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.
Tel Aviv's lively Carmel food market can be a zoo, but it's delicious when you visit at lunchtime with a guide who knows the best stalls. Tourist Israel organises a lunchtime tour every Tuesday starting at 12.30 - expect a bowl of some of the best hummus in town and a few extra stops for drinks and treats along the way. A tad pricey at NIS150 but fun; www.touristisrael.com.
Wander Rothschild Boulevard to gaze at the heady mix of architectural styles. Tel Aviv's famous Bauhaus buildings sit side by side with designs of the Oriental school; book the city's free Bauhaus tour to see some of the best addresses with an informed guide. The central reservation of this beautiful wide avenue is a particular delight on Saturday, when families are out with their dogs and children, and the cafes on the green are packed.
The Design Museum in Holon, outside Tel Aviv, is worth a visit as much for the spectacular building by designer Ron Arad as the exhibits. Eyeglasses across the ages will form part of the display until April 2017, and there's a fine permanent collection of furniture, textiles, fashion, jewellery and all kinds of unique objects. www.dmh.org.il
Visiting Petra and Wadi Rum across the Jordanian border is now a possibility from Tel Aviv within the time-frame of a long weekend. Early risers can choose between a dawn flight and a long bus ride, overnighting in Aqaba after visiting the ruins and before a Jeep safari and sojourn in Eilat the following morning. www.touristisrael.com
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