Most popular ways to explore South Israel

Most popular ways to explore South Israel

Israel is a visual treat and is ephemeral. Israel has history, hamlets and holy sites and springs straight out of Holy Bible and Dead Sea. Israel is the holy land where invaders tried to claim the holy land throughout history. Israel is well-frequented by the travelers around the world due to its proximity to the Dead Sea. The South Israel has Tel Aviv Airport and you can get on board to Jerusalem.

 

South Israel has a poignant vibe and is significant of its spiritual connections. Israel has the potential to transport you back in time as it is the ultimate magical experience. The Southern district is one of Israel’s six districts and largest in terms of land area. It is a hub of fascinating sites and activities with the country’s most beautiful resorts and national parks.

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The old town Israel is quaint and rustic with its new settlements with balconies, canals and verandas on its fringes perfectly etched with each other.

While in Israel artisanal couscous, bitter almonds, gourmet salts, olives, Yemenite filigree, Bedouin woven rugs, Armenian kitchenware and ceramic bowls are a must buy as souvenirs. Israeli souvenirs are available in decent prices.

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Every nook and cranny of the Old City of Israel has an element of mystique with its holy sites. Kosher cuisines in Israel are a must have. A visit to Israeli Alfresco restaurants is a must do. While in Israel it is imperative to sample native olives, tahini, labneh cheese and smoked eggplant.

Maklouba is a rice dish with roasted vegetables and meats.

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Mujadara is a popular rice and lentil dish made of white beans cooked in tomato stew and servedon white rice. The dessert preparation of baklava in syrupy texture sprinkled with sesame is a must-eat.

Shakshouka is a preparation of poached eggs in tomato sauce.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a Basilica dating to the 4th century and is marked as the site of Jesus’s tomb. It is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is also the place of crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also known as the Church of the Resurrection Anastasis.

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Masada is King Herod’s Palace is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel in Judean Desert on the massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. It has a Roman-style bathhouse with long winding paths reaching to the fortress in a cable car.


Western
Wall are the remnants of ancient wall of temple courtyard and a sacred site. It is also called Wailing Wall or Kotel and is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Mountain of Olives or Mount Olivet is a mountain ridge adjacent to Jerusalem Old City overlooking it. It is a biblical site beyond the Old City Walls with the Glory of the God of Israel having risen from it.

Mount Zion is a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City also in the connotations known as the Western Hill. It is the highest point and the remnant of ancient Jerusalem.

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Tower of David is a medieval citadel and museum of Jerusalem’s history. It is also known as the Jerusalem citadel near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the western edge of the Old City of Jerusalem dates back to Ottoman periods.

Herodium is an excavated archaeological site of fortified palace on an artificial conical hill in the Judean desert in the southeast of Bethlehem. It is also the highest peak in the Judaean desert.

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Ein Gedi nature reserves and caves, Ein Gedi Desert and Ein Gedi Kibbutz are located in the west of the Dead Sea. It is one of the most popular nature and historic sites in Israel on the edge of the Judean desert in the Dead Sea Valley. It is one of the premium hiking spots with waterfalls, springs, landscapes, botanical gardens and brooks. It is considered as the biggest oasis of Israel in the Israeli deserts.

Judean Mountains is a mountain range in Israel where Jerusalem and other Biblical cities are located.

Masada is an ancient fortress in the Southern District of Israel on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea on Judean Mountains.

Ein Karem hamlet is the birthplace of St John the Baptist and is the pilgrimage site frequently visited. They say that myrrh leaves are the indigenous plant species to this region and has Biblical fragrance.

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Dead Sea has therapeutic qualities and rejuvenating properties with the salts and minerals. It is the saltiest sea in the world. The proximity of Dead Sea has a sulphur pool with the curative mud from the banks of the sea. Dead Sea borders Israel West bank and Jordan and is the lowest point in Israel. The water is saline keeps you floating and is perhaps world’s lowest elevation.

Eilat is the first resort town on the Red Sea or Erthraean Sea at Israel’s southernmost tip. It has Dolphin Reef, Coral Beach Nature Reserve Underwater Observatory and Marine park. It is known for snorkeling and diving activities with underwater trails. It is located at the window to Red Sea and is a base for excursions to Petra and Jordan.

Timna Valley Park in southern Israel in south western Arabah has Geological formations conducive to camping. It is one of world’s largest parks presided in a horseshoe shaped valley covering 15,000 acres.

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Sea of Galilee also known as Kinneret or Lake of Gennesaret or Lake Tiberias is the largest freshwater lake in Israel is about five miles long. It is considered as Holy Land Site and urban legends and folklore have a say in the New Testament that Jesus walked on its shores.

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