Israel is known mainly for historical and religious sites for Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths, but that’s not all the country has to offer. The Dead Sea is one of its most tourist attractions, being the Earth’s lowest point and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, which means you can’t sink. In Tel Aviv, the country’s most modern city and home to most international flights, the traditional Israeli culinary scene is a heavenly place for food lovers. From there, you can visit Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world, Mount Zion and the City of David. Israel has many important shrines and pilgrimage destinations. Galilee is home to a number of Christian sites, including Nazareth, where you’ll find the largest church in the Middle East; and the Jesus Trail or the Gospel Trail, hikes from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee — which is also home to numerous sites of Christian interest, such as Capernaum, Tabgha (where Jesus fed people loaves and fishes), Cana, and the Mount of Beatitudes (the supposed location of the Sermon on the Mount).
Known as the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem is a must-visit destination. Be sure to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the most important Christian sites (ostensibly where Jesus was born) and also one of the world’s oldest operating churches. The Negev Desert covers the southern half of Israel, from sandboarding in the dunes in the north to rappelling off the cliffs of the Ramon Crater, to Masada National Park.
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