Top ChoiceChurch in Nazareth

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Dominating the Old City’s skyline is the lantern-topped cupola of this Franciscan-run Roman Catholic basilica, an audacious modernist structure that’s unlike any building you’ve ever seen. Constructed from 1960...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Beit She’an

Beit She’an National Park

Beit She’an National Park

Beit She’an’s extraordinary Roman ruins are the best place in Israel to get a sense of what it was like to live, work and shop in the Roman Empire. Colonnaded streets, a 7000-seat theatre that looks much as it...

Top ChoiceChurch in Northwestern Shore

Mount of the Beatitudes

Mount of the Beatitudes

Since at least the 4th century, this landscaped hillside is believed to be where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), whose opening lines – the eight Beatitudes – begin with the phrase ‘Blessed...

Top ChoiceArabic in Northwestern Shore

Magdalena

Subject of a glowing New York Times review in 2016, this 'chef's restaurant' features innovative 'Galilean Arab' cuisine that combines ingredients and recipes that chef Zuzu Hanna learned from his mother – in the...

Top ChoiceFood in Nazareth

Elbabour Galilee Mill

The other-worldly aroma inside this spice emporium, run by the same family for four generations, has to be inhaled to be believed. Shelves, sacks, bins and bottles display more than 2600 products, from exotic...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Northwestern Shore

Ancient Galilee Boat

In 1986, when the level of the Sea of Galilee was particularly low, a local fisherman made an extraordinary discovery: the remains of a wooden boat later determined to have plied these waters in the time of...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Jezreel & Beit She'an Valleys

Beit Alpha Synagogue

No one was more surprised than the members of Kibbutz Heftzibah when they went out to dig an irrigation channel in 1928 and uncovered a stunning, Byzantine-era (6th-century) mosaic floor. Further excavation...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Tzipori

Tzipori National Park

In ancient times, Tzipori was a prosperous and well-endowed city with stone-paved roadways (you can still see the ruts left by Roman wagons), a sophisticated water-supply system (you can walk through part of the...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Nazareth

Centre International Marie de Nazareth

Almost across the street from the Basilica of the Annunciation, this stunning complex is run by Chemin Neuf, a Roman Catholic community based in France, as a venue for ecumenical work among Christians and for...

Top ChoiceMiddle Eastern in Nazareth

Abu Ashraf

This old-time coffeehouse is famous all over town for its katayef (sweet pancakes folded over goat’s cheese or cinnamon walnuts and then doused with geranium syrup), coffee (a special mix of five kinds of bean...

Top ChoiceChurch in Nazareth

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

According to Greek Orthodox tradition, the Annunciation took place while Mary was fetching water from the spring situated directly under this richly frescoed, 17th-century church (other denominations hold that...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Nazareth

Ancient Bathhouse

When Elias Shama and his Belgian-born wife Martina set about renovating their shop in 1993, they uncovered a network of 2000-year-old clay pipes almost identical to ones found in Pompeii – and then, under the...

Top ChoiceFusion in Nazareth

AlReda

In a 200-year-old Ottoman-era mansion, this atmospheric restaurant – the songs of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum are on high rotation – serves traditional Nazarene recipes with a Mediterranean twist....

Top ChoiceIsraeli in Tiberias

Yisrael’s Kitchen

An 8km drive from Tiberias (take Rte 77 to Rte 7717), this rustic, family-run restaurant features local produce and warm, from-the-heart country cooking. Specialities include huge (500g) portions of...

Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Capernaum

The New Testament says that the prosperous lakeside village of Capernaum (estimated population 1500), on the imperial highway from Tiberias to Damascus, was Jesus’s base during the most influential period of his...

Archaeological Site in Jezreel & Beit She'an Valleys

Belvoir Crusader Fortress

Set on a hilltop 550m above the Jordan River, this Crusader fortress, measuring an impressive 110m by 110m, consists of concentric ramparts, gates, courtyards and towers that afford spectacular views of the...

National Park in Northwestern Shore

Arbel National Park

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 390m above the vast blue lake below. Great rambling...

Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Korazim National Park

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 Jesus and the Talmud (3rd to 5th centuries CE). The...

Archaeological Site in Northwestern Shore

Magdala

When the Legionnaires of Christ, a Catholic congregation based in Mexico, began building a spiritual retreat in 2009, they were astonished to discover a synagogue from the 1st century CE, dated to the time of...

Cemetery in Southwestern Shore

Kinneret Cemetery

Shaded and serene, this luxuriantly leafy lakeside cemetery, established in 1911, is the final resting place of socialist Zionist pioneers such as Berl Katznelson (1887–1944), who lived at the centre of a...