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January’s hottest hand-picked events
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January’s hottest hand-picked events

New year, new you. Perhaps you’ve decided to get in touch with your Israeli cultural side by discovering a new Jewish art gallery or by breaking your classical music virginity at one of the top Tel Aviv performing arts centers. Or maybe you’ve realized 2016 somehow unleashed your inner hermit and you need you set aside the Netflix and head to a rock show at the Tel Aviv Port. Whatever the resolution, we’ve got the solution. With our spotlight on the best events going on this month, we’ve eliminated any excuses you could come up with not to get out and about. So get online, pick up those phones and start purchasing those tickets!

Fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers
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Fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers

Though internationally known for its wedding dress designers, Israel’s fashion scene stretches far beyond chiffon and tulle. From Maya Negri to project runway winner Alon Livne, Israeli fashion designers are making their mark in the industry as they dream up new collections and seasonal styles that don’t require a reservation. With elegant evening wear, casual flare and accessories to match, step outside the malls and into the boutiques of these top Israeli fashion designers to get a taste of their artistic genius.

The top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv
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The top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv

From a two minute jaunt over to the happening Rothschild Boulevard to breathing in the aromatic chaos of Jaffa's Flea Market, our handpicked boutique hotels are set in the heart of Tel Aviv and Jaffa's major hubs. Including specialty amenities, classic Israeli breakfasts, designer decor and the city at your doorstep, each of these hotels in Tel Aviv offers their own distinctive style sealed with a Tel Avivian stamp of approval. If other destinations are on your itinerary, check out our guides to the best Dead Sea hotels, best Jerusalem hotels and best Eilat hotels for the creme of the crop of where to stay.

Five on it: Israeli talents to plug into now
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Five on it: Israeli talents to plug into now

With Israeli bands like A-WA, Lola Marsh and Jane Bordeaux gaining international acclaim, the world is increasingly aware of the skills flowing out of the land of milk and honey. Here are the best local talents that should be on your radar next.   1. Garden City Movement, a Tel Aviv-based electronic music project, is rapidly gaining recognition nation-wide, and judging by their recent International Music MTV Award, the world has begun to sit up and listen, too. Clash magazine praised their “frenetic fusion of dance floor-ready beats and intertwining vocals," and Disclosure have welcomed them onto their stage. ‘Move On' is the perfect soundtrack for a romantic encounter, or to wind down to after a frantic day.    © PR       Catch them January 5 at Merkaz Einav, Tel Aviv and keep an ear out for their debut album, coming soon. Updates here: bldg5records.com/artist/garden-city-movement   2. Full Trunk is the modern manifestation of 1970’s blues rock. They have, rightly, been embraced by Israel’s music scene, tearing up the stages of some of the biggest venues and festivals. The trio commands the stage, drawing the audience in through their heart-felt rock rhythm and their tremendous stage presence. They clearly have a ball playing alongside one another, and invite spectators to do the same. After two successful albums, “Full Trunk” and “Time For Us To Move," the band is working on their third.    © Dana Bar-On       Catch them January 13 at the Bar

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.

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Celebrity soup pop-up warms up Sarona
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Celebrity soup pop-up warms up Sarona

Soup is on the menu for the next two weeks of winter as celebrity chefs Segev Moshe and Yonatan Roshfeld serve up two unique versions at Sarona’s Soup Market pop-up restaurant. For just NIS 10 a bowl, the Soup Market pop-up is the perfect way to enjoy a heartwarming cup of soup and also donate to a great cause, as 50% of all profits go to Beit Hashanti. Beit Hashanti helps homeless children get back on their feet while offering them a warm and inviting home. With an incredible success rate of over 65%, the organization helps teens return to a normal life so every shekel counts.   © Rafi Delouya       Try Chef Segev Moshe’s creamy yellow curry soup, made with coconut milk, peanuts and cilantro, or opt for Yonatan Roshfeld’s spicy Indian soup with tomato and zucchini. The soups can be enjoyed in the small seating area or taken to go.   Both chefs are known for shaping the Israeli food scene. Their TV shows and appearances, as well as their popular restaurants – including those in the Sarona Market, such as Roshfeld’s Captain Curry and Segev’s concept of multiple restaurants – have been very successful.   © Rafi Delouya       The pop-up is located in the Sarona Market (3 Kalman Magen, Tel Aviv). It will be open until Jan 27, Sun 11:30-20:00, Fri 09:00-15:00    

