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    Tel Aviv – a brief overview

    Climbing to one of Tel Aviv’s loftiest points in Old Jaffa permits an impressive view of the city, whose name translates as ‘Hill of the Spring’. Urban sprawl, soaring skyscrapers and gleaming Bauhaus architecture make up the idiosyncratic cityscape on one side. On the other is the alluring Mediterranean Sea and the golden beaches.

    The ancient port town of Jaffa, which is mentioned in the bible, has long since been swallowed up by rampant Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial, artistic and culinary capital. At times it has a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern feel, but influences from across the world inform dynamic and modern Tel Aviv.

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    Tel Aviv Museum of Art

    27 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard
    33288 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 607 7020
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed and Sat 1000-1800
    Tue and Thu 1000-2100
    Fri 1000-1400

    Perhaps the most important art venue in Israel, this expansive museum features pieces by Dali, Picasso and Chagall. Its most wondrous new addition is the stunning Herta and Paul Amir building, which opened in 2012.

    Bialik Street

    Bialik Street
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    The most recognisable symbol of Tel Aviv is its White City of Bauhaus buildings, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bialik Street contains some of the most important architecture, some dating back to 1920s.

    Bahaus Center

    99 Dizengoff Street
    64396 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 522 0249
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 1000-1930
    Fri 1000-1430
    Sat 1200-1930

    To learn more about Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, visit the Bauhaus Center which provides fascinating insights into the history of the International Style and more.

    Beit Ha’ir

    27 Bialik Street
    63324 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 724 0311
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 0900-1700
    Fri-Sat 1000-1400

    A beautiful example of the Bauhaus style, the former town hall dating back to 1924 is today a museum telling the story of Tel Aviv, from its difficult sandswept inception to thriving present.

    Old Jaffa

    Jaffa
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    The biblical port town of Jaffa has a history stretching back thousands of years. It’s now the oldest part of the city (and one half of its official name, Tel Aviv-Yafo), full of ancient remnants.

    Rothschild Boulevard

    Rothschild Boulevard
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Aside from being a pleasant place for a stroll or to stop for a coffee, this wide green boulevard features some of the city’s most intriguing architecture.

    Eretz Israel Museum

    2 Haim Levanon Street, Ramat Aviv
    69975 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 641 5244
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Wed 1000-1600
    Thu 1000-2000
    Fri-Sat 1000-1400

    This large museum seeks to explain the history and culture of Israel through thousands of archaeological finds, ethnographic displays and installations.

    Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art

    6 Tarsat Boulevard
    64283 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 528 7196
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed and Sat 1000-1800
    Tue and Thu 1000-2100
    Fri 1000-1400

    A part of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (tickets are valid for both), this separate venue houses contemporary art exhibitions from a range of disciplines and countries.

    Rubin House

    14 Bialik Street
    63324 Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: (03) 525 5961
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    Opening times:
    Mon and Wed-Fri 1000-1500
    Tue 1000-2000
    Sat 1100-1400

    A museum-home dedicated to legendary Israeli artist Reuven Rubin. Hundreds of his best paintings are on display in the 1930s house that he lived and worked in.

    Florentin

    Florentin
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    Tel: 054 662 3314
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    Tel Aviv’s most bohemian neighbourhood, Florentin, is full of independent galleries, hip bars and incredible street art; explore the graffitti with local guide Guy Sharett.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Israel has always been an alluring destination. From the days of prophets to the modern

    day nomad this tiny slice of land at the far end of the eastern Mediterranean has long attracted visitors.

    Geography

    Israel is on the eastern Mediterranean, bordered by Lebanon and Syria to the north, the Palestine National Authority (West Bank) and Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the south. Gaza, a small coastal strip between Israel and Egypt, is claimed by the Palestine National Authority, but under de facto rule by the militant group Hamas.

