On a sunny afternoon, April the 11th 1909, 150 man, woman and children left the over-crowded port-city of Jaffa and walked 3 km north trough the hot, burning sand to a spot were they decided about the future of today’s Tel Aviv. Within a few month the first houses for those 66 families were build (Herzl, Jehuda-ha Levie and Lilienblum-street).
As for today Tel Aviv-Jaffa population hit an all-time high of 391.300 inhabitants, still quite small compare to cities in Europe and the States. But this small city is an open minded city, free of spirit and always on the move. Just read what international magazines and papers wrote the last few years about the city:
In January 2008 the leading French fashion magazine Vogue dedicated three flattering articles about Tel Aviv and defined the city as “…a suitable place of refuge for the young fashionable French woman desiring a vacation…”.
In July 2008, the New-York Times declared Tel Aviv “…the capital of Mediterranean Cool…“.
Frederic Boiset, a French television director called Tel Aviv the “next Ibiza” and he went on: “The vibe on the streets of Tel Aviv is free and postive. In this sense, Tel Aviv is much safer than a lot of other cities in the world, including France..”.
Why all this praise for Tel Aviv???
- Because Tel Aviv has the most beautiful beaches, were in the afternoon gorgious girls and good looking hunks are hanging around and were they will dance the night away in exciting Salsa-parties near the old ‘Dolfinarium’…
- Because Tel Aviv, as only city in the world, has more then 4.000 buildings designed in the ‘Bauhaus’ (International) style…
- Because Tel Aviv has more then 1.000 beautiful outdoor-cafe’s with the best coffee you can imagine (if you will settle down for an espresso or a large cappuchino and you think that the locals on the table next to you are fighting,they don’t: they just ‘discuss’ their local paper!!)..
- Because Tel Aviv has his yearly ‘Love Parade’ (in July). More then 10.000 young and old (Israeli and foreign) gays, lesbians and ‘straights’ will conquer the streets of Tel Aviv with an exploding after, trance party on Gordon Beach deep into the night….
- Because Tel Aviv has this lovely quite neighbourhoods like ‘Neve-Tsedek’ and ‘The Yemenite Wineyard’ with small fashion-shops and fantastic restaurants (some small and cheap, some expensive)..
- Because Tel Aviv has exciting museums, like the new ‘Bauhaus-museum’, the ‘Tel Aviv Museum for Modern Art’, the ‘Nachum Guttman’ museum, the ‘Ilana Goor’ museum, the beautiful restored ‘Bialik-House’ and the ‘Reuven Rubin’ museum…
- Because Tel Aviv has the most excting,rocking and swinging Live-bars, like ‘Mike’s Place’, right on the beach near the American Embassy…
We can go on and tell you about the beauty of the city that never sleeps….but to feel it, to be a part of it, you just have to come here and we are sure that within 24 hours you will catch the TEL AVIV FEVER !!
Gal Uchovsky, a famous movie-director, who is living with his friend in Tel Aviv, wrote in May 2008 for the City Guide of Tel Aviv: “…Tel Aviv is relatively a small city. In order to be seduced and charmed by his magic you need to use your legs and walk…perhaps the only way to conquer the city, is to come over-to settle in and let it pull you into its gentle flow…something always happens in Tel Aviv. And with a little luck, it will happens to you…”.