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What to see in Israel

Israel Attractions


As the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Israel is densely packed with enough religious and historical attractions and experiences to last a lifetime.

For lovers of sun, sand and sea, head to the renowned Red Sea and enjoy floating in its crystalline turquoise waters; or for a rejuvenating experience, visit one of the many Dead Sea spa resorts and while you're in the area, head to Israel's popular tourist destination of Masada, located in the Judean Desert.

Some of the country's most fascinating attractions include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Citadel of David. Bethlehem is worth a visit, as is Nazareth - two of the most important Christian holy sites where Jesus was born and spent most of his life - while Yad VaShem is a moving and interesting memorial to the Holocaust, providing a multifaceted tribute to the millions of Jews who died during World War II.

The best time of year to visit is during the spring (March/April) and autumn months (September/October), when the weather is cooler and more tolerable for tourists. Since travelling distances are not great in Israel, it's often almost quicker to drive to some places than to catch a plane. There are good public transport systems in place in the major cities. The best way to experience Israel is to hire a car and take a relaxed approach to seeing the country and exploring all the religious and historical sites it has to offer.


Beit She'an National Park

Beit She'an was established in the 5th century BC. Its strategic location brought with it many skirmishes in an effort…

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Bethlehem

Bethlehem is just six miles (10km) south of Jerusalem, and is a major tourist attraction for pilgrims and visitors alike.…

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Caesarea

The ancient port-city of Caesarea was established 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great as a tribute to the Roman Emperor,…

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem - the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial…

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Citadel or Tower of David

The Citadel was constructed in the 1st century BC as a fortress for King Herod, and has since served as a strategic defense…

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Eretz Israel Museum (The Land of Israel Museum)

The Eretz Israel Museum has a unique layout and character, more in the nature of a museum park clustered around the ancient…

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Masada

Situated in the Judean Desert and overlooking the Dead Sea, is one of Israel's most popular and remarkable tourist attractions…

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Nazareth

Nazareth is one of the most important Christian holy sites, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. It was here…

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The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea and its immediate environment is a landscape abundant with natural wonders. Most notable of these is the…

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Yad VaShem

This vital memorial to the Holocaust provides a multifaceted tribute to the millions of Jews who died during World War…

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