A Walk Along the Seashore (Self Guided), Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a unique destination to visit. It has everything, including amazing architecture, tempting market places, a rich historical and cultural background, unique tourist attractions and of course, the beach. There are several beaches, each a little different. The best time for a walk is at sunset, when the temperature is more comfortable. Follow this tour and feel the breeze of the Mediterranean Sea.
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Guide Name: A Walk Along the Seashore
Guide Location: Israel » Tel Aviv (See other walking tours in Tel Aviv)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Old Jaffa Port
  • Jaffa Flea Market
  • Etzel Museum
  • Hof HaDolphinarium
  • Banana Beach Bar/Cafe
  • The Opera Tower
  • Isrotel Tower
  • Molly Bloom's
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Old Jaffa Port

1) Old Jaffa Port (must see)

The Old Jaffa Port holds a special place in the history of Tel Aviv, as it is here that you can find the city's origins. In the popular Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, this is the port from where Jonah set off.

Jaffa Port has a rich history and was a key strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean until recently. Though many new ports were built in the north and South of Tel Aviv, Jaffa still holds a special place in the hearts of people.

No tourist traveling to Tel Aviv misses a visit to this port that is today used extensively by local fishermen. If you have been to Tel Aviv you would no doubt have experienced this city’s unique vibrancy and lively spirit with its modern high rise towers. The Old Port of Jaffa and its surrounding neighborhood of North Ajami is interestingly a stark contrast to the city’s contemporary lifestyle.

Include Jaffa in your schedule during your visit to Tel Aviv and enjoy its exclusive charm and ambience. Every few months, the Dvir Gallery at Hangar 2 in the port holds free art exhibitions. On your trip here, enjoy the wonderful fish restaurants with great food you can eat at by the sea.

Why You Should Visit:
After seeing the sights of Jaffa the port is a good area to unwind.
Beautiful sunsets and nice walking promenades extending both north & south.
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Jaffa Flea Market

2) Jaffa Flea Market (must see)

At Jaffa Flea Market, the early bird gets the greatest deals. On the first day of the week, if you are the first customer, you will get goods at affordable prices from sellers who wish to start a sale that will bring luck through the week.

At this market, you can find an array of mixed treasures and trinkets. You can browse through interesting collections of brass, copper, jewelry, Persian tiles, old family albums, Judaica items and even used jeans.

Jaffa Flea Market is all about bargaining. So, sharpen your bargaining skills or at least take someone who knows how to haggle with merchants. If you do not know the language, use your hands to get understood.

Located close to the Clock Tower, the market is named after old clothes crawling with fleas, previously sold here. After the area was renovated a few years back, there has been a complete transformation in terms of ambience and atmosphere. Today you can find a range of trendy restaurants, art galleries and coffee shops that attract the younger crowd. The vibrant and lively narrow lanes of this market have always been popular among tourists.

Why You Should Visit:
A combination of trendy coffee shops, antique shops and open-air second-hand stores that attract a variety of people – young hipsters, couples, families and odd people.
If you get lucky, you can see culture events free of charge around here. It is close to the Old City and Jaffa Harbor so a good opportunity to combine those two together.
Great quaint restaurants – you could spend an entire morning here with breakfast.
On the afternoon hours, the whole area is packed full of bars!

Tip:
Sunday could arguably be the best time to get a deal as it is the first day of an Israeli working week.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 9am-5pm; Fri: 9am-2pm
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Etzel Museum

3) Etzel Museum

Tourists visiting Tel Aviv do not fail to visit Etzel Museum that offers in-depth information on one of the leading military organizations, Etzel. This organization played a prominent role in Israel’s struggle for independence along with three other similar military groups.

This museum is located close to the Alma Beach just off Charles Clore Park. Etzel, along with other organizations, fought for the rights of Jewish inhabitants of Israel before the state of Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces or IDF were formed.

Etzel was a secretive activity group that gained status as a part of the newly formed army of Israel in 1947. Lechi and Hagana were the other two groups who fought for independence along with Etzel.

At this museum, you can take the interesting and short tour that will tell you all about how Etzel rose from a secretive group to its official status. The museum itself is well designed and constructed over the ruins of Ottoman building. The building is made of glass and is rectangular shaped. Here you will learn all about the campaigns that helped liberate Jaffa. Well organized exhibits and informative tour make this museum very popular among tourists visiting Tel Aviv.

Hours: Sun-Thu 8:30-16:30
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Hof HaDolphinarium

4) Hof HaDolphinarium

Dolphin Beach is named after the old dolphin tank, which has been replaced by a club. Nearby is a watersports club, so if you are a surfer or want to try something new, this is definitely the place to go. On the rocks, at the end of the beach, is a great place to relax, either by yourself or with friends or family.
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Banana Beach Bar/Cafe

5) Banana Beach Bar/Cafe

This part of the beach is nice and quiet, a popular attraction for young families and groups of friends on weekends. Many people you see here are reading, meditating or having a chat with an old friend. During the evening, Hollywood classics are shown on a large screen, with no charge for entrance.
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The Opera Tower

6) The Opera Tower

The Opera Tower is a fashionable mall located in the building of the former Opera House, from which its present name has derived. The building has a beautiful design, painted vividly in pink. Architectural elements from the Opera House, such as arches at the ground level, were included in the design of the present building.
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Isrotel Tower

7) Isrotel Tower

Isrotel Tower dominates the view on the Mediterranean shoreline of Tel Aviv. This hotel is perfectly situated, with easy access to the beach and the many entertainment and commercial centers nearby. Isrotel Tower is located on Hayarkon Street, which is famous for its vibrant nightlife and a great variety of bars and cafes. It has a swimming pool on the roof and a terrace with a fantastic view of the shore and the city.
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Molly Bloom's

8) Molly Bloom's

Molly Bloom's is an Irish pub located very close to the Promenade, the main walking street on the beach. They serve a great variety of beers, including local and Irish beers. The food is also great, with a menu consisting of Mediterranean cuisine. The music here never stops and the crowd is always lively. The pub's design gives one the feeling that Ireland has moved to the Holy Land.

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