    Although only the size of Massachusetts, Israel contains a great variety of terrain and four climate zones. The north of the country is the fertile hill region of Galilee, rising to Mount Hermon and Golan in the northeast. The fertile Plain of Sharon runs along the coast, while inland is a range of hills and uplands with relatively barren stony areas to the east. The country stretches southwards through the Negev Desert to Eilat, on the Red Sea. The Dead Sea (the lowest point in the world) sits along the eastern border along the great Syrian-African Rift Valley.

    Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Kinneret (also known the Sea of Galilee) is an important source of drinking water for the country and a significant religious destination for Jewish and Christian pilgrims.

    Owing to its location on the climatic and geographical crossroads, where the northern steppes of Europe meet the Syrian-African Rift Valley, Israel has a surprisingly varied flora and fauna. It has 2,380 species of flora and more than 100 species of mammal. The country is also a crucial stop-over on the great bird migrations as they make their way north and south twice a year. Israel has 66 national parks and 190 nature reserves, under control of the Israel Nature and National Parks Authority.

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    Key facts

    Population: 7707042

    Population Density (per sq km): 371

    Capital: Jerusalem.

    Language

    Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel. Other languages include English, French, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. A large proportion of the population speak good English.

    Currency

    New Shekel (ILS; symbol ₪) = 100 agorot (singular, agora). Notes are in denominations of ₪200, 100, 50, and 20. Coins are in denominations of ₪10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 and 10 agorot.

    Note: Many hotels, tour companies, car rental agencies and other tourist services quote their prices in US dollars.
    It is customary to tip 12-15% in restaurants and cafés. Tipping in bars is appreciated but not expected, and it is the norm to round up to the nearest shekel in taxis. Bargaining is done only in open markets.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are standard; many European two-pin plugs fit the sockets.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are Sun-Thurs 0830-1730. On Fridays, businesses shut at 1230 or 1300 for Shabbat, which starts at sundown on Friday and continues until Saturday evening. Some are closed for the whole of Friday and Saturday.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note

    Only the first and last days of Pesach and Sukkot are national holidays, but there may be some disruption on intermediate dates. Jewish festivals always commence on the evenings before the dates given below.

    2014

    Purim: 14. February 2014
    Pesach (Passover): 15. April 2014
    Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day): 06. May 2014
    Shavuot (Pentecost): 04. June 2014
    Rosh Hashanah (New Year): 25. September 2014
    Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement): 04. October 2014
    Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles): 09. October 2014
    Simchat Torah: 16. October 2014

    2015

    Purim: 05. March 2015
    Pesach (Passover): 04. April 2015
    Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day): 24. April 2015
    Shavuot (Pentecost): 24. May 2015
    Rosh Hashanah (New Year): 14. September 2015
    Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement): 23. September 2015
    Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles): 28. September 2015
    Simchat Torah: 05. October 2015

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    Nightlife in Tel Aviv

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    Rooftop raves, 24-hour beach parties, all-night bars and clubs – Tel Aviv is a hedonistic heartland.

    Things tend to kick off very late and continue until the early hours in trendy electro and house spots in the centre around Rothschild.

    Hoodna

    Abarbanel St 13
    Tel Aviv-Yafo
    Israel
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    A lively hipster crowd hangs out here most nights listening to live bands or revelling on the terrace outside.

    Suzanne Dellal Center

    5 Yechiely Street, Neve Tzedek
    65149 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    For an evening of sophisticated entertainment, this historic buildings hosts dance performances and theatre.

    The Cat and Dog

    23 Carlebach Street
    67132 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Set in a basement with a lively dancefloor, this club is packed most nights.

    Radio EPGB

    7 Shadal Street
    65781 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    With chic-retro décor and eclectic music, this bar-club is a favourite with the alternative crowd.

    223

    223 Dizengoff Street
    6311602 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Classy yet decadent, this stylish bar preserves this soul of the speakeasy.

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    Restaurants in Tel Aviv

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    Tel Aviv’s cuisine often mixes Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, but with such a cosmopolitan population, it’s constantly evolving.

    Apart from checking out the city’s great restaurants, be sure to partake of the odd falafel from one of the street vendors.

