Must-see attractions in Israel

  • Tel Aviv, Israel - April 5, 2016: Visitors on The Flea Market, Shuk Hapishpeshim in old district Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Jaffa Flea Market

    Tel Aviv

    In recent years, lots of energy has gone into giving Jaffa's Old City a tourism-triggered makeover, and the results are undeniably attractive. However,…

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    Gordon Beach

    Tel Aviv

    South from Hilton Beach, this is Tel Aviv's main beach. Well equipped with sunloungers, ice-cream shops, an outdoor gym and beach restaurants, it's…

  • Design Museum Holon


    Ron Arad's elongated and extremely elegant swirl of red concrete and steel is one of Greater Tel Aviv's most striking examples of contemporary…

  • Carmel Market

    Tel Aviv

    Nestled between the tranquil streets of the Yemenite Quarter and the creative corridor of Nahalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv's busiest street market is, in…

  • Nahal Iyyun Nature Reserve

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    One of the Galilee’s loveliest creek-side trails, about 3km long, follows the Iyyun (Ayun) Stream from its crossing from Lebanon into Israel, through a…

  • Gan-Garoo Australian Park

    Lower Galilee

    Kids will love this delightful little corner of Australia, where – amid Aussie vegetation – they can pet and feed friendly, free-range kangaroos. Another…

  • Herzliya Beach


    The long stretch of white sandy beaches from the marina to the Apollonia National Park is the main pull for people coming to Herzliya. Thanks to its sheer…

  • Netanya Beach


    One of Israel's best-kept and most beautiful beaches, Netanya is actually a string of 12km-long sandy shores. The further you walk away from the city…

  • Pool of Al Anazia


    Atmospheric and shaded by ancient stone structures, the 'Pool of Arches' is an underground 8th-century reservoir. The most significant structure left from…

  • Palmachim Beach


    Considered one of Israel's finest beaches, Palmachim is a natural rocky bay with a small but excellent sandy beach. It's situated west of the main town of…

  • Gamla Nature Reserve in Israel.

    Gamla Nature Reserve

    Golan Heights

    The site of a thriving Jewish village during the late Second Temple period, Gamla dared to defy the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt (66–70 CE) and…

  • Ruins of the old synagogue in Capernaum.


    Sea of Galilee

    The New Testament says that the prosperous lakeside village of Capernaum (estimated population 1500), on the imperial highway from Tiberias to Damascus,…

  • Superbly preserved ancient arched ceiling of stalls, National park Caesarea, Israel.

    Caesarea National Park


    The wave-lashed location of this large archaeological site enhances the experience of exploring its Roman- and Crusader-era ruins.You'll duck through…

  • Wading pools among trees in Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Northern Israel.

    Tel Dan Nature Reserve

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    This half-square-kilometre reserve, 1.6km north of Rte 99, boasts two major attractions. The first, an area of lush forest, is fed by year-round springs…

  • Arched features of Belvoir Fortress, Kohav HaYarden National Park in Israel.

    Belvoir Crusader Fortress

    Lower Galilee

    Set on a hilltop 550m above the Jordan River, this Crusader fortress, measuring an impressive 110m by 110m, consists of concentric ramparts, gates,…

  • View from the top of Arbel Cliff, Arbel National park.

    Arbel National Park

    Sea of Galilee

    Towering over the Sea of Galilee and offering breathtaking views of the Golan Heights and Mt Hermon, Arbel Cliff is 181m above sea level, which makes it…

  • Yom Kippur War memorial at Quineitra viewpoint on Golan Heights with Israeli tank turret aiming towards Syria. The site overlooks the ruined town of Quneitra.

    Quneitra Viewpoint

    Golan Heights

    From high atop Mt Avital, top-secret Israel Defence Forces' electronics peer deep into Syria, but the Quneitra Viewpoint, on the volcano’s lower flanks,…

  • Cobbled street with rebuilt old stone houses in Old Town Rosh Pina.

    Old Town

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Rosh Pina was settled in the 1870s by Jews from Tsfat and, after 1882, by immigrants from Romania. The old town consists of just three short cobblestone…

  • Cave of the Dead Sea Scrolls, known as Qumran cave 4, one of the caves in which the scrolls were found at the ruins of Khirbet Qumran in the desert of Israel.

    Qumran National Park

    Dead Sea

    World-famous for having hidden the Dead Sea Scrolls for almost 2000 years, Qumran was the site of a small Essene settlement around the time of Jesus –…

  • Avdat National Park.

    Avdat National Park

    The Negev

    Dominating the surrounding desert, the beautifully preserved ancient Nabataean city of Avdat served as a caravan stop on the road from Petra to the…

  • Landscape with an old acacia tree in Timna Park.

    Timna Park

    The Negev

    The site of some of the world's earliest copper mines (c 5000 BCE), the Timna Valley offers an awe-inspiring desert landscape of cliffs and rock…

  • Ancient synagogue at Korazim National Park.

    Korazim National Park

    Sea of Galilee

    On a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Korazim is a good place to get an idea of the layout of a prosperous, midsized Galilean town in the time of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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