Photo Op: an interview with local cameraman Asaf Liberfrund
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Photo Op: an interview with local cameraman Asaf Liberfrund

From the prolific work of Bill Cunningham, who shot street style for the New York Times for almost four decades, to Scott Shuman (aka 'The Sartorialist') who spurred a whole new generation of street style photographers, bloggers, and Instagrammers with his modern-day takes on fashion, technology, and parlaying it into a lucrative career of his own brand, street style has undergone an upheaval in the last 10 years – initiating not only a disruption to the fashion world, but also colliding with it and manifesting a new style reality.  A well done street shot for a virtually unknown photographer (and/or subject) has the ability to go viral and launch careers, fashion campaigns, and inspire a massive, obsessive community of online fashion lovers/shoppers to buy one single accessory, or a whole lot more, a million times over. The power of street photography is paramount and our 31-year-old local darling, Asaf Liberfrund, of the popular blog TheStreetVibe.co, has made it his mission to not only to showcase global fashion, but also uncover how world trends connect people and how cultural baggage creates personal style in the ever-evolving  bubble of fashion.   © PR         How did you get started as a fashion photographer? One day I took a pocket camera from a friend and began shooting. I immediately felt it was the right and important thing to do in the world, and I still feel that way.    What do you shoot with? I change cameras frequently. Right now, it's a Can

Tel Aviv hosts: TEDxWhiteCity
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Tel Aviv hosts: TEDxWhiteCity

Ever since its inaugural conference in 2015 featuring Shimon Peres, TEDxWhiteCity has become one of the Middle East’s largest and most-anticipated TEDx events, and this year’s event is just around the corner. At the end of the month, over one thousand participants will assemble at Tel Aviv’s Opera-Performing Arts Center for a lecture-filled day on the topic, Destination: Unknown. From entrepreneurs and organizations to students and soldiers, this year’s TEDxWhiteCity draws on the fields of technology, education and art to delve into the unknown and help shape our common future.   © PR Here’s a sneak peak at 2017's inspirational panel to get your innovative minds spinning before the conference:   Eran Katz has delivered more than 2000 seminars on memory and brainpower, so it’s fare to say TEDxWhiteCity is not his first rodeo. On top of being a professional speaker, brain enthusiast and best-selling author, he is also the founder of Smart Memory LTD – a company striving to improve memory through online courses.   Ori Sasson is an Olympic medalist judoka from Israel who is currently ranked 3rd in the field. Besides training for the 2020 Olympics, Ori is simultaneously working towards a BA in psychology. He works very hard in his community to inspire perseverance through hardship and the courage to face challenges.     Ori Sasson © Getty Images     Tuvya Amsel specializes in human integrity and credibility in his career as criminal investigator, po

January style list: Gily Ilan & Hoko
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January style list: Gily Ilan & Hoko

Gily Ilan   Accessories designer, Gily Ilan, interweaves textiles and ceramics for one-of-a-kind pieces    Gily Ilan is not only a talented craftswoman, but she also takes great care in work, hand-crafting artisan necklaces and scarves in her Tel Aviv studio. Gily combines her expertise in ceramic design (having earned a BFA in Ceramic Design from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design) with a love of textiles, ending up with accessories formed from a special knitting technique in various fabrics bound by magnetic porcelain clasps. The juxtaposition of the two materials makes for a show-stopping piece, yet one which is extremely wearable, not to mention practical.   © Rotem Rachel Chen       The scarves are available in an oversized, chunky knit for winter, velvet knit for an evening out, and a lighter knit for milder climates (she’s got the bipolar Israeli winter weather covered on all fronts). The necklaces are bold - the perfect, modern finish to a LBD, to sit atop a shirt dress, or simply to add a touch of style to a jeans and tee combo. Whilst they command attention, Gily’s works are overwhelmingly “cool,” the muted colors and clean design offering a minimalist aesthetic.   gilyilan.com     Hoko  Minimalist designs to suit and body type © Asaf Einy     Hoko is a stylish line of everyday staples designed by Israeli fashion designer Hagit Hazan. Born in Jerusalem, the designer is now based in Tel Aviv where she conceives and produces her time

A sneak peak at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s winter lineup
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A sneak peak at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s winter lineup

