With a largely Jewish population, Israel’s working week runs from Sunday to Thursday with Shabbat - the day of rest - observed throughout large parts of the country on Saturdays. So, fly into Tel Aviv early on a Friday where most of the bars, restaurants, shops and public transport stay open all day. It’s a buzzing and energetic city, with an exciting emerging tech and arts crowd.
Arrive in the morning in time to visit Carmel Market – Tel Aviv’s famous Shuk, selling everything from clothes, spices and fruits to antiques and freshly made hummus. Haggling is common practice in Israel, so ensure your negotiation skills aren’t rusty and bag yourself some bargains. Visit on Friday afternoons when the atmosphere reaches its heady peak as locals get ready for the Jewish Sabbath.