Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural and financial center was established as “a Hebrew city “only 103 years ago, next to the ancient city of Jaffa. The city has wonderful sandy beaches, excellent restaurants hotels and great open liberal people.
Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage .They called it “ The White City “due to the world’s largest concentration of buildings( around 5000 ! )which were built in the “International Style” also known as “Bauhaus” – a unique architecture which was wildly used here during the thirties of the last century.
Lonely Planet named Tel Aviv as the third “hottest city for 2011” behind New York and Tangier and the National Geographic Magazine ranked it as “the ninth best beach cities in the world “.
The city has 13 sandy beaches in total length of 14 Km.( 8.8Miles) and enjoys 318 sunny clear days during the year. Actually, the whole city is built on sand dunes which arrived from The Nile in Egypt. Next to the beaches a beautiful promenade ( Tayelet in Hebrew)which runs along the Mediterranean Seashore from Tel Baruch in the north to Jaffa in the south serves thousands of tourists and the 410,000 inhabitants .
Since the fifties of the last century, the ancient city of Jaffa became a part of Tel Aviv creating a old and new city the same name which Theodor Herzel called the Jewish State in his visionary book “ Altneuland “.
The city of Jaffa is mentioned in the Bible. The city port was used by King Solomon to import Cider trees and by Jonas to run away from God. Here St. Peter brought back Tabitha to life and dreamed a dream encouraging him to convert Pagans into Christianity. Napoleon conquered the city in 1799 and the oranges who grow nearby carried the city Brand name. Today it is a mixed city where Jews and Arabs live together. It is possible to visit the restored quarter with its Middle East architecture populated by artists, galleries and excellent Humus and fish restaurants.
In Tel Aviv 45% of the men and 37% of the women are singles .The atmosphere is young and the night life is very developed. Hundreds of restaurants, bars, dancing clubs and other amusement areas justify the reputation of Tel Aviv has as “the city that never sleeps “.