Must-see attractions in Israel & the Palestinian Territories

  • The excavations of the Sinagogue in Magdala, the old village of Mary Magdalene.


    Sea of Galilee

    When the Legionnaires of Christ, a Catholic congregation based in Mexico, began building a spiritual retreat in 2009, they were astonished to discover a…

  • Shivta national park in southern Israel.

    Shivta National Park

    The Negev

    One of the most gloriously isolated spots in Israel, Shivta was founded during the early Roman period (1st century BCE). Its well-preserved ruins –…

  • Wadi Arugot in Ein Gedi Nature reserve, Israel. One of the largest streams in the Judean desert. Picturesque Hidden waterfall is popular destination for hikers in the valley.; Shutterstock ID 637434220; Your name (First / Last): Lauren Keith; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Dead Sea Online Update

    Wadi Arugot

    Ein Gedi

    Generally less crowded but no less lovely than Wadi David, Wadi Arugot has a couple of streamside trails, rich in vegetation, that afford hikers an…

  • The Underwater Observatory Aquarium in Eilat, Israel.

    Underwater Observatory Marine Park


    The stand-out feature of this aquarium complex, hugely popular with families, is the observatory, which takes you 12m below the surface of the Red Sea…

  • Al Jazzar mosque and courtyard, Acre, Israel.

    Al Jazzar Mosque


    The graceful silhouette of the green-domed Al Jazzar Mosque, with its slender, 124-stair minaret, dominates the northern end of Akko's old city. Al Jazzar…

  • Via Dolorosa


    The road leading from Lions' Gate into the heart of the Old City is known as Via Dolorosa or the Stations of the Cross. It’s the route that many…

  • Arch of the Church of all Nations

    Church of All Nations

    East Jerusalem

    Built above the remains of two previous churches, this Franciscan basilica crowns the site where Jesus is believed to have prayed through the night before…

  • Ruins of Tel Be'er Sheva in Israel.

    Tel Be’er Sheva

    The Negev

    Declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005 (along with two other ancient cities in the Galilee, Hatzor and Megiddo), Tel Be'er Sheva was an important…

  • Ein Keshatot at Golan Heights, Israel.

    Umm Al Kanatir Synagogue

    Golan Heights

    What's truly extraordinary about this 6th-century synagogue is that after it was destroyed in the great earthquake of 749 CE, the site, because of its…

  • Tomb of the Virgin Mary (also known as Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary), the interior

    Tomb of the Virgin Mary

    East Jerusalem

    Centuries of candle smoke have blackened the walls of this subterranean shrine, one of Christianity's holiest sites. According to tradition, this is the…

  • View from sea of Galilea to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter.

    Church of the Primacy of St Peter

    Sea of Galilee

    A shady, fragrant garden leads down to the lakeshore and to this Franciscan chapel (built 1933), lit by the vivid colours of abstract stained glass. The…

  • Ancient Israelite buildings remains in Tel Hazor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Israel.

    Tel Hatzor

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    At Tel Hatzor, archaeologists have uncovered no fewer than 21 layers of settlement from the 3rd millennium BCE to 732 BCE, when the Israelite city that…

  • Entrance to the Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Galilee, Israel.

    Franciscan Monastery & Church

    Lower Galilee

    An avenue of cypresses leads through this Catholic compound to a monastery, home to three Franciscan friars (helped by lay volunteers from Italy), a small…

  • The apartment house of the founder of the State of Israel, Ben-Gurion, in the Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Judean Desert.

    Ben-Gurion's Desert Home

    The Negev

    In his will, Israel's founding father asked that the unassuming kibbutz quarters where he lived with his wife Paula remain exactly as he left them, and…

  •  Israel Air Force Kfir C7 fighter jet on display in the Israeli Air Force Museum.

    Israeli Air Force Museum

    The Negev

    Parked on the tarmac, about 120 historic aircraft – including a Spitfire used in the 1948 war, captured Syrian and Iraqi MiGs, fighter jets and attack…

  • Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Twelve Apostles in Capernaum, located on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.

    Monastery of the Twelve Apostles

    Sea of Galilee

    Peacocks strut around the serene, deeply shaded lakefront garden of this Greek Orthodox site, 200m as the crow flies (1.6km on foot or by car) northeast…

  • Ghetto fighters museum in kibbutz Lohamey Ha'getaot, Northern Israel.

