Tourist Information – Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is merely 57 km from Jerusalem. Situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Israel. Besides the lively nightlife and pleasing beaches, it’s famous for entertainment and cultural activities. There are numerous performing arts centers and theatres across the city. Tel Aviv is home to over 400,000 residents, making it the second most populated city in the country.
Having a Mediterranean climate, the summers are hot and humid while winters are mild. The average temperature during the hottest month of August remains around 30ºC. The average temperature dips to as low as 9ºC in January making it the coldest month. Rains are common from October to May and the city receives 20.9 inches of rainfall annually.
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Popular Attractions & Places of Interest in Tel Aviv
Located in the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv is full of life thanks to its art, culture, festivals, nightlife, and art. It is often referred to be the 1st modern Jewish city in the country. St. Peter’s Church and Franciscan Monastery located in Jaffa is among the 11 famous churches, mosques, and monasteries in the city.
Popular Events, Festivals and Culture of Tel Aviv
- Orthodox Christmas: It is celebrated on 6th January each year by most Orthodox churches, except the Armenian Orthodox Church which celebrates it on 13th January.
- Purim: Celebrated in traditional costumes and by drinking wine, the festival falls on the 15th of Adar or Adar Shani month. As per the English calendar, it’s either March or April.
- Passover / Pesach: The celebrations are held from the 15th to 21st of the month of Nisan usually in the 1st half of April. The festival recalls the Jewish exodus from Egypt.
- Easter: The next weekend after Passover, Easter remembers the death and resurrection of Christ.
- Holocaust Day: Remembering the holocaust of over six million Jews by the Nazis, it coincides with the 24th of the month of Nisan.
- Memorial Day: Usually in the late April or mid-May (4th day of Iyar), this day pays tribute to people who sacrificed their lives while fighting for the independence of Israel.
- Pentecost / Shavuot: Remembering the delivery of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai, the festival coincides with the 6th day of Sivan which is 50 days after Passover.
- Sukkot: From 15th to 22nd October, the people of Tel Aviv remember 40 years of exodus of the Jews in the desert.
- Festival of Modern Art: Organized at the Tmuna Theatre, this event spans over 2 days in the second half of October.
- International Children’s Theatre Festival: Numerous workshops, theatre performances, and book sale is a part of this festival organized at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa.
- Montefiore Festival Fringe Music: It is a musical event held at the Tmuna Theatre in the last weekend of October.
- Hanukkah / Festival of Lights: Remembering the victory of Jews over the Greeks, this festival is celebrated from the 25th of the month of Kislev to the 4th of the month of Tevet (November and December).