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15 Reasons Why You Should Visit Israel at Least Once in Your Lifetime

View of the old port in Tel Aviv at sunset, Old City of Jaffa © Badahos / Shutterstock

The Amazing Beaches

Israel’s most solid and constant border is its most beautiful: the Mediterranean Sea. From the shores of Tel Aviv to the cliffs of Acre in the north, almost all of Israel’s coastline is stunning and easily accessible. With fresh fish to eat and countless places from which to enjoy the sunset, Israel’s beaches are one of its most inviting features.

The Region’s Rich History

From the Bible to the Crusaders to the Ottoman Empire, the land on which modern-day Israel was founded has seen it all. The Old Cities of Jerusalem, Jaffa and Lod are among the oldest in the world, and visiting Israel allows you to visit sites as old as history itself. With everything from Roman ruins to Amish-like German “Templar” villages, visiting Israel allows you to experience history from the comforts of the modern world.

Holy Jerusalem

Holy to all three monotheistic faiths, Jerusalem is a city like no other. Its cobbled streets have seen some of the most momentous events in history. Its Old City is a melting pot of faiths and ethnicities, a nest of strange coexistence, and the city as a whole offers something for everyone, with everything from religious sites like the The Church of the Holy Sepulcher to the cool Mahne Yehuda market.

Because Tel Aviv is One of the Coolest Cities in the World

With a booming foodie scene, vibrant night life, and enough style to make you reassess your fashion choices, Tel Aviv is arguably one of the coolest cities in the Middle East, if not the world, today. From great restaurants to amazing architecture, Israel’s cultural capital is everything you’d hope from a Western capital — but with Middle Eastern flair.

The Food

From amazing street food like falafel or sabich to great local eats like hummus or shakshuka to the finest fine dining you can imagine — Israel has it all. Both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv offer countless amazing places to eat, from local Arab to fine Asian. Head to any Arab town to try some basbousa or another super-sweet Arabic dessert, or just go to Acre’s Old City and try some fresh fish straight out of the sea.

The Amazing Local Culture

From an artisan market in Tel Aviv to live shows on Jerusalem’s streets or a one-of-a-kind international design museum, Israel has a vibrant cultural scene catering to everyone. Tel Aviv has recently begun to host its own fashion week, which joins numerous film festivals and cultural events throughout the city. Whether it’s dance or street art you’re after, Israel has it all.

Because Israelis are the Funniest People in the World

An amazing and diverse group of people, Israelis come in all shapes and forms: Some are Jews whose grandparents migrated here from Europe or North Africa, others are Muslim or Christian Arabs who identify as Palestinians. Old or young, religious or secular, your average Israeli is kind and will help out with whatever you need, always ready with a recommendation.

Its Diverse Landscape

Like the food and the people, Israel is also extremely geographically diverse. In the south you have the Negev Desert and the barren Arava, home to the Dead Sea, which end in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat.

In Jerusalem you have greenery and mountains, and in Tel Aviv a humid beach city. In the north, the Golan Heights even offer skiing, and in between you have the Galilee and Carmel mountains, with picturesque forests. From swamps to lakes, craters to mountains, we’ve literally got it all.

Israel is the only country you can see in day and that caters to both devout Evangelicals and gay party seekers. Amazing nature, countless historic and religious sites, and the coolest city in the region…here are the reasons you should come to Israel at least once.

Tel Aviv Jaffa ©israeltourism

Orthodox Christian pilgrims commemorate the path Jesus carried his cross on the day of his crucifixion along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem © Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Shutterstock

Tel Avivians drink coffee on a weekday at Cafe Yom Tov Courtesy

Tamuz Rachman ©,courtesy of Santa Katarina

Colorful trinkets made by colorful folks at Tel Aviv's Arts and Crafts Market on Nahalat Binyamin Israel Tourism, Flickr

Only the best cherries at Tel Aviv's Carmel Market © Dana Friedlander for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism / Flickr

The sun sets over the Negev desert Matthew Parker, Wikipedia

Snow in northern Israel covers a wineyard Carlos Hagadol, Wikipedia