Spring's must-see Israeli dance performances
Once in awhile, instead of dancing the night away at an open-air club in Eilat or the never-ending list of clubs that make up the Tel Aviv nightlife scene, it’s nice to rest those weary legs and leave it to the professionals. From Naharin’s famed Batsheva Dance Company to more indie choreographers, these Israeli dance performances are a breath of fresh air. So, check out our list of upcoming performances and book your ticket for an alternative night out that’s a little less rowdy, but a whole lot more romantic (especially with the wealth of nearby restaurants in Jaffa, Neve Tzedek and the likes).
Allenby from A to Z: a never-ending guide to Tel Aviv's never-ending street
By day, Allenby Street is a chaotic bundle of bargain shops with a few designer boutiques squeezed in between. By night, the long, long road that used to be abandoned, is growing steadily into the place for never-ending Tel Aviv nightlife fun. From live music to karaoke, the best restaurants in Tel Aviv to the latest street food markets and drunk munch, happy hour to all-you-can-drink, Allenby has got it all...and more! We’ve got all you need to know about venues on and just off of this important player of the Tel Aviv nightlife game, in alphabetical order. Be sure to check out what’s on this week, like Pasaz’s TLV sessions – highlighting local artists of all genres.
5 Award-winning Israeli TV shows and films that have – or will spawn – international adaptations
The Israeli film and television industry has been on an upward thriving spiral lately, and a growing number of regional films and shows are being adapted into international formats. Here’s a look at a smattering of super successful, award-winning shows and films that have – or will spawn – international adaptations. So start filling up your Netflix queue - these are undoubtedly ones to watch.
Playing dress up: a mixed bag of stylish locals and personalities to match
When it comes to people-watching, there is plenty of eye candy strolling down Tel Aviv’s eclectic streets. We’ve singled out a mixed bag of stylish locals and personalities to match - just in time for Purim - when crazy costumes and outrageous get-ups are all part of the wild fun parading around the country. Here is what they had to say about getting dressed up. Uriel Yekutiel Actor & Stage Artist, 28 @urielyekutiel Uriel Yekutiel // Happy Socks for Story What is your uniform? Most of the time I wear a tight black sweatsuit, a black shirt, a black coat and white boots. Brands or vintage? My vintage game is not very strong, so brands. Most precious item of clothing: My all white shoe collection. Favorite color/fabric? Black sweat suits. Best place to shop in Israel and abroad: I buy from Story, Gingi on Tchernichovsky, or Not For Sale. When I am abroad, I go to H&M and Topshop, and I get lost for like a whole year. Style icon? I’m really crushing on Chance the Rapper, even though I don’t dress like him at all. Worst fashion fail: When I was going out to the club in all white. Trend to bring back? Colored glasses like Anastasia. Trend to leave behind? Girls in drag makeup. Describe Israeli fashion in one sentence... ...Ummm…. Comfortable. What will you be for Purim? I am mostly working on Purim, but when I am not working, I lock myself in my house so no one will talk to me or ask me for help putting on make-up. ______ Jonathan Trichter, Artist, 18
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.
Asaf Avidan is a remarkable Israeli musician with an even more remarkable voice. The singer-songwriter has made it big both locally and abroad, which is evident in the frequency with which his top hits are featured on European radio stations. Let his voice be the last thing in your heads as you leave March behind and enter the April bloom.
Rossini's quirky Opera satirizes the influence of the newspaper on people's lives. The colorful production follows the pretentious Don Pomponio Storione in his worldwide travels to procure a husband for his daughter, placing ads in the newspapers. The wildly hilarious cast of inadequate suitors brings Rossini's melodies – performed by the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege – to life in a spectacular adaptation of La Gazzetta.
'I, Angelina Jolie'
'I, Angelina Jolie' is Mickey Yunis' vision come to life in a theater production. His interest in the global refugee problem that is more rampant now than ever has inspired him to create and direct a show that shines the spotlight on refugees and their stories. In the past, they've been left in the dark, so it's time to illuminate their internal conflict and the violence hidden within each soul.
