Tel Aviv Travel Guide
Introduction to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is the economic and cultural hub of Israel where history meets contemporary and wealth blends with the art and party scene. Here, high end restaurants and a myriad of art galleries sit alongside beautifully restored reminders of Bauhaus architecture (about 4000 German-style buildings built in the 30s and 40s and listed as a White City by UNESCO) against the backdrop of year-round sunshine and a the stunning Mediterranean Coast. It really is possible to enjoy it all here.
With a population just shy of half a people people, Tel Aviv is Israel’s second most populated city (only if you recognise Jerusalem as part of Israel) and located in the country’s central west as part of the Gush Dan area, which is home to nearly half of the national population. The city was founded by the Jewish contingent in the early 1900s, the first all-Jewish City, and slowly overtook the historical port of Jaffa. It was built on sand dunes so without fertile soil it developed as an economic and technological hub to grow the economy. The arts scene came shortly after.
Tel Aviv’s nickname is the ‘city that never sleeps’ and the unofficial party and gay capital of Israel. With year-round sunshine and a booming economy you are sure to find a great night out (all night) most days of the year and no matter your taste including arts, indie and more. The city is divided into nine districts, the older being the ancient port of Jaffa, which is said to be be in the midst of a bourgeoisie/artsy gentrification.
Like most of Israel, Tel Aviv boasts a tumultuous past starting during the Ottoman Empire when the Jewish residents were kicked out for eight months. It was a refuge to many Jews who fled the anti-semantic European era before and during the Holocaust and as a result the city has flourished with many multicultural influences.