Israel is a small yet diverse country which has controlled the West Bank and Golan Heights since the six-day war in 1967. Originally, Israel was established as a state for the Jewish people, following the Second World War, and is considered part of their Holy Land. However three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—all have historical ties to the region. Israel thus contains a vibrant (often controversial) modern history and culture, based in part on the diverse, immigrant origins of its inhabitants returning from the Jewish Diaspora. These aspects make Israel a fascinating destination for many travelers and pilgrims due to the vast mix of culture and historical sites – adapted from Wikitravel.
A travellers time is best spent exploring the coastal towns of Jaffa, the uber modern Tel Aviv, ancient Caesarea, Haifa and Acre before indulging some of the worlds most scared sites within Jerusalem’s ancient Old City - the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the timeless Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to name a few. A short distance from Jerusalem, beyond the artwork adorned Wall, no visit is complete without visiting Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus or Hebron.
Jerusalem is the capital and largest city in Israel and is holy to three of the world’s great religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) and is considered as one of the oldest cities in the... Read more >>
During my time living in Sweden in 2010 I decided to take the opportunity to visit several Israeli friends that I had met while travelling through Southeast Asia who lived near Tel Aviv, along ... Read more >>