Where To Go On Holiday in Israel
Tel Aviv has it all; a bustling night life with great bars and eateries, a decent shopping scene and beaches to boot. And plenty of beaches. In fact, there’s a beach to suit everyone, so whether you’re looking to play sports (think racquetball and surfing), relax with the family or kick back and let your hair down at one of the beach parties, you’ll be sure to find something to please.
Of course when you think of Israel, you’ll likely think of the Dead Sea. No trip to Israel is complete without a visit to this most iconic of destinations. The Dead Sea lies 1,300 feet below sea level and is known for its healing properties owing to its high mineral content. Surrounded by red cliffs and white salt deposits, the bright blue water is certainly inviting.
If it’s historical sites and architecture that you’re after, then a trip to Jerusalem is a must. Here you’ll find the magnificent Dome of Rock, with its glistening gold roof it’s a sight to behold, and best viewed from the Mount of Olives east of the Old City. Other sites of importance include the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the remains of Herod’s Temple and the Al Agsa Mosque. You’ll also find a decent offering of museums, including the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
Then, of course, there’s Bethlehem and Nazareth. For many, Bethlehem is a pilgrimage with its Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, and is home to the magnificent Solomon’s Pools. Whilst still remaining a pilgrimage with the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Synagogue Church, Nazareth has also blossomed into a vibrant city with an emerging food scene. Also of importance, the nearby Sea of Galilee is a serene stop off with canoe hire available so you can take to the lake and explore.
And if you fancy yourself as a bit of a water baby, then don’t miss Elat where you can scuba dive amongst the corals of the Red Sea, and get up close with dolphins and tropical fish at Dolphin Reef. Perhaps you fancy trying something new? If so, here you can try your hand at kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle-boarding and parasailing. For on-land adventure, be sure to check out the Eilat mountains which offer hiking among some of the most amazing and imposing scenery. And to top it all, Eilat offers tax-free shopping.