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Top 12 Facts about Tel Aviv

People partying at the annual gay parade in the streets of Tel-Aviv
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People partying at the annual gay parade in the streets of Tel-Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem, located on the Mediterranean coast. In 1909, it was established as a suburb of Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest cities, but soon merged with it. One widespread misconceptions is that the city is the capital of Israel. It is, however, somewhat justifiable – the city, after all, is home to most embassies, international corporate headquarters, and financial centres. Tel Aviv also makes the top 10 list of cities with the best beaches, and is hailed as one of the world’s main fashion capitals.

Here is a list of interesting and surprising facts about the city, which is among the most expensive in the world.

  • One of Tel Aviv’s beaches, called Nord Beach, has separate visiting days for men and women. The beach is surrounded by a wall, and women are allowed in on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, whereas men can come on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The beach in Tel Aviv, packed with people on a hot day
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The beach in Tel Aviv, packed with people on a hot day
  • 18 of Israel’s 35 art centres are located in Tel Aviv. Most of them are concentrated in the historic neighbourhood Neve Cedek – a true artists’ mecca.
  • Tel Aviv is considered to be a city that never sleeps – it’s full of shops and entertainment, catering and cultural establishments that are open 24/7.
  • 17 percent of the city is comprised of a green zone.
  • The old Jaffa is best visited before noon. Apart from marvelling at the historic neighbourhood’s attractions, here you can also buy the best hummus in the entire country. In Jaffa, the traditional Israeli delicacy made from chickpeas, tahini, spices, lemon juice and garlic is usually all bought up by the locals by noon.
A group of turists near the Mediterranean beach and Tel Aviv, Israel boradwalk with the city sky line and towers in the background
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A group of turists near the Mediterranean beach and Tel Aviv, Israel boradwalk with the city sky line and towers in the background
  • Tel Aviv is a manufacturing centre of excellent desserts. The best place to try them is the Max Brenner café, located on the Rothschild Boulevard.
  • Unlike in most other Israeli cities, here you can bring your pets along to cafés. Up to 95% of canines in Tel Aviv are watchdogs. Rest assured, though, since 2005 it is no longer allowed to import and breed fighting dogs.
  • The White City – this is the name Tel Aviv acquired due to its many white buildings, erected between 1920 and 1950 in the international Bauhaus style (characterised by strict forms and asymmetry). Thanks to these buildings, the city is now a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site.
Tel Aviv, Israel. The city is a top 10 beach city as ranked by National Geographic
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tel Aviv, Israel. The city is a top 10 beach city as ranked by National Geographic
  • During the night, tourists are strictly prohibited from visiting Tel Aviv’s southern neighbourhood, as well as the environs of the old and new bus stations.
  • Jaffa also has Christian attractions. Here you’ll find the 17th century St. Peter’s Church; Simon the Tanner’s house, where St. Peter saw a vision; a Franciscan monastery; and the gravesite of the woman who was cured by St. Peter.
  • Tel Aviv’s northern part is the wealthiest not only in the city, but in all of Israel. This neighbourhood is expertly planted and has a number of famous objects, such as the Tel Aviv University and the Israel Museum.
Flea market shop in tel aviv old town Israel
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Flea market shop in tel aviv old town Israel
  • Carmel Market is an integral part of Tel Aviv, characterised by a truly oriental atmosphere, an abundance of goods and vociferous vendors. Here you can try Jewish and Arabic dishes. The so-called flea market is another thing Jaffa would be unimaginable without. Twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Nachalat Benjamin Street, half of which is pedestrian, hosts various arts and crafts fairs. It’s the best place to shop for gifts to bring back home.

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