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Visiting Israel


Contrary to popular belief, Israel is one country in the Middle East that is truly worth visiting.

You see, Israel is deemed as the Holy Land – where it all began for the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims. Jerusalem, which is mentioned numerous times in the Bible and the capital city of Israel, is home to the world’s greatest pilgrimage sites. There’s the Western Wall, which is a pilgrimage site for those who practice Judaism. There’s also the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is the pilgrimage site for those who practice Christianity. There’s even the Dome of the Rock, which is the pilgrimage site of those who practice Islam. All these sites are located within the Old City, which the Bible has described as heavily fortified with a strong city wall.

But wait, there’s more!

Tel Aviv or Tel Aviv-Yafo, which is located along the Mediterranean coastline and the second-largest city of Israel, is home to modern-day finance industry and technology industry. It’s also home to an estimated population of over 430,000, as well as the Silicon Wadi or the Middle East version of Silicon Valley in California. It’s even home to a dynamic nightlife scene (hence, the nickname Party Capital), as well as a vibrant around-the-clock culture (hence, the nickname The City That Never Sleeps). And oh, don’t forget about the best thing about Tel Aviv: their own spectacular take on engineering and architecture, both of which are evident in the sky-high buildings found all over the place.

Indeed, Israel is one country in the Middle East that is truly worth visiting. Even if you find yourself stranded in the country with only an airport sleeping tent as relief, you would still want to visit Israel – not just for being home to religion and people itself, but also for being home to history and culture itself.

6 Top Destinations in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel that attracts its growing share of tourists. Only a short trip away from Jerusalem, the city exudes a different vibe with attractions that include some of the most popular beaches in the country, a vibrant nightlife and party scene, art, culture, and culinary delights.

Tel Aviv is home to several miles of beaches, many of which are popular to locals and tourists. Whether you are thinking of partying or simply relaxing on a beach, the city has plenty of places to choose from. Some of the best beaches to visit include Banana Beach, Frishman Beach, Gordon Beach, Hof HaZuk North (Mandarin Beach), Hof HaZuk South (Sea and Sun Beach), Metzitzim Beach, Separated or Religious Beach, and Tel Baruch Beach.

Beit Hatefutsoth
Beit Hatefutsoth
Also known as the Diaspora Museum, Beit Hatefutsoth features collections of documents, films, recordings, and more that offer a glimpse into the history of the Jewish people. Points of interest include the thematic sections like the Among the Nations , The Community, Culture, Faith, The Family, and the Return.

Bialik Street
Bialik Street
Bialik Street is one of the most beautiful and interesting streets in Tel Aviv. It is a cultural and historical destination with attractions that include the Bialik House, Rubin Museum, and the former town hall.

From downtown Tel Aviv, take a walk heading to Jaffa and feel like you have stepped back in time as you explore the old port town. Marvel at the well-preserved architecture and visit the boutiques and restaurants located in what used to be a bazaar. Other top sights to visit when in the area include St. Peter’s Monastery, the bustling flea market, the old port area, the Al-Bahr Mosque, and the Hassan Bek Mosque among others.

Neve Tzedek Quarter
Neve Tzedek Quarter
Neve Tzedek Quarter is a great place to explore, especially for art and architecture lovers. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is home to European-Jewish settlers for over a century. Its narrow streets, beautiful architecture, and tranquil atmosphere add to the oasis-like feeling that is in contrast from the busier vibe of downtown Tel Aviv. Some of the must-sees in this neighborhood include The Rokach House, Clouche House, Nachum Gutman Museum, Samy D (ceramics studio), Shabazi Street, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, and the neighborhood’s cafes and restaurants.

Yemenite Quarter
Kerem HaTeimanim
Kerem HaTeimanim, also known as the Yemenite Quarter, is an old neighborhood in Tel Aviv. It is teeming with alleyways begging for a leisurely stroll. It sits near the busy Carmel Market.

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