Tourism In Israel
Tourism in Israel is one of the primary income of the national economy. More than 3 million tourists arrive every year due to the several attractions present in this young but extraordinary country. Moreover, Israel has the highest number of museums per capita, globally. In Israel, it’s possible to visit archaeological sites, beach resorts, national parks and reserves. Most tourists come from the United States, Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Canada, the Netherlands and Spain.
The Most Visited Cities of Israel
The most visited cities are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Safed, Akko, Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Beersheba, Eilat, Ashkelon.
Jerusalem – The Holy City of Tourism in Israel
Every year 3.5 million tourists visit Jerusalem, which is the most touristic city in Israel. Moreover, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and one of the world’s oldest cities. It is the holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There are several touristic attractions in Jerusalem, such as the German Colony, Mea Shearim, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum. Other locations to visit are Ein Karem, Mt. Zion, Mt. Scopus. Jerusalem Old City has four quarters: the Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish Quarter. Other interesting places are the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives and Kidron Valley.
Tel Aviv is the second largest city of Israel and every year more than 2 million tourists visit this wonderful city. With its 3 million inhabitants it is a cosmopolitan, cultural and financial city. Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture area is UNESCO world heritage. National Geographic ranked Tel Aviv as one of the world’s ten best beach cities. It is called the “city that never sleeps” because of the intense nightlife.
Safed is another holy city of Israel, and it is famous mainly because of the Jerusalem Talmud and Kabbalah. The grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is close to Meron.
Akko is characterised by the Old City and its Knights Hall. The Old City of Akko, appeared about four thousand years ago, near Haifa. Now, this beautiful and quiet city provides the tourists with a fantastic chance to face the echoes of Israel’s remote past. Today, Akko is a famous city among tourists, determined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Haifa – Tiberias – Nazareth – Beersheba
Haifa lists many attractions of the tourism in Israel like the Carmel, the famous Shrine of the Báb. Its terraces and the Bahá’í World Centre with its buildings are UNESCO world heritage; besides the Stella Maris Monastery, Tel Shikmona, the Cave of Elijah and the Mahmood Mosque.
Tiberias is another holy city in Judaism; it hosts the Saint Peter’s house at Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes.
Nazareth is the “Arab capital of Israel”, and it is the location of holy places for Christianity such as the old city and the Church of the Annunciation.
In the Torah, Beersheba is the city where Abraham settled and the Negev desert’s regional capital. The Negev region contains its well-known Ramon Crater and the Nabatean Incense Route cities, Shivta, Avdat and Mamshit, UNESCO world heritage.
Eilat is the southernmost city of Israel in the Red Sea coast. It’s not only a notorious diving destination but even a hiking harbour because of the Eilat Mountains, where many wild animals like Dorcas gazelle, rock hyrax, striped hyena and Nubian ibex are part of the local fauna. Other Eilat’s attractions are camel riding, the King City and the Eilat’s Underwater Observatory Marine Park.
Ashkelon, which is between Gaza and Ashdod, has different archaeological sites such as Tel Ashkelon and the Sarcophagus Yard. Another attraction of tourism in Israel is the Ashkelon National
Famous landmarks of Tourism in Israel
The most famous landmarks are the following cities: Masada, Caesarea, Beit Shean, Beit Shearim, Biblical Tells, Nahal Me’arot caves, Negev Incense Route, Ancient Synagogues, Avshalom Cave, Mount Karkom, Tel Ashkelon, Beit Guvrin, Crusader fortresses, Sea of Galilee, Arbel, Rosh Hanikra, Makhteshim of the Negev desert, Tzippori, Timna, Nimrod Fortress, Hula Valley, Tel Dan, Ein Gedi, Keshet Cave, Nahal Ayun and Ein Avdat.
Moreover, Israel had 67 national parks and 190 nature parks, some of the hosts inside archaeological sites, like Beit Guvrin-Maresha, is a primary archaeological site in the Judean Mountains area. Others are Tzippori and Ein Gedi. The Israel National Trail is a hiking path extended all over Israel starting from Dan until Eilat with 940 km. Other trails are the Jerusalem Trail, the Jesus Trail, the Golan Trail, the Valley of Springs Trail and the Sea to sea trail. Always for nature’s lovers, there is a network of kibbutzim all over the countryside hosting tourists and Israelis who can volunteer there for a period in exchange for food and lodging.
The most important museums in Israel
The number of museums in Israel is the highest per capita in the world with a presence of more than 200 museums, among them the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Diaspora Museum and the Haifa Museum of Science and Technology. Besides the presence of hot springs such as Hamat Gader, Tiberias hot springs and the Yoav hot springs.
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