Late afternoon, Tayelet promenade
Right on the seafront, you can have a taste of one of the special features that distinguish Tel Aviv: the love for sports.
Here physical activity is not a pastime, but a real lifestyle followed by citizens of all ages.
The more than 4,000 Bauhaus buildings, dating back to the 1930s, marks the city with an unmistakably modern look, making it deserve the name "White City"; among the neat and geometric streets, the inhabitants move mainly by bicycle, in a lively and relaxed atmosphere, and spend most of their time outdoors, among the beaches, parks and cafes.
Two-wheeler enthusiasts have at their disposal over 70 kilometres of cycle paths that allow them to move safely anywhere, often under the shade of the large tree-lined avenues that offer shelter from the scorching sun. The bike is the ideal way to discover the streets of Neve Tzedek, the former Yemeni district now transformed into an area with a high concentration of art galleries and cultural venues, or go to Carmel Market, the characteristic fruit and vegetable market where you can taste all sorts of delicacies.
A city made for sportsmen
And yet, only by moving by the sea you can understand the extent of the passion the inhabitants of Tel Aviv have for sport.
On the beach, private areas alternate with well-equipped municipal areas: beach volley, five-a-side football, basketball and beach tennis courts, without mentioning gyms with outdoor equipment for everyone to use. There are also beach rugby tournaments, played by boys and girls, which confirm the preference Israelis have for team sports.
Tel Aviv is also an ideal place for diving lovers. Although the best-known destinations are Eilat, with its coral reef, and the Dead Sea, where the most experienced divers can have a unique diving experience in the world, the city offers the possibility of wonderful trips. In the archaeological marine park of Caesarea, you can swim among the remains of the ancient port of Herod; alternatively, you can go to Gordon Caves or Bird Head Canyon, two of the most beautiful sites in Israel for diving. For the children there is the Meymadion, a water amusement park where you can splash safely.
It must be said that civilians are no less fitness obsessed, so much so that after a short while every tourist will notice how everyone is in an excellent state of health, a condition that reflects the widespread atmosphere of well-being and high quality of life.
Enjoying sports after sunset
Free time at the end of the day is a time people dedicate to themselves by practicing sports, which here is experienced as the essential ingredient to feel good.