VISIT TEL AVIV IN 2021 AFTER COVID 19 PERIOD
Coming back to life, this is exactly what the world is doing right now, Israel has reopened for the first time since March 2020 and finally, we can invite you to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem!
In all countries, there are pairs of cities constantly competing with each other. In America, the capital Washington competes with the many-sided brilliant New York, in Russia Moscow and St. Petersburg constantly fought for the right to be called the capital (today St. Petersburg is called the "cultural capital of Russia"), and in our Israel, it is, of course, Jerusalem and Tel -Aviv.
Tel Aviv is "a city without a break", "a city that never sleeps". Colorful, noisy, sparkling with the lights of numerous cafes and restaurants. The most attractive of them are located on the coastal strip of the famous Tel Aviv embankment, on the other side of which there are skyscrapers mixed with luxurious hotels ... Tel Aviv with working nightclubs, with shuttle taxis running around the city on Saturdays, Tel Aviv - without a break ...
You cannot live in Israel and not be in Tel Aviv, and if you are a tourist, you simply must thoroughly get acquainted with this colorful and so attractive Israeli city.
For some, Tel Aviv is a place to meet with friends, for others it is a place for a formal family weekend. For others, Tel Aviv is, first of all, cultural and fashion events. Still, others see this city only from a business point of view.
What is the best way to start your acquaintance with this city? Let's try to go to its beaches first. In fact, the entire western part of Tel Aviv is one continuous long beach. True, each Tel Aviv beach has its own name, usually associated with the name of the nearest street or hotel. On the shore, already noted earlier, there are numerous coastal cafes and restaurants, and another distinctive feature of the Tel Aviv beach landscape: there are a lot of joggers and cyclists, for whom convenient bike paths are equipped along all beaches.
The main thing that will greatly delight any tourist is shopping in Tel Aviv, you will be pestered with an obsessive offer to purchase some completely unnecessary souvenir or product, and at the same time - this is the opinion of many Tel Aviv guests - here you are surrounded by a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. There is also a lot of great entertainment in Tel Aviv: skydiving or surfing. But it is worth asking about this in advance - either from knowledgeable friends or by asking the employees of the hotel in which you are staying.
After swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea and having seen enough of surfers and skydiving enthusiasts, or having been among them, it is advisable to relax (perhaps in a hotel on the same coast, or just having lunch in one of the coastal coffee shops), and then go to the most beautiful and mysterious part of Tel Aviv - Old Jaffa. It is Old Jaffa that competes with the Old City of Jerusalem in terms of the number of tourists - and often wins.
Old Jaffa is not so old - its reconstruction was completed in the 60s, but its narrow streets with art galleries, merchants' shops, noisy small markets, among which the main one is the legendary Flea Market, breathe with antiquity. Are you looking for some rare and amazing souvenirs? - You are welcome! Here at the Flea Market, you will find everything from jewelry to vintage Louis XVI furniture. Do you want to find a rare book? - And it is here. Umbrellas, glasses, dishes, paintings ... It is worth seeing! of course, you must check the value of the purchased items, but in any case, the pleasure is great. But back to our attractions. Be sure to visit the famous Clock Square, in the center of which stands the Clock Tower. Walk around the square of antiquities, look at the Museum of History, and now - at the Old Port of Jaffa!
In fact, the port has a long history since it was ceased to function as a port. Here, although there are fishing boats on the pier, creating a unique romantic atmosphere, the "port life" has come to a standstill. But the restaurant bar is noisy with might and main. Basically, there are, of course, fish restaurants, but you can taste almost any Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurants of the Old Port are famous for this.
If you want to plunge into the atmosphere of ultra-modern style, then this is in another port - in the port of Tel Aviv. Frankly speaking, we can say that the Old Port in Jaffa is really old, and the new port is the Port of Tel Aviv. Here it is absolutely not like a traditional port. The wide wooden flooring that covered the embankment of this port is very convenient both for numerous pedestrians - tourists and locals - and for the joyful Israeli kids rushing along with it on scooters.
Today it is the most fashionable and popular place for both Israelis and tourists. Ultra-modern shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants - all of this is located on the embankment covered with wooden planks and hospitably opened its doors. All establishments are numbered hangars. Actually, they look like large boxes filled with music and various goods inside. In one of these hangars, there is a well-equipped concert hall where musicians with orchestras often perform.
However, back to the city. After all, we need to make purchases - do not eat all the time in restaurants! And if you want to host at home or invite guests to your place and show off your culinary skills, you need to make purchases in the market. And for this, there is the Carmel market - the most famous shopping place in the city. Fresh fruits and vegetables, bread from market bakeries, a huge selection of spices and authentic spices - in general, everything that any gourmet's heart desires. But among other things, you should definitely try real Bedouin coffee with natural cardamon here. Or you can buy coffee that an oriental merchant will grind right in front of your eyes, seasoning it with his own jokes.
