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Israel is one of the world’s great treasure troves of historical and religious sites. But in addition to this wealth of sightseeing opportunities, for a small country, it’s also defined by a truly remarkable geographical variety from deserts and mountains, to a multitude of beaches.
The capital Jerusalem is a ‘Holy City’ for the three main monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Atmospheric streets and markets crisscross the old quarter, intermingling with a host of ancient monuments and prominent archaeological remains.
Of these, the most important is undoubtedly the ‘Western Wall’ or Il-Mabka site. Built around 516 BC, the ‘Wailing Wall’ (as it’s also known) appears in the holy books of the three religions, but is of particular relevance to Jews, to whom it’s a vital site of pilgrimage.
Away from Jerusalem, nearby Tel Aviv is lively and cosmopolitan, while the UNESCO-protected town of Akko is outstanding. To the south, the ‘Incense Route’ of the Nagev Desert (made up of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta) is yet another truly remarkable World Heritage Site.
But the entire country is studded with the remains of ancient civilizations like Hazor, Masadda and the Canaanite/Israelite city of Megiddo. What’s more, dramatic crusader castles such as Nimrod and Belvoir dot the country, looming impressively over the surrounding landscape.
Away from all the history and culture, Israel’s coastline is flanked with beaches – the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the lowest point on earth, the incredibly buoyant Dead Sea – all (much like the country as a whole) offering something slightly different.
While its location may be a source of much controversy, Israel is, and will always remain, a unique travel destination. There are, quite simply, few other places on earth that can compete with its dazzling array of sights.