Shades of Israel

Israel, Riviera, Bat Yam

Bat -Yam is located along the beach just south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Bat- Yam is just 15 min from Tel Aviv. It is the perfect place to spend your summer holiday with the family.

More information on BAT-YAM

Bat Yam (meaning 'Daughter of the sea') is situated alongside the sea shore, south to Tel Aviv-Jaffa and west to Holon.

Twin Cities

Bat - Yam has developed a tradition of international networking, dating back more in the early years the establishment of Israel. City leaders saw this as an important contribution of the city of Bat Yam young country among the nations, but especially tying the direct relationship between the cities of municipal leadership. Particular emphasis was placed on cultural youth exchange, used a crane to understand rapprochement. Over the years, tied Bat - Yam relationships with the following cities:
Livorno (Italy) 1961: Soviet twin cities. Common ground that both cities are located along the Mediterranean coast. There is close contact with the ancient Jewish community: municipal information exchanges.
Berlin (Germany) 1978: Soviet twin cities. The main issue for sharing, exchange of youth culture, municipal information exchange: the study of the Holocaust seminars organization perpetuation of Jewish cultural heritage in Berlin.
Villeurbanne (France) 1979: Soviet twin cities. Based on common goals in developing cities recipients migration. The main activities: youth exchanges, cultural close ties with the Jewish community.
Valparaiso (Chile) 1980: Soviet twin cities. Activity is based mainly on the exchange of culture and art: organizing exhibitions, ballet performances and folk bands: strong ties with the Jewish community.
Auric (Germany) 1987: Treaty of friendship. Main activity: exchange of youth and sports: mutual visits of young bands formation.
Kragujevac (Serbia) 1992: Cooperation Agreement. Main activity: exchange of information and the Perpetuation of municipal memory of the victims in World War 2 who were murdered by the Nazis.
Antalya (Turkey) 1997: Recently, an alliance was signed with the twin city Antalya in Turkey, including a cultural cooperation agreement municipal.

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Tel Aviv-Jaffa represents the heart of a thriving, Israeli metropolis - the greater metropolitan area comprises a number of separate municipalities with approximately 3.1 million people living in a 25 km long sprawl along the Mediterranean coast - with around 392,700 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself making it the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem(760,800 inhabitants). Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat-Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah-Tikva, Rishon-LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon, Rehovot and Herzliya are the other major cities in the coastal area commonly known as Gush Dan.
Whilst Jerusalem is Israel's capital city where most government departments are located, Tel Aviv and its satellite cities form the economic and cultural centre. It is known as "the city that doesn't stop" and indeed you will find that the nightlife and culture are on around the clock. In summer it is not unusual to see the beach boardwalk bustling with people at 4AM and the clubs and bars usually pick up around midnight until morning, giving Tel Aviv a well-deserved reputation of being a party town. It is the pinnacle of secular life in Israel.
In July 2003 Tel Aviv-Jaffa was declared a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site for the many "International" style (also known as Bauhaus after the German school it originated from) buildings built in the city during the 1930s-50s. As this style emphasized simplicity and the white colour, Tel Aviv is also called the 'White City'.
But Tel Aviv is not just history. Present day Tel Aviv is one of the liveliest cities you will come across. Enjoy a very rich night life scene. Whether you are into clubbing, restaurants, coffee shops, or smoke-filled bars, Tel-Aviv has something for you.
You will find a spicy and delicious, fast growing food culture in Tel Aviv. The ambiance of Middle Eastern cuisine with traditional Jewish cooking from four corners of the world has definitely created a unique gastronomically landscape. There's a daytime promenade, and there's the night-time version. Dozens of restaurants, cafes, and ice cream are busy all day long, while pubs, discos and jazz clubs blossom after dark. Regardless of the hour, human attractions abound – clowns, caricaturists, tattoo artists, hair-braiders, magicians and of course, the ever- changing parade of people strolling by the nearby beaches beckon. Clean sand, lounge chairs, ice-cream vendors and diehard beach-lovers that swim daily, winter and summer, no matter what.
Tel Aviv is likely the most liberal city in Israel and the Middle East - as it is no-less liberal than Western Europe's liberally-inclined major cities. Its residents tend to have liberal attitudes towards gay and lesbian rights, and, in fact, Tel Aviv hosts the largest gay pride parade in Israel, and Israel is the only country in the Middle East where homosexuality is not illegal nor a crime. It is also a destination for gay Palestinian refugees, unable to pursue their lifestyle in the Palestinian territories. With its liberalism comes a dose of sophistication and some will say detachment.
Tel Aviv is frequently referred to critically in Israel as "The Bubble" or a modern day "Sodom and Gomorrah", due to its hedonistic lifestyle. However, it boasts a bustling civil society and is home to many activist movements and NGOs.

A few tips:

On the Dolphinarium beach on Friday afternoons, for instance, you can join an improvised percussion festival, and the Brazilian martial arts/dance/music combination called capoeira. Go to Gordon beach for beach volleyball. The narrow strip of sand near the Marina is less crowded and more peaceful; at the yacht basin, you can rent windsurfers, surfboards, sailboats, motorboats and diving equipment. Tel Aviv's beaches are well-equipped with changing rooms, showers and toilets; some have lifeguards year-round.
On the beaches and at major tourist centres, tourist police provide a sense of security, as well as assistance and information services.

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