Tel Aviv (or Tev Aviv-Yafo, which is the official municipality name) is the finantial and technological centre of Israel. Located on the eastern mediterranean coast, it was founded in 1909 by the Yishuv, as a modern housing estate on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa (Yafo). 

Tel Aviv and Jaffa (Jafo, in Hebrew) were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the Israeli Declaration of Independence

Tel Aviv’s White City, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world’s largest concentration of International Style buildings, including Bauhaus and other related modernist architectural styles.

Tel Aviv, is a very relaxed and tolerant city, in contrast with the very conservative and religiously overwhelming Jerusalem. The moment you put your foot in the city you have the feeling that you have been here before. Everything is casual, but organised. The club-café vibes of the city are omnipresent and the beach culture is what really defines the city.

Tel Aviv is the most populous city in the Gush Dan metropolitan area of Israel. Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline and with a population of 460,613, it is the economic and technological center of the country. 

When you are strolling in central Tel Aviv, you have the feeling that you are in a town with treelined streets and open-air cafés instead of a big city. The city is well known as “the Mediterranean Capital of Cool” and a global hub for tech startups, but also as one of the greenest cities worldwide. 

The best time to visit Tel Aviv is undoubtedly Spring and Autumn, when the weather is just delightful. Summers in Israel can be rough, but do not worry: bring light clothes (or very tiny ones), speedos, lots of sunblock, hats and of course, your surfboard. After all, Tel Aviv is synonymous to the beach culture.

Places you can visit along with your dog. Don’t forget to bring fresh water, especially during summer.

Old Tel Aviv Port

Tel Aviv Port, also known as Namal Tel Aviv, opened in 1936. Today, the Namal is an area of culture, entertainment and leisure activities. A huge wooden deck acts as a promenade running along the seafront. Shaped like waves in the sea, this unique promenade becomes crowded, especially when the weather is good, as well as the rest of the port. 

Yarkon Park (Park Hayarkon)

The “green lung” of Tel Aviv, which opened to the public in 1973, in unbelievably huge. The Yarqon River with its glistening waters runs through the park, and spills into the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the park lies north of the river, but the south bank has a nice portion of it as well.

Dizengoff Square

Dizengoff Street is one of the oldest streets of Tel Aviv and a main artery. It is a commercial street lined with trees and full of restaurants and cafés. 

Rabin Square

The largest public square in Israel is located by the footsteps of the city hall. This square hosts many public demonstrations and events, often with tens of thousands of participants in attendance.

Rothschild Boulevard

Rothschild Boulevard is one of the most important and iconic streets in Tel Aviv. It is a commercial center, with major financial institutions lining the street, a cultural center, a culinary center, and a leisure center.

Hilton Beach

It has an area for dogs, where you can enjoy the sea along with your furry friend.

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