Tel Aviv-Jaffa, or in short, Tel Aviv, is also known as “the first Hebrew city”. But thanks to its location on the coastal plain, TLV considered a hotbed of activity and tourism today. In fact, the Tel Aviv city is now the central city of the cities of Gush Dan and the second in size of its population in Israel after Jerusalem.
Let’s assume we are now in TLV, so how get to know city better?
For this target, you can go on a guided tour that includes both central, old north, coastal Tel Aviv and the relative periphery of the Gush Dan area.
Tips from Israeli blogger
An Israeli blogger invites you to plan your next trip in Tel Aviv by this guide. Let’s start from geographical characteristics of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. You should, for example, know that in its territory flow the Yarkon River and Nahal Ayalon.
Also, the joint boundaries of the city with the Mediterranean to the west, the cities of Bat Yam and Holon to the south, with Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei Brak and Petah Tikva to the east and Ramat Hasharon and Herzliya to the north must be taken into account.
Yarkon Park, the largest park in Israel
Yarkon Park, it’s a very largest park – so large that its square covers approximately 3.5km², from the coast of Tel Aviv to Ramat Gan.
I think the true boundaries of the TLV city are the Yarkon River to the north and Selma street to the south. You can go west to the beach or continue east to Ayalon lanes.
Well, it’s already clear that Tel Aviv is full of activity city, but what are the most outstanding streets in the city?
The basic recommendation is to start the downtown walk.
Dizengoff & Ben Yehuda streets
Let’s start with the famous Dizengoff street: where the usual combination of boutique shops, fashion chains, dining establishments and more. Than, you are welcome walk down the Ben Yehuda street.
By comparison, Ben Yehuda Street is similar in terms of its structure to Dizengoff and even parallel to it – but it is also closer to the sea and it is most likely to arrive this summer. In any case, both Ben Yehuda and Dizengoff are comfortable for walking and have shaded and nice places to rest.
Sarona heart of Tel Aviv
Sarona is an amazing combination of high-rise buildings with the old European style.
Another street that must not be missed when travelling in the first Hebrew city is of course Allenby. Here the atmosphere is slightly different and there is a striking combination between the past, present and future.
Historically, Allenby is famous for its IDF parades and, of course, Shinkin Street, which is associated with a culture of celebrity and funk. Today, Allenby Street has lots of interesting shops with updated hipster bargains and cafes.
“The White City” Rothschild Boulevard
From Allenby, you can continue on to Rothschild Boulevard to see the “White City” building style and even be impressed with a UNESCO World Heritage Site awarded in 2003 as a World Heritage Site.
Specifically with this area, the advantage of Tel Aviv streets is a convenient array of public transport and the possibility of getting from one place to another in service taxis, special taxis, buses and soon also light rail.
HaYarkon Street – beach promenade
HaYarkon Street is a main street in Tel Aviv located parallel with the sea. Street named HaYarkon for the river that flows into the Mediterranean sea of Israel.
From Tel Aviv to Jaffa, there are many contrasts
Tel Aviv is a major metropolis – central to the State of Israel – where many buildings are of architectural and cultural importance. If you want to see the difference between the north and south of the city, you can do this by exploring the main streets of Jaffa: from Neve Tzedek, through Jerusalem Boulevard to Ajami.
Along the way, you can also be impressed by the renewed Bloomfield Stadium that hosts the football games.
The Nordoy Hotel on Nahalat Binyamin Street
The hotel was built in 1925 in Nahalat Benjamin. The hotel has been opening since its inception until today, preserving its unique heritage and original design features. Architect Yehuda Magidovich designed the building. The building is designed in an eclectic style that incorporates central European elements and oriental motifs and local ornamentation.
זלר -זלמנסון, מתוך אתר פיקיויקי
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Beautiful view of the coast of Tel Aviv from Jaffa
Many people come here to take pictures and simply enjoy the wonderful view of the city. I think there is no better place than Jaffa to see the entire coast of Tel Aviv in full view.
And here is another view from old Jaffa on the Tel Aviv coast, an amazing combination of medieval artillery as cannon and a modern city – full of life and fun 24/7.
By the way walking along the old narrow streets of Jaffa, which are like of the old city of Jerusalem – it is difficult not to notice this stone that hung in the air.
I suggest you enjoy more photos of Jaffa. In this photo you see the old port of the city of Jaffa, by the way once – time ago, all the pilgrims ascending to the holy city of Jerusalem, by this port and then passed through the Jaffa Gate in old Jerusalem.
I think now you can guess why the Jaffa Gate in old city of Jerusalem is called the Jaffa Gate.