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Israel’s business capital, Tel Aviv, is also its cultural centre, largest metropolis, and one of the world's top beach cities. The city’s skyline, dotted with skyscrapers and Bauhaus apartment buildings, is complemented perfectly by its stunning beach promenade, quaint sidewalk cafés, and thriving nightlife. Sometimes described as an ‘urban village’, Tel Aviv is best explored with your own means of transportation. With a multitude of theatres and concert halls, the city promises hidden cultural gems at every turn. Rent a car in Tel Aviv to explore this beachfront city at your own pace.

It's your choice: Where to go in Tel Aviv

The primary entry point to Israel is Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv. There are several cheap flights to Tel Aviv from the UK and other major hubs. The airport has ATMs and currency exchange facilities. Renting a car at the airport makes getting to Tel Aviv easy: the city centre is 20km away, and there are no direct buses. Visitors who value comfort and convenience often opt to rent a car in Tel Aviv. Drive directly to Tel Aviv beach hotels or choose one of the many hotels in Tel Aviv as your base to begin exploring the city and the surrounding area. The capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is an hour's drive away from Tel Aviv. Explore numerous attractions here such as the Holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem, the bustling Biblical Zoo, and the historical City of David.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Your Tel Aviv holidays would be incomplete without a walk down the Shlomo Lahat promenade, and a picnic or two at the city's beaches. Metzitzim is a family-friendly beach, while Hilton Beach lets pooches run free. Another popular option is the lively gay beach area. Beaches are not all that Tel Aviv has to offer, though. Get a glimpse of the city's rich history and culture by going museum-hopping. Drive to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel’s largest museum, to feast your eyes on masterpieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Chagall. Alternatively, visit the Palmach Museum to see three-dimensional exhibits of scenes from Israel's military history. To escape the city's hustle and bustle, visit Gan Meir Park and lounge on picnic benches under the arbour. Catch a contemporary dance performance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in the artsy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, or head to Jaffa Port in Old Jaffa to watch yachts, go shopping, and dig into seaside meals.

Important info about Tel Aviv

Dominated by the coast along the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv’s landscapes are somewhat contradictory: visitors have their pick of deep blue waters and sandy beaches, as well as a robust metropolis complete with buzzing streets and myriad attractions. Home to two-fifths of Israel’s population, Tel Aviv tends to get crowded during peak hours, but if you rent a car in Tel Aviv, you can beat the traffic by hitting the road early. Car rentals in Tel Aviv allow you to set your own schedule and visit as many places as you like. Go club-hopping, travel between Israel's villages and cities, or just stick to one or two attractions – the road is yours to navigate.

Weather in Tel Aviv
Country Israel
Language Hebrew, Arabic, and English
Currency Shekel (ILS/NIS)
Time-Zones Israel Standard Time (GMT +2) during summer, Israel Daylight Time (GMT +3) during winter
Country Code +972

Good to know

The Dead Sea and Galilee are on most visitors' checklists, but public transport to these places is not as frequent as you might think. Public transport in Tel Aviv shuts down for Shabbat from sundown on Friday to Saturday night. Car hire in Tel Aviv makes getting to these sites easy. Driving regulations in Tel Aviv are strictly enforced. The speed limit is 50km/h on inner-city routes and 90km/h on intercity routes. You're allowed to drive up to 110km/h on all main highways but Highway 6, which allows a speedier 120km/h. Drivers stick to the right-hand side of the road in Israel, and the minimum age to drive a rental car is 21 years. Use of seatbelts is mandatory for all passengers. In Israel, it is illegal to turn at a red light. Drivers can only use hands-free mobile phone systems, even if they've stopped at a red light.

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What to taste in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, which boasts thousands of cafés, clubs, and restaurants, is known as Israel’s cuisine capital. Inspired by traditional cooking from immigrant communities, typical food options include Jewish-Yemenite savoury pastry jachnun, soups seasoned with hawayej (a Yemenite spice blend), Persian meatballs called gondi, and Moroccan lamb and couscous. Hummus, a meal unto itself in Tel Aviv, is available at almost every eatery. For visitors so inclined, there are many kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv. Most fine-dining establishments are around Herzliya Marina and Maskit Street. Enjoy street food such as falafel, pita, shakshuka, and shawarma near Jaffa Port. A classic Tel Aviv breakfast includes freshly baked bread, a variety of salads, cheese, olives, and oodles of butter. Authentic Israeli dessert options include thickened milk puddings, malabi and sahlab. Arak liquor and shoko b’sakit, a rich chocolate milk, are typical beverages in Tel Aviv.

What to bring to your friends from Tel Aviv

Along with religious gifts from Jerusalem and Dead Sea products, Tel Aviv has many souvenirs and craft items that would make perfect gifts for folks back home. The Jaffa Flea Market features decently priced trinkets, jewellery with the hamsa symbol (which is used to ward off the ‘evil eye’), Armenian pottery, and traditional embroidery. Head to the city's shopping malls for fashionable couture and footwear. Drive to Carmel Market to find fresh produce and local sweets. When it comes to edibles, Israeli olive oil, thyme, sumac, Bamba peanut snacks, and kosher honey are great picks. For out-of-the-box gifts, consider a shesh besh board (similar to backgammon) or decorated wooden artefacts.