Tel Aviv has 13 official beaches and has been rated as one of the world's top ten beach cities. With its entire west side facing the Mediterranean, the city's 12km of beachfront also experience dramatic sunsets.
Tel Aviv – Photo Tip

Open your mind

Photo by Kike del Olmo

Tel Aviv – Photo Tip Open your mind

When the chance to visit Tel Aviv came up, I did not hesitate for a moment. Firstly, I had never been and it fascinates me to get to know our small world better. But the main reason was to fight against my own prejudices.

Kike del Olmo
Kike del Olmo Travel Photographer

I am not a friend of Israel’s politics and, like most of us, had preconceptions. So I tried to arrive in Tel Aviv as we should go anywhere: with an open mind. The city immediately fascinated me because of the freedom you can feel and breathe on the streets, full of people of completely different backgrounds and ages.

A friend had told me that Tel Aviv is very similar to my home town of Barcelona. That’s true, but the comparison applies to Barcelona before the mass tourism that is changing the city. Tel Aviv has the same creativity and artistic activity. There is also something authentic about the atmosphere and the benefits of the Mediterranean climate.

By speaking to the locals, I also realized that Tel Aviv is very different from Israel. It is almost like an island. I talked to many people who do not like the settlements policy of the government – others do, of course – but in any case it allowed me to open my mind.

I still have the same beliefs, but when I talk about Israel now, I remember all these people who only want to live, paint, take photos, write or run a business.

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Tel Aviv's promenade is popular with walkers, joggers and those just looking for a cool sea breeze after hot summer days. The beachfront was once famous for open air clubs, but noise complaints saw the clubs move indoors and to the south of the city. Photo by Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

Nikon D800

Aperture
ƒ/3.2
Exposure
1/60
ISO
1000
Focal
70 mm

Tel Aviv's promenade is popular with walkers, joggers and those just looking for a cool sea breeze after hot summer days. The beachfront was once famous for open air clubs, but noise complaints saw the clubs move indoors and to the south of the city.

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