Tips for Your Tel Aviv City Break

Tips for Your Tel Aviv City Break | Editor: Florian Lieke

From Jaffa to the seafront and the Bauhaus Center - Tel Aviv has a lot to offer! What exactly? Read on to find out!

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7 Exciting Facts About Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 - therefore it is just over 100 years old
  • With around 460,000 inhabitants, Tel Aviv is Israel's second largest city (as of March 2021)
  • Tel Aviv boasts up to 300 days of sunshine per year
  • The translation of Tel Aviv means "Hill of Spring"
  • The Jaffa district is now regarded as the historical centre of Tel Aviv
  • There are more than 100 sushi restaurants in Tel Aviv
  • Tel Aviv is known as the most dog-friendly metropolis in the world

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Tel Aviv?

The climate in Tel Aviv is warm and Mediterranean. During the summer months, it can get quite hot and dry in the Israeli metropolis, whereas the winter months are quite mild. For this reason, we would recommend a Tel Aviv city break in the off-season. In high summer, you can not just expect the most tourists, but also an average temperature of more than 30 degrees. In addition, dryness and little cooling are to be expected - not even in the evening or at night. However, if you enjoy these things, June, July and August are the best time to visit the region. In addition, the immediate location by the sea creates the best conditions for cooling off, at least for a short time.

View of the Tel Aviv seafront

However, we consider the months of March, April, September and October to be ideal times to travel. At this time, you will meet far fewer tourists and the temperatures are not quite as high as in summer. Especially in spring, when it is still cold and wet in many other destinations, a Tel Aviv city break is more than worthwhile. Temperatures reach around 25 degrees and even the water is already warm enough to take a dip. After a long winter, this is quite often just the thing!

View of a bicycle in Jaffa

What Is the Best Way to Get Around Tel Aviv?

If you arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, you have several options for getting into the city. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to get to the city centre by taxi, which costs around 30 to 40 euros. These are located on level G of Terminal 3. If you prefer the train, you have to go to level S. Every half an hour, you can get to the city centre within 20 minutes for less than four euros. Once there, you can easily get around on foot or by bike. In recent years, the city has invested a lot in the development of pedestrian zones and bicycle lanes, and you can rent a bike almost everywhere. In addition, the city is quite manageable.

What Are the Must-See Attractions in Tel Aviv?

Jaffa - the "Old Town" of Tel Aviv

The most southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv is Jaffa. Meanwhile a part of the city - and considered by many to be the "Old City" - Jaffa was once a city in its own right. Narrow alleys invite you to play maze games, and pastries, traditional sweets or fresh juices are sold on almost every corner. In addition, the view of Tel Aviv and the seafront is simply breathtaking from here. If you long for buildings steeped in history alongside all the modern buildings in the centre, this is just the right place for you.

View of wall in Jaffa

The Tel Aviv Seafront

Visiting the city beach is a must during a trip to Tel Aviv! It's not for nothing that the city repeatedly ranks among the top 10 beach cities in the world and boasts a dreamlike scenery. The 14-kilometre-long seafront is the perfect place to watch the sunrise in the morning or sunset in the evening. And those who don't want to miss out on sports even on holiday will find the perfect place to go running here.

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Fun fact: The entire beach is divided into different sections with specific names and visitor groups. For example, you will find a religious beach section, a section with a gym or a section with a children's playground.

Bauhaus-style house facades

The Bauhaus Center in Tel Aviv

What would Tel Aviv be without its famous Bauhaus architecture? Definitely not Tel Aviv! In total, you will find more than 4,000 buildings in the city, all of which were built in the Bauhaus style. In contrast to Jaffa, which is only a few metres away, the modern buildings make you feel as if you have been transferred to a completely different time. The so-called "White City" is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should definitely be on your itinerary. If you want to learn more about the White City and its origins, the Bauhaus Center is the place to go. It was founded in 2000 and is a good mix of museums, galleries and design shops. Absolutely worthwhile!

The Street Art in Tel Aviv

The many different colourful walls in Tel Aviv will certainly captivate you during your trip! Street art and graffiti are omnipresent here and also well-staged. The most impressive works can be found along the promenade between Tel Aviv and Jaffa, in Jaffa itself and especially on the Rothschild Boulevard. You don't need to look for them, as there are countless works of art!

What Should You Definitely Eat in Tel Aviv?

Anyone who has ever been to Tel Aviv knows that Israeli cuisine has a lot to offer. Culinary delights play a special role here, which becomes obvious just by walking through the city. Numerous food stalls, restaurants, cafés and juice stands adorn the cityscape and let your mouth water. Especially recommended: the traditional dish "shakshuka" and the sweet desserts. Furthermore, Israeli dates are also a good snack when you're out and about. If you're in a hurry, but still want something tasty, we recommend hunting for fresh falafel with hummus in Jaffa or Downtown Tel Aviv. You will certainly not be disappointed!

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Woman sitting on a rock in the Jordanian capital Amman

What Are the Best Day Trips From Tel Aviv?

Those who have a little more time can also plan many different day trips from Tel Aviv. For instance, a trip to the capital, as it is just 60 kilometres away from the beautiful seaport. Since 2018, you can easily reach Jerusalem by train in around 45 minutes, but also by bus or rental car. In addition, the Dead Sea is only a few kilometres away from the "Holy City" and is definitely worth a visit. If you would like to experience a completely different culture, you can also spend a day - or even a weekend - in Amman. The capital of Jordan is only 250 kilometres away.

What Should You Definitely Not Miss Out When in Tel Aviv?

Last but not least, what should not be missed on a city trip to Tel Aviv? Of course, a visit to the Carmel Market! The market is one of the most popular and largest markets in Tel Aviv and is an unmissable sensation. Originally, it was a fruit and vegetable market, but now you can find all kinds of everyday things here, as well as cafés and restaurants. It's noisy, the traders try to sell fruits in the most vibrant colours, it's crowded with people and a myriad of scents swirl through the air - if you've always dreamed of such a bazaar, you'll definitely find your fortune here. More than just recommendable!

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