The Most Breathtaking Natural Sights in Israel

Sunset at the Dead Sea | © Yair Aronshtam / Flickr
Sunset at the Dead Sea | © Yair Aronshtam / Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0
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Israel Writer25 June 2019

Size certainly does not matter as far as Israel is concerned. Despite being a tiny country, it boasts a plethora of stunning natural sights among its diverse landscapes, from magical waterfalls tucked away in the lush greenery of the north, to spectacular rock formations in the dry desert in the south. Here’s our list of 16 of its most mesmerising natural wonders.

Ein Gedi

The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is a dreamy mix of natural waterfalls, botanical gardens, and roaming wildlife. In addition to this, it has nine hiking trails and is nearby to both the Dead Sea and Masada.

Makhtesh Ramon

Located in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel’s southern Negev Desert, this vast crater is one of the most spectacular sights in the country. Camp there under the stars for a truly magical experience.

Timna Park

Timna Park, located near Eilat in the Negev Desert, is one of the most popular attractions in Israel for its colourful and spectacular rock formations known as Solomon’s Pillars. It is also home to the oldest copper mine ever discovered.

Gan HaShlosha

Arguably Israel’s most beautiful national park, Gan HaShlosha – also known by its Arabic name, Sachne – is located in the Lower Galilee region. Its idyllic pools of water are fed by natural springs and are surrounded by palm trees and other lush greenery.

The Dead Sea

One of Israel’s most popular attractions, the Dead Sea never fails to take one’s breathe away as this photo demonstrates!

Sunset at the Dead Sea | © Yair Aronshtam / Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Rosh HaNikra grottoes

With its glistening turquoise water surrounded by stunning geological formations, these grottoes, located at Israel’s northwestern tip, are one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.

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Coral reefs, Eilat

The Red Sea waters of Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, are home to stunning coral reefs, colourful fish, and dolphins. Snorkeling or scuba diving here is bound to leave you mesmerised.

The Sea of Galilee

Also known as Lake Kinneret, this is Israel’s largest fresh water lake, popular for its beaches, holy sites, and hot springs. Its serene waters and mountainous surroundings are quite a sight.

The Hula Valley

Each year, thousands of birds of over 300 different species migrate through this valley located in the Upper Galilee in Israel’s north. This is a truly spectacular sight that attracts bird watchers from all over the world.

Red Canyon, Eilat

The beaming sun paints these grand natural canyons in Israel’s Negev Desert a vibrant reddish colour, making this one of the most spectacular areas to hike in the country.

Avshalom/Soreq Cave

This cave in the Judean Mountains is an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites that were formed millions of years ago.

Lake Ram

Lake Ram is a large lake located in the crater of a dormant volcano in Israel’s Golan Heights region, which is fed by rainwater and an underground spring.

Ein HaNatziv

Ein HaNatziv, located in a Kibbutz with the same name in Israel’s northern Beit She’an Valley, is arguably the most beautiful natural spring in the country.

Banias Falls

It’s not quite the Niagara Falls, but this waterfall – the largest in Israel – is nevertheless a stunning sight located amidst the wonderful scenery of the Banias Nature Reserve in the northern Golan region.

Sunset over Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv’s sunsets are nothing short of spectacular, as this photo proves!

Tel Aviv sunset | © Yaffa Phillips / Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Snow covered Mount Hermon

The novelty of seeing a snow covered mountain with a ski resort in Israel can certainly take one’s breathe away, and is testament to the sheer diversity and natural beauty of this country.

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