Israel - Your Destination to the Promised Land
Moses did not divide the Red Sea for nothing. If you’re aware of the Exodus, then you probably have an idea of what is in store for you in the land of David: Israel. Lying between Asia and Africa, the Promised Land truly promises a multitude of jaw-dropping historical and religious sites, and indulging activities that will make you believe that heaven on earth exists.
Where to Go
If you are interested in the bible, Israel is definitely your paradise (Learn how to read the bible). Although notorious for the numerous wars that the country has been involved in, Israel boasts countless religious and spiritual sites that many religions consider sacred. Here are some places of the Promised Land that you should visit.
Jerusalem: The largest city of Israel, Jerusalem is considered holy by the three most dominant religions in the world: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Lying in the Judean Mountains, between the Dead City and the Mediterranean Sea, Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities, the history of which can be traced back as far as 4000 BC. It harbors the Old City, a world heritage site home to many must-see sites that are of great religious importance such as the Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Jericho: One of the oldest cities in the world that is inhabited up to the present, Jericho was first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Joshua. Located on the West Bank near the Jordan River, the city is a favorite among archaeologists, who have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in the area.
Galilee: If you think Israel is all about sand and sun, think again. The Galilee is a vast region in northern Israel consisting of numerous high mountains including Mount Meron and Mount Tabor. The region fosters relatively low temperatures and receives high precipitation, which means a wide range of plants and wildlife thrive in the rocky region. Nature-trippers will be thrilled to see countless species of African birds flying over streams and waterfalls. You also have to be prepared to be stunned by the breathtaking wildflowers in the middle of wide fields of greenery. You will also find Jesus’ hometown here, the city of Nazareth.
What to Do
Israel offers a multitude of exciting activities other than sight-seeing and visiting ancient biblical sites. There are more adjectives to describe Israel besides “old,” “ancient,” and “spiritual.” Visit Israel and you’ll find yourself using the following words to describe this small but terrible Middle Eastern territory.
Entertaining: Many people have this preconceived notion that Israel has no nightlife. The truth is that the country’s capital, Tel Aviv, has the most vibrant nightlife in the region. Indulge your urban tastes by having the best party of your life in one of the city’s popular bars and clubs. You should also discover why many choreographers dub Tel Aviv “the world city” by seeing some of its finest theaters and trying its famous dances.
Relaxing: Tel Aviv is located along the Mediterranean coast. That being said, you can be assured of great majestic beaches. Imagine the fine-grained shored on Ashkelon buffeted by the waves from the Nile Delta. Add the rocky coves where wildflowers sprout. Divers can also have the time of their lives taking an amazing tour of the Roman antiquities underwater.
What to Remember
If you’re traveling to Israel, you can forget anything but these two W’s: water and walking shoes. Israel harbors a number of deserts where water can be pretty scarce. The heat of the sun is your greatest enemy in this country. You will need an unflagging stamina and you need to be armed with the best energy-provider: water. Keep yourself healthy and hydrated by staying equipped with a water jug or holder.
The other W stands for walking shoes. There is no way you can embark on an Israeli adventure without a reliable pair of walking shoes. Remember that traveling and sightseeing across Israel requires a lot of walking. You don’t want to go searching for a nice pair in the middle of Jerusalem just because the pair you brought failed you. One of the happiest celebration that Israel have given the world is Passover, if you want to know tips on staging it, read Passover Party Ideas.