Israel

Travel Guide
Frishman Beach featuring a beach, general coastal views and a city

Stunning natural landscapes, sacred religious sites, long sandy beaches and mouthwatering food make this Mediterranean Middle Eastern country a must-see destination.

Steeped in history, Israel is perhaps most famous for its religious pilgrimage sites and ancient cities. But look beyond the obvious to discover world-class diving, hip urban quarters and gorgeous golden beaches.

Spend a few hours exploring the ancient City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem. It has been in the process of excavation since the mid 19th century. Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a long passage of waist-deep water that was mentioned in the Bible.

Step inside the somber yet sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the location of Jesus’ tomb. Marvel at the gold-plated Dome of the Rock, a shrine on Temple Mount which is thought to contain the rock from which Mohammed ascended to heaven. Join the pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall, an ancient limestone wall that surrounds Temple Mount and is the holiest place for Jewish people to pray.

Culture-loving visitors will want to see the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which is housed within a striking angular building. Don’t miss the contemporary art exhibitions at the Museum on the Seam, a gallery located on the border between East and West Jerusalem.

Pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and pastries at the Mahane Yehuda Market, a bargain food market and restaurant hub in Jerusalem. Find some vintage clothing and furniture at the flea market in the lively Jaffa neighborhood of Tel Aviv.

Tour the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a picturesque collection of garden terraces which also includes the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb. Take the ferry from Haifa to Akko, and explore the underground Templars’ Tunnel and the medieval Hospitaller Fortress.

Fly into Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and then ride the train or bus to neighboring towns and cities. Rent a bicycle to explore the streets of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Rent a car if you want to explore the country at your own pace.

Offering much more than meets the eye, Israel is an exciting, multifaceted destination.

Popular cities in Israel

Jaffa Port showing a river or creek, a sunset and a city
Tel Aviv
Experience Israel at its most modern in the thriving coastal city of Tel Aviv, a cosmopolitan cultural hub lined with stunning beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Tel Aviv Port
  • Jaffa Port
  • Banana Beach
Bat Galim beach
Haifa
Combine the leisure of the sandy beaches and green parks with a history brought to life by museums and temples in one of Israel’s largest cities.

Reasons to visit

  • Baha'i Gardens
  • Bat Galim beach
  • Haifa Port
Akko Harbor
Acre
Explore relaxing Acre: its history, monuments, boating, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Hamam al- Basha Turkish Bath
  • Akko Harbor
  • Citadel of Acre
Mary\'s Well featuring night scenes, landscape views and heritage architecture
Nazareth
Nazareth awaits: its cathedral, history, theater, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
  • Christ Church
Eilat Marina featuring a bay or harbor
Eilat
From little more than a tiny police station over 65 years ago, this area has grown to be a major sunny vacation destination. 

Reasons to visit

  • Dolphin Reef
  • Coral World Underwater Observatory
  • Eilat Marina
Mount of Olives showing a city, landscape views and a sunset
Jerusalem
One of the world’s most important pilgrimage sites has special meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians, with numerous well-known religious locations.  

Reasons to visit

  • Al-Aqsa Mosque

Popular places to visit in Israel

Israel

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