Cheap flights to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is not your usual Middle Eastern city. This modern metropolis is all about the sun, sea and party after party. At just over 100 years old, Tel Aviv is a mere teenager on the scale of world cities, and it shows.
This is not your typical Middle Eastern city of crusader castles, mosques and churches. Instead it is one of colourful high-rise apartment blocks, cutting edge skyscrapers and a clutch of Bauhaus and Art Deco structures that look like they came fresh from Miami Beach. And just like its Floridian counterpart, Tel Aviv’s heart is where the beach is, making this one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Runnng in the Tel Aviv Marathon, which could be a 4.2km friendship run, kids' race or a half marathon rather than the full 26 miles, is a great way to get a feel for the city's wide beach and city boulevards. This year it takes place on 28 February. tlvmarathon.co.il
The Bialik House (22 Bialik Street) is the former home of Israel's national poet and a treat for the eyes. The stunning red hall, blue living room and green dining room have been restored to their 1920s glory, and the children's poems and illustrations displayed upstairs are enchanting. On the opposite side of charming little Bialik Square is the old City Hall, which can also be visited.
Dolphinarium Beach is the place to head for on a Friday afternoon, when drummers and performance artists gather to hail the Sabbath, which in Tel Aviv always includes a beach party or three.
Jerusalem, less than 90 minutes from Tel Aviv, is a great place to spend Saturday. Dress respectfully to visit the Western Wall, where a variety of Sabbath services take place simultaneously, then wander through the lively stalls and houmous shacks of the Arab Quarter.