Mamootot, the dance performance by Ohad Naharin that helped consolidate the language of Gaga, has been updated yet again with an entirely new cast of young dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company. While the cast may be different, the refreshing performance still promises to deliver that delicate tension between the familiar and strange. When you come to Mamootot, you are more than a spectator, you are an integral part of the performance.
3 Tel Aviv nightlife events to hit up this weekend
From thrash metal to pure reggae, these three music events are worth losing your voice at: Congo Natty Ft. Top Cat © GettyImages We heard your prayers to the heavens above for an unforgettable body moving night of pure reggae and jungle music, and we’ve delivered Michael Alex Anthony West right at your pretty little feet. Better known as Rebel MC and his alter-alias Congo Natty, he’ll make you go wild in the land of jungle music but just remember, you’ll make it out more alive than ever before. Mar 23, 23:30-05:00. NIS 70-110. Barby, Tel Aviv 10 Years Ilian Tape A rip-roaring techno takedown by the Munich based record label. For their aluminum anniversary marking ten years of being consistently fresh and progressively trendy, the Zenker Brothers arrive in Israel with Skee Mask, proving that having artists with a global pedigree guarantees a fiery future. Mar 24, 22:00-07:00. Breakfast Club, Tel Aviv Rise Up Tel Aviv © Shutterstock Long hair flailing to the vibration of the heavy metal bass, mosh pits heaving with a whirlpool of human bodies – just an average night dedicated to thrash metal in Israel, really. Find out what SHREDHEAD, Sinnery, Eternal Struggle and Shiver all have in common. We’ll give you a hint…you’ll be thrilled with awe and dread simultaneously. Horns up ya’shitters! Mar 24, 20:00-23:30. NIS 40-50. Levontin 7, Tel Aviv
Beit Ha'ir says goodbye to Shoshke, and hello to Prettimess
With multicolored murals, tattoo parlors and hipster cafes, Tel Aviv’s hip Florentin neighborhood is an ideal playground for both local and international artists. Amongst its many sub-communities is the Prettimess Collective, a community of ridiculously talented artists. © Gab The Prettimess Collective is the brainchild of illustrator Boaz Sides aka UNTAY and the artisans behind DaSilva boards Ben Kaufman and Alon Meiri. Their mission behind opening a gallery is to gather and showcase local designers, painters and illustrators who share a passion for the alternative street art scene. © UNTAY Hence, rather than having a classic gallery owner-artist relationship, Prettimess is one big family-style community that does it all. The artists are able to collaborate in harmony, bringing together their individual styles and create wonderfully surreal paintings (and boards) for the Telavivian streets. In fact if you look hard enough, you’ll start recognizing some of the murals around Tel Aviv, with recurring signatures such as UNTAY, DIOZ and Brothers of Light. "The closer you get to the building, the more the street paintings hint to the artists that we feature at the Prettiness Collective," says DaSilva Boards cofounder Ben Kaufman. © Dioz While the Prettimess Collective has been around for a while now, comfortable in their Floretin home base, they're newest project is hitting central Tel Aviv as they take over Beit
Your perfect weekend with: Talula Bonet
Tal Kallai is not simply a gorgeous, sassy and stylish drag queen, but also a talented young actor, performing in clubs, parties, and on stage at Habima, Israel’s National Theatre, where her one (wo)man show runs regularly. Expect singing, dancing, emotional and funny monologues – and absolutely flawless make up, of course. It’s no surprise that Talula is huge, even in Japan. Find out how she spends her weekend when not abroad. Thursday Mr. & Mrs. Lee This small and homey, yet fancy restaurant serves upscale Asian cuisine. Chef Shaul Ben Aderet created an incredibly varied and meticulously prepared menu, which makes every visit to the restaurant a fabulous experience. The professional service, enchanting atmosphere and perfect food turn each meal into pure pleasure. (Park Tzameret, 10 Nisim Aloni St, Tel Aviv) © PR Habima Theatre The repertoire of Israel’s National Theater is a mosaic of plays. From classics like Coriolanus and Hamlet by Shakespeare, Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Shai Agnon’s A Simple Story to comedies like What To Do With Jenny and spectacular musicals like Les Miserables, the list is endless. Be sure to check which shows have English subtitles and go experience the best of Israeli theater. It’s worth it. (Habima Theatre, 2 Tarsat Blvd, Tel Aviv) Friday Peacock A bar with great food, where you can order a variety of dishes mostly from Georgian cuisine. The young and lively atmosphere captures the real Tel Avivian bohemian vibe making it the pe
