Every then and now, it feels good to simply relax and enjoy the little things. After a hectic week at school or chaotic days at work, having some time for yourself is quite liberating. Doing so by going to the beach is simply the best get away possible. On a beautiful August day or a cloudy morning in January, in Tel Aviv you will still always find hundreds of people at the beach.
Even if you are feeling tired after a day at the beach, going home and missing a unique sunset would be a huge mistake. Painters, take out your canvases, and photographers, take out your cameras, because as the sun goes down, the most beautiful colors appear. If you are brave enough to wake up early in the morning, witness the sunrise as well, you won’t regret it.
The tayelet is the famous 5 km sidewalk that touches the beach and the city of Tel Aviv. People walk with their friends, they bike with loud music, some run with their dogs; everyone is full of dynamism and energy and ready to start the day. If you are looking for a take-it-easy start to your day, have a seat in a charming outdoor coffee place and order your favorite drink facing the sea. There are many restaurants open for amazing hot chocolates and coffees, so don’t be afraid to enter and ask!
If you don’t already meditate, the white sands of Tel Aviv beaches are the perfect place to start. It not only takes a few minutes of your time, but doing it on a towel facing the sun is the best occasion to find your inner peace. If you didn’t meditate before, you will master it in a simple month, and it will become a regularly habit. Cross your legs, close your eyes, take a big breath, and put on headphones… at the beach.
Everybody knows that swimming in a clear salty sea is way better than a cold pool, especially in Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Sea. The temperature is perfect, the waves are not too high, the sun will warm you up, and you will find little fish that will tickle your legs. Put on your nicest bathing suit and jump into the blue alone or with friends; you will have a great time guaranteed. Even during winter, taking off your shoes and socks and putting your feet in the cold water will put a smile on your face. In Israel, they say happiness comes from salty water!
Sorry, was that Italian or Spanish? The beaches in this special city are multicultural. You will find Germans sitting down together, and not far away from them are teens from France. You would think that this only happens in the summer when everyone reunites on the beach, but in fact, this is common in Tel Aviv all year long! So if you are trying to learn new words from a foreign language, be open-minded, introduce yourself to strangers, and you will have a pleasant afternoon surrounded by people from all over the globe.
No matter where you are on the beach, you will hear ‘Avatiah im bulgarit‘ (which translates to ‘watermelon with Bulgarian cheese’) everywhere you walk. Whether it is a boiling hot summer day or a freezing and cold February day, this dish never gets old and will leave you wanting more. It is the most refreshing, delicious local snack you will taste at the beach. The menus of the restaurants are filled with amazing meals, but watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is the most popular one by far, ask anyone… or try it yourself!
Whether throwing a frisbee or playing the famous matkot game that Israelis play on the beach, you can find a variety of different sports available to you at the beach. After a long week of stress and work, it is good to release some energy outside. Tel Aviv’s beaches offer multiple outdoor gyms, free for everyone to use every day of the week, at any time of the day. If you are looking to gain some muscle, this is the perfect place for you! Which other city has an outdoor gym for you to workout at?