Israel is a truly extraordinary country with so many attractions to discover from mystical seas to important religious cities as well as so many beautiful nature reserves.
There is a certain special dimension to the country that is almost indescribable but the only way to fully understand it is to go and discover the place for yourself. If you do make it over, here are the best and most beautiful places to visit in Israel…
1. Jerusalem – the most popular place to visit in Israel
First things first- dive into Jerusalem, head first. Explore every nook and cranny. Around every corner and down every lane is a piece of history or culture that needs to be absorbed into your consciousness.
Whether it is stepping into the sweltering heat of a basement bakery watching a Master Baker whip up some pitta bread or watching a local trader prepare the traditional shawarma for the busy lunch trade.
Not to mention the multitude of religious sites that dot the city: The Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the City of David or the stunning Museum of Israel.
2. The Sea of Galilee – easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Israel
Along the banks of this famous lake is an architecturally outstanding church which, is built on stilts over the site of St. Peter’s house. The Sea of Galilee itself is a haven of tranquillity and calm.
Visitors can walk to the shoreline (though swimming is extremely dangerous and forbidden), sitting by the lapping lake water allows exhausted travellers to spend some quiet moments in contemplation.
Various ruins are exhibited nearby which, document the colourful history of the region’s past. An extremely friendly coffee vendor on the site makes the most delicious coffee which, allows you to thoroughly savour the magnitude of the moment.
3. Capernaum – a fantastic place to explore in Israel
Wednesday is fish day in this ancient fishing village along the banks of the Sea of Galilee and every part of it is loaded with charm.
Ideally located along the banks of the lake and in the shade of the nearby Mount of Beatitudes it is the reputed to be the place where Jesus began his ministry but now, it is the perfect place to have a snack after contemplation at the lake or an appetite-inducing hike along the hillside path from Mount of Beatitudes.
The best restaurants serve the famous St. Peter fish (of loaves and fishes fame) so make sure you check the menu before going in! Hint: eat it plainly with just lemon and salt as a garnish. Delish!
4. Hamat Gader Park – one of the best places to visit in Israel
This unique park has been a health resort since ancient times, and now modern thermos-mineral pools sit alongside excavated Roman baths.
It’s a very interesting place to visit in Israel and here you can spend an afternoon exploring the vast park -complete with wandering peacocks – marvelling at the beauty of the Roman ruins and hiking along some of the woodland paths.
From some of the heights you have views of Syria, Lebanon and back into Israel which, is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all that exertion, relax and unwind in the thermal spring pools. There are different pools depending on your needs and an area for children to play with slides.
5. Tel Dan Nature Reserve
Tel Dan combines stunning natural beauty with archaeological interest, first comes the hike.
There are three different routes, but by taking the mountain route you can experience stunning views over the Israeli landscape with the glittering sea of Galilee at your back and the Golan Heights surrounding you, this is a view to blow your socks off.
However, it is not for the faint-hearted as the way down is tricky via ferrata but there are other options that are easier on the nerves but just as stunning. When you finish your walk, feel free to cool off in the river Jordan which, snakes through the park.
6. Majrase Nature Reserve
After taking a drive through the Judean desert, you will be amazed to come across the oasis that is Majrase and here you can experience a water hike. This is basically a hike through a delta of the Jordan River and is a totally unique experience that cannot be missed.
As you stroll through the icy water with the sun beating down and under the canopy of exotic foliage, it is impossible not to feel like an extra from an Indiana Jones movie!
There is something utterly calming about this hike as you completely disconnect from the world and just assimilate with the sights and sounds of nature.
7. Akko – a stunning port city in northwest Israel
Acre is an absolutely stunning coastal town and another very interesting place to visit in Israel. With a history firmly lodged in Ottoman and Crusader periods and the town’s architecture reflects a diverse past.
A stroll through the ancient bazaar is a feast for all the senses- the distinct smell of cardamom cements it as the signature scent of the country.
Everything about Acre leaves you in awe, it is almost like stepping back in time with history and quirks oozing from every corner.
