on a whole day of sightseeing for a very reasonable price. You will first climb Masada, very early in the morning to be able to enjoy a unique view of the gorgeous sunrise, which is unavailable to most visitors. Afterwards, you will explore Ein Gedi's trail and a private beach on the Dead Sea.
In the Footsteps of Jesus Tour
This walking tour aims to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as he travelled through Jerusalem. An air-conditioned coach will take you to the city from Tel Aviv as you first visit the Mount of Olive and proceed on your way to Via Dolorosa, hearing biblical stories and facts from a local guide.
Vegan Culinary Tour
If you are a vegan, this tour is a perfect choice of food tour without having to worry if you can eat what is served to you. Tel Aviv is famous for its vegan cuisine, as almost none of the dishes use any animal products, and this tour aims to give you a taste of some of the best vegan dishes in the world.
Other Things to See and Do
The Port of Tel Aviv is located in the northern part of the city. The port is now out of use but is still a fascinating site to visit with a rich history. Nowadays, the port serves as an entertainment hub, filled with a bunch of small-time hippie bars and clubs, but also street entertainers and events.
Port of Jaffa
This port is located on the opposite side of the city to the Port of Tel Aviv. The Port of Jaffa stands in the southern part of the city and is yet another disused port of the city. The port is actually one of the oldest ports in the world, and there are some traditional ships often docked at the pier.
Make sure to take a walk around the ancient city which is a part of Tel Aviv, located in the south. The place is not only filled with ancient monuments and heritage sites, but it is also a place known for being a hub for artists who often open up their galleries to the public or show their works in a square or a park.
Tel Aviv Walking Tour
To get some of the best free guidance in the city of Tel Aviv, make sure to visit the Tel Aviv Walking Tour, which is organised by the locals to advertise their city among tourists. The guides who will show you through the tour are all English-speaking, so do not be afraid to ask them any questions.
Ben Gurion House
The inconspicuously small size of the museum makes it easy to overlook, and so it is often missed by most tourists. Make sure to stop by the Ben Gurion House, as it was once the home of the first prime minister of Israel, and you can get some private insight into how he and his family lived.
Head on to this popular beach if you want to catch some waves or simply sunbathe while lying on the hot sand. The beach often gets filled with tourists and locals alike, especially during the weekends, but there is plenty of chairs and tables with umbrellas placed next to them for additional comfort.
If you are up to the fight for the last spot on this popular beach, make sure to come down, as it presents one of the most beautiful coastlines in the city. If you are especially brave, come to the beach on Friday or Saturday during the summer, as it gets filled with hundreds upon hundreds of tourists and locals.
This beach has quite a unique shape to it, making for some great photos if you are standing on a nearby viewing platform. Moreover, the beach has a free to use volleyball court and even a small saltwater swimming pool, and there are even some artificial grass lawns with chairs to relax on.
Not only is this place filled with locals, but it is also surrounded with a large complex of food stalls and eateries serving street food and local specialties. The beach itself is a great spot for people-watching, and you can even try to talk to a friendly local for some tips and advice on sightseeing.
Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market
Even if you are not in the mood for buying any souvenirs, make sure to come to the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market just to look at the amazing handicraft made by the local population. The vendors set up their stalls every Tuesday and Friday to show a variety of colours and materials used in their work.
While this market is not filled with handmade jewellery and memorabilia, it is the largest fruit and vegetable market in Tel Aviv, making it a great place for making groceries. The variety of colours and smells makes the market an enticing place, definitely worth visiting.
This market is a little lesser known among the tourists and is often visited by the locals to catch the best prices. Since tourists overlook this one, the vendors are not trying to rise up their prices in order to catch unaware tourists, so you can safely browse through the items and get a souvenir for cheap.
The locals often compare this street to the famous Vegas strip, even nicknaming the street “the Strip”. The street, however, is not filled with casinos and luxurious hotels, but it instead is a favourite spot among the locals to grab something to eat and visit a pub to drink a beer, making it a great place to explore.
While this unique street of Tel Aviv is filled with mostly eateries and small-time cafés, you don't have to buy anything to still get some value out of the visit. Make sure to stop by one of the boutiques and souvenir shops in this hipster-run area of Tel Aviv to catch some unique sights.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Promenade
For a tranquil walk in the afternoon or a relaxing jogging session, make sure to visit the Tel Aviv-Yafo Promenade. The promenade is a crowd-filled walkway which connects two bustling neighbourhoods of the city, but it empties during the afternoon giving you plenty of space for a calm stroll.
There is plenty of places filled with lush greenery in Tel Aviv, and Hayarkon Park is exactly one of those places. The whole place is filled with trees, flowers, and bushes, making it a green haven. You can also try some of the activities there, such as basketball, wall climbing, or joining a free yoga class.
While still being one of the oldest districts of the city, Neve Tzedek is the first neighbourhood to have been created outside of the Old City of Jaffa. The streets of Neve Tzedek are narrow with tight sideways, and the whole district is widely known for its exquisite restaurants and great art galleries.
While wandering around the city, you are sure to find remnants of the unique architectural style of Bauhaus, which dates back to the 1930s. It is this style that has made Tel Aviv a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it even earned the city its famous nickname – The White City.
The square is not only filled with vibrant flower gardens, displaying a variety of local and exotic flower beds, but also is home to the recently renewed national theater. The shows in the theater are of course not free, but you can still walk around the building to gaze at its gorgeous architecture.
Tel Aviv Rollers
An exciting phenomenon in the city of Tel Aviv is the group of rollerskaters and rollerbladers who show up every Tuesday night on the streets of the city and aim to travel across it. If you have your own pair of skates, you can join these people for free, but keep in mind that they ride at quite a fast pace.