The Most Breathtaking Natural Sights in Israel

The Dead Sea is just one of many natural beauties in Israel
The Dead Sea is just one of many natural beauties in Israel | Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
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Israel Writer13 October 2021

Size certainly doesn’t matter as far as Israel is concerned. Despite being a tiny country, it has a plethora of stunning natural sights among diverse landscapes, from magical waterfalls to dry desert rock formations. Here are the most mesmerising natural wonders in this gateway to the Middle East.

Ein Gedi

The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is a dreamy mix of natural waterfalls, botanical gardens and roaming wildlife. It also has nine hiking trails and is near both the Dead Sea and Masada.

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Makhtesh Ramon

In Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Desert, this vast crater is ceaselessly spectacular. Camp there under the stars for a truly magical experience.

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Timna Park

Timna Park, near Eilat in the Negev Desert, is popular thanks to the colourful and spectacular rock formations known as Solomon’s Pillars. It’s also home to the oldest copper mine ever discovered.

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Gan HaShlosha

Arguably the most beautiful national park in Israel, Gan HaShlosha – also known as Sachne – is in the Lower Galilee region. The idyllic pools of water here are fed by natural springs and are surrounded by palm trees, as well as other lush greenery.

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The Dead Sea

This body of water deserves the macabre name. Situated 430m (1,410ft) below sea level, the remarkably high salt concentration here means no fish can survive. For you as a visitor, though, it also means that the mud has healthy and restorative nutrients. If you’re not into wellness or exfoliation, you’ll probably be more wowed by the fact you can float with ease in the waters. You can enjoy a private boat cruise on the Dead Sea with Culture Trip on our small-group seven-day Israel adventure.

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Rosh HaNikra grottoes

With glistening turquoise water surrounded by stunning geological formations, these grottoes – at the northwestern tip of Israel – are a beautiful natural wonder.

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Coral reefs, Eilat

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

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The Sea of Galilee

Also known as Lake Kinneret, this is the largest freshwater lake in Israel. It’s made popular by the beaches, holy sites and hot springs. Plus, the serene waters and mountainous surroundings are quite a sight.

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The Hula Valley

Each year, thousands of birds of more than 300 different species migrate through this valley in Upper Galilee. Such a spectacular sight attracts bird-watchers from all over the world.

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Red Canyon, Eilat

The beaming sun paints these grand natural canyons in the Negev Desert a vibrant reddish colour, making this a spectacular area to hike.

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Avshalom/Soreq Cave

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

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Lake Ram

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

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Ein HaNatziv

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

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Banias Falls

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

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Sunset over Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv sunsets are nothing short of awe-inspiring, adorning the unique blend of traditional and modern architecture in a golden hue. Experience the best of Tel Aviv (including fantastic food markets) on a guided bike tour as part of Culture Trip’s specially curated seven-day Israel trip.

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Snow-covered Mount Hermon

The novelty of seeing a snow-covered mountain with a ski resort in Israel can easily floor you. It’s a testament to the sheer diversity and natural beauty of this country.

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