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Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel and has a lot to offer travellers. A city of immigrants, Tel Aviv is home to a diverse mélange of culture and innovation. While it goes without saying that the city has thousands of years of history, Tel Aviv is also packed with skyscrapers and is at the cutting edge of the tech industry.

With a Mediterranean climate, the city can be visited during any month of the year. The weather in Tel Aviv is generally sunny, with relatively high humidity and temperatures around 30°C in the months from June to October. While rainfall can occur during the winter, highs during the first three months of the year tend to linger at around 17.6°C.

What’s more, the city is compact and easily navigated by foot or by cycling. Bikes are tourist-friendly and easily rented. Simply hop on and the bike lanes will lead you through all of the main districts and to the beaches, museums, and markets that characterise this amazing city.

Flights to Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is served by Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) which is around 15 km from the city centre. If you’re flying in from the UK, you’ll have several options to choose from. Many airlines operate direct flights to Tel Aviv from London, including British Airways and easyJet.

Recently, new direct flights to Tel Aviv from London have also been popping up, including one operated by Virgin Atlantic and one by Arkia, Israel’s second largest airline. The flight from London to Tel Aviv takes around 4 hours and 50 minutes. A direct flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv is also offered a few times per week by easyJet.

Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you have several options for getting to your accommodation. A taxi ride into the city will set you back around 120 Israeli new shekels (£25), but you can also take a direct train ride from the airport to one of Tel Aviv’s downtown stations in less than 20 minutes for just 13.5 Israeli new shekels (£3).

Not sure where to stay? For a convenient location in the city centre, consider the Crowne Plaza. If you plan to spend your weekend by the ocean, Melody Hotel is within walking distance from Hilton Beach. If you’re just looking for somewhere to crash for the night, book a stay at The Spot Hostel, which offers cheap dormitory beds and single rooms.

Exploring Tel Aviv

If you’ve flown in for a weekend trip, be sure to maximize your time in this vibrant city by planning ahead by deciding what you’d like to do in advance. Here are some of our top recommendations:

Museums

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the place to go to get a taste of the city’s contemporary art scene. This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Israeli art, though it also features works from internationally renowned artists like Pollock, Degas, and Monet.

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Three museums can be found in Bialik Square, which is named after Hayim Nahman Bialik, the national poet of Israel. While admiring the architecture of this historic part of the city, you can make stops at the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Bialik House, or Rubin Museum of Art.

If you can’t squeeze in time for a museum visit, you’ll still be able to get a feel for the city’s cultural roots just by walking through the city—street art is everywhere. Head to the Old Jaffa neighbourhood for a higher concentration of large, camera-friendly murals and graffiti art. This district is also packed with restaurants and nightclubs, so you’ll likely find yourself in the area at least once during your stay.

Markets

Markets (known locally as “shuks”) are a central part of the local lifestyle and should definitely not be missed by tourists. At markets, you can try street snacks, purchase souvenirs, or even have a sit-down meal.

Carmel Market is the largest shuk of its kind in Tel Aviv, and it’s your one-stop for anything ranging from fruit to electronics. The hustle and bustle can be a lot to take in when you first arrive, but you’ll get into the swing of things as you explore the streets and alleys. Take in the fragrances of fresh fruits and browse through a selection of classic Middle Eastern spices and seasonings. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a bite of baklava or halva, or try samples of an eye-opening variety of olives.

Souvenirs can be picked up at the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim) near the ancient port. The market is known for its vast selection of antiques and eclectic trinkets, and you’ll also find jewelry, collectable coins, and Persian carpets. If you tire out after an afternoon of browsing, stop by one of the trendy shops nearby for a chai or glass of wine.

If you decide to make a purchase at one of Tel Aviv’s shuks, but sure not to accept the first price. Haggling is the norm here, so don’t be shy and start by throwing out a price even lower than the one you’d be willing to pay.

Beaches

Relaxation is essential during your trip and can relieve the stress of a cramped flight or a long day of sightseeing. One easy way to accomplish this in Tel Aviv is by heading to one of the beaches that dot Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. There are plenty of beaches to choose from and they’re all close to the urban centre.

Metzitzim Beach is equipped with all of the essentials for a fun-filled afternoon, including golden sands, beachfront restaurants, and sunbed rentals. If you’re travelling with children, Metzitzim Beach is an excellent choice as it has relatively shallow waters and is patrolled by lifeguards during the day.

Frishman Beach is another popular choice for swimming and sunbathing. There, you’ll also find workout and sports equipment, in addition to plenty of restaurants and cafés where you’ll be able to enjoy anything from a refreshing drink to a seafood dinner. Be sure to take a stroll down the boardwalk as well.

