Visit Tel Aviv
On the trail of Tel Aviv - Jaffa with your tour guide
In Tel Aviv we will start at Rothschild Boulevard and we will be able to see the highest density of Bauhaus style buildings in the world.
The Bauhaus Institute is a German architectural school where art deco was taught. Jewish refugees of German origin during the 1930s who fled Nazi Germany, settled in this new city and imported this architecture still unknown in the Middle East. This large concentration of buildings has earned the city the title of World Heritage Site given by UNESCO.
On this same Boulevard we will visit the house of "Meir dizengoff", the first mayor of the city. In this building on May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion, the future first head of the Hebrew state, declared Israel's independence.
We will go to the Carmel Market, which is a mixture of oriental and modern souk, where we will be able to taste pastries and local dishes of all kinds, nothing better to enter the atmosphere of Tel Aviv.
We will continue to the Neve Tzedek district, where art lovers will be served. Neve Tzedek is one of the oldest districts in the city, nowadays very popular and with a Hipster tendency, it is also called Little Paris. Then we will continue through the old city of Jaffa, a picturesque city which date back to more than 4000 years of history, it is reported in antiquity through Egyptian hieroglyphics and up to modern history. Its old buildings dating from the Ottoman Empire, we will tell you the story of Napoleon Bonaparte's conquest of Jaffa and his conquest of the East.
We will go in front of the house of Simon the Tanner where, according to the gospels, Simon Peter raised Tabitha, his daughter, and where he had a sudden celestial vision that changed the course of history. I will also tell you the story of the prophet Jonah which is mentioned in the Old Testament.
From the top of the hill we will contemplate the city of Tel Aviv and its breathtaking seaside, ideal to close the day.
Tel Aviv the urban and trendy city
Tel Aviv is the first modern Hebrew city, built in 1909 by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe living in Jaffa, Tel Aviv claims to be liberal, secular and tolerant.
As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, it has something Californian about it and wants to be the trendiest city in the Middle East.
Nominated by the New York Times as the "coolest city in the Mediterranean", Tel Aviv has become one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Mediterranean.
It is called the tolerance bubble because it proudly displays to be one of the most gay-friendly and open-minded cities in the world.
Every year, it welcomes more than 300,000 people from all over the world to the famous Gay Pride.
The city has nearly 600,000 inhabitants and nearly two million in its immediate suburbs, it is the economic heart of the country and the city with the highest concentration of start-ups in the world, identifying itself a little like Silicon-Valley in the Middle East.
Tel Aviv is known as the city that never sleeps, its population composed mostly of young people is the origin of this extraordinary phenomenon.
The White City has a unique charm with its most famous beaches:
Gordon and Frischman.
Athletes, men and women in body sizes and bronzes, come together to play volleyball, beach racket and surf.
At sunset, group yoga classes are organized on the sand, as well as group dance classes.
Jaffa the unique old port
The port of Jaffa
Jaffa is an ancient city several thousand years old, it is now an integral part of Tel Aviv, it offers an oriental atmosphere with its stone houses and carved wooden doors.
It is a city full of history, it is reported in Egyptian writings, the Bible, the New Testament and modern history.
In the old town, you can visit the artists' district where sculptors and painters of all kinds will present their works.
Its port and Ottoman ramparts will give you the impression of going back in time. Jaffa is known for its culinary richness, freshly caught fish restaurants will be offered in former fishermen's docks rehabilitated into restaurants.
Jaffa is home to one of the richest flea markets in the Middle East for lovers of collectibles of all kinds.
It is also a city where a large Muslim community and a Jewish minority live together in an atmosphere of conviviality and dialogue.
Hacarmel market, a renowned market
Tel Aviv market
The Carmel market built in the 1930s is an island of scents, of Western and Eastern culture. You can find fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, pastries and delicacies of all kinds. Clothes, jewellery, souvenirs etc...
You will also find Israeli and other specialities.
The Carmel market is the largest and most eventful in Tel Aviv.
Its streets are narrow and steep, colourful and full of small shops.
You can breathe in the aromas of the Middle East and the West, you will keep a magical memory of this place.
Market prices are much cheaper than elsewhere in Tel Aviv.
On your side, it will be your trading skills that will have to be tested.
Welcome to the Middle East where everything is negotiated, except the knowledge of our tour guide who will gladly deliver them to you.
Sarona, the quarter rich in history
The old German quarter
Sarona is an old German district built in the 1930s by a Protestant Christian community from Germany to settle in the Holy Land to welcome the first Zionist pioneers called "the Templars".
It was also the headquarters of the British Mandatory Police until Israel's independence.
Today, part of this district belongs to the Israeli Ministry of Defence, called Kirya. The site was abandoned until 2010, it was renovated and saw the birth of an extraordinary, exotic and covered market, which offers gourmet counters and delicatessens from all over the world.
The site is dominated by Israel's tallest towers, a glass construction with curved lines, called "Azrieli Towers".
Neve Tsedek, the old suburb of Jaffa
One of the oldest quarters of the city
Neve Tzedek, is one of the oldest districts of the city, former suburb of Jaffa near Florentine, it is the landmark of the arty fauna, bohemian and hipster generation.
Walking in its streets is like going to meet street art, its walls tagged by unknown artists, its pavilion area and all kinds of art galleries will make modern art lovers, their secret gardens. Jérémie, your guide, will be able to introduce you to the most heterogeneous places in the field of art.