|Hotels in Tel Aviv and Hotels in Metropolitan Tel Aviv
There are many beautiful hotels in Tel Aviv. Metro Tel Aviv, often referred to as Gush Dan, includes, in addition to Tel Aviv-Yafo, surrounding cities such as Petach Tikva, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, Rishon LeZion, Rehovot and others. There are many fine hotels in those cities. These cities form a single economic unit with a population exceeding two million. They are interconnected by an extensive highway system as shown on the map below.
In 1909, Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew) was the major port city of Ottoman Palestine when Tel Aviv was founded by 66 Jaffa families as an all-Jewish suburb. Nowadays Yafo is a picturesque neighborhood of the Tel Aviv municipality which has a population of 400,000.
After initial setbacks during the Turkish regime Tel Aviv grew by the influx of Jews from Jaffa and later in the nineteen thirties by mass immigration from Nazi-Germany. German-Jewish architects were responsible for the design of the "White City" consisting of some 4,000 buildings based on ideas of the Bauhaus School and famous architect Le Corbusier. The buidings are located in the area north of Allenby Street and south of the Yarkon river.The White City is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Tel Aviv-Yafo is divided into 9 administrative districts, called "Rova'im." The districts and their boundaries are shown on the map below. For information on the individual districts please refer to Tel Aviv Districts
Tel Aviv has some 20 museums. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a showcase of the works of Israeli artists. It is located on Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech. To learn more about the White City, visit the Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff near Frishman.
There are a number of interesting museums in Ramat Aviv, north of the Yarkon River. Bet Hatfutzot/Diaspora Museum on the Tel Aviv University Campus is a wonderful presentation of the historical record of the Jewish people. The Eretz Israel Museum deals with the history of the country and is located on Levanon Street. Right next door is the Palmach Museum.
The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center is a complex of theaters on Sderot Sha'ul Hamelech for the presentation of opera, dance and musical performances. It includes Cameri, a noted theater group. The Mann Auditorium, home of the world-famous Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, located at the beginning of Dizengoff, is being renovated. Next door is the home of HaBima, the Israeli national theater company.A third, experimental, theater is Beit Lessin on Dizengoff at Frishman. Gesher Theater in Yafo South on Jerusalem Street presents plays in Hebrew and Russian. There are performances of Modern Dance at the Susan Dellal Center in Neve Tzedek.
Tel Aviv offers the liveliest Nightlife in the country in its Bar and Club Scene. For dining there is a vast selection of restaurants.
For daytime pleasures there are magnificent Ocean Beaches, North and South, the Yarkon Park and Luna Park in the Trade Fairs and Convention Center on Rokach, east of the Ayalon Highway.