Why did we choose Tel Aviv?
Every May we always go on holiday for my birthday, last May we had left things quite last minute and after looking for deals to Europe we would be spending a lot of money to have a beach/resort holiday very similar to our previous one to the Dominican Republic.
So one evening whilst on the verge of booking a trip to Abu Dhabi we did a little 180 and decided to go for somewhere a little different instead and chose Tel Aviv. The main reasons behind this choice being:
- A short flight time of around 5-6 hours
- Combines a city break with the beach
- Great food scene
- Amazing weather
- Culture, history and new experiences
- Family friendly
- Lots of open spaces and parks
We wanted something unique from our short holiday away and Tel Avi sure did deliver on this front.
For the first time in my life, with thanks to a couple of hundred air miles we were able to fly business class on this trip. It is no secret that since having kids I am a big fan of BA and this trip they did not disappoint again, in fact the journey was as much of a treat as the holiday( well for some of us it was)
We flew out on the day of the Royal Wedding last spring and were treated at check in to a slice of the royal cake, a great way for BA to mark the occasion and I can confirm the Princess chose a delicious flavour combination.
I know there has been a lot of debate over children being allowed in Business and First Class and in this instance we were the only family flying, personally I think it should not matter where you choose to sit for any flight. In fact kids are probably better behaved in business or first thanks to all the extra room they have to play in.
Our Air BnB was located just off Gordon Beach. It had two bedrooms, bathrooms, a separate full kitchen and lounge area. The host was great in letting us have an early check in and sorting out at any issues during our stay. It was the ideal base and the kids loved spending time in the apartment as much as they did outside it. Would highly recommend this place to families or groups travelling.
When deciding where to stay and whilst visiting my favourite neighbourhoods to choose to be based in where:
The historical part also called the old city. Perfect for exploring the windy streets, climbing up for scenic views and dining in the port area. This area was one of the most touristy we visited both in terms of eating and sightseeing but a lot more boutique hotels are now opening up here.
White City Area:
Tel Aviv Beach:
Travelling Around Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is not huge so you can walk to a lot of places, it is also buggy friendly. For the first time we also used a Buggy Board which I have mixed opinions on. A bit like travelling with a Trunki, its great when the kids actually use it but when not in use feel its more of a nuisance. We also used the Gett app to order taxi, with WiFi available in most places this worked in the same way as Uber. Although public transport is available mainly via buses, we did not feel the need to catch any for the number of days we were there for.
Things to do with kids in Tel Aviv
Whilst in Tel Aviv, we spent most of our time at the Park, Beach, Playground or eating Brunch. Stay tuned for my posts below going into all of these in more detail along with a Travel Diary.
Favourite Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Brunch in Tel Aviv
The Beaches of Tel Aviv
The Parks of Tel Aviv