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Holidays in Tel Aviv

Bronze yourself on the beach, wander around the White City’s Bauhaus gems, haggle in the markets – and then party till sunrise. Tel Aviv holidays offer the best of the Med and the Middle East in one brash, self-confident 24-hour city.

On a city break to Tel Aviv, you can while away the day on the beach or wander around the White City World Heritage Site, and eat seafood by the sea at sunset, at Manta Ray. For a leisurely discovery of the city, hire a bike and ride up to the port and park, where you can hire pedalos, picnic and watch rowing races on the river.

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Tel Aviv restaurants
Tel Aviv restaurants.

Tel Aviv restaurants

Gone are the days when Israeli haute cuisine meant deep-fried falafel and a large blob of hummus. Sample five star seafood till midnight at Manta Ray, drop your jaw at Messa’s décor, or get the full White City dining experience at Orna & Ella, set inside a lovingly renovated Bauhaus apartment. If you can’t resist, Abu Hassan in Jaffa is a hummus legend.

Tel Aviv beaches
Tel Aviv beaches.

Tel Aviv beaches

Take in Tel Aviv’s 13 beaches for sun, sea and the national sport: matkot (racket ball). For a classic coastal strip, head to the Herbert Samuel Esplanade with its beachside hotels and cafes. Surfers go north to Hilton, also Tel Aviv’s unofficial gay beach. Young trendies hang out on Frishman, or on Bondi-esque Bograshov next door. For families, Jerusalem Beach has a playground, an outdoor gym and the Manta Ray restaurant.

Tayelet
Tayelet.

Tayelet

Why drive when you can walk, bike or run? The revamped tayelet, or beachfront promenade, extends north from Jaffa to the gentrified Marina. Stop at cafés or gelaterias along the way. Then break for some retail therapy. Watch out for electric bicycles – the current craze for Tel Avivians.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

Israel is small. If you have time, the one-hour drive to Jerusalem is a must. Have a drink on the King David Hotel’s veranda. Then dive in to the magical Old City. Leave a prayer in the Western Wall, gaze at the gilded Dome of the Rock, light a candle at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And haggle (you must haggle!) in the markets.

Tel Aviv sightseeing
Tel Aviv sightseeing.

Tel Aviv sightseeing

Start at the ancient port of Jaffa. Watch trawlers bring in their catch then shop in the delightful flea market and quaint jewellery shops. Don’t miss the Nalagaat Center, a blind-and-deaf theatre and restaurant where meals are served in pitch black. The Museum of Art houses masterful works from Picasso, Matisse and Gaugin.

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