Often viewed as dangerous due to the recent political events that have manifested the region during recent years, many tourists miss out on witnessing some of the incredible sights that Israel has to offer.
It is probably a reasonable statement to make that a country whose borders are constantly changing so much due to harsh competition from other nations must own something of value. The small stretch of land in the middle east, The Levant, contains a vast amount of rich history surrounded and engulfed by one of the most modern societies in the 21st century.
Israel currently has the highest percentage of recycled water usage, solar power per capita and the highest density of equal friendly companies in the world. It also hosts one of the most successful digital industries, leading the way and pioneering online technologies, Israel is also the biggest and strongest distributor of cybersecurity.
Walk down the streets of Jerusalem and you’ll witness ancient traditions peacefully co-existing with new cultural systems. Everything you see is likely to hold some prominent historical significance and is probably important to one of the many religious groups within the country.
With vast deserts, snow-capped mountains, white beaches and some of the most nutritious and fertile land in the world, the geography of Israel is as diverse as it’s inhabitants. The country is also home to the famous Jordan river which is just north of the dead sea, the lowest point on earth that contains a base of water so rich with salt nothing can survive in it.
Tel Aviv Beach and Promenade
Tel Aviv is the home of the nations largest airport and has some of the most beautiful beaches in existence. A short stroll down the Tel Aviv Promenade and you’ll have a variety of different places to choose from, all bustling with tourist life.
The big thing that will strike you about this area is how clean it is. Litter is practically non-existent and even the big business tower blocks that face onto the Promenade have a distinctly unique look about them. Neither menacing nor industrial, these buildings often feature creative architecture with an aesthetically pleasing colour which matches the beach perfectly. Even the well kept grassy verges and well-organised palm trees behind the beachfront give Tel Aviv its own distinct personality.
The water is a beach lovers dream, crisp and the perfect shade of blue. You don’t have to wade out particularly far to find some high waves that demand a reasonable level of respect yet aren’t quite strong enough to be dangerous.
Gan HaShlosha National Park
This place is phenomenal and pretty much unknown to the countries visitors. Natural springs, caves and waterfalls complete with eco-systems of fish converted into a swimming area complete with lifeguards. The temperature in the water rarely drops below 25 degrees all year round and is crystal clear meaning you don’t panic when the fish start to nibble at your toes.
The closest thing you’ll find to a natural spa, Gan HaShlosha has a number of large palm trees surrounding the water’s edge making it perfect to relax and tan peacefully by a crisp, iridescent waterfall. There are several long pools to swim in and explore all with their own unique features, the perfect stop for a hot or tired traveller.
This is the location of an ancient fortified city that sits upon a mountain top and is one of Israel’s most popular tourist destinations. Overlooking desert mountains and the dead sea this does not sound like the ideal tourist location, but the views are breathtaking.
History reports that Herod the Great built the city as a palace for himself with an elevated bath that hung out of the cliff face itself.
In the modern day, you have to catch a cable car to get to the top, while there is a pathway etched into the cliff face, this option is only for the brave. Whether you chose the cable car or to walk, seeing the aerial view of Israel from Masada
With Donald Trumps controversial decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, many wrongly perceive this amazing city to be a boiling pot of political tensions. Perhaps deep beneath the surface and in the minds of ambitious or agenda driven politicians but to for the average person, the city is a peaceful place.
One of the most multi-cultural places on earth, the variety of different people wandering the streets is seemingly unlimited. Peoples from every race, sex and religions all converge on the city, making it unlike any other travel destination.
Just like many different cities that bristle with foreigners, Jerusalem has those who seek to profit from the tourist industry. Also just like any other country, these people should be dealt with politely but with an element of caution but if you aren’t afraid to haggle over items you will have a fantastic time.
The items available are often handcrafted and stunning. From chess boards to prayer mats, incense, herbs and jewellery these stalls sell practically anything you could imagine.
The Wailing Wall
There are numerous sites in Jerusalem considered to be holy but the one that tourists may be most interested in is the wailing wall. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem it is the Western support wall of the Temple Mount.
This wall is incredibly important to the Jewish religion and if you get the opportunity to witness it there is something very special about it. Even if you aren’t part of the Jewish religion, Judaism, so long as you are respectable you are allowed to take part in the custom. Many Jewish people will come to the wall to pray. They often write these prayers on to paper and place them in the cracks of the wall, these are then collected twice a year and buried in a cemetery on the Mount of Olives.