The Best Way to Discover Tel Aviv when you’re Young and on a Budget
By Tami Bibring – Gayway travel
Although Tel Aviv is considered to be one of the most expensive cities at the moment, there are many ways to survive it without mortgaging your kidney.
First of all, no matter if you’re travelling alone or with a group of friends, you should book your vacation in gay Tel Aviv as soon as possible, and get the best value for money on flights and hotels in Tel Aviv. Actually, to save even more, you should stay in one of the nice and clean, urban and centrally located gay apartments for short rent, instead of sleeping in one of the hotels in Tel Aviv (there are relatively cheep hotels in Tel Aviv, for example the Pink House guesthouse, but still, an apartment can be a cheaper solution).
The best way to wander around town is by foot (free of charge!) or by bicycle. All over town you will find Tel-O-Fun stalls, where you can rent a pair of green bicycle, for a very reasonable price, and just pedal your way in the city.
If you’re too tired to pedal, you can always jump on one of the many “Sherut” minibus lines, which run through the city and are cheaper and faster than buses or taxis.
The perfect time to arrive to gay Tel Aviv is at summer time. Although the accommodation might cost a bit more, you will find many things to do and to see, some of them completely free of charge. As you know, Tel Aviv lies just on the Mediterranean Sea, and have many beautiful beaches, on which you can relax, get tanned and meet new friends. There is even a gay beach in Tel Aviv, called “Hilton” beach, just a few steps from the city’s center. All beaches are free and inviting, all you need to do is to put your suntan cream!
Gay pride Tel Aviv, which takes place every year on June, is a huge (and free!) celebration of love and pride. It goes from the gay center in Gan Meir through the city and ends at the beach, with a wild beach party, starring Israeli and International DJ’s and performers. Still on summer time, you can enjoy many street parties on Rothschild Boulevard, a free Opera night at Hayarkon Park, the “White night” Tel Aviv- an entire night of music performances, exhibitions and more, that takes place in various venues throughout the city, and special galleries openings, in which you can soak up some culture.
There are many other free events and activities that you can catch, regardless of the season, such as a long walk on the beautiful, recently renovated, promenade, from the north of Tel Aviv till the old city of Jaffa, where you should also take a long tour and discover its beautiful lanes, an afternoon at the Yarkon Park, a tour at the Carmel and the Pishpeshim markets (where you can find bargain goods and purchase all the gifts you need for your friends and family back home) and more.
After all this activity, you must be hungry; but don’t worry! You’re at the right place! Tel Aviv has some of the best, non expensive and even (relatively) healthy street food.
The most famous of them is the Hummus (chick pees). There are many variations on this typical, authentic Israeli dish, all of them are good, tasty and healthy, but, according to most Israelis, the best of them all is at “Abu-Hassan” restaurant, in old Jaffa- a gastronomic experience not to be missed! Other than that, you can find fresh salads, sandwiches, “falafel”, “sabich” and so on. Note that during lunch, most of the cafes and restaurants have lucrative business menus that are worth checking.
Gayway – gay Tel Aviv travel agency