Wind of change: Myki fashion boutique migrates to the other side of town with a new collection and a new state of mind
Now that the glitter of Fashion Week is behind us and the models are all getting their beauty sleep, it's time to come back to real life and discuss wearable fashion at its best. A good example would be veteran store Myki, the brainchild of fashion designer and boutique owner Maya Zukerman, which has been around for some time now producing style-meets-comfort fashion. It started out in 2004 as Mayu, but after a few years and a few branches scattered around town, Zukerman and her partners agreed to go their separate ways. Maya decided to keep the store located on Rabin Square and rebrand herself as Myki. © Ksu Shachmester Today, with a new collection and a wide clientele base following her every move, it seems only natural that Zukerman would take the next step and separate herself completely from her old venture. The new store seems to be the exact change Zukerman was looking for. She dropped the all white designed boutique that was associated with the Mayu brand, moved to the heart of the city leaving the crowded area of Rabin Square behind, and as creative ambitious people tend to do, she is now making it better and well...bigger. Monochromatic colors, Japanese minimalism and respect for comfort are the core values of Myki. From dresses to pants, shirts, shoes and bags, Myki has it all in small quantities, but with a ton of style. Whether it’s her own collection or Myki’s well curated garments, the motto is the same: "clothes to be worn and not clothes for
Get in character with Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman, Author & Artist, 67 A woman of many talents, Tel Aviv-born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist and writer Maira Kalman continues to delight audiences with a host of new work. We sat down with her on her most recent trip to Tel Aviv, a two-week adventure riddled with preparations for upcoming projects - including an exhibit on dogs at the Israel Museum in June and a collaboration with Israeli writer Etgar Keret for the artist-in-residency program at Mishkenot Sha’ananim. Packed between a trip to the Dead Sea, dinner at Florentine’s Halutzim 3, catching Oum Kalthoum: A Musical at Jaffa’s Arab-Hebrew Theatre and buying Japanese socks at Hibino, Kalman let us pick her fanciful brain. © Maira Kalman What do you realize being away from home? That I love going away and I love coming back home. Best kept secret in NYC? Central Park. Describe Tel Aviv to someone who has never been here… NYC on the Mediterranean. Favorite Israeli street food: Going with sabich. What was the last film you watched? Funny Face. What was the last gift you gave someone? Robert Walser’s The Walk. The last gift you received? Moss from Montana. First and last things you do every day? First thing. Have a cup of coffee with the obits. Last thing. Watch a murder mystery on T.V. Read a few pages of Proust. The difference between men and women? If I said that women think more than men, would that be sexist? There is something to b
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Art from across the world brings new life to the Holy capital at this year's Jerusalem Arts Festival
While Jerusalem prides itself on being the city for color, culture and a unique boiling pot of energies, the moment the annual Jerusalem Festival kicks in every year, the creativity is turned all the way up to 11. Reeling in artists from across the world, the festival plays host to art galleries, dance troupes, performances and spectacles that will make it look like the restless creative attitude of Tel Aviv has been picked up and plonked straight into the heart of this grand biblical city. Over the course of one week, Jerusalem’s major concert halls and theatres are filled with throngs of eager attendees – both Jerusalemites and visitors – as 34 plays, dance shows and routines take place over the course of a week. Some shows are free, while others are sold at pretty affordable prices. Either way, whichever shows you choose to see will leave you with an impression of Jerusalem that you wouldn’t be able to attain at any other time throughout the year. So, without further ado, here are Time Out's top 5 shows (not in any particular order) that we certainly wouldn’t advise you to miss this year. Divano Swing Swing dancing with a combination of history and culture that cannot be seen in any other part of the world Get ready to witness dancing in the Holy City like you’ve never experienced before. Based on a rather creative combination, Divano Swing is a Jerusalem gypsy-style swing ensemble, which fuses the familiar American swing of the 1930s (that Hollywood movies
