Israel - A complete guide

For a country the size of New Jersey, the trip to Israel provides a fully biblical experience: as the capital of religious pilgrimage, the holy place not only has many sacred brilliance, but also provides the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, which is inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Israel offers a variety of religious and secular experiences, from the home of the Baha’i faith in Haifa to the dazzling skyscrapers and beaches of Tel Aviv. Explore our Israel travel guide and build your own route through the Holy Land.


Best time to visit:


The combination of weather and holy days will help you determine the best time to visit Israel. The most popular travel times in Israel are late spring and autumn. The weather is warm but not too hot and quite dry. Despite hot summer in July and August tourist still visit in plenty. Israel’s winter is rainy and can last from late October to February or March.


Jewish and Christian holidays have a great influence on high seasons (and hotel prices), especially in Jerusalem and Galilee: peak times include Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot in September and October, Hanukkah and Christmas in December, and Passover and Easter in March or April. In terms of weather, prices and the number of tourists, May is a pleasant mid-season.


When planning your trip to Israel, please keep in mind that many shops in Israel are closed on Saturdays due to Jewish Sabbath.


Best places to visit:


According to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, Israel and the Palestinian territories are home to some of the world’s most famous religious tourist attractions and are often considered pilgrimage sites—after all, this is where some of the most important events occur.


But for travellers who do not seek religious tourism in churches, synagogues and mosques, there are many other things to do. The Dead Sea is a peculiar natural wonder, where you can't sink. The natural beauty of the Galilee region meets all conditions for those who like to walk in nature. If you are looking for dusty outdoor activities and fun, the rugged rocky landscape of the Negev Desert is ready for adventure and is one of the best places to visit.


Of course, religious sites will always be the business card here, but dig deeper and you will find more. To plan your itinerary, check out our list of Israel's top tourist attractions and the Palestinian territories not to be missed. I have handpicked 5 best and my favourite destination when visiting Israel.


Jerusalem

Bearing the burden of history, Jerusalem has one of the most famous horizons in the world: the golden helmet of the Dome of the Rock shines against the caramel stones of the old city.


This ancient city has profound religious significance to all monotheisms, and the labyrinth-like streets of the old city are full of religious sites and breath taking history.


Avoid the crowds of pilgrims and stroll along the walls that still surround the old city. Explore the city’s wonderful museums and immerse yourself in the maze of roads that kings, crusaders and conquerors fought for.


Haifa

Jerusalem is history, Tel Aviv is food culture and modern cafes, Haifa does its best.


The highlight of this beautiful northern city is the Bahá'í Gardens, which slopes towards the sea along a slope to form a series of primitive green terraces. They are a must-visit place for all travellers, but for many people, Haifa stands out because it is an excellent base for exploring the north.


Acre, Mount Carmel and Caesarea are at the door, and even Nazareth and Megiddo are good places to start from here. There is no doubt that Haifa, the quietest city in the country, should not be missed on any itinerary.


Nazareth

Nazareth is always associated with the story of Jesus in the Bible. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country. For those who believe in Christianity, these holy sites are one of the most important in the world. The Annunciation happened there, the place where Jesus Christ was resurrected. In the center of the city, there are many important churches celebrating this story.


One of the main tourist attractions in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, but there are many smaller attractions in the city to visit.


Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, an important Christian pilgrimage center, there is the Church of the Nativity, which was built where Jesus Christ was born.


The majestic church complex with its historical significance and the bustling atmosphere of the market makes it a major attraction on the West Bank.


Although many tourists come here only from Jerusalem on a day trip, the city and its Byzantine monasteries and New Testament ruins are great places to visit the area.


The Dead Sea

As the lowest point on the earth and one of the most luxurious natural wonders in the world, the Dead Sea is an ocean rich in minerals and too high in salt. No one will drown.


Surrounded by the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley, this peculiar body of water (due to high salinity and natural buoyancy due to the rate of evaporation) has been attracting tourists for centuries.


Several "beach resorts" along the Dead Sea provide amenities such as cafes, restrooms, and main freshwater showers, to wash salt water for those who want to swim.


Check this section for the best restaurants in Israel.

 

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