Israel is a very underrated backpacking destination. Tel Aviv is one of the best cities for partying and soaking up some sun on sandy beaches, that I have ever been to, and Jerusalem is without peer when it comes to history and culture. Next you have the green and hilly Golan Heights area up in the north and the crater scarred deserts of Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev in the south. Finally there is the incomparable Dead Sea to the east. Any country with this much variation is quite amazing. All of this in a country the same size as Wales. Incredible.
The Old City of Jerusalem has a history that stretches back more than 3,000 years. At the crossroad of three continents, Jerusalem is one of the most fought over cities in human history. You do not need to be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or even religious, to feel overwhelmed here [...]
Haifa is the third-largest city in the Israel and is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination for Bahá'í pilgrims. The Bahá'í Gardens, located in the heart of Haifa, comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel [...]
Makhtesh Ramon is a geological feature of Israel's Negev desert. The landform is not actually an impact crater, nor a volcanic crater, but rather formed by water erosion. The crater is 40 km long, 2–10 km wide and 500 meters deep, and is shaped like an elongated heart [...]
Nazareth is best known as the home of Joseph and Mary and hence also Jesus. As the place where Jesus may have lived most of his life, Nazareth has for two thousand years been closely identified with Christianity and has attracted hundreds of millions of pilgrims from around the world. [...]
Tel Aviv is the city in Israel with the largest metropolitan area. Tel Aviv is the economic center of modern Israel and is less religious and more secular than Jerusalem. Tel Aviv, while not the capital, is Israel’s modern epicentre, culturally, economically, and especially socially. [...]