    HaBasta

    4 Ha'Shomer Street
    65601 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Price: Expensive

    Carefully sourcing ingredients from across Israel and Palestine, this small restaurant has a distinctly Mediterranean feel.

    Mizlala

    Herzl St 114
    66554 Tel Aviv-Yafo
    Israel ‎
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    Price: Expensive

    Rub shoulders with Mizlala’s trendy clientele while dining on eclectic dishes by top chef Meir Adoni.

    Kalamata

    10 Kedumim Square, Jaffa
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Price: Moderate

    Based in Jaffa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this is a Greek-inspired delight.

    Orna and Ella

    33 Shenkin
    65232 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Price: Cheap

    Fuss-free Med-style cooking with a homemade feel; be sure to try the yam pancakes.

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    Jaffa Nights

    1 July – 31 August 2014

    Venue: Kedumin Square, Jaffa.

    On four high-summer Saturday nights (usually throughout August), the streets of Old Jaffa are closed to traffic and become the scene of Israel’s largest street festival. Stages and performance areas take over the squares and lanes, and some of Israel’s leading performers put on free street theatre and concerts of jazz, rock, ethnic sounds and classical music, along with art and craft exhibitions. The party mood lasts until dawn.

    Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

    24 – 26 September 2014

    Israel’s two-day New Year celebration is a family holiday, with gifts but also with a reflective mood. The year starts not with a drink at midnight but with a big, festive evening meal – followed, for many, by synagogue in the morning. ‘Sweetness’ is the theme of the holiday, and key foods are apple in honey, and honey cake. In Tel Aviv, many shops and restaurants remain open throughout the holiday.

    Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

    8 – 15 October 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    For one week, ramshackle, colourful, fun little shelters, called “sukkot” (singular: sukkah), are erected by people all over town. These supposedly recall the simple shelters erected by Jews in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. Some are big, some tiny, and it’s a religious commandment that Jews should ‘dwell’ in their sukkah. That’s usually taken to mean eating and relaxing in it, though some people do sleep in them.

    Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)

    16 – 24 December 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    In homes, workplaces, and in the street, hanukkiot candelabras are lit in the evening with one extra candle each night for a week. Hanukkah (also spelt Chanucah) is sometimes compared to Christmas, with which it often coincides, by Hanukkah is relatively uncommercial. It’s a happy, party time, child-oriented, with low-key gift-giving, traditional games, traditional songs and – especially – traditional foods, especially latkes (fried potato patties) and suvganiot (sugar doughnuts).

    Purim

    4 – 5 March 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    A day of fancy dress and a mini-carnival. Purim commemorates events in ancient Persia, in which an attempt to kill the Jews was decisively overturned. It’s told in the Book of Esther, read in synagogues on this day. Celebrations involve giving gifts and all manner of zaniness, including cross-dressing. This is the one day of the year on which religious Jews are encouraged to get drunk and act the fool.

    Pesach (Passover)

    4 – 10 April 2015
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    Venue: Throughout the city.

    The year’s biggest Jewish festival, Pesach starts with ‘Seder Night’ – a festive meal on the first evening (the evening before the first day) when friends and especially family get together to read through the story of the Exodus and eat ritual foods. Nothing which is ‘leavened’ is allowed all week including bread and beer. The first and last days are national holidays, so many shops and business are shut.

    Israel Independence Day (“Yom Ha’atzmaut”)

    22 – 23 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Celebrations of the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948 with concerts and picnics. As well as grand official events broadcast live, and a big fireworks display over Rabin Square, this is also a convivial occasion for family and friends to party together. Plenty of blue-and-white decoration everywhere. The day before is the sombre Yom Hazikaron, in memory of fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks.

    Tel Aviv Jazz Festival

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Tel Aviv Cinemateque.

    One of Israel’s top jazz events, Tel Aviv’s long-established annual festival draws international performers and audiences as well as Israeli musicians. The festival emphasises a particular style or country in each year, but always covers the spectrum of jazz from traditional to modern, newcomers to veterans, and encompasses jazz-influenced world music and other genres. The festival also provides a platform for original and creative new talent.

