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Tel Aviv is known by many as the capital city of Israel, although the official capital is Jerusalem. This is due to the fact that people travel to Jerusalem for history and spiritual enlightenment and to Tel Aviv for nightlife and the sea. Although the country is small, Israel is one of the leaders in many fields, such as medicine and IT technologies.
Tel Aviv is divided into the old and the new city. The old city is called Jaffa – it is one of the oldest cities in the world and once Tel Aviv was only its suburb. Over time, Tel Aviv grew into a metropolis, and now Jaffa is considered a part of it. The route starts from Jaffa and ends at the beach. On the way, you will see areas such as Neve Tzedek, Carmel Market, Azrieli Center, and Beach promenade.
Route – what can be seen in one day in Tel Aviv
A trip to Jaffa
Jaffa is the main historical attraction of Tel Aviv, which used to be a fishing village. The area has preserved its originality and its special atmosphere. There are many restaurants, museums, and shops. It is believed that all the bohemia of the city lives here: artists, musicians, and designers.
In Jaffa, it is recommended to stop at one of the cafes and enjoy the atmosphere. In the streets, you can see many interesting things, such as orange trees, and loquat trees.
In Jaffa, there is a neighborhood that represents the entire zodiac. On every street, there is a sign on the wall, depicting one of the 12 zodiac signs. Many people believe that touching stones makes wishes come true.
The most interesting place in Jaffa is where used to be a port once. Now there is a mosque, an Armenian church, and an observation deck. From the rooftops, there are great views of a beach with white sand, surfers riding the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, and hotels on the coastline.
Museum lovers can visit the house of Ilana Gore, the famous Israeli artist. The house where the museum is located is almost 300 years old. In the past, pilgrims arriving in Israel stopped there. Ilana herself lives there several months a year.
The museum displays hundreds of Ilana’s works and a collection of souvenirs she brought from different countries. It also hosts exhibitions of contemporary artists and tours in various languages. Admission for an adult costs 30 NIS, and for children from 5 to 17 – 20 NIS.
If after the trip to Jaffa you feel that you have started to get hungry, then there is a huge selection of cafes and restaurants, we recommend you go to our page where we recommend a number of cafes and restaurants where the food is delicious and the prices are affordable.
A trip to Tel Aviv Neve Tzedek
After a few hours in Jaffa, you can walk along the beach and enter the most picturesque area of Tel Aviv. When Jaffa became overpopulated, several families decided to break away, and Neve Tzedek was born in the 19th century.
The streets of the district resemble Europe. In the past, rich people lived here, houses were built without a plan, so they differ in their special beauty. When the city began to develop, the authorities left the area unattended: people moved to other places and many houses lost their appearance.
Now Neve Tzedek is the most expensive area in Tel Aviv. The authorities are doing their best to preserve the historical appearance while preserving the value of the original buildings.
The area itself is small: a few narrow streets and a few dozen houses, however, all tourists tend to come here. Small houses with tiled roofs, carved decorations on the windows and open balconies are very different from the houses you will see in the center of Tel Aviv. Very calm, quiet and relaxed here, there are many art galleries, designer shops, and museums.
You can choose which gallery to visit according to your interests, but everyone will be able to find something of interest here.
A trip to the Carmel market
In my opinion, a trip to any country in the Middle East cannot be considered complete without a visit to the market: nowhere else will you meet so many noisy people, unusual items, and cute jewelry.
Even if you don’t plan to buy anything and bargain, I recommend you just go and experience this special atmosphere. Carmel is open Sunday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The market sells fruits, vegetables, spices, pastries, freshly squeezed juices, and oriental sweets. Prices can range from a few shekels to hundreds of shekels, of course, it is recommended to haggle with your every purchase. A box of large Israeli dates costs 25 NIS, and Dead Sea mud is sold almost everywhere for 5 NIS.
There is a large variety of delicious olives sold in the market. Their choice in Israel is huge, so there is no chance you won’t find the olives that will be delicious to you. Of course, you can also taste before purchasing.
In addition to olives, Israel is famous for the delicious mangoes that grow there. On the other hand, the avocado is always hard here, despite the fact that Israel is the birthplace of the avocado. This happens due to the fact that the best fruits and vegetables are exported, while the rest are left to ripen on the shelves.
Closer to Allenby Street you can find a variety of cheap clothes for 10-80 NIS. Of course, with this money, you will not be able to buy anything of high quality, but it is entirely possible to find comfortable t-shirts, tank tops, and pants suitable for the Israeli heat.
A trip to Tel Aviv Azrieli
In the Azrieli center, there are three towers: round, square and triangular. Inside are offices of various companies, a large shopping center, restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and at the very top an observation deck with a spectacular view of the entire city.
In Azrieli, you can find common stores that can be found in any shopping center around the world. But there are also typical Israeli stores, for example, Castro, where you can buy stylish and high-quality clothes at reasonable prices – 80-150 NIS.
Azrieli will be interesting for those who want to shop, eat on the roof of the building, and look at Tel Aviv from a bird’s eye view. The cost of visiting the Mitzpe Azrieli Observatory is NIS 22. Opening hours – from 9:30 to 20:00.
Housing in Tel Aviv – hotels and apartments
Tel Aviv is far from being a cheap city to visit. It is quite difficult to find accommodation here. The cheapest option is to take a bed in a room in a hostel with 30 beds. Because housing prices are so high, even locals often rent one large apartment and share it with outsiders.
On this occasion, we would like to remind you that we offer rooms at cheap prices in our boutique hotel. You have a coffee and tea corner and of course cookies next to the coffee.
We love to host, so we will be happy to make your stay as pleasant and homely vibes as possible.
We have 12 rooms in the hotel and therefore there is an intimate atmosphere and a good opportunity to get to know the local’s thanks to our relief workers who are available for you at all hours of the day.
Lala Hotel in Tel Aviv-Yafo offers a unique experience for tourists as well as locals who want to rest and travel in Tel Aviv.