If you have any time left during your weekend break in Tel Aviv, head to the Azrieli Observatory for a birds-eye view of the city or take some pictures at the historic Great Mahmoudiya Mosque. Between sightseeing, spend your time diving into the local cuisine. In addition to hummus and falafel, Tel Aviv is famed for its shakshuka (poached eggs in a tomato-based stew) and shawarma (grilled meat and vegetables in pita bread).

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Best Hotels in Tel Aviv

5 star

4.3/5Excellent126 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.57km from city centre
Very well located, connected to one of the airport high speed railway station. So one can easily take the train from TLV airport and walk to the reception. Connected to a shopping mall and food court. Overall therefore very high degree of convenience. Room size is excellent (we were of course upgraded), and IHG status genuinely honoured (even if you have booked through points). Our stay experience was enhanced by a gentleman called Pasha. He was omnipresent, and very helpful. When we enquired whether there’s an elevator to the station level, (my wife had a bad knee and was unable to handle steps), Pasha offered to go to the station and check! He reached our baggage in the evening and carried it back when we were checking out. He acted as the Concierge also beyond office hours. Had breakfast in the hotel and found the variety as per standards expected. Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv CC will not disappoint you. The only feedback i have is that the invoice which the receptionist promised to e mail me (she took my e mail id on a piece of paper, although it’s available as I am an IHG member), never came in.
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4.1/5Very Good101 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|2.31km from city centre
Breakfast is very average ... I care more about breakfast, so it feels lowered overall! The room is very convenient to see the sea, very close to a famous market, there is a restaurant near the intersection is delicious! The hotel's general hygiene, it is recommended to bring your own boiler, sleeping bag, toiletries, towels, bring all! If I have a choice, I still recommend staying in a luxury boutique hotel in the ancient city
From£203
4.2/5Very Good60 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.16km from city centre
A fantastic break at the Carlton, fantastic staff as you'd expect from a 5 star hotel but these guys and gals went above and beyond, from the reception personnel and beyond the attention to service was remarkable, amazing location, and probably the best bed and pillows I've ever used.
From£231
4.2/5Very Good58 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.89km from city centre
A stay at The David Kempinski Tel Aviv places you in the heart of Tel Aviv, within a 5-minute walk of Jerusalem Beach and Ben Yehuda Street. This family-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Gordon Beach and 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Frishman Beach.Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge).At The David Kempinski Tel Aviv, enjoy a satisfying meal at the restaurant. Relax with a refreshing drink at the bar/lounge, the poolside bar, or one of 3 beach bars. A complimentary full breakfast is served on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM.Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and 10 meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.Make yourself at home in one of the 250 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and espresso makers. Your bed comes with down comforters and premium bedding. 55-inch Smart televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
From£480
3.9/544 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.25km from city centre
The 2300 hotel is similar to the domestic Samsung, with small rooms and poor facilities. Because it was a Marriott member, it was upgraded afterwards, but the area is the same and it is slightly renovated. There is a lounge upstairs, which is more confusing, and eats almost the same type as breakfast. Downstairs public beach. There are many restaurants and bars left and right from the hotel. Take a taxi to the station and Jaffa about 100 Shekels. Go to the airport 140 Xie Keer, come back from Jordan decisively choose to live in a bed and breakfast
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Business travel

4.4/5Excellent62 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|0.85km from city centre
The hotel location is very good, very close to Rabin Square, about 20 minutes walk from the seaside, there is a shopping mall downstairs with supermarkets and some restaurants. Maybe it is the reason for the high season. The hotel price is too high, and it may be similar to ordinary business hotels in China.
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4.5/5Excellent59 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|2.28km from city centre
The breakfast is particularly delicious, because the brunch restaurant is open to the public, so the quality and taste are great, and you can order different things every morning
From£98
4.3/5Excellent101 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.68km from city centre
The hotel is safe and clean, convenient for business trips, not far from Jaffa, convenient to eat and live nearby, walking to the beach in the evening is very comfortable, many people, play volleyball for dinner, leisure, travel is very good, the front desk is very warm, very thank.
From£78
3.9/537 Reviews
Tel Aviv|2.52km from city centre
Business trip, the hotel is quite big, but every layer seems to have a black dog inside, because the night lights are dark, watching scared, a little infiltrating. About 20km from Tel Aviv airport. Taxi uniform price 180 shekel
From£102
4.2/5Very Good66 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.66km from city centre
There is no toothbrush in the room. I called and said that the hotel toothbrush was used up tomorrow. I was really speechless. At any rate, a four-star hotel didn’t even have a toothbrush. What’s more speechless was that I had an important meeting early in the morning on the last day. Check out at 6:30, not to mention that I called the morning service the night before, and no one called at 6 in the morning. I went to the front desk at 6:30 and no one checked out. The security said he didn’t get up and asked me to wait until 8 o’clock. In the end, I was the only one who returned to handle the deposit refund after the meeting, so I didn’t get on the last bus to return to Jerusalem on Friday Sabbath. The location is good, close to the sea and the bus station but the hotel is hidden in a dilapidated building, the room facilities are OK, the balcony is booked to see the sea, the bath water is also very good, but to be honest, the service and software facilities are really good It’s not worth the price and the four-star title. It’s better to add some money to stay in the five-star hotel Dan next door or simply stay in Abraham at least cheap and you can make many friends. In short, spending a few thousand dollars to stay in this hotel is not enough. Also delayed
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Family friendly