The KCDC cast of physically eclectic dancers shares their beauty across Israel this January.   Artistic director Ramin Be’er and his choreographic powerhouse has prepared an exclusive collection of performances to show off the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s range of technical skills, striking strength and dynamic sensibilities. The company performs regularly at some of the most respected festivals and theatres worldwide.   While the KCDC starts its winter season off at home – the International Dance Village in Kibbutz Ga’aton – they soon depart from the scenic location for Petach Tikvah, the Kinneret, Tel Aviv, and eventually Germany, Poland and much of Europe and back. With a world premier in Jerusalem in April, the 2017 season is looking like a never-ending wave of excitement.   Here’s a sneak peak at just what January has to offer:   Pich A biography told through movement of one of the most romantic and renowned Russian composers of all time: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Set against a harmonious musical backdrop of Tchaichosky’s very own compositions, the hour-long ‘dance-play’ follows six KCDC dancers as they reenact his life and musical works through motion.   © PR Jan 18, 20:00; Jan 31, 16:00. NIS 40, 60. Zichri Theatre, Kibbutz Ga’aton Theatre   Jan 19, 21:00. NIS 110. Elma Arts Complex, Zikhron Ya'akov     Horses in the Sky Rami Be’er takes the audience on a wild, sensory journey through the art of movement as dancers exist in a space of const

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The winter bucket list
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The winter bucket list

Israel’s “chill” is a winter dream to most visitors seeking refuge from their snowed-in locales. Aside from some pansy rainy days, the local cold front neither lasts long nor prevents locals from getting out and doing a host of winter-friendly activities. Here are forty-nine things to do when the forecast reads blistery, but you’re itching with cabin fever. 1. Work up a sexy sweat  At a pole dancing class. In Jerusalem. Yes, you read that right. The religious Ayelet Finkelstein opened her own women's-only studio, Jerusalem Pole and Fitness to empower females and help them firm up in a non-judgy, not at all sleazy atmosphere. The confidence-boosting classes attract everyone from wig-wearing haredim to Jerusalem U students and even bachelorette parties. Go out of curiosity, continue for the pure fun. (jpolefitness.com)    2. Slurp some soup © Anatoli Michaelov       The healing liquid will warm you right up and the tasty varieties at Market will make you a die-hard regular. Hearty Moroccan spices with slow cooked veggies, flavorful lentil stew and Indian coconut curry are all served daily alongside a rotating menu of home cooked meals - just like at Safta's (that is, if safta was vegan). (31 King George St, Tel Aviv)   3. Glide along the ice While Israelis dream of skating on real frozen lakes, Eilat’s Ice Park and Mall is the next best thing. The enormous glass-domed structure contains a tax-free mall and a skating ring so you can shop for knit sweaters and

January style list: Gily Ilan & Hoko
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January style list: Gily Ilan & Hoko

Gily Ilan   Accessories designer, Gily Ilan, interweaves textiles and ceramics for one-of-a-kind pieces    Gily Ilan is not only a talented craftswoman, but she also takes great care in work, hand-crafting artisan necklaces and scarves in her Tel Aviv studio. Gily combines her expertise in ceramic design (having earned a BFA in Ceramic Design from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design) with a love of textiles, ending up with accessories formed from a special knitting technique in various fabrics bound by magnetic porcelain clasps. The juxtaposition of the two materials makes for a show-stopping piece, yet one which is extremely wearable, not to mention practical.   © Rotem Rachel Chen       The scarves are available in an oversized, chunky knit for winter, velvet knit for an evening out, and a lighter knit for milder climates (she’s got the bipolar Israeli winter weather covered on all fronts). The necklaces are bold - the perfect, modern finish to a LBD, to sit atop a shirt dress, or simply to add a touch of style to a jeans and tee combo. Whilst they command attention, Gily’s works are overwhelmingly “cool,” the muted colors and clean design offering a minimalist aesthetic.   gilyilan.com     Hoko  Minimalist designs to suit and body type © Asaf Einy     Hoko is a stylish line of everyday staples designed by Israeli fashion designer Hagit Hazan. Born in Jerusalem, the designer is now based in Tel Aviv where she conceives and produces her time

