I have been many times to this amazing country, one of the unique country where on small space is pack so many things, mountain and lakes North, desert South central area is urban area with holy city Jerusalem on East and Mediterranean sea and vibrant city Tel Aviv on West.One of countries that have a huge heritage lasting for more than 5 000 years.
On the begging lets write few facts about Israel. Situated in the Middle East on the shore of Mediterranean sea and Red Sea on south. Bordering with Lebanon and Syria on North , east with Jordan and south with Egypt . Israel has 7 million people pack on a small area, two biggest city are Jerusalem with million people and Tel Aviv with around 600 000 people. To the country you can arrive by air to one of the airport in Tel Aviv ( Ovda and international Ben Gurion) or Eilat . Lately Eilat was connect with few cities in Europe ( Budapest, Kaunas) with cheap flight with Ryan Air. Most of the tourist come to Tel Aviv first very few of them come with ferries from Greece or Cyprus.
Tel Aviv is famous for its vibrant style , busy always ( less busy just for Shabat , but bars are full then 🙂 ) one of the best club scene and night life in the world. City that never sleep and city that offer many type of entertainment. Beach are well organize with nice sand and places to sit and relax. They are pack during the spring and summer , and even during the winter over the weekend. From shopping areas like Dizzengoft center and Rotchild boulevard to old Jaffa ( Yafo) where you can enjoy in the old architecture and tipical middle east layback style of bars .North is the Tel Aviv Marina place with restaurants and area for relaxing.
From there you have a tours daily one to Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Jerusalem is spiritual center of the country, old city offer lot of history , Wall of Cry and Jesus Christ church, Mountain Olive are some of them . Under the current old city you can go to the ruins of the previous old city that was burn to ground by Greeks in the Jerusalem siege more than 2000 years ago. Market place on Jaffa street in the center of the city is one of the places that you can taste some great Hummus or Fallafel 🙂
Not far from Jerusalem is the Dead sea, place which is full with salt and you can not drawn. Also place that is very healthy with all this mud and algy products good for your skin. Many people go there to enjoy in those kind of things.
If you continue further South you will get into the Negev Desert and amazing Masada. Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 20 kilometres east of Arad.
In the far south on the coast of the Red Sea is one of the most famous resort cities – Eilat. Warm weather all year around and amazing Red Sea offer great conditions for diving and snorkeling which is the main things here. Also you can swim with the dolphins and to enjoy in the sun.Season here is from May- September off season is cheaper and less crowded so depend what you looking for .
From Eilat to North is one hiking trail called Israel National hiking trail long more than 1000 km stretching all over the country is great for those who enjoy in the hike passing through desert, cities and mountains.
On the north side of the country is Haifa biggest port of Israel and place where you can see interesting things like Bahai Hardens .With over half a million visitors a year, the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and ‘Akko are among the most popular sites in the Middle East. Their unique design, combining geometrical shapes and exquisite detailing with loving conservation of natural and historic landscape features, leaves an indelible impression on visitors. Many return again and again to experience the changing seasons and relive the serene tranquility and uplifting spirit of these special places.
If you are North than you must see Galilee Sea and Kinerat , with amazing city of Tiberius . There you can enjoy in the hike and relax in the mountain lounge and get some fresh mountain air.
Israel is great to be visit all year around . Best is maybe period from March to May and from September to November when weather is not so hot like summer and not chilly like in winter 🙂