The Best Spots in Israel

Published: February 22, 2014

Israel is a beautiful country, steeped in rich history and beautiful landscape. From the bustling urban feel of Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea to the beach resort town of Eilat, there's so much to see and do for any traveler in Israel. Read on to learn about the places you must visit if you decide to explore Israel!

  1. The Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea must be at the top of your list. This is the saltiest sea in the world meaning that you'll easily float. Just keep it off yourface and make sure not to shave the day you go in...otherwise, this can be a painful experience.

    After floating, dig for some soft mud and cover yourself in it for a free spa treatment with the famous Dead Sea Mud

  2. Hike Masada at Sunset

    After a day at the Dead Sea, make the quick trek to Masada and hike at Sunset (or Sunrise for early risers!) This is easily one of the most beautiful and scenic spots, not just in Israel, but anywhere in the world. If you're lucky, you'll even spot a Nubian Ibex!

     

  3. Eat Hummus at Abu Hassan

    Outside of Tel Aviv, you'll find a small town called Jaffa. In Jaffa is the famed Abu Hassan hummus. This small humble eatery can be hard to find. They wake up at 5:00 am and make their hummus fresh and begin serving it. Once it's gone, it's gone so get there early. They are usually sold out by early afternoon. All this restaurant serves is hearty bowls of hummus with a few options for toppings, served with fresh pita bread. This is worth the trip!

  4. Visit Yad Vashem

    Yad Vashem is an incredibly moving experience for visitors. You'll learn about the history of the Jewish people and factors that led up to World War II and the creation of Israel. For new visitors to Israel, this spot in Jerusalem mst be at the top of your list to learn more about the history of Israel and the Holocaust.  

    http://www.yadvashem.org/

  5. Visit the meeting points of four countries in Eilat

    In Eilat, you'll be able to view Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia while remaining in Israel. But this beach town has so much more to offer. Enjoy the resorts and beach scene for a few days, and then cross the bridge into Jordan to learn about another culture and people. If you're in Israel, Jordan is so close and easy to access, and the friendly tour companies in Eilat can assist you with all the arrangements at a reasonable cost.

  6. Visit the Old City in Jerusalem

    A visit to Israel isn't complete without visiting the Old City in Jerusalem. This walled city includes many famous sites including the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall among other things. Pick up a free tour when you enter at the Jaffa gate. Explore the shops and restaurants. You can spend an entire day here and still not see everything that this site has to offer. 

  7. Explore the Bauhaus scene in Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv is known as the White City, with over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings. Bauhaus is known for an absence of ornamentation, with a focus on fluidity between form and function. To learn more about this style of architecture, visit the Bauhaus Museum. Or simply walk around and explore on your own.

  8. Attend Dinner in the Dark

    Visit the Nalagaat Center, a unique center to honor and build empathy for seeing and hearing impaired individuals. For the ultimate experience, attend Dinner in the Dark where you'll be served by seeing-impaired waiters and dine completely in the dark. This experience will help you see what it's like to lack vision and rely on other senses. The food is also quite tasty! If you're looking for a more comprehensive experience, consider attending the play put on by blind and deaf actors as well. 

    http://www.nalagaat.org.il/home.php

  9. Explore Jaffa

    Located just a few miles outside of downtown Tel Aviv, Jaffa is an ancient port city that is famous for its association with several biblical stories. One of the highlights here is the Jaffa market where you can visit various shops and local vendors to purchase authentic goods. There are also old buildings to explore as well as a lovely museum. 

  10. Spend a day at the beach in Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a visit to Israel isn't complete without enjoying some time relaxing under the sun. For more adventurous folks, there are options for kayaking, biking, and other activities. For those seeking pampering, consider some of the top notch spas in the area. 

As you can see, Israel has so much to offer visitors and should be at the top of your list of places to visit for a meaningful cultural experience, great food, and a wide range of activities. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or culture, Israel has it all. Enjoy your stay!