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5 Tel Aviv Strolls for Tourists

Tel Aviv is a city of great beauty, complex cultures, and rich history. It lies next to the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest city in Israel. It is home to over 400,000 people and it receives more than one million foreign visitors each year. Founded in 1909, this city has many interesting attractions. While there are so many attractions in Tel Aviv, here are some recommended points of interest for Tel Aviv strolls for tourists.

The Tel Aviv Beaches

Bike-riding-tel-Aviv-beach-nes-mobileIn 2010, National Geographic ranked the beaches of Tel Aviv as the ninth best beaches in the world. The city has 13 official beaches, but some tourism experts recognize as many as 16 different beaches. Some of the most widely known ones include Hilton Beach, Banana Beach, Mezizim Beach, Jerusalem Beach, and Gordon Beach. Visit Tel Aviv so that you can enjoy the scenic beauty of its beaches.

Old Jaffa

Jaffa TEL AVIV - YAFO, ISRAEL -Panoramic view of Old Yafo and ancient port - NES mobileOld Jaffa was an ancient port city whose history dates as far back as 7500 BC. It was of great value to military conquerors because of its’ raised position, which gave war generals’ a clear view of the coastline. Some of the civilizations that conquered this port city included the Egyptians, Romans, Ottomans, and the British. You can visit museums in Old Jaffa to see exhibitions of excavated items from these respective eras.

Rothschild Boulevard

Rothchild - tel aviv-israel- nesmobileStrolling along the green and lush Rothschild Boulevard resembles going on a history tour, coupled with the splendor and wealth of Tel Aviv. This street is a reflection of Israel’s past, present, and future. You can examine the architecture, or stop for an espresso or dinner at one of the numerous coffee shops and restaurants on the boulevard. Built in 1909, this first kiosk of Tel Aviv is still there and it is a major tourist attraction.

Rothschild boulevard - people walking - tel aviv-israel- nesmobileRothschild Boulevard got its name from a French member of the Rothschild banking dynasty who was an ardent supporter of the settlers of Israel. Major corporations that have offices in this street include HSBC Bank, First International Bank, Julius Baer Group, and Bloomberg LP. Moreover, art galleries line up Rothschild Boulevard. Some of these galleries include the Sommer Contemporary Art and the Alon Segev Gallery.

Neve Tzedek

Historical building in Tel-Aviv - Neve Zedek-NES MobileA group of families moved out of Old Jaffa because of overcrowding at the port city. These families established Neve Tzedek in 1887. Today, it is one of the most fashionable streets in Tel Aviv. You can find numerous shopping malls, boutiques, and jewelry stores in Neve Tzedek. You can also find restaurants and cafes in this neighborhood. Another thing that Neve Tzedek offers you is the beauty of its’ architecture. There are various architectural styles found in Neve Tzedek, including Bauhaus designs. Moreover, you can visit the Suzanne Dellal Center for Theater and Dance. This center has performances from some of the best dance troupes in the world.

Hacarmel Market

Carmel Market Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv, Israel- nesmobileHacarmel market is the ideal place for you if you love mingling with the local people during your travels. Here, you will find vendors selling various items including art, crafts, and jewelry. Buying a souvenir to take it back with you is an excellent idea. You can also purchase flowers for your travel companion. Home accessories are available if you need them. Moreover, you can eat the indigenous foods that are available in any restaurant within this market.

Stay Connected with a 4G Israel SIM Card

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Israel SIM Card

Stay connected when you visit Israel and stroll the streets of Tel Aviv. Making sure that you have a 4G Israel SIM card with you is critical because it will help you when it comes to communicating with your loved ones anywhere in the world. Get if from NES Mobile today so that you speak to them at low costs.

 

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WiFi in Israel

Open unlimited WiFi in Israel is one of those little extravagances that can make touring more comfortable. Sadly, some hackers will attempt to utilize public WiFi to prey upon unsuspecting users. Here are some tips on what to pay special attention to when utilizing open WiFi.

