Located along the western coastline of Israel, the large city of Tel Aviv is full of wonder and excitement unseen throughout many of the cities in the Middle East. It is only smaller than Jerusalem in population, but certainly makes up for it with its spectacular festive culture.
The main airport serving the town is the Ben Gurion International Airport. It is only 15kms outside the Tel Aviv City Centre hotels, so travel into CBD is remarkably easy. Even once inside the city, tourists can get from one highlight to the next without much hassle, as there are plenty of transport options available.
When it comes to touring the magnificent downtown area of Tel Aviv, visitors will be able to find plenty of attractions to keep their attention glued onto the city. However, after a few days, these sites may not hold the splendour they once did, so tourist may need to find other things to do to remain occupied during their holiday. This is where the activities of downtown Tel Aviv come into play!
Shopping Malls: Tel Aviv is a great place for shopping, but no part of the city is better to enjoy a day of goods purchasing than the downtown district of Tel Aviv. The largest shopping centre in the city, called the Azriely Centre, and is located at the first few floors of the stunning Azriely Towers. It is found at the HaShalom Train Station, and gets quite crowded during evening and weekends. Another shopping mall worth visiting for its array of retail stores is the Dizengoff Centre, as it is also the oldest shopping mall in Tel Aviv.
Markets and streets: every Tuesday and Friday there is a fascinating craft fair held in Nachalat Binyamin. However, if tourists arrive into the city of Tel Aviv during the summer or on one of the large holidays, the fair is usually open every day. Along the beautiful State Square, tourists will be able to find numerous retail stores and boutique shops. In addition, Shenkin Street and Ben Yehuda Street are great places to enjoy shopping for a few hours.
Pubs and clubs: when the night comes, Tel Aviv and its downtown area turns on a spectacular night culture that shouldn’t be missed. The dance clubs around streets like Dizengoff and the Promenade are quite enjoyable, but the pubs can also be great places to visit, since striking up a conversation with locals is remarkably easy.
Parks: there are several parks in the downtown area of Tel Aviv, but the number one park worth visiting is definitely the largest park in the city – Yarqon Park. It gets its name from the river that runs through it, and is a great place for taking an afternoon stroll, evening or early morning run, or a lunchtime picnic. There are several places tourists will be able to play football or basketball with the locals too, especially in the afternoon.
Beach: Beaches in Tel Aviv are rather nice places to enjoy the sun and a surf, and are only a short distance from the centre districts of the city. Listen to the Brazilian drums make their beats on the weekend, but beware, the beach does get extremely crowded during the weekends of summer.
Cultural sites: the museums and galleries of central Tel Aviv can be explored remarkably easily. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a great place to explore for the whole family. There is a children’s wing within the establishment, providing excellent activities for the little ones. The Haganah Museum dedicated to the Israeli Military, and tourists can visit to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most renowned armed forces.
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