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Where Israeli chefs eat
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Where Israeli chefs eat

Ever wonder where chefs really eat? We did! When you are locked up in the kitchen all day – cooking, boiling, frying, roasting, baking, and tasting – who has the strength or the will to eat out? You know that old joke about gynecologists...well, apparently chefs love to eat out and as much as possible. We distributed a questionnaire to 49 of the top Israeli chefs, asking them what local restaurant they like to frequent, what local food they love, the best street food in their opinion, and their favorite luxury restaurant, out-of-town eatery, and restaurant to visit when abroad. The answers are in, so all that is left for us to do is wish you all Bon Appetite. If you want a sneak peek at the answers right now right here, we've got the names if the 11 restaurants the chefs like most. 

HaKerem happenings: cool bars and restaurants in and around the Carmel Market
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HaKerem happenings: cool bars and restaurants in and around the Carmel Market

By day, the Carmel Market, one of the best markets in Israel, is a carnival scene: a clash of curious tourists taking their sweet time and impatient locals just trying to buy dinner. As fish guts and fruit peels are thrown into the main street and water washes away a long day’s work, the shuk becomes void of all shoppers and signs of human existence. Nightfall is when the magic happens. Nestled down the alleyways off the market are some of the best restaurants and hidden bars in Tel Aviv. We’re sharing our city’s well-kept secrets and recently discovered hipster hotspots (that are not in Florentine!) because they’re too cool to pass up, espacially The Space on a Tuesday, when the bar is transformed into an Israel jazz lover's dream. Bring some friends to Carmel Street, but just remember, the more on the down-low you keep these establishments, the less crowded they’ll stay.

Indie Israeli fashion designers on the come up
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Indie Israeli fashion designers on the come up

Local Israeli designers are no strangers to innovation, fresh concepts and marrying unexpected colors, cuts and styles - and that's what makes shopping in Tel Aviv so eclectic. These burgeoning designers have already made names for themselves on the indie fashion circuit, and some even sell internationally to select boutiques. But it is just a matter of time before they all break out in a big way. From gender-fluid designs in eye-popping colors to subdued silhouettes harkening back to Israel's vintage past, here are the under-the-radar Israeli fashion designers to shop now.

The best bars in Tel Aviv with outdoor patios
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The best bars in Tel Aviv with outdoor patios

Tel Avivians wait anxiously all winter long for those suffocating plastic patio covers to come down and the fresh White City air to flow in. With the sun shining bright and the rain out of the picture, there is nothing more satisfying than soaking up some rays while drinking the day away on a patio. Watch the people walk by on Rothschild Boulevard, experience front row seats to the new kikar Dizengoff in the making, hipster it up happy hour style around the Great Synagogue, or sip veuve clicquot at Neve Tzedek’s Parisian-packed Israeli wine bars. There’s no going wrong with our list of the best bars in Tel Aviv with outdoor patios.

22 things that will definitely happen to you when you move to Israel
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22 things that will definitely happen to you when you move to Israel

That first year as a transplant is chock-full of surprises, but these 22 'life events' are a given – for better or for worse.   1. You will walk a significant amount more than before.   2. You will ride a bike. You won't own a helmet. 3. If you live in Tel Mond, Ramat HaSharon, or Ramat Gan, you will make friends in the city center so you have somewhere to crash after a night out in Tel Aviv. 4. You will get: a) an impulsive tattoo b) tragus piercing c) radical haircut d) all of the above   5. You will rewatch "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" and actually laugh this time. via GIPHY 6. You will have no idea what month it is for about a year, until you get used to the region’s subtle seasons...you will therefore get sunburnt in January. 7. You will fall victim to the dirty Shuk water that drips from the awnings down your back. 8. Your driver's license will expire AND you will forget how to drive a car. via GIPHY 9. Also, you will discover that while easy for some, parallel parking is NOT a walk in the park for everyone (particularly Israelis). 10. You will decide to sign up for a half marathon after a few jogs along the beach... 11. You will attempt to run that half marathon... 12. You will fail on the first try. 13. You will learn to barter with every salesperson, even the retail manager at Castro. 14. You will learn to sport a jacket in sweater weather, sweater in T-shirt weat

