Visiting Tel Aviv
A lot of our clients ask us “Should I Visit Tel Aviv During My Holy Land Tour of Israel?”. The answer depends on how much time you have, and what you’re looking to gain from your trip. Tel Aviv is a vibrant and eclectic beach city full of rich culture, incredible restaurants, and a world-famous nightlife. One thing to take into account is that you will be landing in and departing from Ben Gurion airport, which is 20 minutes from Tel Aviv. Therefore, a couple of nights’ stay is logistically convenient as it does not require any detours. Visiting Tel Aviv is must if you are looking for some time to relax and reflect following your tour to Israel or to get settled prior to joining your tour to Israel.
Attractions to see when visiting Tel Aviv
The Carmel Market, or “Shuk HaCarmel” is the largest market in Tel Aviv and a must-visit for any tourist. Vendors here sell a huge variety of products such as fruit, sweets, clothes, and electronics. Dotted along the market are many restaurants, juice stands, and bars so you can easily spend a few hours here. The market is open daily until around 7:00PM except for Saturday when it is closed for the Jewish Shabbat.
The original Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard is currently closed for renovations. During this time there is a visitor’s center where one can go to learn about the fascinating events surrounding the declaration of the state of Israel. There are free tours daily and we recommend reserving in advance in order to ensure your spot.
Old Jaffa is a bustling area in South Tel Aviv. It is one of the most ancient cities in Israel and it has been preserved beautifully. We recommend spending half a day there visiting the Flea Market, the Clock Tower, the Great Jaffa Mosque, and Saint Peter’s Franciscan Church. You’ll find yourself strolling through small winding side streets, discovering gorgeous architecture and boutique stores.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of the greatest cultural institutions in Israel. It is made up of several departments: Israeli Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings, Photography, Architecture and Design, and the Old Masters Department. It is open Monday – Saturday and general admission for adults is 50 NIS.
Israeli cuisine is gaining worldwide recognition, with famous Israeli chefs opening up restaurants in Paris, London, Melbourne, and New York. Tel Aviv specifically is also known as one of the vegan capitals of the world! If you are a self-proclaimed “foodie”, we would definitely recommend a visit to this culinary mecca. For restaurant recommendations, please visit our friends at www.telaveat.com.