Places in The Dead Sea
After the Romans conquered Jerusalem in 70 CE, almost a thousand Jews – men, women and children – made a desperate last stand atop Masada, a desert mesa surrounded by sheer cliffs and, from 72 CE, the might of the Roman Empire’s Tenth Legion. As a Roman battering ram was about to breach their walls, Masada’s defenders chose suicide over enslavement.
North of Ein Gedi
Highlights along the Dead Sea’s northwestern coast include the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and some wild, unspoilt nature sites. Captured by Israel from Jordan in 1967, this almost uninhabited corner of the West Bank is just a short drive from Jericho.
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Hunting for hummus in Israel
Tubs of hummus – cooked, mashed chickpeas mixed with garlic, olive oil and lemon -- fill refrigerators all over the globe, but where can the best be found? One contender for the gold medal is Israel, where, despite po...
The Holy Land of Beer
Alexander is an Israeli brewery that opened in 2008 and quickly became a favourite in restaurants and bars...
Hip Haifa, Israel’s third city
The Bahai temple and gardens in Haifa. Photograph by Anthony Pidgeon Israel’s third city, Haifa, a sun-splashed metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, is rarely thought of as a tourist destination...
Cycling the Tel Aviv coast
The best way to explore the cosmopolitan Israeli city of Tel Aviv is by bicycle...