There’s no place like home and there’s no place like Tel Aviv. It’s the city that never sleeps and where the sun (almost) always shines. Besides the cultural sights, TLV is all about enjoying the beautiful , tasty and wonderful things life has to offer. If you’re still planning on going abroad this winter we’d say: doubt no more. Here’s why…
For nine months a year, the temperature rises above 20 degrees in Tel Aviv during the day. Even from December till February you can be lucky and spend a day at the beach in T-shirt. If you’re not the biggest fan of the heath we would suggest you avoid July and August since it’s hotter than hot. Unless you like to see the male population running topless alongside the beach… (actually they do this almost all year long, fyi)
There are just a few places around the globe that offer the combination of both a vibrant city life and a beach. Tel Aviv happens to be one of them. You can have a cultural walk around town and relax at the seaside afterwards. It’s simply the best of both worlds.
Every single second of the day you can have a nice meal in the city that never sleeps. Whether you like meat, fish, vegetarian or vegan dishes, there are too many lunch spots and restaurants to mention in one article. However, our current personal favorites are Bana (vegan), Port Said, Bucke Cafe and Romano. Another option is heading to the Shuk Ha’Carmel (the market) to get some delicious herbs, vegetables and cook a nice meal yourself.
If one of your favorite holiday activities is to stay at the hotel in the evening and watch Netflix, we suggest you choose another destination. One third of the population in Tel Aviv is younger than 35 and we can assure you, they like to have drinks and to party. (If you want to sleep it’s best to do this before and after your vacation.) Our personal favorites to drink, talk and / or dance: Kuli Alma, Radio E.P.G.B, Teder, Container and Yavne.
Did you know that Tel Aviv is known for its many buildings in Bauhaus style and therefor has a neighborhood called the White City? In the 1920’s and 1930’s a lot of German architects settled in Israel to escape from the Nazi’s. They left the center of TLV with around 4000 beautiful houses in Bauhaus and International style, proclaimed a World Cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 2003.
What makes a good holiday a great holiday: the people. Tel Avivians are straight-forward, open-minded, friendly creatures that don’t like to be messed around with. They’re always up for a talk and will provide you with all the information you need to enjoy your stay in the city they call their own. Also, Tel Aviv is known as one of the LGBT capitals in the world. Its gay pride isn’t just a parade but a giant festival that attracts different people from all around the globe. If you haven’t made plans for June yet, we suggest you keep this option open.
Photo credits: ENFNTS TERRIBLES, Bana, Kuli Alma, Haaretz, Trip & Trail