Top 10 Sites to Visit in Israel This Summer
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Roman aqueduct in Caesarea
This impressive Roman aqueduct is worth visiting during the summer. The beautiful views of the beach make it a picture perfect site that will impress your Facebook friends. The structure was built in the 1st and 2nd century BC by Herod in an effort to provide a steady flow of water for the old city of Caesarea.
This is a great opportunity to experience one of nature’s most magnificent sea creatures. The dolphin reef is a major tourist attraction in Eilat since 1990 when it opened its doors with a few Black Sea bottlenose dolphins. During your relaxing time at the reef, you will see many species including angelfish, butterflyfish, stingrays and cuttlefish. You will also interact with the dolphins Cindy, Shy, Nana, Luna, Nikita, Sheba and Raja.
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Ein Gedi is an oasis and nature reserve located west of the Dead Sea along the hills of the Judean Desert. Also known as the “place of the goats” because of the wild goats that inhabit the area and for the story of David, who hid from King Saul with his 300 warriors.
In Ein Gedi you will find water springs, beautiful flowers and picture perfect scenery. In fact, Solomon once compared his lover to “a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi”, a good sign that the fertility and wildlife of this region existed in ancient times.
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This is a small town in the Negev Desert once considered to be a pit-stop on the way to Eilat and now recognized as a must-see attraction in Israel. The Ramon Crater has been developed in the last couple of years by entrepreneurs inspired by the blank canvas of possibilities offered by this vast desert.
In the area you will find award winning restaurants such as Chez Eugéne, the Ramon Visitor Center, the wildlife park named Bio Ramon and even the famous Mitzpe Ramon Jazz Club. If you’re looking for something romantic or even a family adventure, Mitzpe Ramon is the place to visit this summer!
Photo by Micheal Fountain
The Crusader Castle at Apollonia
This crusader castle is located on a cliff south of Caesarea in Israel. Apollonia dates back to the seafaring Phoenicians in the 6th century BCE. The impressive ruins of the castle have taken many decades to unearth and many ancient artifacts have been found in the region. If you’re looking for a beautiful relaxing view or you want to immerse yourself in the history of the crusaders, this is a great site to visit.
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The Old City of Jaffa
Jaffa is an ancient port city in Israel famous for being the port where Jonah sailed from before he got swallowed by a fish. There are lots of great things to see and do in Jaffa; shop in unique boutiques, enjoy the local food or appreciate the art from local artists while you walk through the narrow alleyways of the city.
Photo by Kyle Sorkness
Mount Arbel is well known for its “Jesus Trail”, a popular pilgrimage site where thousands of people walk tracing the sites that is said to have been walked by Jesus. If you’re looking for a hiking adventure, the Arbel Cliff will be a physically challenging and life-changing spiritual experience.
The Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem marked with 14 “Stations of the Cross” commemorating fourteen events that took place along the way of Jesus’ crucifixion. Every Friday Christians join a procession through the streets. You will find great souvenir shops, busy markets surrounded by the most historic sites of the Bible.
Believed to be the place of the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus, the small village of Tzippori is located in the central Galilee region of Israel. You will find a Roman theater that sat 4,500 people, two early Christian churches and impressive mosaics with Bible stories dating to the 3rd and 6th century CE. To enjoy the sites, it will take you about 3 hours, hydrate and make as many stops as possible, after all it’s a beautiful warm summer day in Israel!