While you may associate all Tel Aviv beaches with bikini bods and scantily-clad beachgoers, there is a beach specifically for the religious population in Tel Aviv.
Nordau Beach, situated south of Metzitzim Beach and close the Hilton Beach is a unique beach and the only one of its kind in Tel Aviv. In order to maintain modesty, the beach is surrounded by walls, which separate it from the surrounding beaches. Beyond this, the beach is designated for either men or women on specific days, ensuring that the two will not collide.
On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday Nordau beach is open to women and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the beach is designated for men. The beach used to be open to everyone on Saturday, and as a result, the beach is often quite empty, which may be appealing to non-religious beach goers looking for a little peace and quiet on busy beach days.
Nordau beach is found just between Metziztim Beach and Hilton beach and can be accessed via Nordau and Ben Yehuda, a quick walk down to the beach. Many hotels are located in this area as well making it easy to reach by just walking down to the tayelet (boardwalk). The beach is always open, however, if you plan to visit and feel more comfortable swimming with a lifeguard, the hours are as follows:
Summer Months (May through October) 7 days a week from 7:45 am to sundown
Winter Months (October through April) 7 days a week from 7:45 am-1:45 pm
Nordau beach in Tel Aviv offers sunbathers beach chair rental, public bathrooms, outdoor showers, and change rooms. There is also a children’s play area and fitness area.
A note to female travelers: oftentimes non-religious women will also use the women’s only beach on designated women’s days in order to swim, tan and relax without men nearby and fewer crowds. If you are a looking for a relaxed environment and prefer to swim or sunbathe without as many people around, a visit to Tel Aviv’s Nordau beach may be the ideal choice.