Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv is an eclectic mix of winding stone walkways, Bauhaus buildings and lively Mediterranean beaches. Highlights include the Old City of Jaffa, which is a treasure trove of historic architecture, and The White City – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings.
Jerusalem is one of the most fabled cities on Earth, teeming with tales of biblical proportions at sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, the Cenacle in King David’s Tomb, the Western Wall and the Via Dolorosa.
Beyond Israel’s cities lie its beach resorts. Israel’s Mediterranean coastline stretches for 170 miles – perfect for soaking up the country’s 300 yearly days of sunshine. Between the northern reaches of the Red Sea and the Eilat Mountains is the lively beach resort of Eilat – a favourite with divers, snorkellers and sun seekers.
For a slower paced holiday by the water, the Sea of Galilee is a special place where Jesus was said to have lived and taught some of his most famous sermons. And then there’s Israel’s most famous natural wonder: the Dead Sea. This pool of seriously salty water in the Negev Desert is so salty that no visible organism could live in it and its salt crystals make for the ultimate natural pampering session.
GMT +2 hours
Tel Aviv: 5 hours
Hebrew and Arabic, but English is widely spoken
Visas are not required for UK passport holders