Simply Cyrus: an interview with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus Chestnut brings a touch of Elvis to Israel’s Hot Jazz Series this March. Some call him the second coming to Oscar Peterson, others, the next McCoy Tyner. While American jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut finds these comparisons flattering, he offers his own response: “Only McCoy Tyner can play McCoy Tyner, only Oscar Peterson can play Oscar Peterson, only Art Tatum can tell the story of Art Tatum. I am inspired by these people, but I would never try to be them.” “As a musician,” Chestnut pauses, “you need to find out who you are. That’s the root of jazz.” While arguably the best jazz pianist of his generation, much like Peterson, Chestnut’s roots trail back much further than jazz, to gospel. “I started playing piano at the age of three,” Chestnut shares. “My father was an organist for the local church in Baltimore, where I grew up. One day, I saw him playing the piano, so I got up and tried to do what he did.” Oddly enough, the jazz pianist’s first gig was on the drums at his middle school dance. Despite fiddling with the flute and a short bout with the saxophone, Chestnut’s first and foremost passion was for the ivories…and spirituality. © Andrea Canter From a young age, music and religion were one in the same for Chestnut – a part of his DNA. “Music comes from a higher power," he explains, "whether that power be called Jahova, Yahweh or God.” Gospel lived on inside the soulful pianist, even upon discovering jazz in a five and dim
Israel's best kept secrets REVEALED!
As much as it pains us to share these secret gems, it’s our job to spread the news, so here goes...we’re letting you in on a smattering of people, places and things that are simply too good to keep to ourselves. But first, a disclaimer: although we may not be the best secret-keepers, share these places at your own risk - lest they become too crowded to enjoy and lose their clandestine charm. Some are mysterious and entirely unexpected, some are downright hard-to-find, and all are worth the time to seek out ASAP. Blink too fast, and you may just miss them. Now you see me, now you… Keep calm swim naked © Shutterstock Whatever size, shape or form, Tel Aviv Naked Swim is the perfect reason to throw all caution –and underwear – to the wind and skinny dip (or chunky dunk) in the Mediterranean. This event is so secretive that in order to find out its location and details, you must join their facebook group and privately message the organizer. Facebook group: NAKEDSWIMTELAVIV Break out the popcorn Hatachana is best known for family outings and boutique shops, but did you know they also have a private movie theater? Don't expect your typical film-going fare; Muvix Concept is a modern-day movie date. Download the app and choose from a range of movie titles, then pick the day and time that you want to see it. Fourteen luxury cinema rooms are at your disposal and you can order in food, snacks, desserts, drinks and cocktails to boot. Plus, each ticket costs
The need for speed – my first time speed dating in Tel Aviv
It was a regular day at the Time Out offices (typing, sneezing and dreaming of lunch), when my co-worker suggested the speed dating night that she had seen somewhere on Facebook. I had just broken up with yet another boyfriend and thought the concept was absolutely hilarious. When I found out that the event was set at the Hipsters new headquarters: Beit Hapsanter (piano house), I knew it was fate. Speed dating for snobbish hipsters that don’t have money, use Tinder ironically and would never admit their loneliness, yet cry themselves to sleep? I just had to investigate. If not for myself, then for the magazine. My editor-in-chief sent me off with an assignment to participate and a(n empty) promise that love awaited me around the corner. Then again, she's an ex-model, and as kindergarten socializing taught me: God favors the pretty ones. For me, modern dating is like shopping on eBay; you can choose you product in the internet up to the most specific details: color, size, price and if he emotionally connects to Gilmore girls. You dream about it, and develop hopes for days. Then, when you finally get to meet for the first time, it’s always as much of a disappointment as watching Rory choose Logan over Jess. © Ariel Ephron A few days before my first speed date night, the nerves started to kick in, so I called in for backup: my old friend, Tamari, whom with I've shared many lovely memories of drunken strolls down Allenby Street, like the time we
