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The Beaches of Tel Aviv: A DIY Walking Tour

The Beaches of Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is famous throughout the world for it’s beautiful beaches. And for good reason. Stretching from the Yarkon River in the north, to Jaffa in the south, Tel Aviv city has miles of golden sandy beach.

Better yet, the beaches are a stone’s throw from the city centre and many of Tel Aviv’s biggest hotels are on the seafront. It’s no surprise that many call Tel Aviv the Miami of the Mediterranean.

A view of Tel Aviv's beaches from Jaffa

A DIY Walking Tour of Tel Aviv’s Beaches

This DIY walking tour will take you from Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa. The walk is approximately 3.5 miles and can take 1 hour and 20 minutes. However, I’d encourage you to take your time, enjoy the scenery and to spend as much time as you need to stroll down Tel Aviv promenade.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants down this strip so make time for breakfast or lunch while you are here.

This blog is titled as a walking tour. However there are many other ways to travel in Tel Aviv. This entire area is very friendly to joggers, cyclists, skateboarders and hirable electric scooters. Whatever way you chose see the beaches of Tel Aviv, you are in for a treat.

Skateboarders on the Promenade of Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv

Start – Tel Aviv Port

This walking tour begins at the Old Port which is in the north of Tel Aviv. Don’t let the name confuse you. The Old Port area has a very modern feel. After years of decline from the 1960s onwards, efforts were made to regenerate the area. Today, you’re more likely to see fashion stores, restaurants and cafes than freight containers and fishing boats. This makes the Old Port a great place to grab lunch or breakfast before your walk.

When you are ready, head towards boardwalk.

This tour will take you south towards Jaffa. To keep this as simple as possible, the sea should be on your right hand side. Walk along the boardwalk until you reach the first of Tel Aviv’s beaches.

The very popular Tel Aviv port sign

Metzitzim Beach

This beach is a hotspot for young families visiting Tel Aviv. The water here is shallow and lifeguards are available throughout. This creates the perfect environment for children to play in the sea whilst their parents relax on the sand.

From here, head south along the promenade. Here you will reach an area where a high wall surrounds the beach.

Religious Beach

Most of the signage here is in Hebrew but this is Tel Aviv’s religious beach. From the outside, you will see an area of the beach which has been completely enclosed by walls.

The purpose of this beach is to provide private beach access to the city’s community of orthodox Jews. The high walls around the enclosure protect them from public view. Plus there are separate visiting days for men and women.

There’s not much to see here other than the external wall of the beach, so continue to head south toward the next beach area.

Hilton Beach

There are two signs which indicate that you have arrived at Hilton beach, one of Tel Aviv’s most popular beaches. The beach gets its name from the nearby Hilton hotel.

Dog Beach

This has to be my favourite beach in Tel Aviv. At the northern end of Hilton beach, the city’s four legged friends come to play in the sea. On a busy day here you will see tens of dogs playing together in the sand or going for a swim with their owners.

Not a fan of dogs? Stay on the promenade as the dogs are more likely to be playing in the sand.

A dog on Hilton Beach
Two dogs racing on Hilton Beach

Gay Beach

The middle of Hilton Beach is Tel Aviv’s gay beach. Of course gay people can visit all of the city’s beaches. Similarly, Hilton beach is open to everyone. However this beach is particularly popular with gay men, especially during Pride in June.

Stop here for your first drink in one of bars alongside Hilton Beach.

A rainbow flag in Tel Aviv

When you’re ready, start to head south again along the promenade.

Tel Aviv Marina

The next stop on this journey is Tel Aviv Marina. You will know you have arrived when you see the yachts moored here or when you reach the Gordon Swimming Pool.

From here, you can extend your walking tour by taking a short walk along the pier which curves around the marina. From here you will get great views of the Tel Aviv and the beaches to the south. This is beautiful place to watch the sunset or to view Tel Aviv at night time.

Tel Aviv Marina, north of Gordon Beach

Gordon, Frishman and Bograshov Beach

Gordon Beach, Frishman Beach and Bograshov Beach are probably the most popular beaches in Tel Aviv. You will know you have arrived at Gordon Beach when you see three skyscraper style hotels on your left hand side.

A view of Tel Aviv's beaches from Herods Hotel

Why are these beaches so popular? There are a few reasons.

