Israel is a state in the Middle East, washed by the Mediterranean and Red Seas. A country with an ancient history. The level of economy and life of the population is the highest among the Middle Eastern countries. Half of the entire territory of the country is occupied by a desert, but in the other half, a tourist can see a wide variety of nature, architecture, and traditions.
Most of the objects and places in the country are of great importance to believers. A significant part of them is located in the capital, Jerusalem. There are many temples here, some of which are the oldest in the world. The main areas of tourism in Israel are pilgrimages, beach holidays, excursions and medical tourism.
Sea coasts with hotels of different classes make Israel attractive for lovers of water sports. The Dead Sea, thermal and mud springs are popular with those who want to improve their health. Young people will find noisy discos and parties in Tel Aviv.
The country has many natural parks, there is even a marine observatory. Lovers of being in nature can choose a hiking route through the largest man-made forest Yatir or spend a few days on the shores of the picturesque Lake Tiberias. Shopping and dining will complement any holiday with a wide variety of goods and dishes.
What to see in Israel?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
An ancient temple complex in Jerusalem, erected on the site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Contains several important relics. Divided between six Christian denominations. Every year on Great Saturday on the eve of Orthodox Easter, the Holy Fire is brought out from here.
Wall of Tears
The main religious attraction of Israel. A section of the wall of the old temple, which is a shrine for Jews around the world. Place of pilgrimage and prayers. It is customary to put notes with requests between the stones of the Wall.
Old city of Jaffa (Jaffa)
One of the oldest cities in Jerusalem. It is currently merged with Tel Aviv, but retains the status of an independent "cultural capital", an original open-air monument. The city has museums, galleries, many tourist sites.
One of the ancient streets of Jerusalem, located in the Old City. It is believed that it was along it that Jesus went to the crucifixion, carrying his cross. Nine of the 14 Stations of the Way of the Cross are located on this street. A place of pilgrimage for Christians around the world.
A complex of three towers and a shopping center at their base. Located in Tel Aviv. The towers have an individual architectural appearance, although they are stylistically the same. They are called Round, Triangular, Square. Round - the highest, 182 meters. It has an observation deck from which you can see the whole city.
House-Weather in Tel Aviv
One of the most unusual buildings in the city, it looks like a pagoda. There are other styles in architecture, the structure looks pretentious. A historical and architectural monument with almost a century of its own history.
It is a natural border between Jordan and Israel, flows into the Dead Sea. There are many archaeological sites in the river area. The main water artery of the region. The legendary sacred river in which Jesus was baptized. A place of active pilgrimage for believers.
Bahai Gardens in Haifa
A grandiose garden and park ensemble, representing a wide variety of plants and their decorative use. 19 garden terraces, decorated with landscape compositions, descend from the majestic Bahai temple to the coast. Included in UNESCO heritage.
Garden of Gethsemane
The garden where, according to legend, Christ prayed on the night of betrayal. Currently, several temples have been built on this site. Green spaces are also present, among them there are several very ancient trees - olives.
A powerful ancient defensive structure on top of an impregnable rock in the Judean Desert. Since ancient times, it has been used as a fortress and fortified dwelling of the ruler and his family. In the ruins there are many ancient buildings of historical value.
Built on the Temple Mount, has a long history, is considered the oldest mosque in the world. It has great historical and religious significance. The building was erected in 636, after which it was rebuilt many times. Inside there are seven galleries, the walls are decorated with marble and mosaics.
Mosque Dome of the Rock
Located on the Temple Mount, on a hill. Built over the legendary Foundation Stone, which is located inside. One of the oldest monuments of Islamic culture. An imposing, richly decorated building topped with a large golden dome.
Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth
Catholic church in Nazareth. The modern building was built on the site of an older temple, which was erected on the site where, according to legend, the Holy Family lived and the Annunciation took place.
Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Church built on the site of the birth of Jesus Christ. One of the two main temples of the Holy Land. Divine services have been held here since 339. One of the oldest active churches in the world. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Eilat Underwater Observatory
An entertainment complex with a marine theme. It includes the “observatory” itself at the bottom of the Red Sea, among the reefs “Japanese Gardens” and several aquariums with aquatic inhabitants (sharks, turtles). Children will be especially interested in visiting this place.
Amusement park "City of Kings"
Entertainment complex in Eilat. An impressive building-palace in terms of area and number of attractions. Biblical stories from the Old Testament are used as the main theme of the park. Inside is located both Ancient Egypt and real waterfalls.
A large desert that occupies almost half of Israel. On its territory there are archaeological excavations, monasteries, natural unique objects. The mountains of the central Negev are the most popular among tourists.
Caesarea National Park
The ruins of the whole city, some of which are very well preserved and provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the peculiarities of urban life of the past millennia. Israel's largest open-air museum. Located on the Mediterranean coast, a visit can be combined with a beach holiday. Separately, a diving tour is offered to inspect archaeological sites on the seabed.
A large freshwater lake in northern Israel, a source of drinking water for the region. It is of great historical, commercial and recreational importance. It is mentioned many times in the Bible and is a place of pilgrimage. On the banks there are many places of recreation, beaches, water-mud clinics. Active commercial fishing is carried out in the waters of the lake.
Grottoes of Rosh HaNikra
A complex of karst caves, with grottoes and tunnels, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. A natural attraction that attracts many tourists with its unusual beauties. Walking paths are laid inside the grottoes, lighting is arranged. The entire route stretches for about 600 meters.
The most salty body of water on Earth. A unique natural object, a source of useful salts and minerals. The water has healing properties; there are many hotels and spa centers on the coast. A popular place for recreation and treatment, both among the local population and tourists.
Resort town on the Red Sea. The tourist infrastructure of Eilat is rich and operates all year round. Many hotels of various levels of comfort, sports and entertainment centers, the vibrant underwater world of the coast have made the city one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country and the world.