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Tel Aviv (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ; Arabic: تل أبيب, Tal ʾAbīb) is a city along Israel's Mediterranean coastline with several facets. With every visit, you will get a different impression of this fascinating city. The city, the second largest in Israel, has a gamut of cultural creations, which testify to its rich heritage. There are theatres, opera halls, galleries and museums, which serve as windows to peek into the city's past. And, at the same time, Tel Aviv is modern too. On the ring road and Ayalon Freeway, you can see high-rising glass office towers. With its beaches and entertainment centres, the town makes for a satisfying visit.
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Tel Aviv is known for some of the country's best beaches. Its western border is contoured by Mediterranean sand, making kilometres-long beaches. The sunsets are spectacular to watch on these beaches. Tel Baruch Beach at Namir Road and Propes Street is popular among families, thanks to the lawns and boardwalk. Aviv Beach at Hayakon Street is frequented by singles. The beaches at Hatzuk and Herzliya charge entrance fees. Most beaches are equipped with public amenities, including bathrooms and changing rooms.
With so many scenic beaches around, Tel Aviv has plenty of water sports opportunities. Some popular activities are boating, sailing, scuba diving, swimming and water skiing. One can charter a sailboat or a yacht with skipper of the boat. The divers must head for Dugit Diving Center. The place to go for swimming is Gordon Pool.
Most suitable time to visit Tel Aviv is from November to March, though some days can be chilly, especially at night. Days are pleasantly warm, with around 18 °C to 25 °C From April to October, the weather is sunny but not unbearably hot. Humidity though is higher compared to areas more inland. Temperatures usually are between 28 °C and 34 °C during this period.
|Avg Max||17.5 °C||17.7 °C||19.2 °C||22.8 °C||24.9 °C||27.5 °C||29.4 °C||30.2 °C||29.4 °C||27.3 °C||23.4 °C||19.2 °C|
|Avg Min||9.6 °C||9.8 °C||11.5 °C||14.4 °C||17.3 °C||20.6 °C||23 °C||23.7 °C||22.5 °C||19.1 °C||14.6 °C||11.2 °C|
|Rainfall||126.9 mm||90.1 mm||60.6 mm||18 mm||2.3 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0.4 mm||26.3 mm||79.3 mm||126.4 mm|
Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), 15 kilometres from Tel Aviv is the main gateway to Israel. El Al has flights to and from a number of European cities, including Amsterdam, Madrid, London, Frankfurt and Geneva and flights further away include those to Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing. Dozens of other airlines (including several Israeli based) serve the country, mostly to Europe and the former Sovjetunion republics and to Cairo.
To/from the airport
Israel Railways provides trains to many places in Israel, including regular connections to Jerusalem in about 1.5 hours.
|Bnei Dan Tel Aviv||36 Bnei Dan||Hostel||-|
|Dizengoff Beach Apartments||283 Dizengoff Street||Apartment||66|
|Galileo Hotel||Hilel Hazaken st. 8 Tel Aviv||Hotel||74|
|Gordon Inn||17 Gordon st.||Hostel||79|
|Hayarkon 48 Hostel||Hayrkon 48||Hostel||82|
|Momo's||Ben Yehuda 28||HOSTEL||73|
|Mugraby Hostel||19 Allenby Street||HOSTEL||77|
|Old Jaffa Hostel||13 Amiad st.||Hostel||76|
|Ophir Hotel||dizengoff st' 43||Hotel||68|
|Sky Hostel||Ben Yehuda 34||Hostel||68|
|Sun City Hotel||42 Allenby St, Tel Aviv||Hotel||78|
|Eden House||36 Kehilat Eden Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Bell Hotel||50, Hayarkon Street tel aviv||Hotel||79|
|Miguel hotel||HaYarkon 88||Hotel||-|
|Florentine Backpackers Hostel||10, Elifelet Street||Hostel||88|
|Yarden Beach Apartments||Yona Hanavie St 35||Hostel||-|
|Dizengoff Sea Residence||138 Dizengoff St||APARTMENT||63|
|Imperial Hotel||66 Hayarkon street||Hotel||-|
|The Resort||9 Hamaftech St. Mikhmoret||Hostel||83|
|Ben Yehuda Apartments||119 - 121 Ben Yehuda Street||Hotel||74|
|Tel Aviv Apartment||Angle Frishman Ben Yehoudah||APARTMENT||-|
|Sea Side Hotel||Trumpeldor 20||HOTEL||70|
|Sun Aviv||9A Montefiori St. Tel Aviv||Hotel||76|
|Chef Hostel Tel Aviv Montefiore||19 Montefiore Street||Hostel||84|
|Tel Aviv Beachfront Hostel||Retsif Herbert Samuel 78||Hostel||80|
|Arbel Hotel Apartments||Hulda Street 11||Apartment||-|
|200 Hayarkon||200 Hayarkon St||Apartment||-|
|12 Zlatopolsky||12 Zlatopolsky St||Apartment||-|
|Best Western Regency Suites||80 Hayarkon Street||Hotel||-|
