Tel Aviv is the financial center and technology hub of Israel. The city is the 2nd largest in the country and the Metropolitan area contains over 3.7 million residents.
The city was founded in 1909 by new Jewish immigrants to Palestine on the outskirts of the ancient city of Yaffo. The first nearby neighborhood, Neve Tzedek, was established in 1887.
In the 1920s, a new eclectic Orientalist architecture style was adapted combining European architecture with Eastern features such as arches, domes, and ornamental tiles. We can see some of these masterpieces on Rothschild Boulevard.
As a result of the 1936–39 Arab revolt, the Jews opened an alternative port in Tel Aviv in 1938 and an airport, Sde Dov, that opened around 1938.
Today the port is a bustling entertainment center with many fine restaurants, coffee shops, beer houses, shops with international brands and performances.
Many German Jewish architects trained at the Bauhaus school of architecture in Germany, left Germany for Palestine with the rise of Nazism. Some adapted the Bauhaus architecture to the local conditions here, creating the largest concentration of buildings in the International Style in the world. Tel Aviv, also known as White City, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
Tel Aviv has been named the 3rd “hottest city for 2011” by Lonely Planet, third-best in the Middle East and Africa by Travel + Leisure magazine and the ninth-best beach city in the world by National Geographic. Tel Aviv is consistently ranked as one of the top LGBT destinations in the world.
Tel Aviv is an international center of highly active and diverse nightlife with bars, dance bars, and nightclubs open 24/7 drawing large crowds of young people from all over the country.
The city is famous for its wide variety of world-class restaurants, offering traditional Israeli and international dishes. There are more than 100 sushi restaurants, the third highest concentration in the world.
Three of the largest museums in Israel are located in Tel Aviv. The Eretz Israel Museum, with its archaeological and historical collections, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Beth Hatefutsoth, (the international Jewish diaspora). The latter exhibits the story of Jewish prosperity and persecution throughout the centuries of exile.
The Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center hosts more than 60 major events annually.
There are many sports centers and annual local and international sports events.
Carmel Market is the most famous of all Tel Aviv’s open marketplaces with trendy spots for bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and chef-owned food stalls. You can find in the market home-made traditional food, boutique cheeses, common textiles to designer threads, The Carmel has it all, salted fish, cured meats; Middle Eastern fare, fresh baked French pastries, local roasted coffee and fresh fruit or vegetable juice for your health.
By bus, taxi or guided tour.