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Tel Aviv (Hebrew: ?? ????) is the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is located on the Merranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo (תל אביב-יפו), and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Jaffa (Arabic Yafa), to the south of the new city centre, in addition to many other neighbouring settlements.
Tel-Aviv was founded in 1909 as a green suburb of the over-crowded, over-dense Jaffa. It didn?t take it much more than a decade, though, to become a real city, a center of Jewish life and economy in then British-ruled Palestine. The name roughly translates to ?Hill of Spring?. "Tel" being the Hebrew word for a type of archaeological site in which ruins of many cultures are layered, thus representing both ruins, and the renewal of Jewish life, in the modern western way to which Hertzel aspired to in his book "Altnoiland" figuratively translated from German ?old-new country?. That book laid foundations for modern Zionism.
Tel Aviv-Yafo now represents the heart of a thriving, small-scale Israeli metropolis - the greater metropolitan area of Tel Aviv comprises a number of separate municipalities with approximately 1.1 million people living in a 15 km long sprawl along the Merranean coast - and around 360,400 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself - making it the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon and Herzliya are the other major cities in the coastal area commonly known as Gush Dan.
While Jerusalem is Israel's capital city, where most government departments are located, Tel Aviv and its satellite cities form the economic and cultural centre. Mirroring New York's appellation as "the Big Apple", Tel Aviv is often nicknamed "the Big Orange" (referring to the world-famous Israeli Jaffa orange variety). It is known as "the city that doesn't stop" and indeed you will find that the nightlife and culture are on around the clock. In summer it is not unusual to see the beach boardwalk bustling with people at 4 am and the clubs and bars usually pick up around midnight until morning, giving Tel Aviv a well deserved reputation of being a party town. It is the pinnacle of secular life in Israel.
In July 2003 Tel Aviv-Yafo was declared a cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO for the many "International" (Also known as Bauhaus after the German school it originated from) style buildings built in the city during the 1930s-50s. As this style emphasized simplicity and the white color, Tel-Aviv is also called the White City 1 (http://www.white-city.co.il/english/index.htm).
Tel Aviv must be included amongst the world's most cosmopolitan cities, boasting a huge variety of languages and cultural backgrounds....
The main thoroughfares in central Tel Aviv are Hayarkon Street/Herbert Samuel Road and Ibn Gvirol Street, both of which run north-south parallel to the sea front.
A number of large city squares form an internal reference to the city: Dizengoff Square, Rabin Square and Hamedina Square.
Tel Aviv's main airport is also Israel's international airport - Ben-Gurion International Airport (http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/BenGurion/) (TLV). (NATBAG is the Hebrew acronyms commonly in use), situated about 20 KM away from Tel-Aviv city center.
You can reach the city from the terminal using the train service. Alternatively you can, of course, take a taxi (around 100 NIS or 20 Euro).
Tel Aviv has another airport - Sde Dov (SDV (http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/SdeDov/)). This is a primary domestic airport. Frequent flights mainly to Eilat (ETH (http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Eilat/)) and Rosh Pinna (Galilee) (RPN (http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/RoshPina/)).
The New Central Bus Station in southern Tel Aviv ("Tahana Merkazit", officially the world's biggest bus station!) offers routes servicing virtually every settled location in Israel. It is located close to the Tel Aviv HaHaganah Train Station.
The main inter-city bus operator from Tel Aviv is Egged (the world second-to-largest bus corporation), which operates, among many others, line 405 from Jerusalem, line 905 from Haifa, and line 390 from Eilat. Buses, faithful followers the 4th commandment (?Remember the Sabbath day?), stop at Friday afternoon, and only resume service in Saturday after sunset. Minor services often do not resume until the Sunday morning. Tickets can be bought from the driver, or from the ticket counters in the main stations. For more information visit http://www.egged.co.il/ or call 03-6948888.
The New Central Bus Station also features a large shopping mall over 7 floors, with 29 escalators, 13 fast elevators and more than 1,000 shops. Intercity buses leave from a departure hall on one floor and the local buses leave on two other floors.
Within Tel Aviv itself, the Dan 2 (http://www.dan.co.il/english/) bus corporation operates almost exclusively within the "Gush Dan" area (Dan Block - Tel Aviv greater metropolitan), maintaining routes that service most parts of Tel Aviv and its surroundings.
International Bus Services are available from Cairo (Egypt) and Amman (Jordan). Ask your travel agent.
