Tel Aviv is a blend of ancient and modern, with a history stretching back to the Bronze Age and today hosting Asia’s biggest gay pride parade. Top museums, soft sand on great beaches, and a vibrant center for live performances make it a great place for a day visitor to experience.
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Restaurants Aplenty – Hatraklin Meat & Wine Bistro is a chophouse of delight for carnivorous oenophiles, with Taizu offering a blend of cocktails and vegetarian options. In addition to the Middle Eastern establishments one might expect, there’s a wide range of other choices including Vietnamese fare, Mexican meals, Italian cuisine, and plenty more to explore.
Magnificent Museums – The Eretz Israel Museum is an expansive site that tells the story of Jews in Israel from the earliest beginnings. There are on-site excavations, historical exhibits, and a planetarium, making it a great place for history buffs to spend hours. For those who prefer modernity to history, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art features contemporary artwork from across the globe, including a sculpture garden.
Live Performances – Tel Aviv has plenty in store for those who enjoy live performances, as its Charles Bronfman Auditorium (also known as Heichal HaTarbut) theatre has astounding acoustics and is the home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Fancy a cosier setting? Then try the DAVAI Group, a performing arts group with an emphasis on comedy.
Frishman Beach – Sometimes it’s nice to just lounge in the sun, and the soft sand of Frishman Beach is the place to do it. Showers and eateries are conveniently close, and the beach often has live shows, as well as the opportunity to participate in surfing and other sports if you’re feeling lively.
Six Intriguing Tel Aviv Facts
The name Tel Aviv derives from a translation into Hebrew of Altneuland (Old New Land) by Theodor Herzl.
Tel Aviv was initially founded as a housing estate near Jaffa, before growing rapidly and merging with Jaffa to become a single city.
Human settlement of the area dates back to at least 7500 BC (the Bronze Age), with numerous civilizations having occupied the area including the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Romans.
Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence was made in Tel Aviv.
The city is in the top 10 of National Geographic’s best beach cities list.
Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade is the biggest in Asia.