    Tel Aviv Pride

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Centre city and waterfront.

    Israel’s biggest, loudest, most ostentatious gay celebrations rival any in the entire world. As it is said, Tel Aviv doesn’t have a gay neighbourhood, because gays are everywhere. Officially opened by the mayor of Tel Aviv, this huge parade of brilliant colour, exuberance, noise and raunchy costume (or bare flesh) winds through city centre streets and down to the beach in celebration of sexual freedom.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Tel Aviv

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    There are a number of stylish properties in Tel Aviv befitting a city of such artistic vigour, including several design hotels.

    The beachfront has many towering options, while staying in the centre in a restored Bauhaus number is also appealing.

    David Intercontinental

    12 Kaufmann Street
    Tel Aviv-Yafo, 61501
    Israel
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    Category: Expensive

    With three restaurants, a pool, cigar bar and live music, this is Tel Aviv’s most luxurious hotel.

    Hilton

    205 HaYarkon St. Independence Park
    Tel Aviv, 6340506
    Israel
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    Category: Expensive

    Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hilton is vast and self-contained.

    Prima

    105 Hayarkon Street
    63432 Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Category: Moderate

    Small and homely, Prima is ideally situated, overlooking the sea.

    Dizengoff Suites

    39 Gordon Street
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Category: Cheap

    This cheerful boutique lies in the heart of the shopping district.

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    Climate & best time to visit Israel

    Mediterranean, with a pleasant spring and autumn. Winters in the north can be cool. Occasional light rain in winter is possible, particularly in Jerusalem, though recent years have seen insufficient rain. Snow is rare. Summers can be very hot, especially in the south. The Red Sea resort of Eilat has a good climate for beach holidays all year round.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +972

    Telephone

    All hotels offer direct dial phones, but these can be pricey. Calling cards can be bought from newsagents and used in phone booths, or newsagent coin-operated phones. The international dialling code for Israel is +972.

    Mobile Telephone

    Mobile phone connections are excellent, even in rural areas, and roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. It is possible to rent mobile phones or sim cards in Tel Aviv airport.

    Internet

    Internet is widely available and Wi-Fi is commonly found in cafés and hotels.

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    Shopping in Tel Aviv

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    Key Areas

    Tel Aviv is the fashion capital of Israel and boasts much in the way of homegrown designer talent. You can find lots of boutiques in and around Dizengoff Street, and much of the former industrial parts of the city in the south are being turned into shops.

    Markets

    The highlight of shopping in Tel Aviv has to be its markets. With jewellery, ceramics and various handmade crafts, the huge Nahalat Binyamin (on the street of the same name) is the most famous bazaar, but the adjacent Carmel Market for food is the oldest.

    Shopping Centres

    Israel’s first department store is the Dizengoff Center (corner of Dizengoff Street and King George Street), which was built in 1970s. Even if its hundreds of shops don’t interest you, it’s worth visiting as an architectural curiosity alone.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Israelis are usually very informal but with the European style of hospitality. Israelis are typically blunt and direct in speech, which should not be misinterpreted as rudeness. Visitors should observe normal courtesies when visiting someone’s home and should not be afraid to ask questions about the country as most Israelis are happy to talk about their homeland, religion and politics. The expression shalom (peace) is used for hello and goodbye.

    Dress is casual, but in the holy places of all religions modest attire is worn. For places such as the Western Wall, male visitors are given a smart cardboard yarmulke (skull cap) to respect the religious importance of the site.

    Businesspeople are expected to dress smartly, or at least in smart casual style, although ties are often not worn. The most expensive of restaurants and nightclubs may expect a similar standard. If formal evening wear is required this will be specified on invitations.

    It is considered a violation of Shabbat (Sabbath, on Saturday) to smoke on that day. There is usually a sign to remind the visitor of this, and to disregard the warning would be regarded as discourteous.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is safe to drink throughout Israel. Bottled water is widely available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. All local meat, fish and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

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    19 Beeri St.
    Tel-Aviv 64239
    Israel
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