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Start it up! Israeli innovators shaking up the tech world
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Start it up! Israeli innovators shaking up the tech world

Storedot Storedot’s revolutionary technology will fully charge smartphones in five minutes using proprietary amino acids instead of the lithium components in traditional batteries. Also in the works: technology that charges car batteries in five minutes and phone charging cases with battery packs set to launch this year.    Mobileye Mobileye was recently acquired by Intel for a whopping $15 billion dollars making it the largest deal ever made in Israeli high-tech. The company is working on developing semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles. As in, cars capable of sensing their environments and navigating without a human driver.      SCIO The world’s first portable molecular sensor enables you to scan fruit and find out not only if it’s organic, but all its nutritional info (and even be sure you’re buying the sweetest watermelon!) Scan your pill to make sure it’s what it claims to be or even your skin to check for dehydration.  $299 (consumerphysics.com)   The Kitchen When Strauss company won a bid from the Israeli government to develop the first food tech incubator in the county, The Kitchen was born, giving way to a hotbed of fresh ideas. Current food-tech startups range from Flying Spark, a company making insect protein from fruit flies, to BactuSense, a rapid bacteria detection.    Zebra Medical Vision This digital healthcare startup claims it has developed an algorithm with the potential to improve breast cancer detection better than radiologists usi

Retracing her roots: an interview with AvevA, Ethiopian-Israeli singer
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Retracing her roots: an interview with AvevA, Ethiopian-Israeli singer

While Israel has a huge pool of musical talent, once in a while, a truly unique voice comes along that needs to be heard by everyone. Ethio-Israeli singer-songwriter AvevA Dese is that voice. She brings her own cultural flare to the table with her "Afro-Soul" style: a mix of powerful texts (in both English and Amharic) and traditional Ethiopian sounds.   Back from her North America tour, we sat down to ask AvevA a few questions.   How old were you when you first started singing & songwriting? I’ve loved singing since I can remember, but the writing came a little after, around the age of 14.The first time I sang in front of people on stage was when I was 12 years old.   Do you play any other instruments? I play the guitar. It’s the instrument I use when composing my songs.   Did you always know you wanted to be a singer? Yes. I always wanted to be a singer, but I didn’t believe it could happen until today.   What genre of music did you listen to growing up? I used to listen to a lot of soul music and R&B. Those were my favorites at the time.   Is anyone else in your family musical? No one in my close family is, but my aunt and uncle both used to sing in Ethiopia.   Tell me a little about your Ethiopian roots. My parents made Aliyah during the famine of 1984, after being airlifted to Israel as a part of Operation Moses. Their journey began with a long 3-week trek all the way from Ethiopia to a refugee camp in Sudan. © Harel Dahari       Who are you

Gaffigan is coming to Tel Aviv. Are you ready?
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Gaffigan is coming to Tel Aviv. Are you ready?

Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be performing for the first time in Israel with his ‘Fully Dressed’ 2017 world tour. Who wouldn't want to listen to jokes about fattening food and a house full of Catholic children? 2016 will probably go down as one of the worst years the entertainment world has known, but on the flip side, it was an amazing year for those who make their careers out of frustration and depression - psychologists, drug dealers and, of course, comedians. Equipped with irony, sarcasm and lack of basic sensitivity, stand-up comedians have a way of making despair seem a little more comfortable. The Golden Age of stand-up did not pass over Israel with the arrival of world renowned comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK and more. As a country that really needs a break now and then, it was only a matter of time until the delicious candy that is Gaffigan would pay us a visit.   © PR       The Emmy Award-winning comedian, Grammy nominated actor, New York Times bestselling author and father of five is a different kind of talent. Gaffigan is a clean comedian, one that promises to make you feel really bad about yourself without completely destroying you. His humour about fatherhood, food and daily life comes out in 'Mr. Universe' and 'Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed', which brought him two Emmy nominations, his two best-selling books: 'Dad is fat' (2013 #5 bestseller), 'Food: a Love Story' (2014 #3 best-seller list), his guest roles in numerous series and more. Only last

