If you’re looking for a great way combine Tel-Aviv sightseeing with your love of biking, this bike route is perfect for you! The ride can take you anywhere between an hour and up–depending on how long you decide to stop at and enjoy the different sites. We’ll post the instructions of how to proceed on your ride, followed by some informative write-ups about the cool places you’ll get to see today. We recommend that you take your time and make as many stops as you wish; there’s plenty to see along the way, and as long as you head out on a pleasant day, the ride should be lots of fun no matter how long you decide to stay out!
Bike Route Instructions
Your ride will start just north of the Old City of Jaffa (Yafo), on Retsif Ha-Aliya Ha-Shniya St. Start out heading north towards Tel Aviv. When you have the opportunity to break off from the street and bike along Homat HaYam Promenade, the walkway that touches the beaches, do so carefully. Pretty soon, you’ll pass the Etzel Museum (a incredible historical space that is definitely worth a visit when you’re free on another day). Follow along on the promenade until you see the marked bike path on your right. The bike lane will take you north so that Charles Clore Park will be on your left and Prof. Yehezkel Kaufmann St. will be on your right. Stay on the bike lane heading north as you pass by many of Tel Aviv’s top beaches, which we’ve highlight in this article.
Eventually, after Metztitzim Beach, you’ll bike through the Tel-Aviv Namal, giving you a good chance to check out one of Tel-Aviv’s most popular and enjoyable sites. Once you finish up at the Namal keep heading north until the Namal ends, at which point you should cross the bridge towards the Reading Power Plant. Then follow the bike path approximately 800 meters until you see Sde Dov Airport on your right. Take your time and enjoy watching the planes land and take off. All in all, this part of the ride should take you anywhere between 35 minutes to an hour (depending on how frequently you choose to stop and for how long).
Finally, when you’re about wrapped up at Sde Dov, turn around and head south on the bike trail, back towards the Namal. Turn left onto David Rotlevi St., and follow it until you hit HaTa’arucha St., at which point you should turn left. Follow the same street (which will soon after become Rokach Blvd.) until you reach HaYarkon Park on your right. Getting to HaYarkon park should take you about fifteen to twenty minutes.
Below, we’ve provided a bit of background information regarding some of the sites that you’ll pass through and see during the course of your ride.
The Tel-Aviv Namal (promenade) has become one of the premier hang out spots that the city has to offer. Originally founded in 1936 as the first new port in Israel, the “Old Port,” as it’s now referred to, saw its share of ups and downs as a commercial port. As the State of Israel grew and developed over time, the Tel Aviv port became rather run down and deserted. However, thanks to a massive rebuilding project that took place in the 90’s and early 2000’s, the now-leisurely and exciting spot has become increasingly tourist-friendly and worthwhile. A huge wooden deck that emulates the shapes of waves of the sea covers the entire area, giving the walkway a unique feel. Shops, restaurants, and bars line the Namal, making this the place to be on most any day or night for both locals and tourists.
Sde Dov Airport
Located just north of the Tel Aviv Namal, Sde Dov Airport serves as Tel Aviv’s domestic airport for flights to either northern Israel or Eilat. Despite its minute size, Sde Dov has been active in one way or another since the mid 1930’s, having served as an army base, air force strip, and regular airport throughout the course of its existence.
The airport’s location makes it an extremely unique option for anyone in search of exciting activities. We recommend heading out to see it on a bike on a nice day. Riding north on the bike trail that starts just along the coast in Jaffa (Yafo) will lead you right up to the end of the Namal. After crossing the bridge towards the Reading Power Plant, you’ll find that the bike trail continues on for a good distance. Pretty soon after the bridge, the bike trail becomes sandwiched by Sde Dov on the right side and the Mediterranean Sea on the left. If you stop and wait for a few minutes, you’ll be lucky enough to watch planes land from the south just over your head!
Make sure to get to this beautiful location soon, though, as the Tel Aviv municipality is planning to destroy Sde Dov and use the prime real estate on which it’s located for housing units sometime in the next couple of years!
HaYarkon Park (formally known as Ganei Yehoshua) was first opened to the public in 1973. Since then, Tel Aviv’s largest park has become an integral part of the city’s culture, serving as a getaway from areas that have become more hustle and bustle-oriented. Millions of visitors flock to enjoy the park’s grassy fields, gardens, and rentals and attractions every year. Located along the Yarkon River, Hayarkon Park boasts a wide variety of fun activities for its visitors to enjoy. First and foremost, don’t miss out on the chance to paddle your way through the Yarkon River on rental boats or bike past it on the scenic bike trail with a bike from home or a rental bike from the park. Then make sure to check out the Sportek (outdoor recreation area) for rock climbing, sports games, rollerblading courses, and giant trampolines. For a more relaxing experience, enjoy a walk through the rock garden and/or tropical garden or bring some food to barbeque on the grills out in the grass. All in all, Hayarkon Park provides visitors with more than enough exciting activities to do on an everyday basis; and thanks to its convenient yet secluded location, it’s a terrific place to go to in order to unwind from busy Tel Aviv and enjoy nature and the outdoors for a little while.
One of the best ways to see the park and enjoy your time there is by bicycle. The bike lanes pass by much of the pretty landscape and you’ll get to see many of the main attractions. Additionally, it’s easy to pull off the bike lane at any moment to take a picture, catch your breath, or have a picnic.
If you don’t own a bike and would still like to try this ride out, watch this informative video about how to best utilize Tel-Aviv’s convenient bike rental system!
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Adam Schrag 2015