Password Protected Pocket WiFi in Israel with TOTALLY UNLIMITED Data (for 5 simultaneous users)

NES Mobile’s Pocket WiFi Hotspot offers 3G/4G unlimited data services, that can connect up to 5 users at any given time. Unlike other providers that slow down the connection after a few Gigs, WiFi in Israel-NES MobileNES Mobile’s pocket WiFi in Israel offers a secure password protected device with truly unlimited data. Some customers actually used over 50 GB without experiencing any slowdown. For more info see: Students and other long-term Pocket WiFi Rentals, or the Tourists short-term plans Pocket WiFi Rentals.

Using an Israeli SIM as a Hotspot

Some people choose to use their Israeli SIM in their phone and then use it as a hotspot. It’s an excellent option for those who just need to use their cell phonesisrael-sim for Wifi in Israel, or possibly do some work in their hotel room later in the day.

If you’re planning on using your cell as a hotspot keep in mind:

  • Cell providers in Israel “throttle” the data (regulate and reduce the internet speed). Depending on the cell provider, web speed after utilization of a few GB will, most likely, dramatically, slow down.
  • If you’re using your cell phone as a hotspot, please note it will severely consume your battery, so be sure to stay connected to a power source while using your phone as a hotspot.

Beware of Using Open Free WiFi in Israel (or Anywhere Else for that Matter)

Free open WiFi permits users to interface with a hotspot which is open and free for all to utilize. Such open systems are frequently found in hotel lobbies, coffeehouses and some tour buses. Hacking into another device on an open free WiFi system is not that straightforward, but it’s pretty easy for a hacker to intercept your data if the right precautions are not taken. See some of the recommendations on how to better protect your device on public WiFi.

So Am I Protected if the Open Free WiFi Network is Password Protected?

NO… Utilizing a secret key on an open WiFi system will keep individuals who don’t have a network password from logging in, and it does mitigate the threat. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you’re shielded from other people who are associated with the same system and have the skill to hack into your device.

In conclusion:

  • Using an Israeli SIM for data is sufficient for those who are not heavy data users.
  • If you’re an above-average user of data, or you are coming on a trip with a few people, rent a mobile hotspot that is password protected and can work with 5 users simultaneously.
  • Avoid open WiFi networks.

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NES mobile is an Israel phone mobile provider offering Israel SIM card and WiFi in Israel. For international SIM cards, please visit PoloSim.

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Cell Phone Travel Accessories

Most of our NES Mobile customers travel often and as such, often require cell phone travel accessories and apps that can greatly assist them while they travel. We compiled a list of essential cell phone travel accessories that could help make your travel more convenient and easy.

Cell Phone Travel Accessories: Global SIM Cards

Global SIM cards are essential cell phone travel accessories. The first thing you need to take care of in this process, is to make sure that you have an international SIM card that is compatible with your unlocked phone. NES Mobile and PoloSIM have you covered on every front in that regard. Here are the options you can choose from, depending on your travel plans – you will definitely find an option that complements your destination and travel requirements. Order your International SIM or Israel SIM Card, ahead of your Trip.

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Israel SIM Card

These SIM cards provide coverage in over 200 countries and are easy on your budget with many advantages. But that’s not the only requirement when it comes to covering all your traveling needs. To ensure a smooth international trip, there are other cell phone travel accessories which are essential and will complement your purchase of a special international SIM card.

External Batteries and Power Banks

Carrying external batteries will keep you connected when you’re hiking or traveling, and prevent you from spending excess time charging your phone, tablet, a laptop or any other gadget that may need recharging. The solution: Extra batteries in your travel bag!

