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Nemal Tel Aviv

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Old Tel Aviv Port acted as Israel's primary gateway to the sea. Day in and day out, ships brought merchandise to Israel's shores from all over the Mediterranean, as Israeli exports increased. Since the port closed in the '60s, major revitalization efforts have turned this area into one of the most exciting entertainment districts. Today, the wooden docks support cozy cafes, trendy shops, delectable restaurants and seaside bars.

Previous visitors describe the Old Tel Aviv Port as an ideal place to take in the city’s culture. Tourists can alternate between people-watching and taking in the stellar views of the Mediterranean while they enjoy a coffee or drink.

You'll find the Old Tel Aviv Port skirting the Mediterranean Sea from its perch at the mouth of the Yarkon River. It can be reached via bus Nos. 55 and 189. The area bustles with activity at almost any hour, although individual establishments operate at varying times. You don't have to pay an entrance fee, but you may want to carry some shekels with you to spend on a meal or a souvenir. To learn more, visit the Israeli Tourism Board's website.

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#1 The Tayelet

It's easy to see why walking and biking are the preferred modes of transportation here: With a 3-mile-long beachside boardwalk to cruise, taking a taxi or a bus just feels like a missed opportunity. Tel Aviv's Tayelet – a pedestrian-only street – runs along the Mediterranean from the Old Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa, offering bikers and strollers spectacular views of the sea. On the inland side, the Tayelet grants easy access to Tel Aviv's prime hotel areas, as well as numerous restaurants and nightlife venues. On the other side of the promenade, you'll find beautiful beaches, including hot spots like Gordon Beach. 

Previous guests praised the Tayelet as one of the best places in Tel Aviv to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The coffee shops and restaurants that dot the boardwalk also received rave reviews. Visitors also insisted on renting a bike to see as much of the coastline as possible. There are several Tel-O-Fun stations along the promenade.

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