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With its beautiful beaches, fascinating history and stunning natural landscapes, Israel offers its visitors a great variety of experiences. Here’s our guide to 10 must-see places to visit in Israel that will give a glimpse into the country’s beauty.
A variety of different cultures have inhabited Acre throughout its history, including the Crusaders and the Ottomans, each leaving their mark on this region. With interesting, culturally molded buildings, ruins and sights around every corner, Acre is a must-visit location in the north of Israel. Enjoy a romantic evening walk along the port, have a meal at one of the local restaurants or take a relaxed stroll through Acre’s markets.
Located in the lower Galilee, Nazareth is an important holy destination for Christians around the world. In addition to its great religious value, Nazareth is also a city rich in culture and history, not to mention interesting archaeology, all of which will show visitors a different side to Middle Eastern charm.
The Sea of Galilee, or as Israelis call it, the Kinneret, is a major 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 practice various water activities.
In the north of the country you can find Golan Heights, a mountainous region with breathtaking landscapes, wonderful nature reserves and intriguing historical attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in hiking, the Golan region offers a variety of different paths with varying levels of difficulty, dependent on the time of year. It is especially impressive during spring, when flowers are blooming and the fields are green. In wintertime, the Hermon Mountain, located in the Golan Heights, is an ideal destination for skiers.
Haifa has a variety of different neighborhoods and a mix of cultures, making it a very lively place to visitor. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful port and the vibrant beach, perfect for surfers. Plus, they can take in the beautiful nature Haifa has to offer with its unique Bahai Garden.
Tel Aviv combines relaxing beaches, a vibrant nightlife, authentic markets, culinary delights and much more. The diverse society is very open-minded, so everyone will be able to find their place here. As Israel’s center of entertainment, Tel Aviv also offers a full calendar of events throughout the year. These include the Gay Pride Parade, Purim Street Party and Tel Aviv Fashion Week.
Jerusalem is considered one of the world’s holiest cities, as it is home to important spiritual sites for three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Visiting Jerusalem is like travelling back in time. At the center you’ll find the Old City surrounded by a grand wall; here, visitors can learn a lot about Jerusalem’s religious history by visiting places such as the Al Aqsa Mosque, the Church of Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall. The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Muslim quarter, the Armenian quarter, the Christian quarter and the Jewish quarter. When visiting Jerusalem, visitors should make a trip to one of the museums outside the Old City, such as Yad VaShem, a Holocaust remembrance center.
Located in Mitzpe Ramon, a town in the Negev desert, is the Ramon Crater, or, as it is called in Hebrew, Makhtesh Ramon. This is the largest makteshim (erosion crater) in the world, measuring 40 km (25 miles) in length and 10 km (6 miles) at its widest point. Visitors can tour the crater by Jeep, segway, or even helicopter, but hot air balloon flights offer the most spectacular views from above.
The lowest point on earth, at more than 430 meters (1,412 feet) below the sea level, the Dead Sea is not only fun to float in, it is also healthy, historic and surrounded by breathtaking beauty. This endorheic lake is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth, giving it the perfect buoyancy for floating. Plus you can 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 archaeological importance and amazing views, and Ein Gedi, a water oasis in the desert.
After traveling 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. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, enjoying good food, or having a calmer day at the pool or the beach. During summertime, temperatures can reach highs of over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), and average lows of 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during winter.