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.
Grab a bike on 21 October, and join cyclist at the Tel Aviv Bike Festival, the city's largest cycling event. Join the starting line on Rokach Street, then choose from four courses covering the promenade, the city centre and the main artery of the Ayalon Highway. There's an inline skating course too - register at https://www.sovevtlv.org.il/RegSovevTlv_en.aspx
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.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a great time to visit Hatachana, the dining and shopping complex within the old Jaffa railway station an easy stroll from Tel Aviv's southernmost beaches. Its central plaza will be a hub of entertainment, and the upmarket shops will be tempting visitors with holiday specials. The holiday season runs most of the month from October 3, with the exception of October 11-12, when the city closes down completely for Yom Kippur.
Make a break for Jerusalem on a Saturday if closed shops and restaurants bother you. Christian and Muslim populations keep this beautiful city open, and the Via Dolorosa leads right through the lively market, with the stations of the cross clearly marked. Stoke up with great hummus at Abu Shukri near the Fifth Station, then walk it off at the Tower of David Museum, which beautifully tells 2000 years of history within the ancient citadel which has survived endless occupations.
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