• Nicole Gresen

Travel Guide: A Semester in Israel

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

This past spring semester I was fortunate enough to study overseas in Tel Aviv, Israel. This city is a place I consider my second home. There's something about it, an indescribable feeling, that makes it so special. It's one of those "you had to be there moments" know?

Depicting Israel in one simple blog post won't do it that much justice, but I'm gonna try my best here...

Tel Aviv

I'd consider myself spoiled that I can call this place home. Tel Aviv is a busy city and a relaxing beach town all in one. The food is fresher than ANYTHING you will find in the U.S. Consider your stomach aches gone.

Everyone in the city is genuinely happy with life and everyone you meet is extremely welcoming.

Some of my favorite spots are the beach (any of them), the Shuk HaCarmel and Hakosem (the BEST falafel that I won't ever stop dreaming about...not to mention they have gluten free pita).

Gordon Beach

Home to the infamous 12 shekel orange lounge chairs, overpriced (but sometimes worth-it) lunches, and never-ending sunsets. There are plenty of other beaches on the Tel Aviv coast that I definitely recommend exploring, but this one holds a special place in my heart.

Don't forget to try the watermelon and feta combo when it's in season.


The cutest little "ancient city" with shops, restaurants and an unreal view of the Tel Aviv Coast.

If you're in the mood for a decent New York-style brunch definitely make your way to Golda's; but checkout Old Man and the Sea for a Mediterranean feast.


Another city not too far from Tel Aviv. When I visited I spent the day at Gazebo Beach, the cutest little beach club. If you've ever been to Laguna Beach, California this spot gave off the same vibes.


I hate to admit it, but I wasn't a big fan. Eilat is a few hours away from Tel Aviv, close to the border of Jordan. I would probably compare it to a college spring break trip to Mexico, a vacation spot that isn't that nice but a really fun place to go with a bunch of your friends.

If you decide to check it out, hike the Red Canyon. That was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Also, I highly recommend renting an AirBnb instead of a hotel. Soooo worth it.


There is simply nothing like the city of Jerusalem. From the Shuk (Mahane Yehuda Market) to the Old City, every inch of it is filled with history. The Western Wall is a must.

And I can't forget to mention Marzipan...head over there for probably the best rugelach you'll every eat.

Like I said, nothing really does this place justice. Sorry in advance to all of my friends & family...I most likely won't shut-up about Israel until I finally make my way back.

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