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Sunset Walk Tel Aviv Promenade — Gordon Beach North to Yarkon river

We were in Tel Aviv on business and for our first night we decided to walk north along the Tel Aviv Promenade along the Mediterranean Sea to find a restaurant somewhere in the Tel Aviv Port area.

Walking north along the Tel Aviv PromenadeWe started at Gordon Beach, this is the recreational area behind the Crowne Plaza hotel.  We walked north passing by the Tel Aviv Marina, Atzmout Beach,
Hof Hadatiyim beach, and the Metsitsim (Sheraton) Beach to the Tel Aviv Port.
The Port is a real port, but it is mostly a boardwalk area with lots of restaurants and shops.  Lots of people were out for a walk, running/jogging and bike riding.  We stopped at a restaurant named Boya (means Buoy).  The location is just south of the little airport named  Dov Hoz Airport.
We ate dinner and walked back.


The whole walk was either on a sidewalk, paved trail, or board walk.  This is very well suited for bicycle riders, skaters or just business travelers out for a walk.  The Mediterranean Sea was always in view and made the whole experience wonderful.
Tel Aviv Port
Jaffa Clock Tower

Old Jaffa Walking Tour

St. Peter's ChurchBackground for my Old Jaffa Walking Tour: We were in Tel Aviv for a week’s worth of business meetings.  After our last meeting, we took a pre-dinner ride a couple of miles south to start our brief Old Jaffa Walking Tour.

Our hotel is located in Tel Aviv, right on the Mediterranean.  From our hotel we can faintly see the clock tower from St. Peter’s Church and the Minaret of Al-Bahr Mosque / Sea Mosque.  Even though our hotel and Jaffa are both on the Tel Aviv Promenade, a stretch of boulevard full of people out for the evening, we decided to save time and took a taxi to Jaffa.

Gate of FaithOur taxicab driver took us to the Abrasha Park at the top of the hill named Tel Yafo in Old Jaffa.  We walked around and saw some interesting sites:  a small park area with a sculpture named “The Gates of Faith,” “Tel Yafo Excavation” — an archaeological dig of an egyptian fortress, the “Wishing Bridge,” St Peter’s Church.

We started walking down the Jaffa Hill, following the Mifrats Shlomo Promenade, the walk way closest to the water.  We saw the Minaret of Al-Bahr Mosque / Sea Mosque, a beautiful view of the Tel Aviv night-time cityscape, Arab Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa.

Sea MosqueWhen we got to the bottom of the hill we wandered among small food market along Yefet Street near the HaPishpeshim Market area.  We walked to the North East entrance of Old Jaffa and saw the Jaffa clock tower then took a taxi back to our hotel.

Jaffa is a port city that dates back 1440BC, with archaeological evidence suggesting its origins go back to 7500BC.  This is a nice small place to visit.


The Old Jaffa hill isn’t that big, but if you are pressed for time, I recommend doing what we did and have your taxi drop you off at the top of the hill and walk down.  If at all possible, do a little bit of research before you go; there’s lots of history right in front of you; if you don’t read beforehand or have a guide, you will miss the significance of this beautiful harbour town. Link to Jaffa WIKI

We went there early evening; it had just turned dark.  In Abrasha Park and on the promenade along the water way, there were lots of people, siteseers like us and families going out to dinner.  We felt very safe.

Tel Aviv City scape

Dome of the Rock

Old City of Jerusalem Tour – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters

Church of the Holy SepulchreBackground on my Old City of Jerusalem Tour: I was in Tel Aviv on business and for my first day, my host arranged with the hotel for me to take their semi-private Old City of Jerusalem Tour.

Our guide met three of us in the lobby of our hotel.  We drove to Jerusalem. For our first stop he took us to Mount Scopus.  It’s on the northeast side of Jerusalem, looking down on the Old City.  From there, he pointed out the sights we will soon be walking by, most notably, the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount / Haram esh-Sharif religious site.

We drove to the southwestern corner of the Old City of Jerusalem and parked outside the walls at the Zion Gate, just outside of the Armenian Quarter on Mount Zion.  Nearby we saw the Dormition Abbey, Room of the Last Supper (Franciscan Church of the Coenaculum) and the Tomb of King David.

Western WallJewish Quarter. We entered the Jewish Quarter from the Zion Gate, walked North along the narrow Habad Street to the Cardo, the Roman market place excavated in the 1970s.  We then made our way over to the Hurva Synagogue and the Wohl Archaeological Museum.  And from there, we made it to one of the major destinations:  The Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall, or Kotel).  From here we are right next to the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock which we first saw on Mount Scopus.

Dormition AbbeyMuslim Quarter. We then started walking North along El Wad street in the Muslim Quarter. This then connected with the Via Dolorosa, where the first stations of the cross are marked.  We followed Dolorosa, turned down Beit HaBad street, then made our way to Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter.

Christian Quarter. The church is built on the Hill of Calvary the place where Jesus was crucified and buried.  After we toured the historic church, we continued our tour, walking by the Church of the Redeemer, Omar Mosque and then settled in for shopping and lunch on the Muristan market street.

Edicule of the Tomb of ChristArmenian Quarter. We then walked West to the The Citadel, Tower of David medieval fortress, near the Jaffa Gate in the Armenian Quarter.  We walked South along Armenian Patriarchate Street, visited the Cathedral of St James, then headed South back to the Zion Gate and to our car.

King DavidOur tour guide did an excellent job explaining the history, the different religious view points, and made it all exciting and fun.  By the time I was done, it became a big blur of one historic site blending into another.  Seeing things 3000 years old next to other things that were 1000 years old, next to things that were built 100 years ago was really cool!!

Tips:I recommend anyone who comes here to first do some homework.  Watch a tourist video or study a tour guide.  I was glad I took lots of pictures and GPS tagged everything; it was only after my tour and I started putting captions on my pictures did I realize the significance of what I was seeing. If you come to the Old City, please do some homework and hire a guide.  The experience is life changing!
Mosaic of Christ's anointing