Tel Aviv is a melting pot of old and new. Just a five-hour direct flight from London airports, it’s easily accessible and has fast become a desirable destination. Virgin Atlantic have launched a brand-new direct route from London Heathrow.
This cosmopolitan city with its stylish bars, restaurants and art galleries is still firmly rooted in its past with ancient landmarks, museums and long-standing traditions.
Overlooking Israel’s Mediterranean coast, it’s the perfect beach destination for those who also want a little adventure. Ideal for families, groups and couples, we uncover what you can experience in this captivating city.
When to go?
Both spring and autumn are great times to visit Tel Aviv. March to April and September to November are ideal as you avoid the intense summer heat and crowds but can still enjoy warm but comfortable temperatures of up to 25°C. During these periods, some big Jewish holidays take place – Passover, High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In the summer months Tel Aviv’s beaches are always lively and one of the biggest celebrations, Tel Aviv Pride, takes place.
Tel Aviv’s coastline goes on for miles. Tel Aviv Beach is over 10 km long and is comprised of several official beaches. There are sunbeds, umbrellas, lifeguards and other facilities such as lockers available.
So, where should you stay?
Tel Aviv’s neighbourhoods are as diverse as its population. From historic buildings to quaint café’s, to vibrant street art and tattoo parlours, every street offers something new and interesting. Here are some places to consider…
Hear stories of Tel Aviv’s history in the port city of Jaffa. Wander through narrow cobbled streets of Jaffa Old Town, discover beautiful golden stone buildings and visit the well-loved Shuk Hapishpishim (Jaffa Flea Market). Jaffa’s al fresco café’s, boutiques and art studios give the neighbourhood a Bohemian vibe.
This shabby-chic neighbourhood is another spot for arts and culture lovers. Discover locals bars, art shops and galleries. It has some great vegan food eateries and comes alive at night where clubs will stay open until the early hours.
The heart of the city has lots of Bauhaus buildings, museums, upscale bars and shops. It’s also home to Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv’s first official road. Lev Ha’ir is generally much quieter, but its central location means it’s also more expensive than some of its neighbours.
Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighbourhood outside of Jaffa and has a small village feel. It’s an expensive and fashionable area with well-kept homes, courtyards, boutique hotels and restaurants. You’re within walking distance of the beach too which a major draw for visitors.
Locals are big coffee lovers, and the city is teaming with independent cosy cafes that are open all day long for a pick-me-up. Try freshly baked sweet and savoury goods, and typical Israeli dishes such as falafel, grilled kebabs, fresh fish and salads.
Tel Aviv’s nightlife is a big part of the culture. The city is packed full of late-night drinking spots, rooftop bars, nightclubs and live music venues. There’s something to suit everyone, from youthful crowds to those who are more mature who just want to relax with a glass of wine in hand. Tel Aviv hosts several cultural festivals and events throughout the year which attract mixed crowds.