Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Travel Guide

Israel is probably best known as the home of ancient cities like Jerusalem and Nazareth, but it is Tel Aviv, one of its youngest and most vibrant cities, that deserves to be highlighted. Travel to Tel Aviv to take in the modern, somewhat European lifestyle in this Middle Eastern metropolis and explore its many gorgeous beaches, well-curated museums, classic Bauhaus architecture and exciting nightlife. Residents of “The White City” take great pride in their hometown’s modernity and are always excited to share its many sights and attractions with visitors, but be sure to prep with our Tel Aviv travel guide before taking in the best of this Mediterranean city.

Things Not to Miss in Tel Aviv

• Spend a day cooling off in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and basking on any one of the sandy beaches along Shlomo Lahat Promenade
 • Rent some wheels and explore this extremely bike-friendly city
 • Visit the nearby town of Jaffa, the second oldest port city in the world, and home to a large Arab population
 • Catch a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tel Aviv Culture Palace
 • Pick up unique spices and souvenirs at the Carmel Market
 • Experience Tel Aviv’s youthful side in the super-hip Florentine neighborhood
 • Enjoy a free tour of the city’s Bauhaus architecture
 • Spend the day in Hayarkon Park, Israel’s largest urban park
 • Walk along the shaded pedestrian greenway known as Sderot Rothschild
 • Take in the artwork at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

When to Go to Tel Aviv

Like many Mediterranean cities, Tel Aviv experiences mild, somewhat wet winters and hot, humid summers where temperatures soar into the high 80s and low 90s. Accordingly, the best time to book Tel Aviv travel is between October and April when rainfall is likely, but not intolerable or at all extreme. At this time of year, sea temperatures are in the mid-60s to low 70s, making for refreshing swimming conditions on particularly hot days.

Articles about Tel Aviv

  “Are you eating brains?” the chef asks hopefully. It’s lunchtime in Tel Aviv. The banged-up Bauhaus buildings of the White City district are full, the bar trade lively. Behind a curved glass-and-steel façade—buzzing café tables on a sun...
Lay of the Land Jaffa: This mixed Arab-Jewish area is known for its Flea Market, historic city (Old Jaffa), and the restored port lined with open-air restaurants. Neve Tzedek: Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood was established in 1887 and is filled w...
Madrid Carlos Urroz, director of the city’s annual art fair ARCOmadrid, reveals his top holiday traditions. Sweet Treat: “Roscón de reyes—a soft bun made with orange-blossom water—is only available at Christmastime. Try it at the historic boulan...
Adam Tihany knows the inside of his suitcase better than the inside of his Manhattan apartment. The hotel and restaurant designer travels constantly for work, for pleasure, and to discover new places to eat. Fortunately, some of his latest project...
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On the afternoon I arrive in Tel Aviv, Palestinian militants step up their protracted barrage of missiles on the town of Sderot, a mere 40 miles to the south, this time killing a civilian. Amid such disturbing news, it seems appropriate that my fi...
At Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty’s just-opened Aqua Creations Showroom, you’ll find a selection of ottomans and chairs covered in velvet or Lycra and in organic shapes—bubbles; poufs. Housed in a former train station, Made in TLV stocks a sleek ra...
During his 14 years at the recently renovated Israel Museum, James Snyder has helped shape the institution into the Middle East’s most important repository of biblical and modern art. Case in point: A restored 18th-century synagogue from Suriname ...
“My hands are cold, but my heart is warm,” a tanned young Israeli girl coos to me in broken Russian at a Tel Aviv nightclub as we nod along to an incomprehensible ska beat. “Do you think I’m pretty? Are you a Russian billionaire? I only want to ma...
At sunset in Tel Aviv, the neon signs atop the high-rises on Dizengoff, Hayarkon, and the other main thoroughfares begin to flash the familiar litany of global brand names: Sony, Hyundai, McDonald's. Cars slow to a rush-hour crawl. On the Tayelet,...