The local and communal online skate magazine, Dolores, takes Israel for a ride
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The local and communal online skate magazine, Dolores, takes Israel for a ride

“One of the most important aspects of skateboarding for me, is that it’s something you don’t do alone; it’s a group activity, you need people around you to motivate you, to take care of you if you get hurt, to share tips with,” explains Itamar Kessler, pro skater and one of the founders of Israel’s online skateboarding magazine, Dolores. “Skateboarding is really like a dance or a jazz concert, everyone has to move around one another harmoniously,” he says. Contradictory to the stereotypical skateboarder often perpetuated through media and popular culture as a burnout slacker who takes big risks on the board but isn’t highly motivated in life, the truth is, once you scratch the surface of the skateboarding community, you uncover a very different, authentic perspective.    Dolores, the brainchild of Kessler and Lior Pinto, is a local skateboarding website and community that hosts skateboarding events throughout Israel, coordinates sponsorships, and promotes skate culture. Its namesake comes from Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco and it is also a play on words, as it translates to “pain” in Spanish.    © Tamir Moosh       Pinto and Kessler, childhood friends, travelled through California during a skate trip, where they came up with the concept of Dolores. In their early 20’s they developed and organized all of the Dolores activity. Over the years, they have gained a strong following and have continued to see the community grow. Many pro skaters have become interested i

10 relationship arguments you'll have at least once in Israel this summer
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10 relationship arguments you'll have at least once in Israel this summer

It's hot. You're bothered. The insatiable Middle Eastern heat has not only put a damper on your style, it has put a damper on your relationship as well. While these may not be relationship deal breakers, you're puppy love is bound to be interrupted by casual 'tiffs while braving Israel's long, drawn-out summer. Don't ditch your partner just yet. Buckle up, and take a deep breath because you're in it for the long haul. Just remember: what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.   The Clammy Palm Predicament. There's nothing more romantic than walking hand-in-hand along the beach with the Mediterranean sunset as your backdrop, right? Wrong. Trying to hold onto your partner's sweaty, moist palm is more cringe-worthy than the word 'moist' itself. What did I do to deserve this?   The 'Bussing It' Battle. One of you has had enough of the broiling heat, the other refuses to spend NIS 5.90 on a five-minute bus ride. No one will win.   The Sunscreen Squabble. One is positive they won't burn, even if it's Eilat and the sun is ten times stronger. The other insists on a coat of spray, a thick layer of SPF-50, and 30 minutes of waiting for it to soak in before leaving the hotel room.   The Ice Cream Standoff. While one partner desperately wants Anitas gelato, the other just can't will themselves to cross the line of fire...aka screaming children + stick chocolaty fingers = a white T-shirt's worst enemy.   The Florentin Fight. One of you wants to hit the tourist-packed beaches, the

Hot tickets

Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber

The Canadian teen sensation is traveling far and wide to perform in Tel Aviv this May. With the summer heat kicking in, Bieber is booked to return to the Holy Land after a six year hiatus from the Middle East scene. Awarded Artist of the Year in both 2010 and 2012, Bieber is best known for songs like "U Smile," "Baby," and "Sorry." Get your tickets fast before they sell out.

Aerosmith
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Aerosmith

Often referred to as the greatest rock band of all time, Aerosmith refuses to cash in, performing again and again. Their last concert in Tel Aviv was in 1994, also in Park HaYarkon. Steve Tyler, the man who brought us "Dream On," is bringing his nonstop talent back to the nonstop city, after 23 years, for a show stopping performance as a part of their farewell tour. Now's your last chance to catch them before tickets sell out and they retire for good.

