Date of stay: February 2013
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Tel Aviv is a hustle and bustle city where some locals even compare it to New York! We were there for 2 nights and had a great time with the perfect mix of sightseeing and beach going. We were there in early March, and the temperatures were about 25 degrees during the day and 15degrees over night (a much welcomed break from the English ‘Spring’).
One of the best things we did was hire the green public bikes (https://www.tel-o-fun.co.il/en/) where all you need is a credit card and you have access to miles and miles of paved cycle ways around the city and along the beach. We found this very hand and most of the bikes were up to a decent standard.
We explored Jaffa City which is an old historical town which features in the Holy Bible. It has very good lookouts over the city and some old ancient ruins right in the middle for those explorers amongst you! There are nice restaurants in the middle and at reasonable prices.
Personally, I think one of Tel Aviv’s main attractions is its beaches overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The paved walk ways along the beach are very popular and great for a romantic evening, or an early morning run. The beach seemed clean and had plenty of restaurants/bars on the sand where you could rest up and have a drink or two.
We didn’t have a good look into the main part of the city, as this was our last stop and we needed to catch some sun on the beach before heading back, but the Carmel markets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmel_Market) (10min walk from the beach) is a hotspot for a good cheap accessory or a delicious local feed.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 4 out of 5