All you need to do is simply charge the external batteries in advance, so when you need them they can easily charge your device. You’re traveling! You’d rather be spending that time exploring the sites instead of sitting around waiting for your cell phone to charge or getting caught without a phone in a foreign country. Carrying external batteries and power banks ensure that you have a double backup. Here are some recommended External Batteries and Power Banks options you can buy on Amazon:

Electrical Plug Power Adapters & Universal Adapters

Isn’t it frustrating when you reach your hotel and the power socket doesn’t support your charger? What do you do then? You can’t possibly rely on power banks throughout your stay – they also need to be recharged at some point. Having a travel wall plug and adapter(s) ensures you that your unlocked smartphone, laptop or any other electrical device will work. The ultimate peace of mind! The wall plug is compatible with your cell phone’s charger and the adapter makes sure your laptop works as well. Most smartphones can work globally and simply need an adapter, but some electrical devices may need a different current. Here are some recommended international plugs and adapter options you can buy on Amazon:

Waterproof Dry Bag Cases for Cell Phones

While most travelers do realize that they may need a travel plug adapter and an external battery, many do not consider another essential and relatively cheap travel tip. This is actually a no-brainer, especially if you plan on going on a water hike or kayaking in Israel or elsewhere. You’re in a foreign land, seeking adventure and the last thing you want to do is to sabotage your cell phone by dropping it in the lake while you’re enjoying the view or get it all caught up in the rain. Dry bags come in all shapes and sizes, and can keep both your smartphone and other valuables dry, even if you get wet.

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a leading provider of mobile cell phone solutions for tourists to Israel. PoloSim is  a leading provider of International SIM cardsNES Mobile offers 4G LTE Israeli SIM cards for tourists, as well as Israel Pocket Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot with unlimited data for tourists and students.

NES Mobile offers FREE deliveries across the USA & Israel. For more information please visit www.nesmobile.com

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Israeli SIM in Tel Aviv

Client often ask us if they can pick up their Israeli SIM in Tel Aviv. While we always encourage our clients to take advantage of NES Mobile’s FREE Israeli SIM Delivery in the USA, there are times when you have already arrived in Israel and need to get a local Israeli SIM Card.

NES Mobile Offers a Pickup Location for Israeli SIM in Tel Aviv

We strongly advise you to place an Israeli SIM order in advance of your arrival and choose Tel Aviv as the pickup location. If you do so, your NES Mobile Israeli SIM card will sim
ply be waiting for you in an envelope when you arrive in Tel Aviv to pick it up. All you need to do is simply state your name and identify yourself with a photo ID.
The NES Mobile Israeli SIM in Tel Aviv pickup location is at the E.L Phone store:

  • E.L.  Phone – located at 92 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv.
  • Store hours are:
    • Sun-Thursday 9:30-14:00 & 15:00-19:30
    • Friday – 10:00-14:30
    • The store is closed on Saturdays and Holidays
  • In order to guarantee the availability of an Israeli SIM card in the Tel Aviv location, please be sure to place your order in advance.
  • In addition to offering Israeli SIMs, the store also sells various cell phone accessories and offers cell phone repairs. Eli, the store owner is friendly and can offer his help and advice when it comes to your phone.

Israeli SIM in Tel Aviv - NES Mobile

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a leading provider of Israeli SIM cards and cellular solutions for visitors to Israel.NES Mobile offers Israel SIM cards using 4G LTE Network in Israel for tourists, as well as Israel SIMs and Pocket Wi-Fi plans with unlimited data for students visiting Israel.

NES Mobile offers FREE deliveries across the USA & Israel. For more information please visit www.nesmobile.com

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Things to Do and See at the Sea of Galilee

Israel’s renowned Sea of Galilee is actually a lake, known also as Lake Kinneret. The Sea of Galilee, is the largest fresh water reservoir in Israel and as such, during the winter months, it’s an Israeli national pastime to discuss the water level of the Kinneret. The beaches that surround the lake are unique, each with different sceneries.

Ideas for a Family Activity at the Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Water Sports and Recreation

Most of the beaches at the Sea of Galilee offer various types of water sports and water activities, such as boating, canoeing, fishing, and much more. Children can enjoy the 3 water parks alongside the Kinneret.

Shay – Sea of Galilee Sail

Shay Zisserman owns and operates “Sail on the Sea of Galilee” and provides an amazing experience filled with family fun, possibly a highlight of your trip. Shay is a professional Captain and Skipper with years of experience.  Last year, Shay bought his own Pikilos speed boat and takes his visitors on an amazing first-class sail on the Sea of Galilee.

