Places to Visit in Israel in the Spring
Israel offers so much more than incredible old ruins and a host of biblical sites. Consider venturing off the beaten path to swim in the Dead Sea, take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee or enjoy Tel Aviv’s stunning beaches. With so many exciting places to visit it’s hard to know where to begin.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Israel, especially in the spring.
No question, Jerusalem is the magnet that attracts visitors to Israel. Israel’s capital city is one of the oldest in the world. With a history spanning thousands of years, it’s comprised of unique neighborhoods, each possessing its own distinctive religious and ethnic makeup. It’s also home to three of the world’s biggest religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The Western Wall (better known as the Wailing Wall) attracts thousands of visitors daily. They come to pray andwrite notes to God and place them between the stones because they believe God’s presence resides there. Jerusalem also is home to The Holy Sepulcher, considered to be one of the holiest places in Christian religion, the Dome of the Rock and the Gardens of Gethsemane.
One hour away from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv couldn’t be more different. While Jerusalem symbolizes Israel’s heritage, Tel Aviv is the country’s most modern city. It’s also the most secular. Tel Aviv offers an active and exciting nightlife, a golden stretch of beach along the Mediterranean Coast, glitzy shopping malls, an open and relaxed atmosphere, quality dining and some of the world’s best falafel. The city also is a global hotspot for technology companies, has numerous museums, a Camel Market and an Artisan Quarter.
Bethlehem is south of Jerusalem in the Palestine Territory. Christians believe it’s the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth and inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The main points of interest include Rachel’s Tomb (considered the third holiest site in Judaism), Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, where you can see the Star of David etched into the floor. It’s reported to be the oldest church in the world and the site of Jesus’ birth.
The Dead Sea
Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, this intensely beautiful body of water is the lowest point on earth (1,300 feet below sea level). Surrounded by mountains and hilly, arid terrain, its incredibly high mineral and salt content make it a natural wonder. The water is roughly ten times saltier than ocean water and is valued for its therapeutic effects. The Dead Sea’s uncommonly warm, buoyant waters have been attracting visitors for centuries and its vibrant turquoise waters and rugged backdrops enhance its appeal. The Dead Sea area also is known to Bible readers as the location of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is a must-do on any trip to Israel. Here you can float like a cork and pamper yourself with a mud mask.
Sea of Galilee
Also known as Lake Kinneret, Lake Tiberias and the Sea of Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee is located near the Golan Heights. Nearly 700 feet below sea level, it’s roughly 13 miles long, 8 miles wide and 140 feet deep. The surrounding areas contain many locations mentioned in the New Testament. Most are considered pilgrimage locations by devout Christians who are interested in the life of Jesus.
The third-largest city in Israel links back to Biblical times. Today, it’s a working port and an educational and technology center. Haifa’s picturesque Baha’I Gardens is a tourist favorite. This World Heritage site also has spectacular views of the city and its port.
Caesarea Harbor National Park
The Caesarea Harbor is the perfect day tour. Historical sites, art galleries, restaurants and beaches all rolled into one location. Walking through the Old Caesarea ruins makes you feel like you’re taking a trip back to the days of the Roman Province.
Ramon Crater, Negev Desert
The Ramon Crater is another natural phenomenon worth experiencing. This geological landform is unique to Israel’s Negev desert. The crater and surrounding area make up Israel’s largest national park.
Located at the southern-most tip of the country, this seaside resort is a convenient vacation spot. It attracts thousands of international sun-seekers during the mild winter months. Whether you like to relax and suntan, or choose from activities, such as water sports, snorkeling, diving, or swimming with dolphins, Eilat is devoted to fun in the sun.