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Tel Aviv is among the most popular destinations for LGBTQ travellers. Clubs, bars, gay beaches and one of the largest prides in Asia make it one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.
Israel's stance on LGBTQ issues is considered the most tolerant in the Middle East. While same-sex marriages are not performed in the country, Israel recognizes cohabitation between same-sex couples, as well as marriages performed elsewhere. Adoption by same-parent couples, on the other hand, was legalized in 2008.
The Pride parade takes place every year as part of Tel Aviv Pride Week, a series of public initiatives and events that color the city until culminating in the Pride Parade and a party that lasts until dawn.
WHAT TO SEE in TEL AVIV?
10 THINGS TO SEE in TEL AVIV
Jaffa is the oldest part of Tel Aviv, characterized by characteristic alleys, mosques, art galleries and bookshops. Jaffa is an ancient port that today offers shops, bars and restaurants, perfect for a stroll on a summer evening. It is a 30-minute walk from the center of Tel Aviv and can be reached by walking along the sea or passing through the Neve Tzedeck district.
Tel Aviv Waterfront
Tel Aviv's seafront is the busiest place in the city and is characterized by immense beaches and tall skyscrapers. We recommend covering the approximately 10 kilometers by bike, it is a beautiful experience! In general, cycling can be the best way to explore the city with hundreds of miles of cycle paths and an app (Tel-o-Fun) available for bike rental.
Habima & Rabin Square
Habima Square is the largest and most important in the city. Rabin Square, on the other hand, is dedicated to the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated right here and houses a memorial museum to remember the victims of the holocaust. The two squares are located at a distance of about 10 minutes on foot from each other.
The Bauhaus Center is an art school that deals with architecture and design with the aim of promoting the city as an innovative cultural site, so much so that it has become a UNESCO heritage site.
Design Museum in Holon
The Design Museum in Holon is the first design museum in Israel. The museum is located in the eastern part of the new cultural area of Holon, a city a few kilometers south of Tel Aviv (reachable by bus or taxi). The sinuous structure in steel and concrete have made it famous all over the world.
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel, in Hebrew) is the largest market in Tel Aviv and the best place to taste the traditional products of Israeli cuisine. Here you will be overwhelmed by smells and perfumes of all kinds.
Jaffa Flea Market
The Tel Aviv flea market is the most picturesque in the city with the stalls that develop among the narrow streets of the ancient center of Jaffa, a short distance from the Clock Tower. Here you can really find everything and remember to bargain! The Jaffa Flea Market is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am until 5pm, Friday until 2pm and closed on Saturday.
Independence Hall is one of the most significant museums in the city of Tel Aviv, entirely dedicated to the history and independence of Israel.
Sarona market is the largest indoor food market in Israel, a real paradise for street food lovers that can easily compete with the famous Bouqeria in Barcelona. Here you can find kiosks, stalls and restaurants where you can taste typical Israeli and foreign products.
HaYarkon park is the largest park in Tel Aviv (a kind of Central Park) and hosts several attractions, including a water park (the largest in Tel Aviv), sports facilities and six themed gardens. The perfect place to relax or play sports.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)
5 BEST EXCURSIONS from TEL AVIV
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Jerico and Jordan River Masada and Deas Sea Nazareth, Tiberiade and Galilea Sea West Bank
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WHERE TO SLEEP in TEL AVIV?
10 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in TEL AVIV
Hotel 75 by Prima Hotels ® Tested by World Mappers
Leonardo Art Tel Aviv by the Beach **** ® Tested by World Mappers
WHERE TO EAT in TEL AVIV?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in TEL AVIV Quality / Price
€€€ - Dallal Restaurant €€€ - West Side (Mediterranean Restaurant) €€ - Kaful €€ - Calypso (with Sea View!) ® Tested by World Mappers €€ - Shakshukia €€ - Night Kitchen €€ - Onza (Jaffa)
€€ - Cafe Puaa (Jaffa) €€ - Suramare (with View!) €€ - Port Sa'id (Middle Eastern Restaurant)
GAY NIGHTLIFE in TEL AVIV
BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in TEL AVIV
Shpagat Bar (Gay Bar)
MASH Central (Gay Club)
Dreck Bar (Gay Bar)
Lima Lima Bar (Gay Friendly Bar)
Sauna Paradise (Gay Sauna)
BEST GAY BEACHES in TEL AVIV
Hilton Beach (Gay Beach)
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The most frequent question we get asked is: Is it safe to travel to Israel? Israel is overall a fairly safe country. However, considering the ever-changing events, it is best to exercise some caution when traveling in certain areas.