Get to know Kav - the local brand that brings the luxe
Nothing says chic like clean lines, quality fabrics and a classic color palette. KAV fashion studio has got the minimalist style down, and they do it very well. This is the place to hit to get those must-have, wardrobe staple basics, that are equally classic and timeless. KAV is the brainchild of Dikla Einat. After graduating from Bezalel Art and Design Academy from the Jewelry & Fashion department, Dikla immediately started working on her own designs, knowing that she wanted to open her own small studio. Four years later, she is living the dream, working and creating from her studio in the heart of Tel Aviv. © Roni Cnaani “At the end of the day, my guiding principal is to make beautiful things.” KAV designs are loose and comfortable, the colors are muted (essentially limited to grey, white, cream and black) and pieces display impressive attention to detail. KAV are of the belief that trends are trivial, and functionality is key — meaning that every purchase is an investment piece. “We believe in creating a wardrobe of fashionable, functional items, which will continue to be relevant one season after another. KAV is a home that customers return to.” Their latest Winter collection features turtlenecks galore, styled with skinny pants and layered under oversized coats. Think Swedish, minimalist chic. To accompany the clothes, KAV has a great range of accessories — bags, scarves and home styling items — making it truly a one-stop shop for that co
Eating and drinking in Israel
‘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.
Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés
Tel Avivians take their coffee very seriously. While everyone thinks the French make the best latté and the Italians, the best espresso, we know better. Israel is the only country where Starbucks shied away because it simply didn’t compare. From coffee kiosks on Rothschild Boulevard, to cute cafés tucked behind the Carmel Market, to filtered coffee at the most hipster Florentin hole-in-the-walls, these Tel Aviv cafés are roasting up the best beans in town.
Eilat Eats: the best resort town restaurants
While Tel Aviv and Jerusalem boast some of the finest restaurants in Israel and Haifa is home to some incredible seafood and Middle Eastern cuisine, down south, the restaurants are pulling out all the stops. Whether you’ve had an action-packed day of exploring the south, or some much needed R&R at the spa, you’ll want to recharge with good eats. Eilat boasts some wonderful restaurants that hit the spot. Here’s a list of the best restaurants in Israel’s top resort town:
The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants
While 'being vegan' has become a trendy identifier in the last few years, the local Tel Aviv vegan restaurant scene actually has the chops to back up the goods. Thanks to Israel's climate and varying landscapes, harvesting tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables are a slam dunk (as proven by the colourful arrays at the markets) and diners get to reap the benefits. These vegan and vegetarian hotspots are here to help make our Israel a vegan-friendly Israel. Looking to cook up a storm in your own digs? Take advantage of the local offering and head to one of Israel's markets for a vegan foodie shopping adventure. Whether out and about or cooking from home, don't forget to wash down that tofu with a nice glass of Israeli wine.
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. They pair exquisite food with fine wines, funky cocktails and fancy atmospheres for the perfect dining experience. 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.
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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 five best bars inside Tel Aviv hotels
When skimming over our list of top cocktail bars and speakeasies, you may be surprised as to how many are situated within boutique hotels in Tel Aviv. From the classy Library bar inside the Norman hotel to the Imperial cocktail bar, where Time Out Tel Aviv’s Eating and Drinking Awards winner for best cocktail is stirring up wild concoctions with a seasonal menu, to the newest addition to the Tel Aviv rooftop bar scene atop the Poli House, these five drinking establishments are a must. We advise you make reservations ahead as these places are quite intimate. Plus, be wary that on busier nights, these quaint Tel Aviv hotel bars may turn down drinkers under the age of 25. So, whether you’re staying the night or starting the night, looking for mixology or a fine glass of wine, on a date or with friends, these hotel bars guarantee satisfaction.
