Around Tel Aviv
Venturing about half an hour outside of Tel Aviv is the Ayalon Institute (also known as Mahon Ayalon), one of our favourite spots in the country.
Sometimes also known as ‘the bullet factory’, it was an underground bullet factory built by the Palmach during the period of the British Mandate. This interactive museum demonstrates the ingenuity, determination and courage of the early Zionists. This is an inspiring story of creativity and innovation, and thinking outside of the box. You will find the story as moving as it is ingenious, and it is well worth the half hour drive from Tel Aviv.
The Weizmann Institute, one of the world’s premier multi-disciplinary science institutions, lies not far from the Ayalon Institute, and is a fabulous place for science-interested adults and children alike to visit. The centre offers an excellent science museum complete with technologically advanced exhibits and multi-media presentations. In addition to the inside museum, the Weizmann Institute also houses the wonderful outdoor science museum at the Clore Garden of Science. The gardens include almost 80 hands-on, interactive exhibits which teach of the laws of physics, energy and water power. Lastly, a visit to the Weizmann Institute can also include a tour of Weizmann House, the private home of Dr Chaim and Vera Weizmann. The house became the official residence of the President of the State of Israel when Dr Chaim Weizmann became President.
Herzliya is a town twenty minutes North of Tel Aviv, and during the summer months it is well worth checking out if you are a lover of the beach! Although Tel Aviv also has fabulous beaches, in Herzliya the beaches tend to be a little less crowded and the golden sand stretches on and on. Herzliya also has some excellent beach restaurants, both laid back and higher end, so it’s a great place to spend a day.
A great day tour from Tel Aviv involves a visit to wineries and vineyards in the Ella Valley area which is just over half an hour away from the city. A winery visit will see you out in the countryside, learning about the wine making process, meeting the winemaker and hearing his or her story, and of course sampling some of the excellent liquid produce. We love to arrange delicious meals from local goat cheese farms to compliment the wine, so please let us know if you’ll be staying for lunch!
The visit to the ‘bullet factory’ was the icing on the cake.
Ann R, London
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