Tel Aviv is the so called White City and with reason. To tell you a secret, when you are in Tel Aviv, there is not much white to see, but when you arrive by plane and fly over Tel Aviv, you understand why the city is called White City. Click here for maps of Tel Aviv.
Anyway, next that it’s a white city from the air, it’s the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem). It’s on the Mediterranean coast, 60 km north-west from Jerusalem and about 100 km (south) from Haifa. What’s typical for many tourists who visit Tel Aviv, they want to visit Yafo (Yaffa, Yaffo, Yafa, etc.) too. In 1948, the official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Historically, many embassies are located in this coastal city, but Tel Aviv is not the capital city of Israel (that’s Jerusalem).
The curse and blessing of Tel Aviv is that’s growing rapidly. From a medium-sized urban center, it grows to a bustling international metropolis with a booming population, energy, 24-hour life style, technology, alternative life styles and extreme freedom. Those who visit Tel Aviv now, they will get the impression of a cosmopolitan city, easily compared with the many cosmopolitans in the world.
And like with most cosmopolitans, you see the homeless population grow as well, as are the beggars.
- North – The wealthiest district of Tel Aviv and one of the wealthiest in entire Israel stretches from the north side on the Yarkon River. These neighborhoods have very few things in common with the rest of Tel Aviv and are partially treated as Tel Aviv’s suburb rather than a part of the city. The entire district is very green in comparison to the rest of Tel Aviv and contains some big and important sites such as Hayarkon Park, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv University, and more.
- Center – The city’s center contains “The Heart of Tel Aviv” and “The old north”. The main metropolitan area of the city contains tourists attractions and shopping areas. This is Tel Aviv as most people know it nowadays. The central area is confined by Allenby Street from on the south and the Yarkon river from the north.
- South – The original District of Tel Aviv contains the first neighborhoods that constructed Tel Aviv. It is the poorer district of Tel Aviv but has been developing noticeably while conserving its style and history as many of its neighborhoods have become young and trendy. It is also home to many foreign workers and illegal immigrants from south-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Jaffa — is one of the world’s oldest ports. It was here that the prophet Jonah started the journey that left him in the belly of the whale. It was also here where Peter the Apostle received a vision marking a significant ideological split between Judaism and Christianity (Acts 10).