The must-visit places in Israel from North to South are so many that a single trip is not enough. The most notable sites among tourists are located in different cities.
The Must-Visit Places In Israel’s Capital City
Jerusalem is a unique city hosting several museums and archaeological sites. The most notable must-visit places in Jerusalem, which is the biggest city of Israel and the capital, are:
- The Old City hosts the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock, i.e. the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is located. The Old City includes four quarters: the Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Muslim Quarter.
- The Israel Museum since 1965 is the largest museum of Israel, and it is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Besides archaeology, some of the museum’s ancient remnants date back to prehistory. And it had the biggest collection of biblical finds from the Holy Land, i.e. Israel. Additionally, the museum contains an extensive collection of Fine Arts and original Israeli artworks.
- The Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
- Shuk Machane Yehuda is one of the biggest and most renowned markets in the Middle East. Besides a labyrinth of stands selling local fresh products such as vegetables and spices, there are also many typical restaurants and coffee shops.
Landmarks In The White City
Tel Aviv is also named the White City of Israel. It is the second-largest city in Israel, and it holds an impressive variety of museums and art galleries. The prominent landmarks of Tel Aviv are:
- The Old Jaffa Port is the ancient harbour of the world, which is the best place to admire Tel Aviv and the wonderful sea while breathing the fresh marine breeze.
Tel Aviv Port is the main port of the White City. It is a shopping centre with an energetic ensemble of shops, restaurants and a famous farmer’s market with fresh natural and local ingredients.
- The White City is an ensemble of old Bauhaus buildings dating back to 1930s. Their architectural style is a blend between the International Style of Tel Aviv and the German Bauhaus style.
- The Big Synagogue dates back to 1926, and it has a Byzantine architectural style. This synagogue is made of concrete, steel and glass; moreover, it has a large dome and many arches.
- The Hipster Area is the characteristic area, including Neve Tzedek and Florentin neighbourhoods. Unusual and original art galleries and street art adorn this part of Tel Aviv. Moreover, there are restaurants, pizzerias, and bars where only fresh local food is served every hour of the day and night, besides every kind of entertainment, such as live music. In particular, Neve Tzedek is the oldest neighbourhood of the White City, dating back to 1887.
- The Beaches are really something special, and one of the first places tourists love to indulge in summer. There are several beautiful and vibrant beaches starting from Jaffa up to Tel Aviv Port. Nearby the beach there are restaurants, cafés and outdoors bars at the beach, for fun and good food every hour, even at night.
The Must-Visit Places In Haifa
Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel, and its unusual beauty is due to the contrast between the seaside and the hills.
- The Bahá’í Gardens are hanging gardens which are holy to the members of the Bahá’í religion. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moreover, they lie on Mount Carmel, and they are distributed in three sections around the Shrine of the Bab.
- The Cable Car allows to rise up to the hill where the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery dwells, another Haifa landmark. The panorama offers a stunning view of all the city with its beautiful seaside with the Mediterranean sea.
- The Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery dates back to 1836, and it is famous for St. Elijah frescos besides other paintings. The monastery is connected to Elijah’s Cave, a well-known grotto, where the prophet’s tomb might be placed.
- Elijah’s Cave is a famous tourist destination for Christians, Jews and Muslims. The place was a mosque until 1948.
- The City Center of Haifa is fascinating because of his ancient houses with tiled roofs. Haifa’s other tourist attractions are the Mane Katz Museum, the Ursula Malbin Sculpture Park and the National Maritime Museum.
Akko’s Old City
Akko’s Old City is one of the most unique places to visit in Israel’s northwest. The uniqueness of the seaside cliffs and the colourful Arab market are some of this magical city’s features. The old city walls have a tunnel where there is the Ethnographic Museum of the Walls’ Treasures. Other landmarks of Acre are the Tunisian Or Torah Synagogue and the 18th-century Al-Jazzar Mosque.
Masada In The Judean Desert
In the Judean Desert, Masada is a fortress at the top of a massive plateau with a spectacular view of the Dead Sea. King Herod’s Palace and the Masada Museum are some of the landmarks of the Judean Desert. This site also offers the possibility to hike and enjoy natural reserves, which host indigenous fauna and flora.
The Dead Sea is the lowest place on the planet since its surface 430.5 metres below sea level. This place offers the possibility to soak in the mud, and the waters are very rich in minerals.
Eilat and The Coral Reefs
Eilat is at the southernmost point of Israel. This resort city is atop the Red Sea peninsula, and it is close to Jordan. Its beaches and tranquil waters are well-known for the presence of dolphins. And Eilat has coral reefs, and it is a famous tourist destination for snorkelling and diving. Additionally, there is the Underwater Observatory Park, the most giant aquarium in Israel.
Ancient Roman city in Israel – Caesarea
Caesarea is one of Israel’s most impressive towns because of the Caesarea National Park. Caesarea Maritima hosts several archaeological ruins such as a large Roman amphitheatre, a temple, an aqueduct and a Crusader-era fort. The stunning panorama of the old port is unique and deserves surely a visit.
The Kinneret In Galilee
In Northern Israel, close to the border with Southern Lebanon, the Kinneret is a lake which is renowned as the Sea of Galilee. The Galilee is full of natural springs, wildlife reserves, hiking paths, flawless parks and beaches. In this untamed nature, historical sites don’t miss. Indeed, the city of Tiberias is the house of many unique places, such as the Old City, rich in Christian and Jewish pilgrimage sites. The marina of Tiberias and the market and the beaches are fun and lovely places.
In the northernmost part of Israel, the Golan Heights show their magnificence with Mount Hermon, the highest point in Israel. In the winter, it is the favourite destination for ski and mountain lovers. It is lovely to have long walks in the summer and hike the several wildlife reserves of this stunning region of Israel. Moreover, the breathtaking panorama of the Galilee and Golan is the setting for this beautiful place.
From North to South, Israel is full of enchanting places with historical buildings and wild nature. Although it is not enough, only one trip to visit Israel, this blog post summarises the main list of landmarks to visit.