Planning your first trip to Tel Aviv and looking for a travel itinerary? I was there 4 days - it's a nice amount of time to get a glimpse of the city but for sure not enough to explore all the interesting corners the city has to offer. After your first visit, there is a high chance you will want to go back! At least my friend and I said that so many times: "Such a cool city, I wanna go back!" Yep, that's how it was. If you have more time, go for it, if not, let's have a look what could be your itinerary for 4 days!
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Tel Aviv Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 - Beach time
So the first day, it should be more easy, right? You just arrived to Tel Aviv and all you want to do is to chill. Grab your swimsuit and head to the so called Banana beach (a cool name, right?) or the beach nearby - the Jerusalem beach. Doesn't really matter. Maybe you will do even both, if you decide to walk along the coastline. You can also play volleyball, surf, grab some coffee or just relax at the beach.
To close the day properly, why not buying some take away food and eating it on the beach with the high possibility of a beautiful sunset? It's just an idea :)
Day 2 - Yoga & Cycling along the Coastline
The next day, my friend and I joined a yoga lesson at the rooftop terrace of our hotel - called TLV Urban hotel (recommended - see the details below). This was such a cool start of the day. If you decide to do that too, check into this hotel and ask for the yoga lessons. Another reason, why we really enjoyed our stay in this hotel - it offered rental bikes for free! Yay! Whether you're a guest of this hotel or not, make sure to rent out bikes and go to the beach promenade. There is a cycling path along the coastline - go for it! Cycle all the way to the marine in the North and then South to Jaffa, the old town of the city!
The photo below is at the very end of Jaffa. The path is really nice and easy to cycle and you see so much of the city by renting out a bike.
When in Jaffa, you should visit the Abrasha Park. There is a great viewpoint offering beautiful views on the city skyline. Besides that, make sure to visit Ha Pisga garden, the Clock tower, the Jaffa Theatre and the Smiling Whale (statue).
Hungry? I would also advise to find a restaurant in Jaffa - there are some really good ones in the Louis Pasteur Street. We ate the perfect hummus! So yummy!
On our way back from Jaffa to the newer part of the city. The skyscrapers are a part of it.
Day 3 - Exploring Sarona and Florentin Districts
Are you ready to explore Tel Aviv's different districts? If you followed the itinerary, Jaffa and the Beach District was on the agenda yesterday, on day 3, a few others will follow.
So, head to Sarona, a new complex in the middle of the city and go straight to the market! Check out the small shops & cafes and consider having lunch there! It's a unique experience. What is more, walk to the Gindi towers and stroll around the Ganei Sarona Gardens - so beautifully maintained. I couldn't believe I'm in Tel Aviv!
Above is the garden I was talking about - I could chill here all day long :)
Ready for street art? You're going to one of the artistic areas of Tel Aviv! Expect some very old buildings and traditional wholesale shops mixed by some new designer shops and lots of graffiti! :) Coming from Sarona to this is quite a shock but this is Tel Aviv - it has a bit of all :)
Wondering what camera I use to make these photos? Here's the link.
Day 4: Exploring the Neve Tzedek District
Day 4 is the day, you will most probably continue your trip to another Israeli city or fly back home. But if your flight is in the afternoon, make sure to visit the Neve Tzedek District too! If you have less than 4 days in Tel Aviv, squeeze this one into your 3-day itinerary, no doubt! Why is it so cool? It has these narrow streets with many small designer and jewellery shops. I would say it has a bit of vintage and bohemian touch. And to top that, the houses are full of beautiful flowers :) In Neve Tzedek we went for our breakfast, entered many of those small shops and ended up at the Banana beach before going home.
Where to Stay in Tel Aviv
My friend and I stayed in the lovely Brown TLV Urban Hotel. Why lovely? It had cozy, clean and nicely decorated rooms. The rooms were not huge but they offered everything we needed. The staff at the reception is very helpful and friendly. The highlight for us was the rooftop terrace. There is a bar and jacuzzi. As written above, it was also the place where we had yoga early in the morning. What is more, the hotel has a very good location. It's only a 10-minute walk to the beach and the famous district called Neve Tzedek. There are many restaurants and cafes nearby. I really recommend to book this hotel for your stay in Tel Aviv!
Have you been to Tel Aviv? Did you enjoy it? Let us know about your experience below!