4.2/5Very Good62 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|1.35km from city centre
Sheraton is a good place to stay ,I really enjoy the time I stayed here with the services I was given by Miss Janice who was very polite, kind and helpful to me. I really appreciate for all staff members since I slept very well since the room was clean all the time. May God bless Janice and all staff members of sheraton Hotel
From£337
4.4/5Excellent87 Reviews
Tel Aviv|3.1km from city centre
A pretty ordinary welcome is what you'll get from the front desk, the man even going so far to say he didn't like the area. We then get to our pod at 3pm and it is dirty from the last person. The front of desk then gives us someone else's pod and key, but doesn't adjust the system so halfway through our stay we were locked out of our pod. The facilities are okay, but noisy with how it's constructed. The location is great, and the views even better. Just wish the service could improve.
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4.5/5Excellent67 Reviews
Tel Aviv|3.08km from city centre
Exceptional experience. WOM is located in a prime seaside location near Shuk HaCarmel, and other than a slightly confusing entrance, easily accessible to the entire city. Rooms are super clean and well stocked with towels, robes and flip flops. I was upgraded for free to a king room, which was extra comfortable. Will absolutely stay again.
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4/5Very Good76 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|2.53km from city centre
A free spirited and Happy place… All the staff was very professional and amiable. Will definitely come back. Good breakfast, place for cooking. Beautiful and practical suite. The top terrace is worth to chill. Location is about 15 min walk to the beach throughout Neve Tzedek. Not far at all. I came “solo” and I’m not disappointed. Ps. Is not only for young people, we all can enjoy the place.
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4.6/5Outstanding90 Reviews
Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv|0.99km from city centre
We stayed at this amazing hotel for 2 nights (16th & 17th May 2023) after leaving our cruise which had travelled from Miami USA and ended in Haifa, Israel. We travelled by train from Haifa to Tel Aviv then got a taxi outside the train station directly to the Shalom Hotel & Relax at Atlas Boutique Hotel. We arrived at the hotel at 11am and were greeted at the entrance door by Yufus? Jusuf? (apologies if i spelt your name wrong) who lead us through towards the hotel reception desk. We were the first of a group from our ship who were due to stay at this hotel (booked by our travel agent) We were a group of 4 friends/2 couples. Within minutes of our arrival we were offered drink refreshments. The 2 ladies chose cappuccino and the 2 guys opted for a beer. These were quickly brought to us plus a plate of fresh baked croissants (told all were complimentary) Our receptionist (who we quickly found out had used to live in UK - Tottenham/London) was lovely, friendly and explained that although we were early as check-in isn’t usually until afternoon she would do her best to allocate us a room asap. We asked what the rooms where like as we hadn’t chosen them (our travel agent had included the 2 night in Tel Aviv in our cruise&stay package) We were informed our agent had booked the whole group into the hotels smallest/cheapest rooms, all with side views… but assured all were clean, comfortable and had all the amenities as the Front back facing rooms. We enquired about upgrading rooms and we were fortunate that we were able to negotiate/purchase an upgrade to 2 beautiful superior spa rooms (with hot-tub) on 4th floor, with sea views, facing the front of this hotel. These rooms were outstanding. Fabulous rainfall shower in bathroom, plenty of wardrobe space, really comfortable super-king size bed, minibar filled with complimentary soft drinks, a coffee/tea machine plus armchair, footstool and the fabulous hot-tub on a raised platform near the window. Also in our room was a complimentary gift of chocolates which was a lovely gesture by this hotel. A great way to spend the final days of our cruise & stay holiday. 👍👍👍👍👍 On the floor above us was a sun terrace equipped with daybed loungers, hammock, rocker chairs and table & chairs, plus gazebo and plenty of extra large sun umbrellas as/when shade was needed. The view from this terrace enabled us to see the sea and enjoy the fabulous sun sets each evening of our stay. This hotel offers it’s guests a fantastic complimentary snacks & drinks “happy hours” from 4pm till 6pm each evening in the ground-floor dining/lounge area. They provided tea, coffee, white wine, fruit juices, a selection of spirits plus an buffet of crisps, nuts, crackers, cheese, hot snacks selection, plus mini desserts of mousse, fruit and/or trifle. The buffet was constantly replenished by the kitchen staff and guests were free to help themselves to whatever was on offer during this time. Napkins, cutlery, crockery and glasses etc were av
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