Points of Interest in Tel Aviv

Spots with a nice view, to watch the sunsets, isolated beaches, parks, interesting areas and more.

But you don't have to yes? you can stay at the beach.

 

Neve Tzedek

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A graffiti of the founders of the neighborhood.

Established in 1887, the first Jewish neighborhood that was built outside of the walls of  Yafo, yea, until that year Yafo used to have a wall. With the time Yafo became really crowded and people wanted to expand the city. Many famous Israeli figures lived in the neighborhood, the painter Nachum Gutman, the noble prize winner Shmuel Agnon and more.

In the 1960's a lot of new Jewish immigrants settled in the neighborhood and it became a poor neglected place.

From the 1980's the place has been through a lot of renovation and today it is a fancy cool place. The neighborhood is built an old style with 2-3 story buildings and small alleys.

This fancy luxury tower is under controversy as people say it doesn’t fit the neighborhood character. But it is actually a good landmark to help you orient in those narrow streets.
Most special and beautiful place is the Suzanne Dellal center for dance and theater. Even if you are not planning to watch a show. Go there just to see the buildings and the court. on the map

Don't worry, it's not far from the beach. you can have a peak, mark a V and go back quickly to work on your tan.

 

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American-German colony

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In 1866 a group of devoted Christians from the United States came to settle in the land. They couldn't get an

approval for buying land so they established a camp in a field next to Yafo. The conditions were hard and diseases started to spread and a lot of them died. Later They managed to register a piece of land on a local and they established their small colony.

All the building were made out of wood they brought with them from the US and were built in an American style cottage.  They still had a lot of bureaucracy problems, lack of proper farmland and personal conflicts in the community. After only 2 years they left the place and moved back to the US, some moved to Jerusalem.

Floyd house, behind it Immanuel Church which was built by the Germans.

The Germans are coming

Later the place was bought by some of the German Templars who also settled in the area. They developed it, and it became a known touristic spot for the travelers of that time. Most of the pilgrims who came to the holy land stayed in the Jerusalem hotel of the colony.

In WW2 the British government expelled all the Germans from the colonies across the country. Slowly it became abandon and neglected.

The American Colony Today

Today an American couple from the state of Maine renovate the main building of the town and made the bottom floor a museum for visitors. it is nice to see the building from the inside and there is a short movie on the history of the place.

In front of the house, there is the center of the messianic Jews in Israel.


 

Bialik Square

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A tiny square where the old city hall used to be and where Bialik house is. Who is Bialik you ask?
Bialik was a poet and one of the first pioneers in Modern Hebrew poetry. He also took part in a committee of inventing new words for the language, the word camera (מצלמה) for example, in the bible they didn’t had cameras you know…

-on Bialik's funeral in 1934, 15% of the Jews in the land attended his funeral. that's how important he was.

-The square is a nice scenic place and Bialik house is a museum.

 

Rothschild Boulevard

One of the first streets of Tel Aviv. When they built it there was a small creek in the middle which they couldn’t flatten so they decided to make the street wider than usual and make it a boulevard. The first boulevard of Tel Aviv.

Typical view of the residential area.
The place became a center of culture and leisure of the people. In 1921 even Winston Churchill was visiting here.

In 1948 David Ben Gurion was declaring the state of Israel in one of the houses in the boulevard. Today it is a Museum.

Today the boulevard is one of the main streets of Israel. It is a business center, a night life center and a chilling place for people during the day. At the northern edge, there is a big nice square with a theater.

check the Tel Aviv night life page.

 Best Sunset View Points in Tel Aviv

The Breakwater

Just swim to one of those. If you are not a good swimmer the one in front of the American embassy and Mikes Place restaurant. It is easier to reach and the water there are shallower and you can do more than half of the way by walking.

Imagine that instead of sitting at the beach watch the sea you can seat on the breakwater and watch the beach and the city. If you'll manage to get your beers over there even better.You can sit on the other side and look to the open sea without the breakwater itself damaging the view.

And of course, it’s a great place to watch the sunset.

The known breakwater all over the beaches of TLV.
At low tide at some spots, you can walk all the way to the break water like in the pic.

The Light House of The Marina

On the map.
Let you experience the sitting on the breakwater feeling but without the need to get yourself wet.
located on the beach (of course) where Ben Gurion road meets the beach.

 

Excellent spots for sunset view.

Independence (Ha-Atzmaout) Garden

On the map.
An elevated small park which overlooks on the small marina and the beach. Also a great spot for sunset/reading a book.

-Some say at the evenings it is an LGBT meeting point.

-Located north of the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel near the beach.

 The view of Tel Aviv from Jaffa

The coastline curves in almost 90 degrees when it approaches Jaffa. Jaffa is taller than Tel Aviv so you can get some nice views of the city. Not ideal for sunsets because you are looking north and not west.

View from Jaffa during sunset. As you can see the view is nice but the sunset is the other way...

 


 Trumpeldor Cemetery

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Yea, I know this name sound like a combination of Trump and Dumbledore but it is actually a name of a famous Israeli figure. This small cemetery is located in the heart of center Tel Aviv and you might ask yourself why. Well, the cemetery was there first.

In 1902 there was a plague in Yafo and the ottomans didn’t allow to bury people inside the city so the Jews of Yafo bought this piece of land for their cemetery. With the years many of the founders of Tel Aviv and other famous Israeli figures are buried here.

As you see the graves you might think that all the famous streets of Tel Aviv are buried here.
Dizengoff, Arlozorov, Shenkin, Bialik and more.

 

 

The Port

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This port was built as a result of the Arab revolt in 1936. The Jews didn’t want to be dependent on the Arab workers of Yafo and built their own port. The last ship was docking here in 1965 as the big port of Ashdod was built.

Today the area is a leisure area with luxury restaurants and shops. It is also the place where the Yarkon river meets the sea and a nice place to walk around.


 

Yarkon Park

The Yarkon is a small river that starts around 30 KM to the east of Tel Aviv. During the 50's of the previews century, it was declared as a green spot and a park.

The area close to the sea where the river flows into the Mediterranean it is an artificial park which a lot of grass fields and picnic tables. As you go east, it becomes more wild, with wild vegetation and unpaved roads. The Israel

The Israel Trail goes along the whole river as it goes from the northern edge of the country to Eilat. You might see its marking.

Park official site with info about things to do and history.

Things to do here:

  • An epic picnic.
  • Go for a run if you are tired of running on the beach.
  • Climbing Wall
    Activity hours: 17:00-22:00
    Friday: 14:00-20:00
    Saturday: 11:00-21:00
    Phone: 03-6990910
  • Rent a boat and explore the river.

If you go deeper inside the park, the place can be a good camping spot for the budget traveler.

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