People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of its 3000-year history, but still today your first glimpse inside the ancient walled city will leave you speechless. More than beautiful, however, Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Tel Aviv & Around
Mediterranean sunshine, laid-back locals and a thriving party scene.
The Upper Galilee
Huddled on top of Israel’s third-highest peak, Tsfat (Safed, Zefad, Tzfat or Sfat) is an evocative mountain town with a rich heritage of Jewish mysticism, a rambling artists’ quarter and magical views.
The Negev Desert, often bypassed by travellers hurrying to Eilat, is much more than just sand. Look closely between the rocks of the wadis (valleys) and you will find water and even wine. The Negev Highlands region is also home to so many vineyards that it now has its own wine route.
Lower Galilee & Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee
‘The blue eye of this corner of our country…Lake Kinneret is no ordinary landscape or even a corner of nature. It is the site of a people’s destiny. Here, our past winks its thousand eyes and rocks us in its thousand lips.
Haifa & The North Coast
The Israeli coast from Ashkelon to Rosh HaNikra is a long band of white sand backed up by a flat, fertile coastal plain interrupted by low coastal hills. Most of Israel's growing population is concentrated in this area, particularly in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Haifa and a host of sprouting new suburbs and communities.
Wedged between Jordan and Egypt, and separated from the Israel of international headlines by 200km of desert, Eilat is a resort town where glitzy, ziggurat-like hotels line an artificial lagoon and glass-bottomed boats ply deteriorating coral reefs.
Around Tel Aviv
Spilling over the sides of woodsy Mt Carmel, with sweeping views of the sea, twisting roads and one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Haifa is one of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East. Its cultural fabric as a mixed city of tolerance between Arabs and Jews also makes it something of an anomaly in Israel.