Tel Aviv has just celebrated its centenary (1909-2009) as the first new Hebrew city in (what was then) Ottoman Palestine. It was built on the outskirts of the ancient city of Yafo, (Jaffa) and so is known as Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Although Tel Aviv is a thoroughly modern city, the combination with Yafo also gives it ancient city status. Much of Yafo has been restored complete with alleys, artist colonies, restaurants and a port dating back to the bible.
Today Tel Aviv is Israel’s second largest city, but, it is the heart of a large urban conurbation (Gush Dan – Dan Region.) Tel Aviv is the commercial center of Israel and prides itself as being the city that doesn’t sleep and the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Israel.
Tel Aviv is well known for its beaches and the beach lifestyle. Tel Aviv is a great resort, but, it has plenty more to offer – markets, Bauhaus architecture, museums, parks and Yafo.
Lonely Planet has named Tel Aviv as number 3 in its list of Top Cities for 2011. It highlights the tolerant international and cultural nature of Tel Aviv.
Enjoy the sand and the sea; and explore Tel Aviv’s other charms…..
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