Did you know that Israel had a record 4.5 Million plus visitors in 2019 and that they are expecting almost 5 Million this year…
The best part is that the number of people visiting Israel over the past several years has increased dramatically. That is truly amazing in spite of the negative press often associated with the Holy Land. It means, I suppose, that people see Israel for what is really is; A magical place with an endless choice of things to see and do.
Here is a short list of my 10 favorites and “must see’ places on. your next visit. Some of these may not be the mainstream choices promoted by tour companies but if you are really interested in some of my “local secrets”, then please don’t miss these…
Ein Bokek Dead Sea
Ein Bokek Israel – Situated between the majestic mountains of the Judean desert and the turquoise waters of the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea, Ein Bokek boasts luxurious hotels and spas along with the area’s nicest free public beaches.
Caesarea National Park
Caesarea Israel is considered by many to be one of the most remarkable coastal destinations in Israel. Alongside the ancient ruins you will find upbeat cafes, authentic quaint restaurants, and white sandy beaches with crystal blue clear waters.
In July 2008, the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and Akko were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, in recognition of their outstanding universal value as holy places and places of pilgrimage for the followers of the Faith.
City of David
The Recent Discoveries of the ancient city of David and Jerusalem in a day….No other place on the planet captures the minds, hearts, and spirituality like Jerusalem; Period…
Snorkeling in Eilat
If you like turquoise clear waters, spectacular undisturbed coral reefs, hiking in magnificent desert scenery, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their own natural habitat, then read on…..
Mizpe Ramon, located south of Beersheba and Sde Boker, historically was just a stopping point when traveling into and out of the Negev Desert. However, today the crater and surrounding area form the largest National park in Israel called the Ramon Nature reserve. The area remains a perfect stop off and northern gateway to the Negev, but now with the recent expansion of the visitor center and the many things to see and do in and around the crater; it has become a destination in and of itself.
Masada National Park
Masada National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is considered one of the most amazing historical and archaeological sites in the world and is a must see for anyone visiting Israel and the Dead Sea area.
Tel Aviv Port
If you are interested in a great way to see the Tel Aviv coastline on a brand new promenade that stretches from the North of Tel Aviv by Dov airport all the way to Jaffa port, then this is the perfect one day trip for you!
Best of all, you can do it all from the seat of a bike. A nice leisurely ride (very flat) with fantastic views of the wonderful Tel Aviv beaches and Mediterranean coastline with new hotels, and a multitude of great bars and restaurants along the way.
The scenery is amazing!
With over 300 wineries and microbreweries in Israel and over $200 Million in sales, wine in Israel is serious business. Just a visit to your local market in the States or other locations worldwide and I am sure you will discover fine wine from Israel on the shelf.