If you are planning a trip to Israel perhaps through the EL AL Airlines for the first time, chances are you are really excited. It is also possible you have heard a lot about the natural wonders, pulsating towns and cities, museums, beaches, holy sites, wineries and other awesome antiquities. There are lots of iconic places worth setting your foot on around Israel and knowing where you need to be for the first time over the short period of time you’ll be there can be stressful. To sort you out, here are the best places a first time visitor need not miss before taking a flight back home.
Wailing Wall/ Kotel
Inside Jerusalem’s Old City is the Kotel, mostly referred to as the Wailing Wall where the remnant of the wall that in days past, ran around Temple Mount during the era of Herod the King. It is arguably the most crucial Jewish site anywhere in the world with the custom that has always been practiced to stick handwritten prayers within the Kotel stones. Close to the Kotel Plaza you will find excavations of the Southern Wall and Kotel Tunnels.
Towards the Judean Desert eastern side is Masada, spread along a mountaintop and an ancient fortress that goes back to the days of Herod. The fortress tells the tragic story of the last stand of Jewish rebels who were hiding from the ranging Romans over 2,000 years back. It is a major Israel tourist attraction with amazing mountaintop views.
This is arguably the most cosmopolitan Israel seaside city with very appealing and attractive upscale shopping, nightlife, restaurants, cafes, boutiques and hotels. It is also Israel’s high-tech capital.
Considered the lowest place in the world, Dead Sea is a hyper salty water mass whose mineral rich salty water has made it famous, especially because anyone can float on it. Around the Dead Sea region are lots of attractions such as Qumran, Masada, very unique Bedouin hospitality, Ein Bokek, Ein Gedi waterfalls oasis, cosmetic factory of Ahava and lots of opportunities for those interested in adrenalin charged wilderness sports such as camel rides, mountain climbing, rappelling and jeep rides.
This place is located at the heart of Haifa and at the top part any visitor to the area can easily gaze at gorgeous gravelled paths, hedges and vibrant flowers and grounds that are well cared for, all built on cascading 19 terraces that run down Mount Carmel’s northern slope into the Mediterranean.
Holocaust might be decades past but this world center that commemorates this sad day in human history was created in 1953 and a place that any foreign dignitary who has visited Israel makes a stopover. At the Holocaust History Museum, the sad Holocaust story is presented in photographic crispness and staggering thoroughness and the evil that sometimes men are capable of will hit you hard like a hot rock upon your bare back.
Sea of Galilee
Lake Kinneret also known as the Sea of Galilee as much as it is a lake and not a sea is a huge freshwater lake and water mass very special to Christians, particularly because it features prominently in the journeys of Jesus Christ. Tiberias is the lake’s waterfront city where global and domestic tourists in their millions flock every year.