The Pikilos speed boat can accommodate a group of up to 12 people. Shay will take you along the beautiful shores of the Sea of Galilee and show you the amazing views of the Golan Heights. If you want more action, he can inflate a large circular rubber tube which can be towed behind the boat at fast speeds. No experience necessary! Talented and experienced riders try to jump the waves created by the boat’s wake and become airborne. Shay also allows you to drive the boat and he offers a remarkable VIP service, at reasonable rates. We actually tested our NES Mobile pocket WiFi devices and phones on the lake and had reception virtually everywhere on the lake!

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You can book a trip with Shay through his website: www.seaofgalileesail.com  or through his email: shay3494@walla.com, Tel: +972-52-284-2029

Don’t forget to mention NES Mobile to receive a 10% discount!

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel is a vertical cliff, towering high above and overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon. The Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hikers and has various trails which vary in length and level of difficulty.  The trails include magnificent views of the Galilee and you can stop in a cave-fortress and ruins of an ancient synagogue. The Arbel peak, at 181 meters above sea level, is actually 380 meters above the surrounding area (since much of the area is below sea level).

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Israel Winter activities

Israel’s comfortable weather allows tourists to enjoy all it has to offer year-round. However, there are some activities that one can only experience in Israel during the winter.

The Chanuka Season – Oil, Lights and Fun!

Donuts in Israel during the winter. Israel winter treats.

What’s your favorite Israeli donut? Israel winter treats.

To many, the Chanuka season officially starts right after Sukkot – that’s when sufganyot (donuts) begin to appear in bakeries EVERYWHERE! Donuts, fried in oil, have replaced the potato latke as the official Chanuka food! The jelly donut has been the standard delicacy for years – but it’s rapidly losing ground to donuts filled with anything from chocolate, caramel or vanilla cream to fruit fillings, etc. They vary in sizes and flavors. Try them all!

From “Mr. Donuts” to the big bakery chains to the small makolets (local Igrocery stores in Israel), the search for the best donuts in Israel during the winter is a delicious challenge! To get you started on your search, see Top 13: Places to eat doughnuts in Israel

Lights

From the huge chanukiyot (Chanuka menorahs) you will find at many major intersections and entrances to cities, towns, moshavim, kibbutzim, and yishuvim, the Chabad organization makes sure to light them each night of Chanukah, to offer everyone – especially those who might not be able to light one at home, a chance to participate in this special mitzvah!

 

Take a walk through the neighborhoods (especially in Jerusalem through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the neighborhood of Nachlaot), where you can see the many beautiful and originally designed chanukiyot in the windows of private homes and public buildings, as well as in the glass-framed boxes found in courtyards and doorways – all prominently displayed to publicize the miracle of Chanuka!

 

Replica of the Temple menorah, made by The Temple Institute

Replica of the Temple menorah, made by The Temple Institute in Jerusalem

For another variation on activities with lights, check out The Night Spectacular, a sound and light show at the ancient citadel in Jerusalem. It’s a spectacular multimedia show (lasting about 45 minutes) where the audience, seated among the archeological ruins of the citadel’s courtyard, is treated to historical scenes from the Crusaders to the Turks and the British… – a perfect activity, well-suited to Chanuka. For more information, see: http://www.towerofdavid.org.il/English/Night_Spectacular_Performance_Schedule

Snow! Ice! Israel Winter…

Sometimes during the winter in Israel, especially in the higher altitudes (Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Mt. Hermon, etc.), Israel is “treated” to the wonders of snow during the winter! An inch or two of snow is treated as a foot or two in places like New York City – as the cities with the snow totally shut down! Kids pray for it to last long enough to play and the improvised snow equipment (plastic bags over sneakers to keep the moisture out, heavy socks on hands for warmth ; cardboard boxes and trays for sledding) become more creative all the time!

When the snow falls up north, you can visit Mt. Hermon, which opens for skiing and “real” snow play (sledding, tubing or just building snow forts, snowmen, etc.). It’s fun for the whole family!

