Tel Aviv is a uniquely energetic city with verve and nerve unlike any other. There are many faces to this eclectic city, but one of the most recognisable ones is probably that of the city’s skyline lurking behind the long stretch of sandy beaches.
The beach is like a living room to the people of Tel Aviv. They gather on the beach and the nearby promenade to exercise, walk their dogs or to exchange pleasantries with their friends and neighbors. Some pack a picnic, others enjoy the offerings of the many restaurants and cafés lining the seafront. In the summertime the beach is also home to massive beach parties and outdoor clubs.
The colorful promenade is perfect for a stroll on a sunny day
It’s surprising how quickly the mood changes as you walk away from the ocean. The beachy vibe becomes more and more metropolitan with every step. Soon you’re met with decrepit old mansions and shiny new skyscrapers, lively street markets (like the fantastic Shuk Ha’Carmel) and glitzy boutiques.
There’s a lot more to Tel Aviv than the beach
If you’ve had enough of the beach for a while, the beautiful streets of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood are a perfect destination, with nearly endless options in shops, restaurants and cafés. The area is one of the most photogenic and quaint in all of Tel Aviv, and if you begin to miss the beach, it’s only a few steps away…
You could easily spend an entire day on the beach if you wanted. The sandy stretch continues all the way to the neighboring town of Jaffa, nowadays a part of Tel Aviv and the city’s de facto old town. Very old, in fact – the ancient town has reportedly been a port town for at least 3500 years!
Tel Aviv enjoys some of the most amazing sunsets in the world
Tel Aviv has a very rowdy nightlife scene, perfect for some after-sun fun!