TEL AVIV – The City that Never Sleeps
Tel Aviv is indeed the cultural, financial and commercial heart of Israel. A cosmopolitan center on the seafront, with fine sandy beaches, a marina, restaurants, pubs and culture on tap every day of the week. The architecture of the 1930s and 1940s still survives alongside the clean lines of the tall modern buildings.
From an aesthetic point of view Old Jaffa, having gentrified 20th century neighborhoods, is set in landscaped greenery and these revived buildings. The refurbished port of Jaffa with its archeological sites, a famous flea market and myriad of restaurants, is home to new Immigrants, Israelis and Israeli Arabs, both Christian and Moslem.
Tel Aviv is a 40-minute drive on a modern highway, from the holy city of Jerusalem and is an hour’s drive from Haifa, set in the beauty of the Carmel mountain range that acts as a backdrop to the sparkling golden dome of the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens.
One hundred years ago, Tel Aviv was only sand dunes, today it is the CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS.
Jaffa – The Orange of the East
Is Tel Aviv’s green sanctuary in the midst of the big city. The park attracts families, youngsters, joggers and almost anyone who feels like a breath of fresh air. It isn’t exactly Central Park, but it’s nice, cosy and offers a wide variety of activities. Here are a few of the options for a day or afternoon in Hayarkon Park: a green day, a boat ride, sports and games and playgrounds.
|Hatachana Compound (The Station)
This beautiful compound was a train station on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line, located between the sea shore and the Neveh Zedek neighborhood and operated from 1892 to 1948. This was the first railway line between Little Asia and Egypt, In present day, the station complex went through development and rejuvenation to become one of the city’s most delightful places. With restaurants, coffee shops and bars, along with concept, fashion and design stores, this is a place definitely worth a visit.
In 2003 UNESCO declared that the city of Tel Aviv was a World Cultural Heritage site, owing to over 4,000 Bauhaus buildings which are spread over the city. The Bauhaus doctrine was very widespread when the city of Tel Aviv was established and many of its buildings erected in the 30’s. The Bauhaus architectural style follows a few aesthetical ground rules such as: simplicity, clean cuts, white walls and no unnecessary decorations. All the buildings have a smooth and simple touch inspired by the idea of functionality.
|Tel- Aviv Beaches
It is no surprise that National Geographic rated Tel Aviv as the 9th best beach city worldwide. Tel Aviv’s entire west side faces the Mediterranean Sea. The city boasts 14 kilometers – 9 miles – of some of the best beaches in the world with clean wide stretches of sand and stunning views of the sea, white sails and surfers.
|The Azrieli Center
The Azrieli Center is the largest shopping center in Tel-Aviv. It is a little overwhelming with its mass of shops, but very convenient.
The Azrieli Center is a group of three buildings on the east side of Tel-Aviv just off the Ayalon Rd. It serves primarily as a business center, which is the largest in the Middle East, but also offers one of the biggest shopping centers in Israel and an Observatory.
|Tel Aviv Port
70 years after its establishment, Tel Aviv’s Port became the city’s premier entertainment center, with dance clubs, cafes and restaurants at the water’s edge and great shops featuring the work of Israeli designers.
Sarona is a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv, originally a German Templar Colony, the site sits at the heart of what is a new central business district of the city, with offices and apartments surrounding the beautifully landscaped complex, in which 33 original Templar buildings dating up to more than 140 years, have been painstakingly restored, and today house boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars.
| Tel Aviv’s Markets
Tel Aviv’s markets are the best show in town, and they’re bustling all day long. A Middle Eastern mélange of tastes, scents, sounds, colors – and lots of people