Israel, the promised land
Collected by Sivan Askayo, AFAR Local Expert
Israel is known as the Promised Land to which Moses led the Children of Israel, Jesus Christ preached his sermons and Mohammed ascended to Heaven. Its long History starts with the Bible and places such as Jerusalem (The Capital which is sacred to three religions) the Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Yafo and the Jordan River were all mentioned in the Bible.
Jerusalem is considered one of the most spiritual cities in the world and sacred to all religions for its significant monuments, mostly centered in the Old City. Tour the four quarters in the Old City. Walk through Via Dolorosa till you reach the...
Neharde'a St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Next time you travel to Israel and interested in an exceptional and different dining experience, I highly recommend to check the new website of EatWith, to book a dinner with locals. EatWith is a global community (started in Israel) that invites...
מתחם גולדה מאיר, שדרות שאול המלך 27, תל אביב יפו, 61332012, Israel
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has doubled its exhibition space only recently with the compilation of the new building, designed by the American architect Preston Scott Cohen. The innovative building became an International landmark and attracts a lot...
HaYarkon St 205, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6340506, Israel
While Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel, Tel Aviv is considered to be the capital of style and culture. Enjoy starting your day with a stroll along the beach or a great, rich breakfast in one of many outdoor cafes along some of the...
Eilat is considered the far south city of Israel, just at the tip of the country, linking between Egypt in Africa and Jordan in Asia. It is considered one of the most popular touristic resorts in Israel, mostly for its weather (hot but not humid)...
Yefe Nof St 61, Haifa, Israel
If you are planning a trip to Israel, make sure Haifa is on your list. Before traveling there myself, I had no idea that Haifa even existed until I saw that I would be spending two days there. Located in the north of Israel, Haifa is built on the...
Ge'ula St 40, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Named after the Belgian monarch who was a personal friend of Mayor Dizengoff, this prominent square is surrounded by some interesting monuments. The Bauhaus-style Pagoda House, now made over as a luxury apartment building, was built in 1924 as a...
Barzilai St 1, יפו, 65113, Israel
Israel is known as a coffee culture and the Israelis are taking their coffee seriously. The most popular kinds are Middle Eastern coffee (botz in hebrew), Turkish coffee and the Viennese style coffee (cafe hafuch in hebrew). The majority of coffee...
Yehuda ha-Levi St 79/81, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Israel is well known for its rich and fresh breakfast. Same as there is a 'Continental Breakfast' there is also the coin for 'Israeli Breakfast'. The breakfast usually includes chopped salad made by fresh vegetables, assorted cheese from the Golan...
HaCarmel St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
If you are on the hunt for a great local market, definitely head to Carmel's open-air market. Sample some of Israel's local delicacies and splurge on candies and other desserts. From my experience the vendors are friendly and don't pressure you to...
Levinsky 84, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
One of the best ways to experience a country is through its food. There are quite a lot of open markets in Israel (shuk) and recently, due to some touristic demand, a local company called Mekomy started running some culinary tours in Tel Aviv. For...
Yavne St 21, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Located in Alma Boutique Hotel, Alma Lounge is a bohemian chic space with a mix of Georgian inspired furniture blended with local contemporary Art. The chef, Yonatan Roshfeld, is a well known figure in Israel and the restaurant is one of the most...
After a whirlwind trip through Israel, I planned a day trip to Palestine. Despite the conflicts surrounding the area, I had come so far to not visit the historical sites in Palestine. As I walked into the Church of the Nativity, I felt a calmness...
Kalischer St 25, Yafo, 6516505, Israel
While it’s located mere minutes from Tel Aviv’s trademark beaches, the Brown TLV Urban Hotel is decidedly city-centric. Not coincidentally, it’s also in the center of town, surrounded by an array of distinctive neighborhoods like...
Ha-Dolfin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The original patriarch of this outfit sold hummus from a pushcart before opening the shop more than 40 years ago. His descendants make two or three big batches every day, which they serve from 8 a.m. until they run out. Read Gregory Dicum's...
The city of Safed is located on a hilltop in the Galilee, overlooking mount Meron, a mountain where the mystical texts of the Kabbalah were written. When you walk along the narrow cobblestone streets of the old part of the city, visit the various...
The City of Nazareth, located in the Galilee, the Northern part of Israel, is the largest Israeli Arab city. It is one of the best known towns among Christians as it is where Jesus grew up. The city has more than twenty churches and the grandest...
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country. Haifa is a mixed city: 90% are Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, while 10% are Arabs, predominantly of the...
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
There is no better way to end the day and decompress than watching the sun goes down from the beach. Even better when you watch the sunset with your love ones. The good thing in Israel is that it has 125 miles of golden sun soaked beaches, which...
Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Jaffa is an old city port adjoins to Tel Aviv and it is a mixed city of Arabs and Jews. The legend says that Japheth, the son of Noah, found a pleasant hill overlooking a bay and settled down, naming the place 'Yafo'. This is one of the oldest...
Rosh Pinna, Israel
Some might say that the Galilee area in Israel is like the Tuscany in Italy. Green lushes mountains, the Sea of the Galilee (Kinneret) the Hula Valley and little towns and kibbutzs villages. If you want to escape the city life and enjoy a romantic...
Omar Ibn Katab, ירושלים
Israelis love to eat and therefore snacks and street food are playing an important role in the day. Favorite snacks include bagel shaped seasame sprinkled bread (can be found in the shuk or most likely in the old city of Jerusalem), falafel (fried...
ד.נ עמק המעיינות, Nir David, 10803, Israel
Some might say that archeology is Israel's national hobby, as Israel is rich with archeological sites, more than 20,000 recognized sites in Israel, dating back to 150,000 BC. In 2005 UNESCO declared 3 sites in Israel as World Heritage sites...
Zikhron Ya'akov, Israel
If you are a wine lover or curious about wine, and want to enjoy some of the breath taking views of the Golan Heights and the Galilee (the Israeli Tuscany) and learn about the history of the place, book a well detailed and professional wine tour...
Ma'alot Ir David St, Jerusalem
Jerusalem at Night and Jerusalem during day time can feel completely different. The walls around the old city and the Tower of David are illuminated when it's getting darker, and it creates a holy, at-awe and a romantic experience. Take a stroll...
Matalon St 44, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Israel is located along the Mediterranean Sea and have few ports and fishing areas; Haifa, Acre, Ashdod, Tiberias, Eilat and Jaffa. Therefore, there are a lot of great fish and seafood restaurants especially in these cities but also across the...
Ein Shaviv St 70, Mitzpe Ramon, 80600, Israel
The rock of Masada which is towering almost 1000ft above the Dead Sea shore is one of the most impressive archeological sites in Israel. It is known for its flat top and the remarkable role it played in the Jewish history. (The siege of Masada by...
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