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Israel, the only Jewish country in the world has its capital city in the city of Jerusalem. Israel is a year-round vacation destination, the peak travel time is the seasons of spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) when temperatures are pleasantly mild throughout the country. Israel experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, mostly warm and cloudless throughout the year with lengthy hot summers and cool, rainy winters. Israel's dynamic and diverse culture is deeply rooted in the Jewish religion. Ethnic groups in Israel are split between the Jews, Arabs and other minorities while the Israeli people practice majorly the religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity and Druzism. There are a variety of amazingly delicious foods available in Israel like Falafel, Hummus, Shawarma, Jachnun and Shakshooka. Hebrew is the official language in Israel but you will hear most of locals speaking Arabic, Russian, Yiddish, French or English.
Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), is the country’s main international airport, with 15 million annual passengers and a more convenient means of exploring the country. You can get around the cities using shared taxis, car rentals, boats, trains, buses, motorcycles, taxis and bikes. There is generally a low crime rate in Israel, however it is advised to the high risk regions of West Bank and Gaza. The safest areas to visit is Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah.
Home to delicious food, mesmerising attractions and plenty of cultural experiences, Israel is a destination that would definitely delight travellers from across the globe. Some of the fascinating festivals to see while you are in Israel include: the Doof Festival, Menashe Forest Festival, which is a 3-day live performances from over 80 top Israeli bands across all genres, the Zobra Festival (the largest hippy festival in Israel), Meteor Festival and Jerusalem International Film Festival.
If you are ever in Israel, there are amazing places of interest and attractions which offers visitors a great variety of experiences like. Here are must-see places to explore while in Israel which will give you a glimpse into the country’s beauty.
Sea of Galilee which is the largest freshwater lake in Israel. Visitors can have a relaxing time at the lake, have fun building rafts, or practice various water activities.
The Old City of Jerusalem, home to sites of key religious significance, like the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. You can browse the stalls in the narrow streets of the Old City bazaar, and visit the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.
The mountain fortress of Masada was where 1000 Jewish inhabitants committed mass suicide rather than surrender to their Roman enemies. You can take a walk up the Snake Path to the top of Masada if you’re feeling adventurous, otherwise take the cable car or try walking the Roman ramp from the Western side.
The Israel Museum and it's largest cultural and archaeological institution, showing thousands of ancient artifacts, pieces of artwork, and Judaic history.
The Dead Sea which is the lowest point on earth and one of the world's most wacky natural wonders. The Dead Sea is the mineral-rich and overly salty sea where no one can sink. You can take a float, while you are there - you can't really sink.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Israel so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Tel Aviv.
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For Israelis looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Visa to those countries, Embassies in Israel and Visa Free Countries for Israeli passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Israel
Do you need a visa to Israel?
US, Australian, European, Canadian visitors may stay in Israel up to 90 days within any six month period without a visa.
What currency is used in Israel?
New Israel Shekel is the official currency of Israel. Sometimes in the shops, vendors try to pass off the old version of the Shekel, particularly in the denomination of 500 and 1000. Be vigilant as these notes have no value. On the genuine banknotes, you can find a sign “New Shekel”.
What to wear while in Israel?
During these spring and autumn months pack clothes that you can wear in layers, so that whether sunny skies or cool weather you will always be prepared.
Is the tap water safe to drink in Israel?
The tap water is safe and drinkable in Israel, except at The Dead Sea. Some of the luxury hotels here, have special taps on each floor that you must go to for drinking water. Although Israeli water is safe, the presence of various minerals in the water may make you a bit queasy. Carrying a bottled water is essential too.
Is it safe for solo female travellers?
Israel is perfectly safe for solo female travellers and typical crime rates (like muggings or drunken violence) are relatively low in Israel.
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