|206 Hayarkon||206 Hayarkon||Apartment||-|
|Port Hotel||288 Ha Yaarkon St. Corner of 4 Yirmeyahu St.||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Tel Aviv||3 Neviin Street||Hostel||-|
|Arlozorov Suites Hotel||23 Arlozorov||Hotel||-|
|Ness Ziona Hotel||Ness Ziona Street 10||Hotel||-|
|J F Apartment||Vitkin 2||Apartment||-|
|Liber Seashore Suites||6 Alenby||Guesthouse||-|
|Dvir's Apartments||magen david 8||Apartment||-|
|Avenida 13 Hostel||13 Nahalat Binyamin St., Tel Aviv||HOSTEL||-|
|See The Sea||Yordi Hassira 3||HOTEL||-|
|Central Hotel||Ben Yehuda 38||HOTEL||75|
|Luxury Kosher apartments in Netanya||2 Shderot Ben Oved st. Netanya||APARTMENT||-|
|Charming apartment in Tel Aviv||Corner Yishkon and Nahliel||APARTMENT||-|
|Yarden Sea Side Apartments||Ben Yehuda street 130||APARTMENT||-|
|Holiday Rentals - Olei Tzion||Olei Tzion 30||APARTMENT||-|
|Yarden Beach Apartments||35 Yona Hanavi Street,||Apartment||-|
|My Israeli Home||Doron 23||APARTMENT||-|
|Florentin Apartment||6 Cordovero st||APARTMENT||-|
|Momo's Guesthouse||28, Ben-Yehuda St.||Guesthouse||-|
Israel is a technologically advanced society, and internet cafés are widely available in most cities and towns. The regular price for paid internet cafés is about 15 shekels per hour but you can get it for about 10 shekels in some of the more local places. Free Wi-Fi access is common in cafés (check individual articles). All branches of 'Aroma Espresso Bar', 'Arcaffe', 'Café Café', 'McDonalds' and 'Yellow' convenience stores have free Wi-Fi access, though in some you will have to approach the staff for a password.
Recently, the "Jerusalem Wi-Fi" project started. This government started project aims to cover the entire Jerusalem area with Wi-Fi although at the moment the only areas covered are in the city center. A similar project has started in Tel Aviv and in Karmiel in the north. Some other cities are following suit.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international country code for Israel is 972. Emergency numbers include 100 (police), 101 (ambulance) and 102 (fire). 112 is supported in mobile networks.
Currently Israel offers support for all the available networks including GSM/UMTS (Pelephone, Cellcom and Orange), CDMA (Pelephone) and iDen (Hot Mobile). In any case, you must check with your carrier about the roaming option and the compatibility of your device in advance. A valid suggestion otherwise is to turn off data services.
You can rent a cellphone for use in Israel either before your trip or once you arrive from several firms. You can also rent smartphones with sim cards included sometimes for lower than the cost of renting just a sim card. Vendors such as Israel Phone Rentalsoffer the advantages of a sim card rental without having to worry about bringing your own phone to Israel. If you have a GSM cellphone without a SIM-lock, you can buy a SIM-card. Prepaid SIM cards are available at Pelephone (Talk & Go), Cellcom (Talk Man) and Orange (Bigtalk) phone stores throughout Israel. Almost all shopping malls will have a Pelephone, Cellcom or Orange kiosk or store.
There are many public phones scattered around. Public phones can be always found at hotels, post offices, central bus stations and train stations. These phones use a Telecard, which, today, is a pre-paid calling card that works only with pay phones and can be purchased at post offices and some stores, as well as ordinary calling cards. Some phones also accept credit cards, usually those in hotels and post offices.
The Israel Post is the national postal service of Israel and generally has fast, reliable and affordable services. Efficiency means that letters and postcards send by airmail just take about 3-7 days within Europe, a few days more to the USA and Australia. Express Mail Services (EMS) is available, with which you are guaranteed to have the postcard or letter delivered within 72 hours anywhere in the world. You can buy stamps at post offices, or newspaper stands/kiosks or some souvenir shops and hotels. The main post offices are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 8:00am to 2:00pm on Friday, though some might keep longer hours. Branch offices and post offices in smaller towns keep shorter hours, usually with a break from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, and on Wednesday and Friday only during the morning. Parcels can be send by the regular post offices or with companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx and DHL.
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