The best Jewish art galleries and museums
Israeli art galleries are chock-full of local and international Jewish art, boasting talents from all walks of life who use Jewish motifs, biblical inspiration and ancient symbolism in their progressive works. Museums and galleries from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem host both burgeoning and veteran artists, showcasing their work in innovative and interactive ways. Here are our top choices for all those art lovers and Judaica enthusiasts out there.
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, Israeli fashion 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.Or to compensate after a few nights of luxury, check out our guides to Tel Aviv hostels and Jerusalem hostels.
Israel by area
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.
A tourist’s guide to Akko: where to eat, explore and sleep
Nestled on Israel's northern coast, Akko is an up-and-coming port city rich with Jewish history, sights and fantastic food. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Israeli treasure is a unique cross between east and west, modern and ancient Israel, beauty and ruins. Its rich history is palpable in its alleyways, underground passages and picturesque architecture, whose character reflects the legacy left behind by the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders and Arabs. But what has transformed this hidden gem from a pit stop to a destination is its recent emergence as a culinary force in the north, with some of the best hummus on the eastern Mediterranean (some say it’s better than the Jaffa street food offerings) and some of the best seafood restaurants in Israel.
Discover landmarks in Jewish history
Israel's landmark establishments are rife with Jewish history dating back thousands upon thousands of years through to modern times. From stunning museums that are architectural gems in their own right, like the famous Yad Vashem holocaust museum, to actual excavations and archaeological digs, these centers and institutions bear witness to Israel's prolific Jewish history – a history so extensive and significant, you’ll have to see it to believe it. Check out these attractions, and if your kids get restless, take a break for some family-friendly activities and authentic Jerusalem eats in between sightseeing.
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.
Sights and attractions in Israel
Banias Nature Reserve
The Banias Nature Reserve contains an abundance of natural and historical beauty, from the ruins of ancient cities to the roaring Banias Waterfall – the biggest waterfall in Israel. Found in the Upper Golan between the fertile Hula Valley and the Mount Hermon area, the Banias is a favorite for those visiting the Golan. Hours can be spent here; walking the trails, exploring the ruins and picnicking in the plush green woodlands. The falls and the springs are what makes this reserve so exceptional. The Banias Spring emerges at the foot of Mount Hermon and flows powerfully through a canyon for 3.5 km, eventually leading to the waterfall, the most impressive cascade in Israel. This is quite a site and makes this hike truly worthwhile. A stepped path near the spring leads to the Banias Cave where visitors will find the remains of a temple built by Herod the Great.
In the Kanai’m valley between the city of Arad and ancient Masada lies Kfar Hanokdim, a palm-lined oasis in the Judean desert. Have a truly memorable stay here in Bedouin tents or in private cottages for those wanting a more private experience. Packages include dinner and a hearty home cooked breakfast by your Bedouin hosts.
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!
The Ramon Crater (“Makhtesh Ramon”) in the Negev desert is the world’s largest erosion crater. The crater’s ancient history dates back 220 million years to when an ocean once filled the massive hole, which measures 500 meters deep, 40 km long and between 2 and 10 km wide. With a network of hikes ranging from easy loops to advanced mountain scales with extreme passageways (“Shen Ramon”), this worldwide landmark is the perfect place for thrill seekers to get their adrenaline fix. Be sure to catch the unbeatable sunset at the camel lookout or camp out under the stars.
Kfar Blum - Jordan River
If you’re seeking a more adventurous water activity to pass the time, the Kfar Blum wet river experience and attraction centre in the Galilee has just the thing. From high-speed “kayaking” (rafting) down fast-flowing waters to lazing down the Hatzbani stream, Kfar Blum guarantees fun for the entire family. For an additional adrenaline rush, don’t miss their "Top-Rope" adventure park. The site also offers campground accommodations for a reasonable price.
Eilat Mountain Hike
Adventuring through rock formed passages less than two meters wide yet hundreds of meters high, the Eilat Mountains offer visitors a unique and stunning desert experience. Whether hiking or biking, advanced or beginner, an experience awaits every visitor. In great weather conditions, one can see Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia from the top of mountain, making this experience uniquely Middle Eastern!