Israel Winter at Safed -Tzfat

גליה דוידסון. מתוך אתר פיקיוויקי Israel Winter at Safed -Tzfat

 

Israel Winter – Flexibility is the Key!

צילום:דר אבישי טייכר. מתוך אתר פיקיוויקי

Israel’s north is a beautiful place to hike and explore – everything is green and filled with colorful flowers, the beauty is there to behold. The Galilee area especially (Bet She’an and the surrounding area), has a small chance of rain, though it is usually too cold to swim. You can enjoy the hot springs in Hamat Gader – especially pleasant when the weather is chilly.

Hamat Gader is a 40 acre park on the south-eastern part of the Kinneret. It is Israel’s oldest and largest spa. Explore ancient Roman baths or relax in thermal mineral pools circulating every four hours at a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Enjoy the Jacuzzi beds and chairs, water jets, a hot waterfall and a bubble pool.

Location: Northern, Sea of Galilee

Address: Hamat Gader

Website: hamat-gader.com

Head on South to Ein Gedi

While you run the risk of a few rainy days in the north, if you can be flexible, when the rain comes, head to Israel’s south.

If you’re coming to Israel winter time, plan your days according to the weather reports, which you could check using NES Mobile’s Israel MiFi with unlimited data or on your smartphone with NES Mobile’s Israel SIM card. There is a high probability of great weather in the south (less chance of rain than in the center or north of the country), without the oppressing heat of the summer. Depending on your idea of fun, you can explore the Negev (national parks close a bit earlier in the winter) and see nature at its best.

Masada, and Ein Gedi are much more pleasant in the winter and you might even get a chance to go into the Dead Sea for a quick dip. There are jeep tours in Mitzpe Ramon and there are many opportunities to explore archeological sites in the Negev.

Remember that Israel is a small country and you can make the Masada area a day trip – finishing off the day back in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (or other cities) where the nightlife is much more active.

Israel Winter Flood Watching and Watching for Floods!

Ein Gedi - Israel

צולם ע”י מני גל, עין-גדי

One of Israel’s most dangerous natural occurrences, flash floods, have been known to sweep across the Negev Desert every so often the winter. Each year, hikers and travelers are caught unprepared and stranded. The speed and power at which the water floods the desert landscape is dazzling. Traveling in the south during the winter should always and only be done in coordination with weather reports and travel advisories.

As dangerous as being caught unprepared in these flash floods can be, when watching from a safe viewpoint, the flash floods can be beautiful and amazing. The water rejuvenates the desert, transforming the golden sands into dazzling rivers. In recent years, many tourists go down south to watch the floods (from a safe distance) as they develop.

 There is so much to do and see (and eat!) in Israel in the winter. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Let NES Mobile make your stay more convenient. Keep in touch with everyone back home (share your experiences with them)!

Ordering a NES Mobile SIM card with a data plan will give you easy access to travel apps such as:

  • Waze – This app can help you find your way to wherever you need to go in the fastest most efficient way or via a scenic route if you prefer – all over Israel! Waze also provides traffic updates – even police and radar traps.
  • Google Maps – Is also an option for planning routes to where you want to go… By car, public transportation or even by foot!
  • Trip Advisor – One of the best apps for independent travel, Trip Advisor is a wonderful resource to search for restaurants or hotels in Israel.
  • Google Translate can help you communicate – even though almost everyone can speak some English… if you want to try to go “native” and speak the local language, this useful app can help.
  • Instagram – Use this app to take pictures and post them to share with your friends and family.
  • Skype – You can make free video calls, show your friends and family where you are – in real time!
  • Whatsapp – This is one of the most popular messaging apps – how did we ever get along without this one?
  • Gettaxi – a great app for grabbing a taxi.

This is just a small sample of apps that can help make your visit more pleasant.

Let NES Mobile help you access all of these and more at competitive prices, with no hidden fees. You get the best network coverage in Israel and friendly and helpful Customer Service in English.

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