Israel means many things to many people. For millions of travelers around the world, this is the ‘Holy Land’, spiritually sacrosanct for the three great monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
The mud at Dead Sea spa resorts is renowned for its health-giving properties. Go there to slather yourself in it. It`s impossible to sink in this ‘sea`, which is, in fact, an inland lake with intensely salty, mineral-rich water, lying at the lowest point on earth.
Immerse yourself in Tel Aviv`s fascinating Shuk HaCarmel, or Carmel Market, brimming with spices, fresh produce, cut flowers and trinkets galore.
The waters off Eilat are rich in coral and perfect for some underwater gazing. Scuba or snorkel on underwater trails, take a submarine tour, or just marvel at the scene through the windows of the Eilat`s amazing Underwater Observatory. The intricately beautiful glorious Dome of the Rock stands high on Temple Mount (Har HaBayit in Hebrew, Haram esh-Sharif in Arabic) in Jerusalem and is spiritually significant for both Jews and Muslims.
The beautiful Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is surrounded by Christian sites such as Capernaum, Cana, and the Mount of Beatitudes. Nearby is Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, now the largest Arab city in Israel.