10 Unexpected Winter Foods
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10 Unexpected Winter Foods

From Krembo persimmons for on-the-go snacks to Bukharian radishes to spice up the kitchen, here are ten of the tastiest seasonal treats to eat and cook with in Israel now...      Taste a tomato in Israel and you’ll just as soon realize the taste is like nowhere else. Sweet, almost candy-like, fresh produce takes up most of the space on the table in this tiny little country. One of the simplest local pleasures to have is going down to the market and discovering fresh vegetables and fruit from regional farms.  Head to the Tel Aviv Port Farmer’s Market to check out the new and unexpected produce available. Every day is a feast for food lovers, but weekends have an extended Farmers Market and the Friday market boasts a food extravaganza of unlimited produce and local artisan jams, cheeses, and breads to take home.   1. Japanese Cucumber     © Ilya Melnikov This slimmed-down version of the cucumber is in a league of its own. With no bitterness and a nice, mild, and easy-to-eat skin, there’s no need to peel them. Take a bite of out of this melon-tasting vegetable and enjoy its light crunch. With its 96% water content, these are also super refreshing. Plus, their cool flavor is a great combination with spicy foods.   2. Bukharian Radishes     © Ilya Melnikov These white and green plump, large radishes are the answer for people who want to dabble with radishes in salads but hate the bitterness that typically comes with them. These are slightly sweet, not spicy

Just Jazzy: an interview with Avishai Cohen
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Just Jazzy: an interview with Avishai Cohen

With the 2nd International Jerusalem Jazz Festival just around the corner, we sat down with jazz trumpeter and artistic director of the festival, Avishai Cohen, to learn more about the event and the Israeli sensation that helped make the three-day music extravaganze happen:   How did the Jerusalem Jazz festival come to be?   Avishai: The festival evolved from the creative collaboration of a few initiatives – the main being the Israel festival, joined by the Yellow Submarine and the Israel Museum. They all had a similar notion in mind of promoting culture. When they approached me to direct it, of course I said yes. And from there on in, it grew and grew and grew as we found a great location and talented musicians to fill it.   Speaking of location, a Jazz festival inside a museum is quite out of the ordinary. How do you find this set-up affects the music produced?   Avishai: I think there is something truly special about creating music within another artistic space. The museum creates a unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else. I’ve played many festivals all over the world, but playing in a place that is already filled with art and inspiration for you to play off of is one-of-a-kind. In any concert, you have to bring all the vibes with you, and in this case, you have to make those vibes fit with the gallery, while being sensitive to the artist and surrounding art. It’s a challenge to be attuned to what’s going on in the specific gallery you play in and how

Night owls: Jerusalem after dark
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Night owls: Jerusalem after dark

Well-known among locals, the night scene in Jerusalem’s legendary Machane Yehuda Market has proliferated in recent years, creating a trendy, yet remarkably different marketplace at night. Abra Cohen explores what’s lighting up after dark   In the daylight, the Machane Yehuda Shuk in Jerusalem is alive with aromatic smells of fresh spices, noisy shop owners, locals and tourists from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a maze of alleyways and intricately sprawling streets around the Shuk, sellers peddle their fresh fruit , vegetables, cheeses and decadent desserts...BUT come nightfall, the shop owners close up, and a drastically different crowd emerges. In between the dark and dingy stalls, restaurants and bars come to life and the hustle and bustle of the Shuk is replaced by live music and local on-tap beer and wine.(FYI, there are restaurants and bars – various in the surrounding streets – with both an indoor and outdoor areas).   May 5 © PR A small, unassuming coffee shop, opposite a fruit stand, with a yellow "Danesi Café" sign out front serves up fresh coffee and sachlav to a constant flow of customers during the day. At night, the small coffee shop turns into a packed bar with limited indoor and outdoor seating. With a laidback vibe, they prepare various local specialties including sabich – an Iraqi dish stuffed with eggplant, hardboiled egg, tomatoes, and pickled lemons, served with bread. Do not miss Sunday nights when they pull the grill into the mid

Eating and drinking in Israel

Shaken and stirred
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Shaken and stirred

Ariel Leizgold, Israel’s nationally-acclaimed bartender has been at the forefront of the Tel Aviv nightlife bar scene since before opening his own bar, 223, in 2008. As the winner of Time Out Tel Aviv’s 2016 awards in the 'Best Bartender' category and the winner of 'The World Class Bartender of the Year' for Israel in 2015, Ariel is known for bringing unfettered creativity, eccentric details and innovative mixology skills to all of his creative endeavors, including the bars 223 and Bellboy. We've got pics of his newest seasonal cocktail concoctions for you, but we don't really think you're going to make it to the last one... 

7 local desserts worth every calorie
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7 local desserts worth every calorie

Even in our wellness-obsessed world there comes a time when you have to throw caution to the wind and fall head first into a mouth-watering dessert that’s as high in calories as it is in delectable flavors. Let Tel Aviv prove its worth as more than just ice cream parlours and froyo. Bring on the sugar high at these White City cafés, bars and restaurants with the tastiest Italian tiramisu, creamiest cheesecake and Israel's take on the famous British banofee pie. Though sharing is caring, you'll want these calory-rich desserts all for yourself.

