If you’re planning a trip to the Holy Land, grab your smartphone and check out our list of the best things to see and do.
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Here are some ideas on what to do in Israel, as well as some Instagram images of each:
Float in the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is perfect if you need to chill out. Just smother some of the mineral rich Dead Sea mud on and then float on your back in the warm, salty sea. Bliss. Bring along a waterproof phone (like the Sony Xperia Z3) for that perfect picture opportunity.
Haggle in the Carmel Market.
The Carmel Market in central Tel Aviv is a great day out and gives you a real taste of Israel. There are loads of clothes stalls and beautiful foods and spices on sale. Amazing colours, smells, and sounds make this an experience not to be missed.
Snorkel or scuba in the Red Sea.
Eilat is the place to go if you want to see amazing coral reefs and beautiful fish in crystal-clear water. There’s great weather practically all-year round and if you’re a bit less adventurous there’s always the impressive Underwater Observatory.
Visit the fortress of Masada.
The tale of Masada is one of Jewish heroics, where 1,000 inhabitants committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. The fortress stands proudly on a rock plateau - you can walk up the Snake Path to the top if you’re feeling adventurous, or take the cable car.
Explore the Baha’i Gardens.
The magical terraces of Baha’i in Haifa aren’t a typical tourist hotspot, but they should definitely be part of your visit to Israel. The gardens are some of the most beautiful in the world, serving as a memorial to the founders of the Baha’i Faith.
Enjoy the Tel Aviv nightlife.
Tel Aviv’s nightlife is legendary. There are beach-side bars and clubs, as well as museums, theatres, galleries, dance centres, and concert halls for a more cultured evening. The Jaffa flea market is a revamped market that has become a central part in Tel Aviv nightlife.
Marvel at the Ramon Crater.
This is the largest crater in the world. It is 40km long and 2-10km wide, almost heart shaped, and naturally carved out by water and erosion. Get an amazing view of the Ramon crater from the Mitzpeh Ramon visitor centre, and you can actually stand at the edge if you feel brave.
Wander around Genesis Land.
This great ecological resort, located in the heart of the Judean desert, gives you a real taste of life as it was in biblical times. There are lots of great workshops, like fresh pita-making and shepherding, and the hospitality is amazing.
Ride on a camel.
The Negev Camel Ranch is a working farm that cares for and raises riding camels. It offers camel tours and lodging for a unique desert experience. There are short camel tours, or there’s a 2-day safari which includes a sleeping bag and mattress for the ultimate desert sleepover.
Take in the Tower of David Museum.
This museum is located near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City. It details all major events in Jerusalem’s history, starting with the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium BC, until the city became the capital of the State of Israel.