Israel is a country that has a strong spiritual significance and draws tourists from around the world. Whether a future visit is a pilgrimage or just a chance to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer, there’s plenty to do and see here. Set against a landscape that’s quite unlike any other, with a history that can be found nowhere else in the world, exploring Israel is very much an adventure. In fact, there are many impressive locations in the Middle East that could be added to any wanderlust-fueled traveler’s book.
From beautiful cities to stunning beaches, it’s can be a challenge for a traveler to figure out what to visit first. Luckily, the answer to that is right here – these are the most beautiful locations to add to any Israel itinerary.
In the northern region of Israel lies Akko, which has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001 one. This smaller city is easily walkable and right on the coastline, making it easy to gaze out over the water and take in the views. It’s also surrounded by history since both the Crusaders and the Ottomans once inhabited these lands. Akko is also home to small markets and restaurants cooking up local fare, including fresh seafood.
Sea Of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is the biggest freshwater lake in the country and also offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Israelis call this lake Kinneret, and that’s likely what travelers will need to ask for if they decide to visit.
The serene nature of this lake lends itself to a variety of activities for visitors, including water sports or just taking some time to relax seaside. Tiberias is not far from the lake and could be an extra stop for those wanting to explore more of Israel.
For those who love mountains, Golan Heights is definitely the place to visit. Located in northern Israel, the views give way to cities below as well as various nature parks.
It’s one of the most beautiful vistas in the country and filled with plenty of activities, for adult groups as well as families. Depending on the season, this region is perfect for hikers as well as skiers. Many trails offer varying levels of difficulty, from easy walks to moderate treks.
Jerusalem is probably the biggest reason why so many travel to Israel and no trip is truly complete without a pilgrimage here. There’s much to see here but there’s also much to learn, and it’s easy enough to plan an entire day in this one city alone.
Visiting Jerusalem is similar to stepping back in time, as everything has been protected and preserved for both cultural and spiritual reasons. Much of the country’s religious history can be found here and it’s both breathtaking and humbling to see it all in person.
The Dead Sea is also the lowest point on the planet but spectacular in its beauty. Travelers will find that they float effortlessly in these waters, which contain such high levels of salt that weight is nearly nonexistent on these shores.
It’s a sight that should not be missed and while visitors are there, it can’t hurt to try some Dead Sea mud – said to have healing powers due to its rich composition of minerals.
Masada and Ein Gedi are not far from the Dead Sea and are two additional stops to make to further the learning and appreciation for Israel’s history and spiritual significance, as well as to take in the views from another angle.
Written By -KATIE MACHADO, Source – thetravel.com.