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The Best Backpacking Spots in Israel

Picture of Lior Kantor
Updated: 23 January 2018
With Tel Aviv‘s amazing nightlife and cuisine, Jerusalem’s historic and cultural sites, and the magnificent landscapes in Israel’s southern desert and northern mountains, backpackers have an amazing variety of places to visit around the country. Here’s a round-up of the spots you shouldn’t miss out on.

Jerusalem

The world’s holiest city is also one of the most interesting places to visit and wander around. Full of history, culture, and diversity – Jerusalem is a place you cannot miss out on when coming to Israel. Walk along the alleyways of the old city, visit the sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, the museums, cultural sites, and of course, get together with the diverse local community and cuisine.

Ramon Crater

The landform is not actually an impact crater from a meteor or a volcanic eruption, but rather is the world’s largest makhtesh, which is formed by erosion. The Ramon nature reserve is also one of the world’s first 50 international dark sky preserves, making it an ultimate stargazing spot.

Beerot Khan, Ramon Crate
Beerot Khan, Ramon Crate | © MinoZig/Wikicommons

Tel Aviv

No surprise here, right? Tel Aviv is the country’s hub of style, nightlife, beaches – and everything related to fun. Spend some time at a Tel Aviv hostel, meet new people, taste local foods and rock one of the city’s best nightclubs.

Tel Aviv Coffee Shop
Tel Aviv Coffee Shop | © Rob Bye/Unsplash

Galilee

The Upper Galilee, the Lower Galilee, this mountainous region offers an abundance of hiking trails, tall peaks, great landscape views and water streams, not to mention the beautiful Sea of Galilee.

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee | © Israeltourism/Flickr

Red Canyon Eilat

The Red Canyon, which is located in the mountains outside of Eilat, the most southern city in the country, is one of Israel’s most beautiful hiking trails. While the hike is in no way easy, the views make it definitely worth the effort.

Red Canyon
Red Canyon | © dziambel/Flickr

Kibbutz

Staying and working at a Kibbutz, an Israeli agricultural commune, is one of tourists’ favourite things to do in Israel. You can contact one of the 250 contemporary Kibbutz’s in Israel via Workaway or HelpEx, and make your stay in the country all the more special.

Fun at a Kibbutz in Israel
Fun at a Kibbutz in Israel | © Ishai Parasol/Flickr