Work up an ap­petite on a Tel Aviv walk­ing tour

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Mix­ing Mid­dle East­ern dishes with recipes from the Jewish di­as­pora, Is­raeli cui­sine is delectably di­verse. Get a hint -$ '21 ̮ 4-30 1.#!203+ -, a 4Ω-hour walk­ing tour of the twin cities of Jaffa and Tel Aviv (£95pp; de­li­ciousis­rael.com). You’ll hunt out the coun­try’s best hum­mus from hole-in-the­wall shops; try del­i­ca­cies such as lachuch, a pan­cake-like Ye­menite bread, and be in­tro­duced to Carmel Mar­ket’s best stalls, where olives, nuts and pick­les are laid out as tempt­ingly as in a sweet shop. Also in­cluded are nib­bles at restau­rants from star chefs that put Lon­don’s favourite Is­raeli adoptee, Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi, to shame. Work it off the next day at Gor­don Beach’s vol­ley­ball courts and salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool, or by join­ing in matkot, the bat-and-ball game that’s a lo­cal ob­ses­sion. Come sun­down, con­tinue to burn calo­ries danc­ing at one of the open-air bars on the sand. AR­RIVE El Al flies to Tel Aviv from Heathrow and Manch­ester (from £335; elal.com). STAY In a Bauhaus-style for­mer movie theatre, Cinema has great views from its rooftop (from £140; at­las.co.il).

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