Winners of Time Out Tel Aviv's Eating & Drinking Awards  announced!
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Winners of Time Out Tel Aviv's Eating & Drinking Awards announced!

Every year, come end of December, all the who's who of Tel Aviv's bustling culinary scene come together to hear the verdict. Which is the best restaurant in the city? Who is the up-and-coming chef wonder? Who is the bartender with the right attitude? And where the hell do you find the hottest pizza slice in town? This year, the party took place in the city’s new, hot and happening event space, Beit Hasmachot ('house of joy' in Hebrew) - and joyful it was. Time Out Tel Aviv announced the winners in each category and the crowd roared. When the evening ended, some left the party screaming, while some left hoping for a better outcome next year. We believe that just being nominated is a great honour.

‘Ice, ice baby’ – the best ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv
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‘Ice, ice baby’ – the best ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv

‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream’. When it comes to the frozen dairy treat that every kid loves, Tel Aviv has got the best of the best. With exotic flavour combinations like cardamom to those unique to Israel like halva and even vegan options, we’ve got it all! Try the trending dessert option that is ice cream sandwiches...especially delicious after a night out in the White City. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the creamy deliciousness topped with mounds of fruit, nuts and chocolate, drenched in streams of sauces and sprinkled with rainbow jimmies and love. It’s all right here in our sweet-tooth’s guide to ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv.

The best Jaffa restaurants
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The best Jaffa restaurants

Tel Aviv’s humble little sister is growing up to be something special. Jaffa (known locally as 'Yafo') is chock-full of authentic, delicious restaurants, local designer boutiques and a burgeoning nightlife scene – but, we are here to talk about the food. Although Tel Aviv restaurants are all the rage right now with the blossoming vegan scene and new chef restaurants, Jaffa restaurants are growing quicker than their oranges. Here’s the lowdown on the best places to dine in Jaffa, including where to eat the tastiest specialities, butteriest baked goods, and even where to score the best spices. If you're on a budget or eating on the go, be sure to pick up some of Jaffa's best authentic street food instead.

The best of Israel

The best Israeli markets
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The best Israeli markets

One advantage of Israel's sunny skies nine months of the year is the plethora of outdoor shopping and specialty markets vending everything from local souvenirs to Middle Eastern antiques, foodie delicacies, and handmade goods by local craftsmen. The Israeli market (or 'shuk') is a fabulous way to spend your day, among other top attractions you’d be mad to miss. From the Carmel market to Mahane Yehuda, we've mapped out a host of places to shop 'till you drop…with the sun on your back. If you find yourself with a post-haggling adrenaline rush, release that energy at one of Israel's many festivals happening nearby.

The best museums in Israel
Museums

The best museums in Israel

While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accept the task. Ranging from reigning establishments like the Israel museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to more experimental museums like the Design Museum Holon and the Herzliya museum for contemporary art, these institutions are among the top Israel attractions, offering inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture. Feeling artsy? Let us also point you to some of the best Israeli art galleries for some additional inspiration.

The best chef restaurants in Israel
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The best chef restaurants in Israel

Since its inception, immigrants from far flung locales have sought refuge in Israel, bringing with them recipes from their homelands and flavors from their upbringings. This melting pot of cultures has not only inspired a new Israeli cuisine, it has also given birth to some of Israel's most celebrated local chefs. These top chef restaurants in Israel are the fruits of their labor and indulgent treats for anybody who can swing a reservation. Equally appealing, but easier on the wallet, Tel Aviv's street food scene broadcasts the same cultural melting pot at a quarter the price (with top local chefs behind-the-scenes as well). Our list of the best kosher restaurants in Israel also features renowned chefs. Just take your pick.

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 best things to do in the Negev
Things to do

The best things to do in the Negev

Easily one of the most overlooked treasures in Israel, the Negev desert is home to some truly jaw-dropping geological wonders. Vineyards, hiking trails, nature reserves and even camel rides make it as appealing for families as it is for couples or those traveling on a budget. The Negev is also the area to which Israelis regularly flock for festivals, yoga retreats and other special events. Here’s to getting lost in the desert as you check out our curated list of the best things to do in the Negev.

