Take me to...Tel Aviv
One of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, Tel Aviv is certainly one to include on your travel list. Translated from Hebrew as meaning ‘The Hill of Spring’, this modern metropolis was founded in 1909 by several dozen families gathered on the sand dunes on the beach outside Jaffa – an ancient port in Israel. Since that time, it has grown to become the country’s second most populated city, and a holiday destination for over 2.5 million visitors each year.
With its shimmering beaches stretching over 14km along the coast, architecturally renowned buildings, incredible food and bustling shopping centers, it’s not difficult to see why so many are drawn to the city of Tel Aviv. Such is its continuing expansion, it is a place that is ever-evolving, and in the words of Lonely Planet, it ‘has an air of perpetual renewal: flowers bloom, new restaurants open and there's always a party somewhere’.
Even its University is the busiest in the country. The intellectual epicenter of the city, Tel Aviv University has over 30,000 students enrolled in its courses, spread across 9 faculties and 106 departments – making it a veritable hub of knowledge and internationally-renowned research.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Further expanding the city’s cultural prowess, Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People is also based on the University’s campus. A global institution that tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people, this modern facility makes the ‘must see’ list of many tourists, and with a number of other institutions built nearby – including The Palmach Museum and Tel Aviv Museum of Art – you can be sure that a trip to Tel Aviv’s ‘Museum Mile’ won’t be a wasted journey.
Simply walking around Tel Aviv is a cultural experience. Stepping into the White City, a collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings built during the art deco period by German Jewish immigrants, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site is steeped in historical significance, and definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the city.
However, it’s not all intellectual stimulation. Whilst Tel Aviv is rich in culture, it is also home to an incredibly vibrant nightlife. From Kuli Alma, a spot that combines art exhibitions with live entertainment and delicious vegetarian Israeli food, to Haoman 17, a warehouse-sized club that plays host to some of the world’s most famous DJs, there is truly something for everyone afterhours.
With so many different sights to see and areas to visit, public transport is one of the most effective ways of getting around Tel Aviv – and if you hop on a train, you’ll see the striking custom-made fabric of Israeli Railways. Produced by Camira, this electric blue moquette fabric is punctuated by the company’s red logo and retains a timeless appeal.
The central hub for rail transport in Israel, Tel Aviv has four train stations located along the Ayalon Highway (a major intracity freeway) and, with an estimated 1.2 million commuters travelling into the city each month, the hardwearing and durable properties of moquette have ensured that the fabric has retained its appearance despite this heavy-duty wear.
Alongside the railway, Tel Aviv also has an extensive bus network, with around 550,000 people travelling by bus throughout the city each day. With Camira fabric installed on the vehicles of Dan Bus Company, Egged, Kavim, Afikim, and Metropoline, you can be sure that no matter where you want to get to within Tel Aviv, you’ll be able to spot our designs!
Camira fabric on an Israel Railways' carriage