Though train services in Israel have significantly improved in the last decade or so, buses still are the main inter-city (as well as intra-city) means of transportation. Train services connect Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem to each other, as well as various smaller towns. They are fast and comfortable, except on Sunday morning, when soldiers return to their bases and students to their universities. Trains, like buses, stop at Friday afternoon, and resume service in Saturday after sunset.
As of end 2004, Ben Gurion International Airport is also linked to the city by train.
Tel-Aviv has 4 train stations, all along the Ayalon highway. For best access to the city center, use either ?Tel Aviv Central? (a.k.a. ?Arlozorov? and officially named ?Savidor?), or ?Hashalom?. It is around 1h on the train from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv
More information in the Israel Railways web site (http://www.israrail.org.il/english/index.html), or call 03-5774000;
Tel Aviv has a modern, regular and widespread bus network run by a company called Dan (http://www.dan.co.il/english/). Bus services start at 5:00 and stop at midnight, though some of the lines stop earlier, so do check. Single ticket inside the city and the close suburbs costs 5.20 NIS (August 2004). There?s a daily free-pass called ?Hofshi-Yomi?, which costs less then 3 rides. Note that it is only available after 9:00. There are also monthly free-passes and 10-rides tickets. Everything is available from the driver.
If you are told in Tel-Aviv, that something will happen ?when the underground train is built?, they try to tell you it will never happen. The plans for underground are decades old, a campaign promise of every mayor for the last 30 years. Nobody has ever seen anything of it come true. In the meantime, take a bus.
You can wave for a taxi in the street or call one (with extra surcharge). Insist on the driver using the meter (?MONEH?, in Hebrew). A local ride without meter should be 20 Shekels. Hakastel taxi service, phone 03-6993322 or Shekem 03-5270404. Add 3.30 Shekels charge for the call.
Museums and Galleries
Lincoln - located in Lincoln St
You can also find a few rock clubs active with Israeli and international bands almost every evening.
Tel Aviv has an amazing variety of restaurants for every taste. As a city of immigrants, no wonder ethnic food rules here. 10 (http://www.dinnersite.co.il/telaviv/index.htm). There are plenty of fast food restaurants, both international and well-known to every western tourist (such as McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, etc.), and both local which offer Israeli food. You can also eat a toast, sandwich or some other snack at one of the cafes around the city. A few restaurants specialize in nouvelle Israeli cuisine. Yes, there is such a thing, and you should look for it! Many fruit juice parlors are around, but Israelis love a freshly squeezed carrot juice the most. Finally, Tel Aviv's ice cream parlors offer much more than basic flavors, as the taste buds are eclectic and strive for new flavors, such as Halva, poppy seed, and even a touch of alcoholic liqueurs in the ice cream (Try these places: Vanilla, Iceberg, Sicilian, Beer Sheva(careful- that's also a name of a city!) and Dr. Lek).
The best place for Arabic food and seafood is the many restaurants in Yafo.
Tel Aviv has a huge variety of pubs, bars, cafes and nightclubs. The Lilinblum district offers chic and trendy bars, including some strictly for pick up: Mishmish, Abraksas and others. Tel Aviv old central bus station also offers some trendy bars and lounges such as East Kitchen Bar and Raw Bar, Alcohol runs like water until the last customer leaves. One of the best old fashion pubs in the Tel-Aviv area is the "Molly Bloom's Irish pub", it's located at 2 Mendele St. The pub has a great atmosphere and reasonable prices, and is quite busy on weekends. Also, it's close to the hotels.
The "Gordon Inn", 17 Gordon St, is an intimate, Irish-oriented pub with a local crowd. It offers a calm atmosphere, mellow music and a pool table. There is a guesthouse next door by the same name.
There are many popular bars on Allenby St, including The Goodbar, Joey's Bar, and Bloom Bar.
The legendary 'Cafe Tel-Aviv' is very good for a tough Israeli drink, such as Botz or Maccabee
Tel Aviv has a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping and backpacker hostels, right up to luxury 5-star hotels.
Many of the best hotels are associated though the Tel Aviv Hotel Association (http://www.telavivhotels.org.il/eng/intro.php).
The usual warnings regarding being alert for bomb threats also pertain to Tel Aviv - beware of suspicious packages in public places and suspicious behaviour on the part of people around you; if in doubt, report it!
When going to the beach, stick to the patrolled areas with lifeguards - every year people drown off Tel Aviv when strong currents get them into difficulty.