Independence Day parties 2017: Time Out's guide to parties in Tel Aviv
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Independence Day parties 2017: Time Out's guide to parties in Tel Aviv

There's no better way to commemorate Israel's Independence than with a good old fashion party. Whether you hit up one of Tel Aviv's free, unstoppable street parties or spend some shek on a DJ-spun celebration on one of the best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv, you're bound to have a great time all night long. With our ongoing roundup of Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) parties, you'll be dancing your way to the nearest breakfast joint.

A-Wa
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A-Wa

From the first time A-Wa hit the stage a year ago, the three Yemenite girls have been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows and making people dance. From hipsters to families, from festivals to clubs, young and old, Polish, French, Israeli and all over, their grooves are contagious. If you missed them last month in Jerusalem, now’s your chance to catch them for a special performance at Tel Aviv's premier concert venue – Barby.

Eating and drinking in Israel

10 spots at Carmel Market not to be missed
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10 spots at Carmel Market not to be missed

Of all the things to do in Tel Aviv, the Carmel market must top the list. Located high on our best markets in Israel list, you haven't been to Tel Aviv, if you missed this Market.  Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there is always something exciting, new and different to find here. From trinkets and t-shirts to dizzying mounds of red tomatoes and strawberries piled up high, the Carmel market has something to please everyone. The secret is simply to wander through the stalls letting your eyes and noses guide you towards little spots to munch at.  We have rounded up 10 of the best spots for you to try. Bon Appetite!  

Latin flavor: Tel Aviv restaurants cooking up delicious Latin American dishes
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Latin flavor: Tel Aviv restaurants cooking up delicious Latin American dishes

When it comes to grab-and-go grub, locals have mastered the art of Tel Aviv and Jaffa street food – from falafel to hummus and everything in between. So, why not step up to the plate and spice things up with another country’s street food? Well, that’s exactly what the White City has done. From delicious Venezuelan Arepas in the heart of the Carmel Market to taco Tuesdays and bottomless margaritas at Biggy Z, the Tel Aviv Nightlife bracelet bar staple, these Central & South American Tel Aviv restaurants are so authentic, you’ll forget you're in the Middle East.

The most authentic Jerusalem restaurants
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The most authentic Jerusalem restaurants

While street food in Israel isn’t hard to come by, it’s hard to weed out the authentic eats from the tourist traps. Jerusalem’s food scene is one where like its classical musicians, Jewish authenticity takes center stage. Even the hottest spots thrive on Jerusalem’s genuine vibe, as hip night spots lead by chefs bring out the beauty of the market, delighting locals and visitors alike. In all this hustle and bustle, no matter how hip, there’s always a touch of vintage, history and Jerusalem-chic. From traditional sabich and falafel to new school pita pocket fillings like fried red mullet and "chraime" (a spicy North African fish dish), Jerusalem restaurants are serving up the goods. Join Keren Brown in her foodie adventures as she explores the Holy City to hone down on Jerusalem’s most authentic spots from little nooks serving piping-hot bourekas to cozy no-frills restaurants serving homemade dumplings.

Tel Aviv’s classiest wine bars
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Tel Aviv’s classiest wine bars

Not everyone is cut out for the crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Or perhaps they were at one point – back in the day of the dinosaur – but years of thirsty Thursdays, cocktail hours and drinking one’s way down Dizengoff can get the best of you. Just like with wine, when it comes to people, "good things come with age" too. And these good things include quieter, more romantic, evenings with a larger selection of fine Israeli wines that don’t come from a box. There’s no better way to unplug after a stressful workday than at one of Tel Aviv’s top wine bars, pairing some bubbly with Israeli chef-quality cuisine.

