Reasons why you should visit Tel Aviv
A few years ago, no one would’ve thought of going to Tel Aviv for vacation. It was one of those places where you were advised not to go to. But fate stepped in and I got the opportunity to fly to Israel in 2016. I had a feeling that I would like it, but had no idea what to expect. As soon as I stepped outside, I regretted not going there earlier.
Tel Aviv is, as locals like to call it, a “bubble” because you can’t really feel any political tension here, unlike Jerusalem. It’s a city full of possibilities and quirky personalities, where nothing is too weird. Well, almost nothing. It’s also quite a modern city as well and is known as a tech hub. But that’s not why I loved Tel Aviv.
When you’re in Tel Aviv, the beach is always close to you. The city has been blessed with long stretches of sand beach and that’s mostly where you’ll see the locals hanging. The beach is the heart of Tel Aviv, and thanks to the all year round climate, you can be there all the time. If beach isn’t really your thing, there’s a ton of small, local cafés, parks, cool shops and hipster neighbourhoods to wander around in. Two favourites are Neve Tsedek and Jaffa. It’s basically street art heaven, so make sure to bring your camera so you can capture the beauty in those two neighbourhoods. When you’re starting to feel hungry, go grab a falafel or hummus – it will guaranteed be some of the best you’ve tried, ever! The Israeli food is known to be healthy, fresh and full of flavor, and I can safely say that it’s true. I went to bed every night thankful that I still had another day to eat their delicious falafel and get fresh pomegranate juice.
When the sun goes down, there’s many bars to choose from. There’s almost too many to try! One thing that Israelis are really good at is partying, and boy, do they party hard. So if you’re into the nightclub scene, you’ve come to the right place. You can party until you drop but you can also just go somewhere with a calmer environment and grab a beer (or two) with your friends. What’s so good about Tel Aviv is that there’s plenty of options, so no evening has to be the same.
So if you love a good beach, tropical climate, beautiful and artistic neighbourhoods, friendly locals, really(!) good food and a nightlife that will blow your mind – write down Tel Aviv in your calendar now. It’s effortlessly cool, alternative, fun, pretty, and to be honest, also very ugly in some ways and it’s a city that will make you fall in love with it. Tel Aviv is that summer romance that went by too fast, and when you come home, it will still be on your mind for a very long time.
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