Join us on a journey through all of Tel Aviv’s fascinating old and new layers on our Tel Aviv shore excursion!
There is hardly a city as vibrant, raucous and exciting as Tel Aviv, a place where past and present intertwine even in the very name of the city: Tel or Tell is an artificial mound or hill formed by human activities in the same spot over an extended period of time and Aviv means spring in Hebrew. Therefore, the name “Tel of spring” symbolises both the old and the new. Tel Aviv is also the title of Theodor Herzl's Altneuland ("Old New Land") translated into Hebrew. The name was chosen soon after the city’s foundation in 1909, as it reflected the idea of revival of Jewish life in the ancient Jewish homeland.
Our adventure will start, of course, where the story of Tel Aviv, “The Old New Land” began: in Neve Tzedek (Oasis of Justice), the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv in the south of the city, near the ancient port of Jaffa. It was established in 1887, and by 1909, 60 families lived here, and the city was officially founded.
Explore the craft shops, cafes and wine bars in Shabazi Street in Neve Tzedek; take a stroll around HaTahana (the railway station complex, an area which has been rebuilt and developed around a former historic railway, and delve into the history by stopping at Independence Hall. Once the house of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv’s first mayor, it was here, on 14 May 1948, that the establishment of the State of Israel was declared by the Jewish People’s council, led by David Ben-Gurion.
Tel Aviv is also a hub for arts and culture; you will notice the hipster and avant-garde crowd already while walking on Rotschild boulevard, with its Bauhaus buildings, restaurants, cafes, galleries and people relaxing on the benches, from Neve Tzedek all the way to the Habima Theatre on the beautiful Habima Square.
If you are an art lover, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a mandatory halt for you. There is a lot to see, from a rich collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art to a selection of 20th-century Israeli art.
One our Tel Aviv shore excursion, we will make our way through the convoluted streets of the ancient port city of Jaffa, with their incredibly rich historical and cultural heritage. The flea market, or Shuk Hapishpashim in Hebrew, has developed in one of the coolest areas of Tel Aviv. It’s definitely the best place to shop for souvenirs and antiquities, as well as to have a refreshing cold drink in one of the market’s many hip bars.
One of the best Tel Aviv experiences is to just stroll along Tayelet, the promenade that runs along the Mediterranean seashore from the Old Port in the North of the city all the way down to Jaffa. Sunbathing and having a drink on one of the city’s glamorous beaches, such as, Gordon Beach, Alma Beach or Banana Beach, is probably the most relaxing thing to do.
Feeling hungry after taking in all the historical insights? Then it’s time for the Shuk HaCarmel! This raucous market in the heart of Tel Aviv is located between the pedestrian area of Nachalat Binyamin Street and the Yemenite Quarter. The entire market area will seduce your senses with its colours and the scent of typical food and other delicacies. It is quite crowded and noisy, and it is here where you will find Tel Aviv’s Middle Eastern soul! When it comes to food, there is not much you can do wrong. You can enjoy delicious humus, falafel, sabich, tahini, shakshuka and other middle-eastern delicacies pretty much at every corner.
Tel Aviv is a place that stimulates all your senses, discover it with us on our Tel Aviv shore excursion!