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Weekend in Tel Aviv

Israel’s most liberal city is a beachside goodtime town with a thriving food culture, markets and interesting architecture: a unique spot for a long weekend by the sea.
Hilton Beach is renowned for its surfng and is a gay hotspot
PHOTOGRAPHS: MAREMAGNUM/GETTY IMAGES, SIVAN ASKAYO, ROBERT GRAY/ALAMY

Friday

DELVE INTO ISRAELI HISTORY 1

Start the weekend with a trip to Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv’s temple to Israeli history and culture. It incorporates the archaeological excavations of Tel Qasile, an ancient port city dating from the 12th century BCE (eretzmuseum.org.il; 2 Chaim Levanon St, Ramat Aviv; 10am–4pm Sat–Wed, to 8pm Thu, to 2pm Fri; £9).

BROWSE JAFFA OLD CITY & FLEA MARKET 2

Jaffa is the oldest part of Tel Aviv and, in recent years, energy has gone into giving its hilltop Old City a makeover. The results, centred on Kedumim Sq, are attractive, with alleyways home to boutique hotels and galleries. However, the real draw is the fea market, or pishpeshuk, full of boutiques, cafés, bars and stalls selling all things vintage (stalls 10am–6pm Sun–Thu, to 2pm Fri).

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