The Galilee - top attractions
Attractions

The Galilee - top attractions

Located in the North of Israel, the Galilee is as popular with tourists as it is with locals who flock to the area to enjoy sea, sand and sun (well, technically, the sea of the Galilee is a lake…). In between working on your tan, there’s a seemingly never-ending treasure chest of historical and archeological wonders to ogle – no Instagram filter needed. Plus, the Galilee boasts a handful of family-fun recreational activities like rafting down the Jordan River. We’ve rounded up the absolute best sites in the Galilee that you won't want to miss.

Ancient Israel: the lesser known archaeological sites
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Ancient Israel: the lesser known archaeological sites

Dating back thousands upon thousands of years, the archaeological sites of Ancient Israel are rife with intrigue and Jewish history. We all know about the top Israel attractions and world-renowned religious landmarks like the Wailing Wall and natural landscapes like the Dead Sea, but what about Israel's stranger features? From biblical giants and vegetarian utopias to Harry Potter's grave and prehistoric cavemen, welcome to the lesser known archaeological sites of the Holy Land.

The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards
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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards

In recent years, Israel has become known for its thriving wine economy, which is most evident in the Golan Heights and Galilee regions where farms and both large scale and boutique vineyards have set up shop. Wine, of course, is nothing without accompanying nibbles, so it's only fitting to find culinary treasures in the area as well – all of which make use of locally grown farm fresh produce. The gems can be difficult to pinpoint as an outsider, however, so we’ve prepared a list of not-to-be-missed restaurants and vineyards in the area.

Sights and attractions in Israel

Baha'i Gardens
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Baha'i Gardens

The Baha’i gardens are built on 19 terraces, beginning at the foot of the mountain and ascending towards its summit. The main axis points towards Acre, a historically and religiously important city to the Baha'i. At the center of the exceptionally beautiful and meticulously maintained gardens stands the Shrine of the Bab, the burial place of the religion's founder, whose golden dome illuminates the grounds. Various sections of the gardens are separated by gravel paths, trimmed hedges and flower beds, which are carefully tended to by a dedicated gardening team. The gardens offer splendid views of the Haifa Bay, the Galilee and the Mediterranean. It's possible to tour independently, but for an enlightening experience, join the free guided tours (every day but Wednesday). Reservations are not necessary. As the Baha'i Gardens are a Holy place, visitors are asked to dress modestly, keep the place clean and respect its special character.

Tower of David (Citadel)
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Tower of David (Citadel)

Jerusalem's Citadels, known locally as the "Tower of David," is an archaeological structure that bears years of history. Inside the medieval fortress is a museum that houses permanent exhibitions telling the story of Jerusalem through specialized cultural events, activities, and tours. During the spring months, the exhibition “The Kaiser is Coming!" is on display, featuring archival images and history of Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany in 1898. Also, don't miss the brand new Night Spectacular: a sound and light show projected onto its stone wells telling the rich story of Jerusalem.

Dead Sea
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Dead Sea

This most peculiar body of water is located at the lowest point on the face of the earth (approximately 422 meters below sea level). Its extremely high salt concentration (33.7%!) makes it one of the saltiest seas on the planet. The Dead Sea is also chockfull of skin-friendly therapeutic minerals that reputedly combat the effects of aging and skin ailments. Pack your beach bag and head to the popular Kalia Beach, which has changing rooms, showers, lounge chairs, shady areas, a snack bar and a lifeguard. Indulge in a free mud bath, and slather yourself with the gooey mineral mud from head to toe for a great photo op. 

Masada
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Masada

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Masada marks the spot where 1,000 Jewish rebels entered one of the final episodes of the Great Revolt against Rome two millennia ago. Instead of fighting, the rebels chose to commit suicide. The scenery surrounding Masada is just as dramatic as its backstory, with Herod’s palace overlooking an immense gorge and the expanse of the Dead Sea. It’s no wonder that Masada continues to be one of Israel’s biggest tourist sites.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Built on the site revered by Christians as the location of Jesus' resurrection, the church has been a location of pilgrimage since the 4th century. Christians of all denominations and people from around the world can be seen visiting its various frankincense laden vestibules and chambers.

The Wailing Wall - The Kotel
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The Wailing Wall - The Kotel

No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to the Kotel. Considered to be the holiest place for the Jewish faith, a short walk through the Old City of Jerusalem will lead you to this sacred site. Be sure to write a wish or personal note on a scrap of paper and slit it in the cracks of wall as visitors have for years. The Kotel is the pulsing center of the historically amazing Old City of Jerusalem.