Dolphinarium beach is known as the Drummers' beach for a Friday drum session which has evolved into a gathering of other entertainers such as jugglers, dancers and acrobats. The southern side of the beach is also known for its surfing.
Tel Aviv – Been There

Tel Aviv has a beach for everyone

Photo by Eddie Gerald

Tel Aviv – Been There Tel Aviv has a beach for everyone

Like any other big city, Tel Aviv is a place for young people to be themselves, throwing off the restraints of home.

Kike del Olmo
Kike del Olmo Travel Photographer

I meet Rubi, son of Orthodox Jews settled in Jerusalem, brother to ten siblings and part-owner of an Irish pub with kosher food and water pipe. He seems very young to be involved in a bar but his energy and drive have a reason: “I am eight years old,” he says. “When I was 16, I left home. I had to give up everything: my family, who I haven’t seen since, my community, everything. I started from scratch. That’s why I put my age at eight. Because I only started to live when I left home. I didn’t know anything about the world, about women, about people. I had to learn everything. I even spent a year living on the street.” I realize just what this open and liberal city must mean for so many like him.

On Tel Aviv’s famous beaches, I see this tolerance in action. The walled Nordau Beach is set aside for the religious community with separate days for each sex: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday for women; Monday, Wednesday and Friday for men. On Saturdays, the Sabbath, it is mixed bathing and as packed as every other patch of sand along the coast. Right next to it is Hilton Beach, home of the gay community where men with gleaming torsos strut in tight Speedos or sunbath in even less. While used to a lesser extent by the female gay community, it is also a refuge for women who want to escape any sexual harassment on other beaches.

Take me to a Tel Aviv beach!

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Social protests in Tel Aviv have included humorous events such as this group of young people burying their heads in the sand. The Greater Tel Aviv Metropolis includes 3.2 million people, more than 40 per cent of the Israeli population, and about a third are between 20 and 30 years old. Photo by Eddie Gerald / Alamy

Eddie Gerald

Eddie Gerald

Agency
Alamy

Social protests in Tel Aviv have included humorous events such as this group of young people burying their heads in the sand. The Greater Tel Aviv Metropolis includes 3.2 million people, more than 40 per cent of the Israeli population, and about a third are between 20 and 30 years old.

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