But do you want creativity? Then, either on Tuesday or Friday, go to Nahlat Binyamin Street (by the way, not far from Carmel Market), which turns into a bazaar or Crafts Fair. Here local artists sell homemade goods made of clay, glass, and iron. There are also handicraft weaving, sewing, jewelry ... Bargaining at this bazaar is much more difficult. Local sellers - they are the creators of their own works consider trade to be shameful for themselves. True, if you really want real art, then Tel Aviv Museum of Art is for you.
The latest innovation of this museum was its new part, in fact, another museum named after Shmuel and Herta Amir. It opened in 2011 and immediately became known as the Temple of Modernism. The main building of the Tel Aviv Museum of Fine Arts was and remains the building from 1932. The idea of creating the museum belonged to the first mayor of Tel Aviv - Meir Dizengoff. The collection of the museum is replenished with new exhibits every year. In addition to examples of local creativity, there is also a department of contemporary art, which presents the works of masters from different countries from the middle of the 19th century to the present day, the department of drawings and engravings, the department of photographs, architecture and design is very interesting, and you will certainly look at the old masters - works from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Now it's time to talk about the architectural features of Tel Aviv. Do not believe those who say that Tel Aviv is not distinguished by some architectural features. Firstly, it is impossible not to admire the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv. In the very center of the city, there are two towers: one round, the other triangular. These are Azrieli skyscrapers. On the top - 49th floor of the round tower, there is an observatory with an observation deck. It operates 6 days a week. From a bird's eye view, you will see such a dizzying landscape that it will be impossible to take your eyes off. Here - almost in heaven, you can dine in a wonderful restaurant.
And, of course, speaking about the architecture of Tel Aviv, it is imperative to find out what the "Bauhaus" style is. In fact, the Bauhaus in the past was an educational institution that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. (that is, just before Hitler came to power, destroying everything beautiful), apparently, there is some higher reason why this style became so popular in Tel Aviv, starting to develop from the mid-30s of the last century in Palestine. The aesthetics of this style required the abandonment of all kinds of historical decor in favor of straight lines, clean geometric shapes, light and smooth surfaces of glass and metal. That is why the neighborhoods built in the Bauhaus style in Tel Aviv are so well preserved.
Interested in shopping in Tel Aviv? Perhaps the best shopping guide will be a local Tel Aviv travel expert Slava Bazarski:
"Kilometers of beaches, breakfasts at the Norman Hotel, the Gordon pool with mineral water, parties at The Block club, and sunset promenades towards Old Jaffa - this, in my opinion, is why it is worth going to the most fun city in the Middle East.
The main shopping streets of the city are Dizengoff, Ben Yehuda, and Shenkin. The first has a large shopping center, which is hardly worth visiting. On the second - a couple of multi-brands with boring ones? brands and many shops with suits and wedding dresses. You can walk along Shenkin not only for the sake of several boutiques with Israeli designers but also to taste delicious coffee in one of the local cafes. On the Hamedina square, which is located in the heart of the city, away from the string of beaches, there are the flagships of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Escada, Armani, and Furla, and in the neighborhood - democratic Gap and Tommy Hilfiger.
The most interesting area for walking and shopping in Tel Aviv is Neve Tzedek, famous for its dance schools, cozy wine bars, and the best cheesecake in the city - in Nina Café. At its "entrance", on the side of Tel Aviv's central promenade, Rothschild Boulevard, a notable Israeli mono-brand Maya Negri has recently opened. Girls come here for wonderful trousers of different colors and textures, as well as for cozy jackets and nice summer accessories.
Wandering the narrow streets of the Neve Tzedek, one can discover fine galleries, antique boutiques, and vintage-framed optics. But the most interesting thing is hidden in Mitham ha-Tahana - an old railway station turned into a modern art platform. It houses the flagship boutique of the Israeli brand Sketch, famous for its knitwear and shirts. Nearby is the Soho designer gizmo store, where you can always find something interesting: from engraving albums to acrylic napkin rings.
Around the corner are the boutiques of Tel Aviv designers Ronen Chen, Naama Bezalel, and Ido Recanati. Well, closer to the beach - an open-air bar and a clothing store for skaters and surfers Quicksilver.
For the walk to be the most complete and eventful, take a look at the Yarkon Park - the largest national park in Israel. It got its name from the river of the same name, which, in turn, is the largest coastal river in the country. The park is located in the north of Tel Aviv and covers an area of 5 sq. km. You will find a Rock Garden and a Cactus Garden in the park, you will see many unusual trees, and there is also a bird's corner that's is - go to the beach!