Nothing beats walking or cycling along the seaside Tel Aviv Promenade (locally called the Tayelet). It’s bookended by Old Jaffa Port in the south and Tel Aviv marina to the north, and along the way are countless beaches, bars and cafes. This is prime sunset-viewing territory.
If you prefer a sand-free option, check out Gordon Pool, right by the marina on the promenade. This is a 50-meter open-air pool filled with sea water, and it’s a great place to lounge. Another urban oasis is Hayarkon Park, a large green space that’s ideal for picnics, biking, activities and outdoor events.
Tel Aviv can be bustling and hot, so escaping to recharge is a fine idea. One of the best day trips is to Masada, an ancient mountaintop fortress in the desert. Hike the winding trail up (do it at sunrise, before the heat sets in), or take the cable car. Finish a memorable day with a float in the salty waters of the nearby Dead Sea.
Jerusalem is only 50 minutes by train from Tel Aviv, and you could easily fill a few days exploring the sacred sites of one of the world’s spiritual capitals.