Tuesday, 30 October 2018

10 best places to visit in Israel | Things to do in Israel

Israel, a central eastern country based on the Mediterranean Sea, is a biblical holy land and home of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The most sacred sites in Israel is Jerusalem. The complex of temple includes the Dome of Rock shrine, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Holy Church. Tel Aviv, financial hub of Israel is known for its amazing historic architecture and beaches.

Israel is startlingly a diverse country. Anywhere you travel in this Middle Eastern country, you’re surely see some of the historical religious sites which mentioned in Bible. The ancient Roman ruins and other archaeological sites dating you back to the thousands of years. If you don't like to see old things, Israel also has some stunning beaches, where you can enjoy your day. Let's know the best places to visit in Israel.

1. Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a heart of Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world, which also known as the Peaceful city. This peaceful city of Israel has been attacked 52 times, destroyed twice and besieged 23 times in the historic period. It is considered as a holy place by three main religions: Christianity Islam and Judaism. This historic City is divided into four parts: Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim. Here you can pray at the Western Wall, see the beautiful holy sepulcher Church where the Jesus is buried and tour the medieval Citadel "Tower of David".

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2. Masada
This city is based in southern Israel on a high plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, Masada was the first fortified by the King Herod in the 30 BC. The Jewish patriots captured the fortress from the Romans in 66 AD. Today, Masada is known as a symbol of ancient Israel and best examples of Roman fortifications. There is also a cable car for people to lead up the hill.

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3. Dead Sea
Dead Sea is very famous place in the world, which known for the wonder of nature where you can enjoy swimming in the ocean. The main feature of this dead Sea is anyone can swim in it, if you don't know how to swim no problem you can also enjoy swimming in this sea, you can not drown in it. This is a Desert landscape in Israel, which is almost 10 times salty that ocean. For many years the salt and minerals from Dead Sea water are used to make cosmetics. Dead Sea water and mud has some benefits, used for skin diseases and joint problems. All hotels across the coast have health spas, which are booked in advance for months ahead.

4. Eilat
Eilat is an ancient city of Israel based on the Red Sea. It is served as a port city since from the days of King Solomon, it's beautiful beaches and climate make it a major resort city in Israel. Eilat has some best diving spot in the world, because of the beautiful coral reef. Here you can see an amazing views of sea life. Other attractions in Eilat are the King City, a Bible based family theme park, bird watching points where you can see many European and African species of birds and Timna Valley Park, where you can see the Solomon’s Pillars and the oldest copper mine in the world.

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5. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, second largest city and financial hub of a country. Here is lots to see and do, especially if you want to enjoy great nightlife. Tel Aviv is known as a party destination, for those who doesn’t sleep and enjoy the party all night. The city is home of national opera and philharmonic orchestra. The city is also famous for its best Mediterranean beaches. The city’s outstanding museums, like Beth Hatefulsoth which describes the story of Jewish persecution is also worth to visit.

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6. Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is the second lowest freshwater lake on the earth, It is about 21 km long and 13 km wide lake and Its area is 166.7 km with maximum depth of 43m approximately. It is a most popular place for Christian pilgrims where Jesus walked over water. The 65 km long Jesus Hiking Trail is one of the best places to visit here. People also come here from all around the world to spot the lake flows into the Jordan River.

7. Haifa
Haifa is a third largest city in Israel located on the Mediterranean, this beautiful Israeli port city is biggest tourist attraction in the country, where you can see the Baha’i World Center with gold domed shrine and beautiful gardens. Haifa, offers a lots of things to do. The German Colony, with amazing shops, galleries and restaurants situated in the 19th-century buildings. The Israel Museum of Science, The Ein Hod, home of about 100 artists and craftsmen. Haifa also has nice beaches where you can enjoy surfing in the sea water.

"Canyon walls in Maktesh Ramon" (CC BY 2.0) by Chadica
8. Ramon Crater
Ramon Crater or Makhtesh Ramon is the largest three erosion craters located in the Negev Desert at the peak of Mount Never. This geological landform in Israel is believed that began millions of years ago when the ocean started to receding. It is surrounded by mountains, the colorful crater is almost 450 meters deep and nearly 40 km long. This largest erosion Crater in the world is visited by lots of people in some recent years, you can enjoy hiking, biking here.

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9. Caesarea
In Caesarea you can see mixture of both ancient and modern culture, It was founded by the King Herod. The city is mostly known for Caesarea National Park, where you can see the large Roman amphitheater and historic port. Caesarea is only city in Israel to be governed by a private corporation. The Antiquities park where you can see the ruins from Herod’s period. You can also see more ruins by walking into the old city. The new Caesarea is modern and upscale, where you can take sunbathe on the beautiful sandy beaches, play games like golf or enjoy the annual jazz festival.

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10. Nazareth
Nazareth is the largest city in Israel with biblical history, this old city is known as the Arab capital of the country because its most of the residents are Arab citizens of Israel. This city is pilgrimage destination for Christian peoples because, Bible says that the Nazareth was the home of Joseph and Mary and also the childhood home of Jesus. This ancient city  is sometimes called as the cradle of Christianity. It boasts the Church of Annunciation, one of the largest Catholic church in the Middle East. Here you can also walk around the picturesque streets and enjoy shopping at the colorful local market.

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