Israel Travel Guide

Israel Summary

Pros

  • Beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean
  • Some of the most important holy sights in the word, for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • The Temple Mount, an important Jewish and Islamic sight that's home to the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many believe Jesus was crucified (the location is debated)
  • The Old City in Jerusalem, with Ottoman-era stone walls; Christian, Jewish, and Muslim quarters; and numerous markets
  • Thriving nightlife and vibrant culture in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv
  • Cheap, reliable buses
  • Many people speak English

Cons

  • Hot, humid summers
  • Though generally a safe city, there have been past terrorist attacks such as bus bombings
  • Some holy sights only open to a specific religion

What It's Like

This small Middle Eastern nation along the Mediterranean Sea is a vibrant mix of old and new: There are ancient holy sites and Crusader-era ruins as well as gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. In Jerusalem, visitors may encounter Orthodox neighborhoods where modest dress codes are enforced, while Tel Aviv is a westernized metropolis with a thriving party scene.

This predominantly Jewish country is also home to Islamic and Christian populations, and its famous pilgrimage destinations include the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There are holy sites here important to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and there is a long history of religious and territorial conflict in this region.  

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Facts

Language:

Hebrew, Arabic

Airport:

Ben Gurion Airport

Peak:

July - August

Off-Peak:

November - February

Currency:

Israeli new shekel

Electricity:

220 V, 50 Hz

Tipping:

10-12% in restaurants

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