SITES IN ISRAEL
Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times.
Known as the "city that never sleeps", Tel Aviv abounds with grand hotels, museums, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues; markets, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes, all bustling with nonstop active day and night-life.
Typical of so much of Israel, Tel Aviv juxtaposes the old and the new. The old port of Jaffa, with its colorful artists' quarter and flea market, reflects the special atmosphere of ancient times, while the modern hotels, skyscrapers, and busy shopping malls, portray the brisk vibrant city life.
Located east of the Jordan River in the Judaean Hills, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and its largest city in terms of both geographical area and population size. A holy city for three of the world's major religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—Jerusalem has a long and tumultuous history, during which it has been home to people of many nationalities and faiths. Reunified since 1967, Jerusalem is really three cities in one: the historic walled Old City that is home to its holy places, the modern urban center to the west, and the Arab district to the east. In addition to being Israel's spiritual, political, and administrative capital, Jerusalem is also a leader in education and health care, and its religious, historical, and cultural attractions make it the country's premier tourist destination.
Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.
Its height is 440 above the Dead Sea (50 m above sea level), and it is isolated from its surroundings by deep gorges on all sides. The access in ancient times was by a steep "Snake Path" from the east (from the Dead Sea), "the White Rock" from the west, and two approaches from north and south.
The Dead Sea, officially the lowest place on Earth (428m below sea level) and a shortlist candidate for the World’s 7 Natural Wonders, is an enthralling and evocative combination of natural splendor, compelling ancient history and modern luxuries.
From the healing powers of the Dead Sea’s cobalt blue waters, through the beauty of the surrounding landscape to the myriad of fascinating sights this area has to offer, the Dead Sea is a place of tranquility, health and inspiration for body and soul alike.
There is more to do than just relaxing in the spas and floating in the Dead Sea - you can complement your desert experience by stopping at kibbutz Ein Gedi, a natural oasis on the slopes of the Judean desert, and take a hike through a nature reserve
The lively “Capital of the North”, Haifa is Israel’s third largest city and by far one of its most exciting.
Haifa is one of the largest industrial centers in Israel and also a hub for transport, trade, shipping and tourism. The city has institutions for higher education and scientific research, theater, auditoriums, museums and many varied cultural and recreational facilities. The city sits at the foot of the Carmel Mountains, on its Eastern, Northern and Western slopes on the top of the range and around the bay area.
In recent years Haifa has shifted its economy from heavy industry to tech. This culminated in 2004 when two professors at Haifa’s Technion were awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry after describing the manner in which cells destroy unwanted proteins.
Ein Avdat is undoubtedly one of Israel’s most striking and beautiful sites. Set within the incredible landscape of the Zin Valley in the center of Israel’s Negev Desert, Ein Avdat National Park offers spectacular panoramas and enchanted hikes through the incredible desert scenery. The spectacular canyon is the result of power of the waters at Ein Avdat (the Avdat spring). It forms part of the longest wadi in the Negev, the Zin Valley, which stretches over 60km and attracts visitors from across the country.
and ZIN VALLEY
Mitzpe Ramon sits on the northern cliff of the Ramon crater providing breathtaking views of the crater; the largest in the world at over 400 meters deep (over 4 football fields), 40 km (24 miles) long and 9 km (5.5 miles) wide. The crater is the result of millions of years of water erosion and climate change beginning from a time when oceans covered the now desert area.
Today the crater and surrounding area form the largest National park in Israel called the Ramon Nature reserve.
SEA OF GALILEE
The Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret) is a magnificent geographical marvel surrounded by pretty rural agricultural settlements and also Israel's largest fresh water reservoir. Famous because of its prominence among New Testament writings (as is the whole of the Galilee as the place Jesus lived), the Sea of Galilee is one of the earliest settled areas in the Land of Israel and boasts archaeological ruins sitting alongside some of the first pioneering settlements in Israel, as well as religious sites, modern cities, and endless outdoor pursuits.
Akko (Acre) represents tumultuous the history of the Land of Israel possibly better than any other city in the country. Akko is a city that has been shaped by the Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Byzantines, and British, and fittingly is today home to a brilliantly coexistent mixed population of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Old City of Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest ports in the world, and the city is also home to part of the Bahai World Center (the other part being in Haifa), another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1. Tel Aviv - photo taken by Zoli Keller
2. Jerusalem - www.goisrael.com, photo taken by Noam Chen
3. Masada - photo taken by Rachel Suranyi
4. Dead Sea -
5. Haifa - photo taken by Zoli Keller
6. Ein Avdat - photo taken by Zoli Keller
7. Mitzpe Ramon - photo taken by Gabi Berger
8. Sea of Galilee -
9. Akko - photo taken by Zoli Keller
10. Zichron Yaakov - photo taken by Zoli Keller
Zichron Yaakov is one of the first ‘modern’ settlements in Israel. Located upon Mount Carmel, with magnificent views across the Coastal Plain to the Mediterranean, the town was founded in 1882 by 100 Jewish pioneers, returning to their Biblical homeland from Romania. Today, the town is a big tourist center – its quaint main shopping street is lined with cafes which sit alongside historic buildings, whilst the town is also famous for the Carmel Winery, one of Israel’s top vineyards which is located here.