Getting in and out of Israel is a long process. Israel is one of the countries with the strictest security controls in the world. When you enter Israel you have to answer a series of routine questions (why are you there, how long will you stay, etc). If you have stamps from certain Muslim countries in your passport (such as Iran, Lebanon or Pakistan), you will be asked additional questions about your stay in those countries. To avoid problems for travelers who might visit some Muslim countries in the future, Israel does not stamp the passport but issues the visa on a piece of paper (to be kept until leaving the country).
In Tel Aviv everything is expensive. That's right, Israel is an expensive country to visit. Almost everything here costs a lot: hotel, food, entrance fees, clothes, etc. You basically pay more for the same goods than you would in other parts of the world.
Prices are negotiable. Bartering is one of the most important tips for people traveling to Israel. Here almost everything is negotiable.
Tipping is not mandatory, but it is expected. Tipping in Israel is discretionary but expected, similar to most of the Western world. Unlike in the US, where a tip of between 15% - 20% of the total spend is expected, in Israel a tip of between 10-15% is expected. Waiters and bartenders get a relatively low salary, so most of their income comes from tips.
Sabbath (or Shabbath) is the emblematic practice of Judaism. The Feast of Rest, a 25-hour celebration that begins at sunset on Friday and ends after sunset on Saturday. In Israel, Shabbat is more than just a day off from work. It is a unique and special moment to dedicate to family and prayer. Wherever you go when traveling in Israel, make sure you get there before 4pm on a Friday. On Shabbat all public services are closed (except those run by Christians and Muslims), there are no trains and no buses running.
One of the more alternative areas of Tel Aviv that we love most is HaTahana, (the train station complex) which has been rebuilt and developed around a former historic railway. In HaTahana you can find boutiques, art galleries, food markets, restaurants, fairs, exhibitions and events for children.
"SECRET TEL AVIV"
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Tel Aviv
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Tel Aviv" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 3 Things and Places to See in Secret Tel Aviv (and Surroundings):
Neve Tsedek - Considered one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city of Tel Aviv characterized by designer shops, fashion boutiques and craft shops.
The Prince - A very atmospheric and quirky little bar offering city views and entertaining music.
Cafe Levinsky 41 - A hidden place where you can enjoy real local specialties such as exquisite drinks decorated with beautiful flower arrangements. The drinks are called "gazoz", which is how soda with fruit syrup was previously called.
INSTAGRAMMABLE TEL AVIV
Instagrammable Places to See in Tel Aviv
Don't miss the best instagrammable places in Tel Aviv, here are our favorites:
The Most BEAUTIFUL VIEWPOINTS of TEL AVIV
Enjoy the city from one of its fantastic Best Photo Spots. Our favorites are:
Old Jaffa View Point (our favourite!)
The Most BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC BARS in TEL AVIV
Enjoy the city from one of its wonderful panoramic bars. Our favorites are:
The Most BEAUTIFUL STREET ART WORKS in TEL AVIV
Could we not talk about Street Art in Tel Aviv? Obviously not! In this city you can find some fantastic masterpieces. Here are the main areas to discover and explore:
Our favorite place to admire some beautiful street art, here you will find graffiti in every corner!
These streets are the most characteristic of the city.
It is located near Carmel Market and here the graffiti seems to be much more beautiful and particular.
The Most BEAUTIFUL MARKETS in TEL AVIV
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel, in Hebrew) is the largest market in Tel Aviv and the best place to taste the traditional products of Israeli cuisine. Here you will be overwhelmed by smells and perfumes of all kinds. Carmel Market Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 8am until late afternoon, Friday until 4pm.
Sarona market is the largest indoor food market in Israel, a real paradise for street food lovers that can easily compete with the famous Bouqeria in Barcelona. Here you can find kiosks, stalls and restaurants where you can taste typical Israeli and foreign products. Sarona Market Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am until late evening, Friday until 3pm.
The Tel Aviv flea market is the most picturesque in the city with the stalls that develop among the narrow streets of the ancient center of Jaffa, a short distance from the Clock Tower. Here you can really find everything and remember to bargain! Jaffa Flea Market Hours: Sunday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday to 2pm, closed on Saturday.
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Tel Aviv's Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBT + community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
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