Firstly, this is where the beaches are widest so there’s space for more visitors. Secondly, the waters here are shallow and life guards are available which makes these sections safer for swimmers. Thirdly, a large number of visitors stay in the large hotels near the seafront and are a stone’s throw from this section of beach.

Catering to this large number of visitors, you will find many restaurants, cafes and beachside bars. As you will now be reaching the halfway point of this walk, this would be an ideal location to stop for food and refreshments.

As you can see in the picture below, we stopped at Gordon Beach for sabich and Israeli salad in the sun.

sabich and Israeli Salad at Gordon Beach

Exercise

The people love to exercise in the sun and many of them come down to the beach for this. From Gordon Beach you will hear the clicking sound of locals playing matkot (a beach variation of badminton) or playing beach volleyball (and playing it well).

Locals playing matkot on Frishman beach

Others chose to exercise in outdoor gyms or to exercise freestyle along the promenade.

Israeli dancing is a type of exercise available on Saturday mornings at Gordon beach and is enjoyable to watch. The video below will give you a flavour of what this is like.

Landmarks

There’s little in this area to indicate that you’re passing from one beach to another. The beaches blend seamlessly into one another from this point. Please get in touch if you know of a simple way to differentiate the beaches. However, there are a few notable sites and landmarks along the way.

The Ben Gurion Statue

This statue on Frishman Beach is a playful tribute to Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. Ben Gurion regularly practised yoga in this area and there is a famous photograph of him doing a headstand on this spot.

Ben Gurion Statue at Frishman Beach

The Dan Hotel

The Rainbow coloured Dan Hotel and the quirky, asymmetrical tower block behind are located between Frishman and Bograshov beaches.

The rainbow coloured Dan Hotel, Frishman beach
Quirky design at frishman beach

Trumpeldor, Jerusalem and Banana Beach

Continuing south, you will reach a narrower and quieter section of coast. These visitors receive less visitors because there aren’t lifeguards here and swimming is not advised.

You will know you have reached Trumpeldor beach when you see the unusual orange monument with (what looks like) a monkey sat on the top. Alternatively, there’s more quirky architecture here to mark your journey.

Modern art at Trumpeldor beach
quirky architecture at Trumpeldor Beach

Once you spot the lifeguard station below, you are heading into the banana beach area. The beach is narrower here and has lifeguards which makes this last section of beach fairly busy and safe for swimming.

Lifeguard station at Banana Beach

Drummer beach is an alternative name for Banana Beach as it attracts drummers and other performers on Friday evenings.

Charles Clore Park

Once you have reached the end of Banana Beach, you will find the entrance to Charles Clore Park. Enter the park and continue south keep the sea on your right hand side.

Charles Clore Park is a grassy public area which covers over 25 acres of land. The park has previously hosted a number of high profile events including Tel Aviv Pride and the Eurovision Village where 20,000 locals watched the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Before going too far into the park, take a second to look back toward where you have come from. This is an excellent spot for photos of Tel Aviv’s beaches from the south.

From here, continue walking south through the park until you reach Tel Aviv’s final beach which sits alongside the southern tip of Charles Clore Park.

The beaches of Tel Aviv from Chares Clore Park

Alma Beach

This beach stretches south from Charles Clore Park to Jaffa. Away from the hotels and further from Tel Aviv city centre, this beach is often one of the quietest in Tel Aviv. This is because the beach is narrow and there is less space available for visitors.

Alma Beach - Tel Aviv

Close to Alma Beach, you will pass a restaurant called Manta Ray which is extremely popular, especially during the Shabbat.

Etzel House

On your left you will pass Etzel House. The Etzel military group were previously based at this building. Before the founding of Israel, Etzel fought for the rights of Jewish inhabitants in Jaffa. There is now a museum inside the ruins of the building. Most of the content here is in Hebrew so less accessible to non-Israeli visitors.

Etzel House Jaffa
Etzel House - Jaffa

Jaffa

Congratulations, you’ve now completed the walk from Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa. You should be looking at something similar to the picture below. Jaffa is Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhood and is home to a number of the city’s attractions.

Jaffa

Once again, take a moment to look back at the distance you’ve covered on this journey. The view of Tel Aviv from the HaPisgah gardens spectacular and a great place for photography.

You may also wish to visit the Jaffa Flea Market which is a short walk from the end of this walking tour.

View of Tel Aviv's beaches from Jaffa

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