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Best Places in Israel

Updated: May 7, 2023

Israel's terrain is magnificent, from Tel Aviv's wave-lashed beaches to Masada's rocky cliffs and the salty Dead Sea's mirror-like length. Travel to the vibrant cities for a few days, then head out into the sun-baked wilderness to fill your Instagram grid. Here are our favorite spots to visit in Israel.




Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a dream city on the Mediterranean, with an active nightlife, local markets, delicious food, and photogenic architecture. You'll fit in here because society is diverse and open-minded. Tel Aviv, Israel's entertainment capital, offers year-round activities. These include the Tel Aviv Fashion Week and the Gay Pride Parade.


Jerusalem

Sacred to three main religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism – Jerusalem is one of the world's holiest cities, and Culture Trip's small-group Israel trip offers professional local advisors. Come for a few days and feel centuries old. The Al Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall are all in the Old City, enclosed by a magnificent wall (aka the Wailing Wall). The Muslim, Armenian, Christian, and Jewish quarters are here. Visit a museum beyond the Old City, such as Yad Vashem, which commemorates the Holocaust.


Eilat

After exploring Israel's history, wildlife, and culture, Eilat's hotels and resorts are the perfect places to unwind. You may dive amid the Red Sea's magnificent coral reefs, swim with dolphins, or just relax by the pool. Summer temperatures can reach 40C (104F), while winter temperatures drop to 19C (66.2F).


Nazareth

Nazareth, in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel, is the country's most important Arab city. Tourists and Christian pilgrims from all over the world flock to see the Basilica of the Annunciation erected where Joseph and Mary lived. Nazareth is a city rich in culture, history, historic Ottoman buildings, and fascinating archaeology. Get ready for a Middle Eastern charm blitz.


Haifa

After Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Haifa is Israel's third-largest city, a vibrant mix of cultures and districts. A bustling port and beach attract surfers and offer water sports and lessons. Visit Haifa's most famous sight, the Bahai Gardens, on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Enjoy a complimentary daily noon tour of the Bahai Temple's fountains, terraces, and flowerbeds.


Golen

The Golan Heights were controversially taken from Syria in 1967. It's a stunning mountainous region with stunning natural reserves and historical attractions for the whole family. If you enjoy trekking, there are pathways of varying complexity depending on the season. In the spring, irises, crocuses, and tulips blossom profusely, and the fields are lush. In the winter, Hermon Mountain is a skier's paradise.


The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, at 430m (1,412ft) below sea level, is not only pleasant to float in but also healthy, historical, and breathtakingly beautiful. This endorheic lake is one of the world's saltiest, making it ideal for floating. Apply Dead Sea mud on your skin. Masada, with its historical value and stunning views, and Ein Gedi, a glittering oasis in the desert, are two Dead Sea must-sees.


Acre

Various cultures, especially the Crusaders and the Ottomans, have left their stamp on Acre – or Akko. This city in the northwest is a must-see on any Israel vacation. Enjoy a romantic nighttime stroll along with the 2,000-year-old port, supper at one of the excellent local restaurants, and a stroll around the city markets.


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