Haifa’s best boutique Israeli breakfasts
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Haifa’s best boutique Israeli breakfasts

Israeli breakfast is Israel’s answer to the relaxing weekend brunch. It is a time to sit in your favorite spot – whether it be a Jerusalem café, a bustling Tel Aviv bakery or a Haifa restaurant – and enjoy the simpler pleasures in life. At the heart of every Israeli breakfast is: eggs cooked to your liking, a basket of fresh bread, a variety of spreads, dips, fresh salads and cheeses. And at the heart of Haifa are five of the best boutique Israeli breakfasts in the city. These are the local neighborhood cafés that are handcrafting their breakfasts with care from only the freshest ingredients - a delicious and inspirational change from the ordinary, and a must try any day of the week on your next trip to Israel’s North.

The best of Israel

When nature calls: the best gardens & parks in Israel
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When nature calls: the best gardens & parks in Israel

Spring has sprung, the rain has gone (hopefully for good), and it’s time to soak up some rays. While the beaches in Tel Aviv are a decent option, not everyone is a fan of the sand. Alternatively, from up north and the Golan Heights to down south in the Negev and just outside Eilat, Israel boasts some of the most beautiful green spaces. Whether you’re looking for a green escape in the White City (Park HaYarkon is a must) or determined to venture further into the peacefulness of nature, you’re sure to find the perfect park or garden on our list. Put down that cellphone, breathe in the fresh air and embrace the (Holy) land.  

The Israeli wine list
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The Israeli wine list

At the same time as Israel’s culinary scene continues to thrive, the fruit of the vine goes big-time as Israeli wine continues to rack up international acclaim. Today, more than 200 local wineries are producing an impressive selection of varietals, from deep down in the Negev to way up in the Golan Heights. Come for the wining, stay for the dining at one of Golan Height’s top restaurants, farms and vineyards. Below, you'll find a few of the most notable producers, divided by region.

The best things to do in Tel Aviv
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The best things to do in Tel Aviv

The gorgeous Tel Aviv beaches, the incredible Tel Aviv restaurants, the energetic Tel Aviv nightlife, the mesmerizing museums, great shopping, breathtaking landscapes and so much more - all of these make Tel Aviv so great. But, there's more. So don’t let yourself get swept up by the coastline’s sea, sun and hummus (we know it’s a challenge!) because you’d be mad not to visit the city’s other top attractions. To help you get organized, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Tel Aviv so you can make the most of your visit.

The best beaches in Israel
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The best beaches in Israel

Israel's beaches are more than just a place to lay out and tan. Hitting the sand is a lifestyle - where friends meet, families frolic and gym rats get fit. It’s a nexus of Israeli life, buzzing every day of the week. With access to four seas: the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, each of the beaches in Israel offers a distinct experience. Here's your guide to the country's coastline, including the legendary beaches in Tel Aviv.

Israel by area

The ultimate Jaffa area guide
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The ultimate Jaffa area guide

With so much hustle and bustle going on in its White City neighbor, sometimes people forget the beautiful gem of Israeli culture that exists on the southern port. From attractions that backtrack through years of ancient Israeli history to the most hopping bars and clubs for dancing in Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s older sister knows where it’s at. The sheer range of attractions in Old Jaffa is startling, from mosques and churches to ancient clock towers, wishing bridges, sculptures, yoga classes, museums, Israeli art galleries, trendy restaurants and the list of things to do in this new-old city is never ending. Throw in an impressive spread of authentic Jaffa street food establishments and a precious flea market and you’ve got enough things to do in Israel for a lifetime. 

Exploring Nazareth: the cradle of Christianity
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Exploring Nazareth: the cradle of Christianity

Israel has many ancient landmarks that bear significance to many different religions. While there are some stunning churches in and around Jerusalem, the ancient town of Nazareth boasts a heavy hand of captivating Christian sites. From religious attractions like St. Gabriel's Church and the International Center Mary of Nazareth to the intricate weave of stalls in the Old Market, Nazareth promises an enlightening day of activities. Nazareth is especially known for its Christmas Market and an incredibly popular destination around Christmas time. Come visit the city of religion and faith, of spirituality and holiness, but also a city enrobed in contemporary culture and Middle Eastern magic.

