Dead Sea in the morning, seen from Masada Română: Răsărit de soare la “Marea Moartă” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are so many Israel tourist attractions, it can be hard to narrow down what it is you want to accomplish while you are there. With hundreds of areas ripe with history and religious importance, some of the other Israel attractions go unnoticed. It is likely you know exactly what types of biblical places you want to see, so keep in mind a few of these others when you are setting out to plan your trip.
There is an international film festival in Israel. When thinking of what to do in Israel, this is something that should at least make the list. You will be exposed to filmmaking from all over the world and you will find a totally new take on the medium. In addition, you can meet the filmmakers and hear what it is they are doing and trying to accomplish with their works. It definitely is an unforgettable experience.
The Dead Sea area spas are a great hit. Many people plan one of the day excursions to the Dead Sea which gets you in and out of the area so fast you only have time to float for a minute before you will find yourself being pulled back to your hotel. Look into a longer trip here and plan a relaxing day taking part in spa treatments specialized to the area. It is a great way to rejuvenate before the rest of your vacation or your trip home.
Music and food are also very important in Israel. While it doesn’t seem to cross the ocean like Italian or French, the truth is there are some amazingly creative chefs in the area. You can experience food and spices here like never before. There is so much new food to try and even local area wines, you will be shocked. You can pair this with some local area music and have a true Israeli experience, as it is a lovely country full of lovely people. Your appreciation for the culture will expand exponentially as you see what life is really like.
Haifa, Israel (Photo credit: swallroth)
Haifa is one of the forgotten cities in Israel. For many who do not know of the history beyond the bible, it is a place that can easily be overlooked yet is one of the most gorgeous cities on the planet. It is rich with culture, color and entertainment. The arts are particular prized in the Haifa region and there are a number of festivals setting out to prove just how worldy this city can be. You might find you enjoy your Haifa tour more than the rest of the things you have been dying to see for years.
The Festival of Festivals is an amazing celebration of three religions simultaneously: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Events happen every weekend in December and hope to provide people the ideals needed to truly live together in peace. There are antiques, foods, artists selling their wares, performances and even music concerts in the local halls. The overall emotion is that of tolerance and joy; a truly unique experience for the area. These festivals have grown in popularity and really bring to light the similarities between the religions while be accepting of the differences.
For 25 years Haifa has been the home of an international film festival. There are usually 280 screenings or more of films from all around the world. With guests from various film communities, it gives the artists a chance to talk about the challenges of their craft in all different locations. It spreads the word of little known films and helps promote the true understanding of various cultures.
Haifa tours often include trips all around downtown and the interesting structures that have been build. The theater is the home to the Children’s Theater Festival yearly. This is an excellent place to take children to enjoy the theater and learn all about other cultures and entertainment. The actors rejoice in showing children how to laugh and have fun in this type of atmosphere. Make sure you aren’t shy, there is often some audience participation and you better be ready to come front and center if you are called on to participate.
Israel districts numbered (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Guided tours in Israel often include many of the natural wonders. The Dead Sea with it’s healing qualities of the nutrient rich water is a fairly well known example. its a very popular destination because many people while traveling likes to travel from the center to the outskirts to see the real Israel. another quite popular destination is the golden city of Jerusalem. many who visit Israel come mostly of this city special spirituality and religious qualities.
While many believe the country to be small, there is still quite diversity in the land. Surrounded by desert, it is amazing how many areas of water and lush green land exist especially in the north of Israel. The guided tours in Israel various their focus on the natural wonders just as much as the manmade ones. In Israel, a guided tour can help to keep you safe. The guides know where to travel and where not to.