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In a country known for its holy sites and religious conservatism, Tel Aviv sets itself apart with brash commercialization, free spirits, liberalism and big sunglasses. Young Israelis flock here to pluck up high tech jobs, enroll in university or simply blend into the urban fabric - the resulting scene one of new money and vibrant street action. Despite its hedonistic attitudes, Tel Aviv is a low rise city of leafy side streets, Bauhaus architecture and warm Mediterranean air, all factors that encourage evening strolls and abundant sidewalk cafes. You'll find many residents taking advantage of this relaxed scene - business is conducted in ...

In a country known for its holy sites and religious conservatism, Tel Aviv sets itself apart with brash commercialization, free spirits, liberalism and big sunglasses. Young Israelis flock here to pluck up high tech jobs, enroll in university or simply blend into the urban fabric - the resulting scene one of new money and vibrant street action. Despite its hedonistic attitudes, Tel Aviv is a low rise city of leafy side streets, Bauhaus architecture and warm Mediterranean air, all factors that encourage evening strolls and abundant sidewalk cafes. You'll find many residents taking advantage of this relaxed scene - business is conducted in wi-fi equipped cafes and cycling is a popular mode of local transport. Tel Aviv has a surprisingly sophisticated dining scene, good theater and excellent museums, including the Jewish Diaspora Museum. Most of all, Tel Aviv is a place to wander. You can stroll along pedestrianized Nahalat Binyamin to enjoy the craft market, weave your way through the hectic Carmel Market, laze along the beachfront esplanade or promenade with the beautiful people on fashionable Sheinken St. The ancient port city of Jaffa, within walking distance of Tel Aviv, is a destination all its own.

Michael Kohn
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Michael Kohn is the author of Lonely Planet guides to Israel & the Palestinian Territories, South Africa, Tibet, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Middle East, between Egypt and Lebanon; along the Mediterranean Sea
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    March to April or September to October