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.
Winter is a great time to discover Tel Aviv's increasingly buzzy city centre, with many cultural offerings and a new dining destination in the Saron Centre, a complex of renovated Templar houses of the late 19th century. Don't miss the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, a real treasure trove of Israeli painting with a fine collection of Impressionists. It also has a sculpture garden and revolving shows of contemporary installations by Israeli artists.
Summer evenings are ideal for strolling Tel Aviv's long coastal strip, starting at the southern end in Jaffa, with its galleries and cafes and progressing up the promenade proper to Tel Aviv Port. Here locals line the boardwalk, dipping into late-night clubs like Shalvata, where you can enjoy cocktails with your toes in the sand, or enjoying street snacks.
Take advantage of the free live music events held every Saturday night in July and August at the Summer Sounds Festival. It's in the city centre at 19 Shaul Hamelech Street, but those who don't want to leave the promenade strip will find every Friday night in summer sees an outbreak of spontaneous beach parties.
For those who can't spend a Saturday without retail therapy, head for Jerusalem, which stays open when Tel Aviv shops close for the Jewish Sabbath. Explore the fantastic Tower of David Museum, which tells Jerusalem's story over the centuries within a fantastic old fortress built on Roman stones, overlook weekly devotions at the Western Wall and shop for spices and souvenirs in the Arab Quarter souk.
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