It can be called Caesarea Maritima or Caesarea Palestine. It's half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa on an ancient site that was later occupied by the crusaders and was forgotten since the 13th century. In 1950, archaeologists rescued this port city founded by Herod with Roman support from oblivion. Built on a Phoenician port, it was named after Caesar. Herod converted it into the largest port in the east, giving the city roads, aqueducts, and making it the capital of Judea. St. Paul was imprisoned here in 58. It was an intellectual center in Byzantine times, and the Crusaders used it as a port city.
You absolutely cannot miss this spot. You begin on the Tel Aviv promenade and following it south, you come to Jaffa. Just before reaching a viewpoint it delves a bit into the sea, giving a beautiful view of both the historic Jaffa as the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv to the other side. It is also a good point, as well as the rest of the boardwalk, to see the sunset over the Mediterranean.
Yafo, The city from which emerged the first inhabitants of Tel Aviv. It's city with the largest port in Israel for many years. It's worth going for a walk and getting lost in these arab streets and taking a look around the market. Yafo. The city in which they live, in harmony, Jews, Moors and Christians.
The structure is almost like a tunnel and is really full of people. It's the market, where fruit and vegetables, spices, nuts, candy, food stalls, clothes, flowers, bread, and oils are sold. There is bustle and entertainment. The street that houses it is quite large and the bustle can take a while to pan out. Anyway, I recommend not to rush going through it, because there is much much to do and many details to take into consideration.
This is the beach in Tel Aviv. It is a nice place to be for its fresh air that comes directly from the Mediterranean Sea. The large beach is beautiful and spacious with fine sand to allow you to rest. The day we were went there were dancers, probably from the Dance University of Tel Aviv which is well known, dancing on the beach.
Opened in March 2010, it is the work of Israeli architect Ron Arad. The museum is in the town of Holon, 45 minutes south of Tel Aviv. It is a relatively small museum in a spectacular building. The tour becomes a walk through the halls, where you see the avant guard. It makes you go around the building which is all wrapped in orange hoops through corridors to the starting point. Spectacular both for its form and sensations.
The Tel Aviv nightlife is fantastic. The city is full of bars that despite their exterior appearance, have an interior that combines the modern with the traditional elements.They have the great architecture of ancient sites with music, lights and cocktails which make it a great place to have a good night. The Breakfast Night Club is one of the most recommended by the locals, but if you do not want to complicate your stay by trying to get in on your own, you can contact guide ve took us there (via Facebook Igal Zeevi). He speaks Spanish and English.
This building held 5,000 spectators. An inscription ahs been found which attests to the presence of Pontius Pilate in the time of Christ and a mosaic with comedy and tragedy masks. The theatre is located in the southern part of the city. It was commissioned by King Herod and the first Roman entertainment facilities were built here. The flat semicircular orchestra, first paved in painted plaster, was later paved with marble. The theater is well kept and has been renovated. Anyway, the point is that is a joy to walk through it on the Mediterranean shore, almost comparable to the feeling obtained from the one in Tarragona.
This 2nd century Roman aqueduct replaced the primitive one. Standing at 9 km long, these two aqueducts supplied the city with water from distant sources in the north. "These springs, these aqueducts, these circuses, built to his fat officials and prostitutes, not for the people."
Not much to say, it's a good place to sit back and relax, if possible with some good company and peace of mind. My first impression is that the area is not in need of money, and the service in local cafes probably won't be best, but the rest? Heck, the rest is fine.
A stroll along the Charles Clore Garden when the sun is setting is one of the best ways to end the day in Tel Aviv. I went on the eve of Sabbath and there were families singing and praying while the sun set. The views of the old part of Jaffa, especially during this magic hour, are spectacular.
It does not have the huge amount of fruit and vegetables that the market next door does, but this market is full of curiosities and local craft products that touch every branch. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal, pendants, bracelets, boxes, etc It is flanked by plenty of restaurants and cafes. The truth is that in both markets it is easy to spend an entire morning. The market only opens on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 17.00.
Saturday evening in Tel Aviv. After enjoying the viewpoint of Abrasha Park, with its breathtaking views of the city, our guide offered to take us to the interesting Ilana Goor Museum, open Sunday-Friday from 10 to 16h and Saturday and holidays from 10 to 18h . A big surprise of the day! The museum is located on a hill, and is an architectural gem, and a work of art in itself, with its stunning views of the Mediterranean. Used as home of the artist, with a fascinating collection of over 500 works of art. It is a place steeped in magical eclecticism that has allowed me to discover this multidisciplinary, individualistic, self-taught and international artist. A fun place, and at times suffocating. Its kitchen and upper deck are two highlights of the visit. Very interesting!
The current most chic place in Tel Aviv is the newly renovated train station. It once joined Jaffa and Jerusalem, is now filled with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and exhibition centers. One of the meeting points of the city.
The cultural center of Tel Aviv, where the National Theatre and the Auditorium are, is one of the most beautiful places in this vibrant city. The Square is very spacious with light colors, restored in 2007, it becomes "alive" with a beautiful garden in the basement with trees, flowers, plants, grass, and sand inviting you to sit down on the wooden benches and converse with classical music in the background. The notes are heard only when it reaches the level of the plants and the traffic in the streets, not far away, suddenly disappears. A great place, even at night. The garden was designed by architect Dani Karavan.
Going to Jaffa is to travel in the moment. Despite being highly conservative, it is easy to let your imagination run wild and see old ships coming and unloading in port. Imagination and coffee with good views. Everything you need to have a good time.