    Beit Lohamei HaGeta’ot

    North Coast

    Founded in 1949, the same year as the kibbutz, the world's first Holocaust museum focuses on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The kibbutz founders considered…

  • Shrine of the Bab and lower terraces at the Bahai World Center in Haifa, Israel.

    Shrine of the Báb


    Though it’s primarily a pilgrimage site, modestly dressed visitors are allowed to enter this domed shrine holding the remains of the Báb, spiritual…

  • Wadi David

    Ein Gedi

    Ein Gedi Nature Reserve’s most accessible – and popular – pools and waterfalls are situated along Lower Wadi David (Nahal David Tachton), ie the area…

  • Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant Church.

    Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant


    Crowned with a statue of Mary carrying the infant Jesus, this hilltop church was built on the site of Kiryat Ya’arim, believed by many Christians to be…

  • Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space.



    Kid-friendly science exhibits fill this elegant 1912 building, including hands-on displays in the astronomy rooms, optical illusions and a hall of mirrors…

  • Interior of the historic Sephardic Ary synagogue in Tsfat, Israel.

    Sephardic Ari Synagogue

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Tsfat’s oldest synagogue – it's mentioned in documents from as far back as 1522 – was frequented by the Ari, the great 16th-century Kabbalist, who…

  • Tel Aviv Boardwalk

    Tel Aviv

    No visit to Tel Aviv is complete without a seaside stroll, and after recent renovations to the city’s boardwalk (tayelet in Hebrew), it is an absolute…

  • Morning view on the North beach of Eilat, Israel.

    North Beach


    Pebbly North Beach and its promenade are often very crowded – for some people, that's one of the main draws. This is by far the most popular place in…

  • Beit Yanai Beach, Israel

    Beit Yanai

    North Coast

    Aqua waves lash the shore of this long sandy beach, equidistant between Tel Aviv and Haifa (30 minutes by car). With free showers and toilets, a patrolled…

  • Ramparts Walk


    For a rooftop perspective of this ancient city with inspiring views at every step, try this shade-free walk atop the Old City ramparts built by Suleiman…

  • David Ben-Gurion and Paula Ben-Gurion's tombs in Kibbutz Sde Boker.

    Ben-Gurion Graves

    The Negev

    The graves of David (1886–1973) and Paula (1892–1968) Ben-Gurion lie in a spectacular clifftop setting overlooking sublimely beautiful Wadi Tzin (Zin)…

  • Beersheba War Cemetery, containing 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the Great War, 67 of them unidentified.

    Commonwealth War Cemetery

    The Negev

    This dignified WWI cemetery, its gardens and grave markers neatly tended, is the final resting place of 1241 Commonwealth soldiers, including 174…

  • Kinneret Cemetery

    Sea of Galilee

    Shaded and serene, this luxuriantly leafy lakeside cemetery, established in 1911, is the final resting place of socialist Zionist pioneers such as Berl…

  • Bet Gabriel

    Sea of Galilee

    Opened in 1993, this lakeside cultural centre – one of Israel’s most beautiful buildings – is known for its art exhibitions, first-run cinema (two screens…

  • Carmey Avdat Winery

    The Negev

    Nestled in a valley richly planted with olive and other fruit trees, surrounded by stony Negev slopes, this family-run boutique winery was built on the…

  • Bio-Ramon

    Mitzpe Ramon

    This pocket-sized wildlife park is an excellent place to see desert creatures you're unlikely to encounter in the wild because they are either nocturnal,…

  • Museum of Art, Ein Harod

    Lower Galilee

    Almost as remarkable for its modernist building (inaugurated in 1948, with additions from the 1950s) as its outstanding art collection (mainly by Israeli…

  • Nachmani Winery

    Lower Galilee

    UK-born Frances and her Moroccan-born husband David have turned a wine-making hobby into a micro-winery that produces just 2100 bottles a year. You can…

  • Pelter Winery

    Golan Heights

    In 2001, after studying wine-making in Australia, Tal Pelter founded a winery that now turns shiraz and chenin blanc grapes (among others) into 300,000…

  • Souq Al Abiad


    The original Ottoman-era market on this spot was burned down within a year of being built; local legends blame a careless hookah smoker for the blaze. The…

  • Adir Winery

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Adir has built a reputation for producing outstanding wines and equally good goat cheeses and for serving great dairy meals. Sampling three wines, four…