Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area. Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art highlights Israeli and European modernism, with notable works by French impressionists and Pablo Picasso. The city is also known for its accessible beaches and vibrant nightlife ranging from Lilienblum Street’s lounges to Dizengoff Street’s open-air cafes. Tel Aviv Port’s waterfront promenade is lined with shops and restaurants, and the chic Neve Tzedek neighborhood has high-end fashion boutiques. The metropolitan area includes the once-separate town of Jaffa, whose Old City is a maze of galleries, Crusader ruins, flea markets and minarets.