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The Southern Part, from Opera Tower to Jaffa
If you have walked the northern part of the promenade, from the Tel-Aviv Harbor to Oepra Tower, and continue to walk down the southern part of promenade towards Jaffa, you are bound to sense the difference.
You will hardly see trendy cafes and bars. The view will change, the Old City of Jaffa will be a constant fixture on the horizon as you draw closer and closer to it.
You'll see fewer yuppies, fewer tourists, and more locals from the southern, less affluent neighborhoods of Tel-Aviv. You may come across some foreign workers from South America, Asia and Africa, and some residents of Jaffa.
The first hint of Jaffa's proximity is Abulafya's bakery, a branch of the mythological Jaffa Arab bakery, just south of the Opera Tower plaza. After you pass some holiday apartment houses and some older south-Tel-Aviv houses you will reach the ugly grim monster of the dolphinarium, long closed and the dolphins taken to "greener pastures". There is a humble monument commemorating the 21 youngsters who were killed here in a terrorist suicide attack in January 2001.
Continuing south on the promenade you will enter the Charles Clore Park (see separate tip) with its green lawns and beautiful sea views. The Hassan Bek Mosque is on the other side of the street, and right beyond it the business district of Tel-Aviv with its modern office buildings and hotels. The Etzel ("Irgun") Museum is right on the promenade at the southern end of the Charles Clore Park.
From there on towards Jaffa the promenade assumed a different character, with some of the aromas and character of Jaffa. The promenade courses further away from the street, and without cars and motorcycles the atmosphere is more laid back. A few restaurants and cafes offer outdoor ot indoor seating in a relaxed atmosphere.
At the end of the promenade there is a balcony offering the best photo angle towards Tel-Aviv, it beaches and the promenade.
After you got this far you have a few choices: you can climb the hill to Old Jaffa with its winding lanes and art galleries, or continue along the shore to the Jaffa Harbor; or leave Jaffa behind you, turn back and walk the promenade again, northbound, towards Tel-Aviv again.
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Charles Clore Park
This green park is located on the Tel-Aviv promenade, between the business district with its modern high-rise buildings and the sea.
This is the border between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, and the people you see and languages you hear in the park attest to it. It gives me a more optimistic view of the world when I see both Jewish-Israeli families from Tel-Aviv and Arab-Israeli families from Jaffa strolling on the same paths, sitting on the same lawns, their children playing in the playground in peaceful coexistence, kites soaring in the air.
Add to this foreign workers and their families from all over the world, from the Philippines to Ghana and from Ecuador to India, and a few American and European tourists from nearby hotels, and you'll get a truly international mix. This is what the Chalres Clore Park is like on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
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"Kikar Ha-Knesset" on the Promenade
Allenby Street, named after the British army general who conquered the Land of Israel from the Turks in WW I, is the only main street in central Tel-Aviv which opens into the seaside promenade in a wide plaza.
This plaza is called Kikar Ha-Knesset, after the old building which was the seat of the Knesset (parliament) in the early days of the State of Israel. The same building later housed the early version of the Israel Opera. Now this building is long gone, and the high-rise mall / office building in its place is called "Opera Tower".
Kikar Ha-Knesset is a pleasant plaza with a fountain in its center, and on the sidewalk by the beach a decorative pergola serves as a meeting place, a place to stop and look at the blue sea on one side and the fountain with the matching rows of houses on Allenby Street on the other side.
The adjacent beach is called "Hof Yerushalayim" ("Jerusalem Beach"), which is the only claim Jerusalem will ever have to a beach... Thank you, Tel-Aviv!..
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Gan London -- Moving And Enabling At The Same Time
Gan London is a powerful and moving monument commemorating the Ha'pala -- this is the Hebrew term for the operations that brought Jewish refugees to Palestine from 1937 - 1948 by ship. Palestine was under British mandate at that time and most of this immigration was forbidden -- pretty much like present day boating immigration into the European Union via the Mediterranean coasts. About 3,000 people died on these high-risk voyages.
The monument makes extremely sensible use of the steeply sloping terrain between Hayarkon Street (upper level) and the beach promenade (Herbert Samuel promenade -- bottom level). Wheelchair users can access the monument from both streets, because there are zig-zagging ramps from top to bottom. As such, the monument marks the very best spot for wheelchair users to get from the central and northern dowtown areas of TA to the beach avoiding the steep cliffs.
Whoever designed and created this monument gets my full marks.
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Stroll along the beach !
Strolling along Tel Aviv's beaches is most comfortable at the famous "Promenade", where you can find dozens of beach-restaurants, Falafel-shops, cafes and places to savor the alluring sunny beach as well as the wonderful sunset.
Walking down the stairs from Tel Aviv Sheraton will lead you to some nice places, cafes and bars ready for you to stay a while!
Tel Aviv's famous 'Hotel strip', facing the Mediterranean Sea, is probably the city's best attraction for tourists. Starting to develop back in the 60's, the promenade has become what it is today only in the mid 80's; a long sidewalk with beaches and the sea to the west and with highrise hotels to the east.
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Every city in the world as a place to see and to be seen. In Tel Aviv the promonade is one of them - its a must see during the summer times (and Tel Aviv has more shiny days than rainy every year so take it into consideration... ).
There is noting better then to take a walk around in the hot summer days, or seat down if one of the many cafes/restaurants along the promonade.
This is the place where the Tel Avivians go out friday afternoon with the family, the friends or maybe with the dog... I really believe that this small details are the best way to learn about the atmosphre and the character of the city of Tel Aviv.
Just wander along the promenade along the beach for as far as you want to. People watch, enjoy the view. Then go down to the beach and get a tan. And when you need a break go to any restaurant on the beack for watermelon and salty cheese. Yum.
I took this picture at the...
I took this picture at the boulevard in Tel Aviv and when I could home, I saw something ,like a monkey in a tree on it. I never saw it when taking the picture and since there are -as far as I know- no monkeys here, I wondered how it got there...
The Promenade is a path that follows the Mediterranean seaside from Jaffa to the north part of Tel Aviv and runs the length of most of the town.
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Take a Stroll Along the Beachfront Promenade
Take a walk along the Promenade and have a cold drink or coffee while you watch the residents of Tel Aviv go about their daily life.
Look out for joggers!
I loved sitting, reading and...
I loved sitting, reading and walking on the boulevard. Shops are nearby, markets are nearby from here and you can go for a swim on the beach next to it, whenever you like...
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Not only the beach, but also...
Not only the beach, but also the boulevard is very nice. You can walk here for hours and take a nice cocktail for a drnik, when taking a rest.
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