10 Best Places To Visit In Israel.
Israel offers a whole lot more
than amazing age-old ruins and a swathe of biblical sites
– here you can also take a dip
in the Dead Sea or a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee or
for time out, Tel Aviv’s beautiful beachesare sure to impress.
Here’s our selection of Israel’s top 10 destinations to get you started.
The capital city of Israel is one of the oldest cities in the world.
With a history spanning thousands of years,
Jerusalem is a city of unique neighbourhoods
each with its own distinct religious and ethniccomposition.
Jerusalem is home to three of the world ’ s biggest religions, Christianity,
Islam – all which co exist in this fascinatingcity.
The UNESCO World Heritage Listed old
walled city has winding alleys and several revered
sites such as the Western Wall,
which attracts thousands of Jewish worshippers each day,
the Church of Holy Sepulcre – considered one of the holiest places in Christian religion,
the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.
A short drive south of Jerusalem into the Palestinian Territory is Bethlehem.
Christians believe Bethlehem to be the birthplaceof Jesus of Nazareth.
The town is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
The main sites of interest are
Rachel ‘s Tomb ( considered the third holiest site in Judaism ), Manger Square
in the city centre and the Church of the Nativity, which has
the Star of David etched into the floor
and is reputed to be the oldest church in the world
and the site where Jesus was born.
3 Tel Aviv.
Just an hour away from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv could not be more different.
While Jerusalem represents the heritage of Israel,
Tel Aviv signifies the new, fresh
and liberal personality of the country.
This vibrant city brings together a contemporary art scene,
delicious fusion dishes, an exciting nightlife,
glitzy shopping malls and a golden stretch
of beach along the Mediterranean Coast.
However there are still parts
of the country ’ s intriguing past to be found.
One of the city ’ s first districts
Neve Tzedek has been beautifully restored and updated
with Parisian style cafes and fashionable
designer boutiques whilst keeping its old charm.
The buzzing nightlife is not to be missed,
taking you into the early hours of the morning
in the city which never sleeps.
Located in the Galilee region,
the town of Nazareth is where the Virgin Mary lived and
raised Jesus and is therefore an importantcentre of Christian pilgrimage.
The town sits between the hills of the Lebanon range,
a beautiful spring called St Mary’s
well and various Jewish tombs on the northwesternside. Today,
white modern houses run up the
hillsides and are spread out in the shape of an amphitheatre,
set in a green framework of vegetation.
Nazareth is also the capital and largest city in the North district of Israel.
A must see in Nazareth is the beautiful Church of Annunciation,
a Byzantine church that was
built over the place where it is believed
that the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that
she would give birth to the son of God.
The Dead Sea.
Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan,
this dramatically beautiful body of water
is the lowest point
on earth and a natural phenomenon due to its incredibly high mineral
and salt content.
The Dead Sea’s unusually warm,
buoyant waters have been attracting visitors for centuries
and its vivid turquoise waters and rugged landscape add to its appeal.
A visit to the Dead Sea is a must-do on any trip to Jordan or Israel,
where you can float like a cork on its buoyant water
and give yourself a pampering mud mask.
As Israel ’ s prime beach getaway, Eilat is sun,
拥有阳光 海水和沙滩 对成人儿童都绝对适合
sea and sand galore and perfect for adults and children alike.
With warm temperatures even during the winter months, this seaside town makes the perfect
retreat for those seeking to escape the snow and frost
that descends elsewhere in the world during this time of the year.
While sun-bathing and kicking back on the beach are two of the main activities here,
those seeking something a bit more activeare spoilt for choice.
Diving and snorkelling
at Aqua Beach are two popular choices thanks to the crystal clear
water and near perfect visibility found there.
If you want to marvel at the marine life but would prefer to stay dry,
the Underwater Observatory
Marine Park is an absolute must. Alternatively,
travellers can trek through the Red Canyon,
check out the Timna National
Park or go on a wild jeep safari.
The picturesque, peaceful and progressive city
of Haifa is a model of harmony between
the different communities that live there and the perfect embodiment of cultural tolerance.
Haifa ’ s beauty pervades every corner
of the city but nowhere is it more present than
the UNESCO-listed Baha’i Gardens.
Lush and colourful, this oasis is considered one
of the top sights in the entire Middle East.
The city ’ s radiance can also be soaked up
by a stroll along one of its promenades.
If you time your walk well,
you might also get to witness the spectacular sunset as it
stains the water pink.
For those looking for a dose of culture,
a visit to Elijah ’ s Cave is a must as is popping in to one of the 240 synagogues
and numerous mosques that pepper the region.
For exquisite views of the city,
make your way to the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery on Mount Carmel.
8 Sea of Galilee.
令人困惑的是 加利利海 或加里利海
Confusingly, the Sea of Galilee, also known as Kinneret,
is not actually a sea but a large
freshwater lake, located roughly 650ft belowsea level.
While most people know of this body of water
because of its biblical significance and status
as a site of Christian pilgrimage,
there is plenty of modern excitement to be found both
on the lake itself and in the surroundingarea.
Watersports are popular here and travellers can spend the day
in a canoe or kayak or go
windsurfing along the temperamental ripplesof the water.
If you want water that ’ s a bit warmer,
the nearby Tiberias hot springs are perfect for
relaxing and also offer massages and mud treatments.
Other nearby attractions include the Galita Chocolate Farm,
where travellers can take part in a three hour chocolate making workshop,
and the Karazim National Park.
Travellers to Jaffa are in for a treat,
from the sound of the Mediterranean Sea crashing
against the rocks that line its waterfront,
to the exquisite architecture that fills the Old Town.
Despite being just a stone ’ s throw from the buzzing metropolis of Tel Aviv,
Jaffa belongs to a different time
and has beautifully preserved its old-world charm.
The best way to get to grips
with the area is simply to wander through its narrow, cobbled
streets – you’ll be surprised by what you stumble across.
Once you ’ ve absorbed as much culture as you can,
it ’ s time to hit the eateries and
make the most of Jaffa ’ s biggest draw card – its gastronomic scenery.
Culinary delights hide behind almost every door and include, allegedly,
the best hummus
in the world, shwarma and falafel,
all Israeli staples that you’ll just love getting to know.
Situated in the Judaean Desert on a magnificent rock plateau,
Masada is a fortress that holds a special place in Jewish history
as the last site to fall to the Roman army, after being
valiantly defended by a group of soldiersknown as the Zealots.
Within the Masada complex are the remains
of the lavish palace that was constructed
for King Herod the Great in a classical Romanstyle.
This site is said to be the finest
and most complete example of this kind of architecture
that has ever been found in the Roman world.
The easiest way to get to Masada is
by taking the cable car, however, this will not get
you there in time to see the sunrise.
Alternative routes are the Roman Ramp
and the much more strenuous Snake Path, which
should be climbed at 4am in order to arrive
at the summit in time to see the sun come up.