A thriving Mediterranean city of about 415,000 people, Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 on land purchased by the Jewish National Fund just north of Jaffa. Today Tel Aviv has an almost exclusively Jewish population. Constructed in the 1930s, the so-called “White City” contains more than 4,000 buildings in the then-fashionable Bauhaus style. The main artery of the district is Rothschild Boulevard, lined with palm trees. Many of Tel Aviv’s principal boutique hotels are in this neighborhood. Built up the side of a low hill overlooking the Mediterranean, the 4,000-year-old Israeli city of Jaffa has suddenly acquired a new and youthful persona, with a rapidly expanding roster of restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutiques and hotels.
Airport Security Concierge
The first hurdle to be negotiated on trips to Israel is airport and airline security. We had been advised to sign up for a concierge service to facilitate my passage through Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. There, we were met at the door of the airplane by a smartly suited representative; less than 30 minutes later, we were leaving the airport in the company of our guide. On our return, we were whisked through in less time than would normally be required at an American domestic terminal. In short, the money for the concierge service is worth every cent, so do not even consider denying yourself this small luxury.