Israel is a country full of surprises. With its beautiful beaches, fascinating history and stunning nature, Israel offers its visitors a great variety of different sites that no one should miss out on. We have put together a travel guide detailing the must see places in Israel that will give you an idea of the breathtaking country laying out before you.
A variety of different cultures have inhabited Akko throughout history, including the Crusaders and the Ottomans, leaving their mark on this region. With interesting, culturally moulded buildings, ruins and sights around every corner – and having been announced a World Heritage Site in 2001 by the UNESCO – Akko is a must visit location in the north of Israel. Enjoy a romantic evening walk along the port, have a good meal at one of the local restaurants, serving fresh fish, or take a relaxed stroll through Akko’s markets.
Located in the lower Galilee, you can find one of the Christian centers, Nazareth. Here, Jesus was brought up and Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she caries the child of God. This and a scattering of other very important Christian sites make the city of Nazareth a holy and strongly religious destination. In addition to its great religious value, Nazareth is also a city rich in culture and history, not to mention interesting archeology, that will show visitors a different side to the Middle Eastern charm.
Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)
The Sea of Galilee, or as Israelis call it the Kinneret, is the main water source, as well as the largest freshwater lake in Israel. The history of the lake goes way back. According to the New Testament, many of Jesus’ miracles occurred here, including his walk on the water. Today, tourists visit The Sea of Galilee to enjoy the relaxing lake, have fun building rafts, or to practice various water activities. They also visit Tiberias, located on the western shore of the Lake.
In the north of the country of milk and honey, you can find the Golan Heights, a mountainous region with breathtaking landscapes, wonderful nature reserves and historically shaped attractions for the whole family. As a perfect destination for hikers, the Golan region offers a variety of different paths with different difficulty levels dependent on the time of year. It is especially impressive during spring, when flowers are blooming and fields are green. In wintertime, the Herman Mountain, located in the Golan Heights, is the ideal destination for skiers.
Haifa is not only the third biggest city of Israel with the biggest port; it offers its visitors much more. With its variety of different neighborhoods and the mix of cultures, it is a very lively place. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful port and the vibrant beach, perfect for surfers. They can experience a greatly diverse society, with its background and history in the city, and last but not least, they can take in the beautiful nature Haifa has to offer with its unique Bahai Garden.
Welcome to Tel Aviv, the city that combines relaxing beaches, a vibrant nightlife, authentic markets, culinary highlights and much more. With it’s different neighborhoods and sites, there is plenty to see and many places to explore in Tel Aviv. But the city is also exciting for beach lovers, street art admirers, foodies, photographers, museum visitors and what ever else you can think of. As Israel’s center of entertainment, Tel Aviv offers its visitors many attractions throughout the year. These include a water fight, the Purim Street Party, the Tel Aviv Fashion Week and many more. We can say for sure, that Tel Aviv is a city you won’t get bored of.
The holiest city in the world, the city that almost everyone feels emotionally connected – we are talking about Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a lot, but it is definitely never boring. Visiting Jerusalem is like travelling back in time. At the center of Jerusalem you can find the Old City surrounded by a grand wall. Here, visitors can learn a lot about Jerusalem’s religious history by visiting the sites. The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Muslim quarter, the Armenian quarter, the Christian quarter and the Jewish quarter. Each quarter has its personal note, with markets and traditional food. Once in Jerusalem, visitors shouldn’t miss out on the museums outside the Old City, including Yad VaShem, the World Center of Holocaust Research.
Ramon Crater (Mahtesh Ramon)
Located in Mitzpe Ramon, a town in the Negev desert, is the Ramon Crater, or as it is called in Hebrew – Mahtesh Ramon. The crater is the biggest crater in Israel, with 40 km in length, and 10 km at its widest point. Standing on top of the crater, you have a breathtaking view over the whole crater, with its lively, dessert flora. When visiting, don’t miss out on activities include Jeep tours through the carter, rappelling, Segway tours, or even helicopter – and not to mention hot air balloon flights offering amazing views of the crater from above.
Dead Sea (Yam HaMelach)
Being the lowest point on earth, 417 meters below the sea level, the Dead Sea is not only fun to float in, it is also healthy, historic and surrounded by breathtaking beauty. In addition to being the lowest point, the Dead Sea is also the saltiest water on earth. This is due to the fact that more water evaporates than flows in. Float in the sea and cover your body in the healthy Dead Sea mud, to find pure, inner relaxation. Once in the Dead Sea area, there are two other sites that should not be missed: Masada with its powerful history and amazing view, as well as Ein Gedi, a water oasis in the desert.
After travelling around Israel, taking in history, nature and culture, Eilat is the perfect destination in which to relax. Equipped with a great variety of beautiful hotels and resorts, this paradise at the very south of Israel offers many different activities. Visitors can take diving lessons along coral reefs and enjoy the stunning under water world of the red sea; they can swim with dolphins, enjoy good food, or have calming days at the pool or the beach. During summertime, temperatures can go higher than 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), while it goes down to an average of 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) during winter.
Originally posted at The Culture Trip.