The seaport is a designated UNESCO site and overlooking it is the famous Uri Buri restaurant which, offers the most amazing dishes but if you’re not feeling dinner, down the street is his ice-cream parlour with a vast array of flavours. Pick the rose flavour- you won’t regret it!
Haifa is not only Israel’s third-largest city but it is also one of its prettiest and is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East. Everything about the city is stunning, from the majestic Mt Carmel to the breathtaking Baha’i Gardens.
However, you don’t need to spend your time here hoofing between tourist sites to fully appreciate the beauty of the city, everywhere you look there are beautiful and interesting landscapes, many from the late Ottoman and Bauhaus periods.
You can take in the views from the aerial cable car or stroll along the streets, the city is as diverse as the buildings within it.
9. The Dead Sea
Descending to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem through the Judean desert is an experience in itself but as you cross the landscape, it’s easy to understand why the Dead Sea is such a cherished location in Israel.
As the lowest place on Earth, it acted as a refuge for leaders and communities throughout history and is littered with archaeological remains to attest to that fact.
The healing properties of the Dead Sea is well documented but if you’ve had your fill of floating and mud baths, take a cable car up to Masada, the site of King Herod’s mountaintop palace for a slice of history or spend an adventurous day in the desert.
10. Tel Aviv- Old Jaffa
When you get to Tel Aviv, head straight for Old Jaffa as it is the epitome of East meets West as the influences of the east collide with the Mediterranean.
Firstly, stroll through the narrow streets of the oldest neighbourhood in Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek and then amble through the flea market where any number of bargains can be yours for a few shekels and some haggling. Hint: look for copper coffee pots, tea glasses, and hand-painted tiles.
Exploring more of Tel Aviv will reveal a city devoted to industry, architecture, design, and style. Brutalist towers nestle against colonial-esque buildings while modern hotels complete with infinity pools and roof gardens jostle for attention along the beach.
After dark, Tel Aviv will blow your socks off with an explosive nightlife with a variety of upmarket wine and cocktail bars and restaurants with every dish under the sun available. It is impossible not to feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.
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With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a small coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat, Cambodia as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights.
28 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Israel”
Never knew Israel had some much to offer to its visitors! Very interesting post, thank you for sharing!
There’s so much to do here, that I haven’t even gotten around to mentioning. Definitely worth a visit!
I remember a lot of these places from Sunday School as a child!;-) Beautiful, what an amazing trip!!
Time to see them in the flesh Jess!
Looks like a really interesting country, we’d love to visit one day. Great photos!
I’ve never been to Israel but I would love to visit Haifa and the Dead Sea. Thanks for sharing!
Suze, it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a place like no other 🙂
It does look like a really fascinating place, I would love to visit one day! The dead sea looks especially intriguing!
It is so amazing, Emma. There is so much history and culture, definitely more than can be absorbed in one trip!
Great list Emma, I loved Israel such a unique place!
I know Scott. I loved it…definitely have to see Tel Aviv again!
It certainly does look like a very intriguing country, great list!
So much to see and do here Rav. Stay tuned for most posts about this amazing place 🙂
Some great off the beaten track destinations here. I had heard that the hiking was really good in Israel and the national parks look great.
Linzi, the hiking was great- and I am no hiker but the landscape and views are stunning!
Such a beautiful country, I definitely want to visit all these spots.
Middle east is one of the regions ranks lower in wish list of many adventurers. Perhaps there is more to see rather than to do
Naeem, there is plenty to both see and do- it entirely depends on your desires as a traveller. Israel has something to offer all travellers.
Those two natural preserves look beautiful. I always wanted to go bath in the dead sea and it’s on my bucket list. Cool article. 🙂
These two parks were fabulous- we got up close and personal with some unusual wildlife and it was definitely something unusual for a holiday!
Great article, but there are more than just 10 intriguing places to see in Israel. I invite all readers to come visit!
Ellis, I completely agree, it was hard to even make this list!
Any ideal to how to apply visa to go in to Israel for tour cause our country doesn’t approve our entry.