The top things to do in Israel
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The top things to do in Israel

Israel may be a tiny country, but the amount of sites it offers can make planning a trip an overwhelming endeavor. Don’t fret! We’ve combed through the country from east to west and north to south to bring you the definitive guide of not-to-be-missed attractions. From sandy beaches and archaeological sites, to bridal boutiques and food markets, you'll never run out of things to do in Israel.

The best attractions in the Golan Heights
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The best attractions in the Golan Heights

The Golan Heights is one of the most popular destination spots in Israel – and for good reason. Take a break from the non-stop pace of Tel Aviv and enjoy tranquil parks, gardens, museums, galleries, vineyards and so much more as you explore the many sites scattered throughout the Golan Heights. Wine lover? Make it an overnight stay because the area’s vineyards are some of the best in Israel.

Sights and attractions in Israel

Achzivland
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Achzivland

The eccentric former seaman first became smitten with this beautiful stretch of beach at the northern edge of Israel in 1952. Convinced this was the spot for him, he soon built himself a home there. In 1970, after a string of mishaps with the government (one of which involved a bulldozer), Avivi, a born renegade, declared his 2.5 acres of land and its populace, "Achzivland." Not surprisingly, the spot is known to draw a crowd of young, hippie-inclined internationals and Israelis, making late night parties, concerts and drum circles a part of Achzivland's cultural heritage.

The Dolphin Reef
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The Dolphin Reef

Located beyond Eilat’s port area, the Dolphin Reef offers an awe-inspiring atmosphere and experience for animal and nature seekers. Not only can you observe the dolphins from the floating piers and observation points, but you can also snorkel and dive among them. This ecologically unique site for both Israel and the world, houses a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins, where onlookers can witness them living first-hand in their natural habitat: playing, hunting and socializing. 10,000 square meters of open-ended sea allow the dolphins to come and go at will – none of them are captive.

Sea of Galilee hot springs and Hamat Tiberias national park
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Sea of Galilee hot springs and Hamat Tiberias national park

Known in the Talmud for their curative powers, these mineral-rich waters are now paired with modern accoutrements, including indoor/outdoor thermal pools, a lap pool (heated in winter), free beach access, gym, dry and wet sauna, mud wraps, massage and more. 

Caesarea's Archaeological Wonders
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Caesarea's Archaeological Wonders

The beautiful port city of Caesarea is known for its remarkable blend of ancient and new architecture. Built by King Herod in the first century BC and serving as the regional capital, today, the city invites you to dive thousands of years back into the past at its innovative, one-of-a-kind underwater park. There, you can view Herod’s elaborate port and marvel at sunken ships and ancient cargo that look as though they’ve been taken straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Archeological findings attest to the inhabitants’ high standard of living; the port, which encompasses no less than 50 acres, features the remains of pools, wave breakers, docking piers, a promenade and a lighthouse. 

Alpaca Farm - the Ramon Crater
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Alpaca Farm - the Ramon Crater

Ramon Crater, known also as Mitzpe Ramon, is arguably Israel’s most dazzling site, located in the heart of the Negev Desert. Near the crater and the tiny Mitzpe Ramon village is the Alpaca Farm, an ideal starting point for desert rides. Most rides require neither riding skills nor special fitness, and the farm’s horses are known for their calm temper. All tours are led by experienced guides and advanced booking is needed.

Rosh Hanikra Grottoes
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Rosh Hanikra Grottoes

For over thousands of years, a natural phenomenon has been forming in the north of Israel – the grottos at Rosh Hanikra. The waves of the Sea of Galilee have continuously smashed against the sides of the cliffs eroding the rock and forming tunnels and caves, which are constantly changing due to the water. The grottoes are lit up, allowing for nighttime trips. Although the grottoes stay warm from the energy created by the water, there is a spray reaching heights of 35 meters, so don’t forget to pack an umbrella!