You are here: Home » Destinations » Tel Aviv

Basic information

  • Area: 52 km2 (20 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +972 3
  • Currency: New Shekel (₪‎) (ILS)
  • Population (EST): 426,138
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Time Zone: IST (UTC+2) IDT (UTC+3)

Tel Aviv – Overview

Tel Aviv is Israel’s second largest city, located on the shimmering shores of the Israeli Mediterranean Sea. With a reputation as the Miami of the Middle East, this boisterous city packs a vibrant punch, crammed with energetic enclaves, beautiful Bauhaus buildings and party loving people.

For sophisticated shoppers, glitzy malls abound, whilst for something more unique hot foot it down to the quirky boutique’s of the city’s Electric Garden. For a taster of Tel Aviv’s thriving arts and cultural scene visitors can choose from a number of innovative museums and galleries. Alternatively, if it’s bright lights you are after, then here is a city that truly never sleeps. Visitors should be ready to slip on their glad rags and get ready for some serious socialising at some of Tel Aviv’s buzzing bars and clubs.

A nation of food lovers, who live by the Jewish proverb “eat and drink, for tomorrow and you may die” – it comes as no surprise that Tel Aviv is home to thousands of eateries serving up countless forms of cosmopolitan cuisine. One of the hottest dining destinations is Herbert Samuel, whose celebrity chef, seriously stylish interior and tasty tapas has all made it a firm favourite with foodies. Waterfront chic can be found at the port, whilst those seeking something with authentic charm should take to the winding streets of Old Jaffa.

The city boasts a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from backpacker friendly hostels to simple family run guesthouses and luxurious resorts. Those with an eye for the unusual and seeking something sophisticated, should book into Hotel Montefiore, an elegantly styled boutique hotel in the heart of the city centre. Understated, yet achingly hip, this wonderfully restored 1920’s mansion house features sleek suites adorned with the contemporary work of emerging Israeli artists.

Tel Aviv is blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate and plentiful sunshine throughout the year. Temperatures hover around the early twenties most months, rising to the high thirties during the summer and making it prime time to hit the beach. Winters (December to January) are mild and sunny, but bring frequent showers so don’t forget to pack an umbrella.

Tel Aviv has all the modern conveniences needed for easy trip, with ATM machines and car rental companies and tourist information offices found throughout the city centre. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival or at private exchange bureaux that tend to offer the best rates.