Holidaying in Israel
Posted on: 30th June 2014
- Tel Aviv – As the commercial centre as well as cultural and heritage heart of Israel, Tel Aviv is famed for its spectacular beaches, top-notch restaurants, dazzling night life and much more. Often referred to as the ‘one sane place at Middle East’, this more than 100 year-old city offers the best of everything for any kind of traveller seeing adventure, fulfilment and pleasure.
- Jaffa – Old narrow streets and courtyards best describe the urban tapestry of this ancient port city of Israel. Also known as Yafo (and the “Bride of the Sea” in the old days), it is where Tel Aviv has blossomed to become the economic hub of the country. The flea market here is a treasure trove for bargain hunters and avid vintage collectors.
- Jerusalem Old City – Considered as one of the most sacred places on the face of the planet, the capital city of Israel is the birthplace to three of the major religions of all times: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Imposing stone walls encircle the ancient Old City, which all date back to the Ottoman era. Inside it are holy sites such as the Western Wall where millions of people gather to visit during their Holy Pilgrimage. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock, however, are considered as holy sites for Jews.
- Masada – In the south eastern part of Israel, there is a rock plateau standing in isolation where the mountain fortress of Masada can be found looking down at the Dead Sea. According to history, about 1,000 inhabitants committed suicide here rather than to raise a white flag of surrender to their Roman enemies. A cable car ride is a must for those who want to see the glorious views of Masada at the top. But for the adventurous spirit, you can opt to walk along the Snake Path up to the summit. You can see the remains of the settlement on top of the plateau as well as the Roman-built battery.
- The Dead Sea – This the lowest point on earth – 1,360 feet below sea level, to be exact. You can float here even without bothering to try because it is ten times saltier than any ocean in the world. But be careful not to splash water in your eyes – it might be the most painful thing you can ever experience. And don’t get too comfortable with your relaxing position because you might drift too far away from the beach before you notice it. It is too salty to allow any organism to thrive in it, hence the name. But those with skin problems would be greatly rewarded with the copious amount of minerals here so just enjoy bathing in the waters to your heart’s content.
- Yad Vashem – You can find this cultural gem in Jerusalem. It is the largest Holocaust museum and memorial in the world. Established in 1953, Yad Vashem features an amazing central triangular structure. In 2005, a new part of the museum was added to join the other majestic exhibition halls.
- The Galilee – It offers an abundance of holy sites, not to mention the magnificent landscape setting – dense natural groves, rolling hills, evergreen forests, and countless brooks and streams. Avid hikers, naturalists, and outdoor lovers would never be disappointed roaming around this mountainous region in the northern part of Israel.
- The Sea of Galilee – As the largest freshwater lake in Israel, the Sea of Galilee gets its supply from the Jordan River, the springs on the northern side, and from rainfall. And yes, this is where Jesus Christ walked on water.
- Caesarea Maritim – Herod the Great built this port city over 2,000 years ago as a tribute for Caesar Augustus. It can be found on Straon’s Tower, a deserted Hellenistic coastal town. Now, it is touted as one of the most wonderful archaeological sites in Israel. Though it stands in ruins, the Roman-inspired structure has a stunning sea view as its backdrop. Summer concerts are a regular feature here in its restored amphitheatre.
- Eilat – If you want to bask in all the sun, sea and sand of Israel, then you have to choose Eilat. This seaside resort site situated on the Red Sea is the premier destination for anyone looking for an unforgettable water sports adventure.
- Bahá’í Gardens – Also known as the ‘hanging gardens, the Bahá’í Gardens can be found in Haifa and is considered as one of the most awe-inspiring gardens in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers a broad staircase of 19 terraces that will take you to the northern slope of the Mount Carmel. You can find a gold-domed shrine at the central terrace.
- The Negev and Ramon Crater – Negev is Israel’s desert where the Ramon Crater can be found. The Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon) has an almost heart shaped feature due to water erosion and climate changes. The crater is 40 km long and 2-10 km wide, making it the largest crater in the world. at its deepest point, it can sink up to 500 metres.