There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Tel Aviv each year.
The main ones are listed below.
More than 30,000 runners from around the world take part in this high-profile marathon every year. Given the festive and dynamic spirit of its host city, the mental and physical toughness demonstrated by the competitors meets its match in the energy they bring to the after-race festivities, which inevitably include a picnic on a grand scale and a huge party.March – Fourteenth day of Adar in the Jewish calendar: Purim (celebrated nationwide)
This festival celebrates the foiling of a plot to wipe out the Jews of ancient Persia, a story recounted in the Book of Esther. All of Tel Aviv takes on a carnival atmosphere, with well-planned massive street parties featuring top-notch DJs, but also smaller impromptu ones continuing for the entire week. Revellers dress up in all manner of costumes and it is considered a mitzvah (“good deed done from religious duty”) to get inebriated paying tribute to this historical triumph over adversity. But many fun events for families are also organized, including puppet shows and a large parade with marching bands, floats, costumed performers and dancers.May – Fifth day of Iyar in the Jewish calendar: Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day, national holiday)
Commemorates the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the provisional government signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv. The original date in the Gregorian calendar was May 14, 1948. Although the main official ceremony takes place on Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery near Jerusalem, with speeches, dancers and fireworks, celebrations are organized across Israel, including military parades, air force flyovers, concerts and parties.September – First and second days of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, national holiday)
This autumn festival constitutes the first two days of Yamim Noraim, the ten “Days of Awe” or High Holy Days, a period spent in profound reflection and prayer that concludes with Yom Kippur. The sound of the shofar, made from a ram's horn, calls the faithful to pray at the synagogue. It is also a time for families to gather around a festive dinner table for a meal including special foods to celebrate the occasion.September/October – Tenth day of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, national holiday)
The holiest day in the Jewish year, this festival is a time for individual introspection and is generally observed with fasting and prayers seeking God's forgiveness. All of Israel comes to a virtual standstill and Tel Aviv's synagogues welcome many worshippers.September/October – Fifteenth to the twenty-second day of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated nationwide)
This seven-day harvest festival commemorates the Israelite experience of wandering in the desert for 40 years following the escape from slavery in Egypt. Temporary shelters called sukkah are built outside where meals are eaten for the entire period. Many Orthodox Jews even sleep in them.December – Twenty-fifth day of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Jewish calendar: Hanukkah (Festival of Lights, celebrated nationwide)
This festival commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in 165 B.C., when Jews successfully rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean revolt. Lasting for eight days, it is celebrated with the lighting of candles (or the burning of oil) in a special eight-branched menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. In Tel Aviv, all hotels, shops and government offices place menorahs in their windows.
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Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) south-east of the city centre.
A welcoming, energetic city attracting large numbers of international visitors annually, Tel Aviv offers every convenience to make getting around easy. Moreover, tourists can reach any point in the city for a reasonable price.
C'Buses are the main mode of transport in Tel Aviv. On most routes, fares can be paid directly to the driver in cash. The standard fare for a single trip by bus within Tel Aviv is NIS 6.90.
Useful tip: The Rav-Kav, an electronic fare card, may be purchased from any driver on the bus routes operated by Dan, for just NIS 5.00. You can then load it with any of the following offers:
In addition to the main bus routes, privately run minibuses, also known as “service taxis”, run along several of the more popular routes. These may be flagged down at any point along the route and passengers can request to be dropped off at their convenience. The fare is about the same as that for regular buses and must be paid in cash. Minibuses also run on Saturday, when regular buses do not operate.
Tel Aviv expects to complete the construction of its first urban light-rail line in 2022.
Many taxis ply Tel Aviv's streets at all hours. You will never have any difficulty finding one, wherever you are in the city. However, make sure the driver turns on the meter when setting off. The initial charge is NIS 12.30, to which is added about NIS 12.00 for each kilometre, under normal traffic conditions.
Tel Aviv has a public bike-sharing system, called Tel-O-Fun, with nearly 750 bicycles available at some 80 stations throughout the city. The daily access fee is NIS 17 (NIS 23 on Saturdays and public holidays) and the weekly access fee is NIS 70.
Rental rates depend on the total usage time:
Upon your arrival in Tel Aviv, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Tel Aviv Tourist Information Centers
Offer practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The official website maintained by Israel's Ministry of Tourism provides a wealth of information on Tel Aviv.
See your doctor before you travel.Vaccinations
Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are recommended. Depending on the length of your stay and hygiene conditions, the following additional vaccinations are also recommended: typhoid, hepatitis A and B.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Tel Aviv.
Israel has entered into visa exemption agreements with a number of countries.
To find out if you will need a visa for travel to Israel, visit the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx
Voici quelques phrases en hébreu qui pourront vous être utiles lors de votre séjour à Tel Aviv :
Bonjour : Shalom / Boker tov / Tzahara'im tovim
Bonsoir : Erev tov
Au revoir : shalom
Oui : ken
Non : lo
Non, merci : lo toda
Merci beaucoup : Toda raba
Je ne comprends pas : Ani lo mewin.
Pouvez-vous répéter : Ha'im tochal lachzor al ze.
S'il vous plaît : Bevakasha.
Quelle heure est-il ? : Ma hasha'a ?
Aéroport : Namal Te'oefah.
Gare : Tachanat rakevet
Taxi : Taxi
Hôtel : Malon
Hôpital : Beit cholim
Banque : Bank
Téléphone : Telephone
Je suis (…) : Ani (…).
Je recherche (…) : Ani mechapes (…).
Quel est le prix de (…) ? : Kama Ze (…) ?
Avez-vous (…) ? : Ha'im yesh lecha (…) ?
Où puis-je trouver (…) ? : Aefo efshar limtzo (…) ?
Où puis-je acheter (…) ? : Aefo efshar liknot (…) ?
Je voudrais (…) : Haiiti rotze (…).
And what about tipping?
In Tel Aviv like elsewhere in Israel, there are no hard-and-fast rules for tipping. If a restaurant bill does not already include a service charge, it is appropriate to tip between 10 and 15 percent. Taxi drivers do not expect to receive a tip and hotel bellboys should be tipped a lump sum of between NIS 10 and NIS 20, not an amount per bag.