Must-see attractions in Israel

  • Citadel Park

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    The highest point in central Tsfat (834m), now a breeze-cooled park, was once part of the largest Crusader fortress in the Middle East. The size of eight…

  • Eilat Museum

    Eilat

    Tells the fascinating history of Israel's Red Sea outpost. Exhibits cover the capture of Eilat in 1949 and include some great photos of the city's…

  • De Karina Chocolatier

    Golan Heights

    An artisanal chocolate maker that offers tours (25 minutes) and chocolate-making workshops. Reservations are a must. If the chocolate doesn't tempt you,…

  • Village Beach

    Eilat

    Situated just north of Coral Beach, this section of South Beach has free umbrellas, clean water for snorkelling and a bar hosting loud parties during…

  • House of Love & Prayer

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Hasidic synagogue that sings its Shabbat prayers in the mellow spiritual tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Those seeking to pray on Shabbat are welcome.

  • Dekel Beach

    Eilat

    Wedged between the port and the naval base about 1.5km south of the city centre, Dekel is less crowded than North Beach and is a popular snorkelling spot.

  • Aqueduct Beach

    Caesarea

    Exactly as it sounds, a golden beach next to a section of Caesarea's Roman aqueduct. It's 2.5km by road north of ancient Caesarea.

  • Yehezkel HaMeiri Viewpoint

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Situated at the very bottom of Ma'alot Olei HaGardom, this platform affords views of the Kabbalists' tombs and Mt Meron.

  • Negev Artists’ House

    The Negev

    This grand Mandate-era villa (1933) is now a four-room gallery featuring compelling works by artists from the Negev.

  • Tomb of the Rashbi

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    Authorship of the Zohar, the most important work of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), is traditionally credited to the 2nd-century-CE Jewish sage Rabbi Shimon…

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    Jaffa Port

    Tel Aviv

    One of the oldest known harbours in the world, the port of Jaffa was mentioned in the Bible (as Joppa) and was once the disembarkation point for pilgrims…

  • Atlit Detention Camp

    North Coast

    In 1939, as the situation of the Jews of Europe became increasingly dire, the British government issued a white paper limiting Jewish immigration to…

  • Montfort Castle

    North Coast

    Originally built by the noble De Milly family, what remains of Montfort Castle is a striking ruin, reached by a pleasant hike. The castle’s name was…

  • Elijah’s Cave

    Haifa

    Holy to Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze, this cave is where the prophet Elijah is believed to have prayed before challenging the priests of Ba’al on…

  • Underground Prisoners Museum

    Akko

    Dedicated to Jewish armed resistance during the British Mandate, this museum occupies a massive structure built by the Turks in the late 18th century on…

  • Old Port

    Tel Aviv

    The Old Port is popular with families wandering around its waterfront shops, restaurants and cafes. A covered organic farmers market also attracts locals…

  • Beit Oliphant

    North Coast

    Signposted as Beit Druze, this was the home of the Christian and early Zionist Sir Laurence Oliphant and his wife Alice between 1882 and 1887. The…

  • Yitzhak Rabin Centre

    Tel Aviv

    Established in 1997 to promote democratic values, narrow socioeconomic gaps and address social divisiveness, this centre is also home to the Israeli…

  • Rabin Square

    Tel Aviv

    The biggest public square in the city, this huge expanse of paving stones was repaved and upgraded in recent years. It has an ecological pond filled with…

  • Helena Rubenstein Pavilion

    Tel Aviv

    Endowed by the cosmetics entrepreneur of the same name, this contemporary-art space is an annex of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. There's a permanent…

  • Nachum Gutman Museum of Art

    Tel Aviv

    Take in the multifaceted talents of one of the country’s most celebrated creatives through paintings, sculptures and children's book illustrations, all…

  • Davidka Monument

    Upper Galilee & Golan

    This monument recalls the role played by the homemade Davidka mortar in securing the Jewish victory in the 1948 Battle of Tsfat. Its 40kg shells were…

  • Mey Kedem Tunnel

    North Coast

    To supply water to Caesarea, the Romans built an extraordinary 23km-long system of canals, pipes and aqueducts and a 6km-long tunnel. A 300m section of…

  • Habima Square

    Tel Aviv

    Home to a handful of Tel Aviv's top cultural institutions – Helena Rubenstein Pavilion, Charles Bronfman Auditorium and Habima National Theatre – this…

  • Alexander Stream National Park

    Israel

    This nature reserve is located on the expansive white sand dunes where the Alexander stream meets the Mediterranean Sea. Believe it or not, these shallow…

  • Be'er Avraham

    The Negev

    According to the Bible, Be'er Sheva is where God appeared to Abraham (Genesis 26:23–25) and where Abraham made his covenant with Avimelech (Genesis 21:25…

  • Ben-Gurion House

    Tel Aviv

    Built between 1930 and 1931, this modest house on the way to the seafront was the Tel Aviv home of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. Built…

  • Khan Al Umdan

    Akko

    The grandest of old Akko's four large khans (caravanserais) is the 18th-century Khan Al Umdan, easily recognisable thanks to its square Ottoman clock…

  • Shrine of Abu Ibrahim

    North Coast

    This square little building is fronted with Jerusalem stone and topped with a small red dome. The shrine is dedicated to Abu Ibrahim, who the Druze…

  • NILI Museum

    North Coast

    Guided tours lead visitors through the turbulent life of Aaron Aaronsohn (1876–1919), a noted agronomist and botanist who, along with his family, founded…

  • Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center

    Mitzpe Ramon

    Perched on the makhtesh rim, this visitor centre has extremely helpful staff who are willing and able to answer questions about the Makhtesh Ramon Nature…

  • Mané–Katz Museum

    Haifa

    Ukraine-born artist Emmanuel Mané-Katz (1894–1962) was an influential member of the early-20th-century School of Paris and is best known for his colourful…

  • Dizengoff Square

    Tel Aviv

    For decades, this spacious public square along Tel Aviv’s commercial Dizengoff St was the popular domain of skateboarders, punk rockers and pigeons. But…

  • Haifa City Museum

    Haifa

    Split across two buildings, the City Museum examines Haifa's last century of history and features rotating exhibitions on contemporary life here. Most…

  • Caesarea Experience

    Caesarea

    The park's visitor centre, aka the Caesarea Experience, is located on the harbour's jetty. Inside, a 10-minute film (available in seven languages)…

  • Rubin Museum

    Tel Aviv

    Sometimes referred to as the 'Gauguin of Palestine' but more reminiscent of Matisse, Romanian-born Reuven Rubin (1893–1974) immigrated to Palestine in…

  • Maine Friendship House

    Tel Aviv

    The first neighbourhood outside Jaffa's city walls, the American Colony was established by a group of American Christians in the 1860s. You'll learn the…

  • Eretz Israel Museum

    Tel Aviv

    Incorporating the archaeological excavations of Tel Qasile, an ancient port city dating from the 12th century BCE, this museum sports a huge and varied…

  • Suzanne Dellal Centre

    Tel Aviv

    The first school built outside the city walls of Jaffa, this 1892 building set in leafy surrounds was converted into a cultural centre between 1984 and…

  • Eshkol Tower

    Haifa

    A lift shudders its way up to the 30th-floor observation area of Eshkol Tower, the brazen high-rise topping Haifa University. Designed by renowned…

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