Must visit destinations in Israel
- Posted on June 27, 2016
- in Destinations, Health & Wellness, SpaDreams for Wellness Travel, Uncategorized
- by SpaDreams-Editor
With its biblical and historical sights and scenic countryside, Israel is full of tourist destinations. Many of them are spread far apart, and are well-suited for a round trip. Whether you’re looking to explore Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the river Jordan or the Dead Sea: Israel has much to offer.
Jerusalem and the surrounding area
There many places in and around Jerusalem with great biblical and historical significance. Temple Mount in the centre of the old town is a holy place for both Jews and Muslims. Here is the site of King Herod’s temple and the Western Wall which is now a sacred place for today’s Jews. Strong security checks ensure that no unauthorized person can approach the site. Tourists can visit the Western Wall once they have gone through security. The Dome of the Rock located on the Temple Mount – built 700 years later on the ruins of the temple, it is one of the most significant sacred sites of Islam. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in which the Tomb of Jesus is located and the nearby crucifixion hill of Golgotha are all Christian pilgrimage sites. For all three religions, Jerusalem represents a central point which, in addition to the above, holds many more places to visit.
Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee
Not far from Jerusalem is Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Here, according to tradition, is where Jesus Christ was born in a stable: for Christians the Church of the Nativity of Christ is a sacred place. Around the areas of the city controlled by Palestinian Authorities you’ll find many more sites with biblical roots around the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is the largest lake in Israel and, at 212 meters below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Around the lake there are many sights to discover, such as the Mount of Beatitudes on the lakeshore, upon which Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, according to biblical tradition.
The Dead Sea
To the south of the Sea of Galilee the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea. Its high salinity makes this inland lake with no outflow channel a popular tourist destination. Due to the high salt content of up to 33 percent the body simply floats on the surface of the water. The salts have a healing effect on numerous skin conditions, and many health spas on the bank of the Dead Sea harness this healing strength. As the salty inland lake lies 420 meters below sea level – making it deeper than the Sea of Galilee – the air here has a significantly higher oxygen level. Not far from the Dead Sea are the Qumran Caves, where the oldest biblical manuscripts were discovered. The city of Jericho which lies nearby is also worth a trip: it was here, according to the Bible, that the city walls fell after the trumpets sounded.
Long beaches with fine sand are to be found in Tel Aviv. The young city in Israel will entice you with its busy nightlife and is full of sights worth visiting. Markets and shopping precincts offer extended tours. In Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem memorial is one of the most visited places in Israel. Here all of the events experienced by Jews under National Socialism are documented in chronological order. In the exhibitions’s underground rooms there are tributes to both Jewish victims and rescuers. One of the exhibition rooms is the Hall of Names, where the names and dates of all Jewish victims are listed.