Our reasons to visit Israel are manifold. Charles and I have both been reading a book that presents an alternate history of the world. One that reveals it wasn’t the Mediterranean that was at the centre of history, but in fact, the Middle East. We’ve been devouring page after page of fascinating and shocking information about once flourishing cities, cultures and peoples that were at the epicentre of civilisation. Israel features as the star of these instances. Perhaps that’s why we’ve been seeing so many of our friends choosing Israel as their vacay destination off-late.
Our reasons to visit Israel
1. To set foot in Jerusalem – the holy land
Among the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem has seen over 5000 complex years. Since biblical times, this place has been the focal point of pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims. It’s seen so much, and there are traces of it all over the city. From Temple Mount to the Citadel and the Dead Sea Scrolls, there’s so much we’re just dying to discover!
2. To party in Tel Aviv
I’m not sure why, but this name has always brought to my mind’s eye vivid sunsets on rooftop bars with the swish set wearing sunglasses and sipping on wine glasses. Up until recently I had no idea that this conjured up notion I was imagining isn’t far from reality. Tel Aviv is indeed a hip hotspot for the young and fabulous. And while we’re young and fabulous (I’m young and Charles says he’s fabulous), it seems like the perfect excuse for us to dive into its cafe culture and resort-like ambience. We’ve had so many friends go, and they’ve only returned raving about just how much they enjoyed it.
3. To float in the Dead Sea
The saltiest water body in the world, a strange place where humans become unsinkable. Who doesn’t want to go and pose for that quintessential “look at me reading a newspaper while floating in the sea” picture for instagram? Move over monthly spa visits, beauties like the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra were known to spa at the Dead Sea regularly. Think of the salt and mud as an exfoliating, mineral rich treatment that smoothens your skin, making it glow while also treating skin ailments. I’ve had a bit of a spa day at the Dead Sea in a neighbouring country, and I’d love to do this again in Israel!
4. To snorkel in Eilat
I’ve seen Eilat from a boat on the Red Sea. And the far away land, whose lights twinkled so mystically by night has been calling to me ever since. The Red Sea is a rich underwater world of some of the world’s most colourful fish and corals. I lost a battle with the strong currents in another area of the Red Sea, and I can’t wait to go back and try to spot some finned beauties in the more tranquil waters of the Dolphin Reef.
5. To conquer Akko’s fortress on Camelback
This crusader city that changed hands several times – first owned by Arabs, then Europeans and then back to the Muslims, has several layers of history that are just waiting for us to peel them back.
There’s so many more reasons to visit Israel that we can’t specifically pinpoint. Is it the delicious food? The incredibly vast natural landscapes? The ancient culture? The intriguing people? We’re not quite sure yet. But we know we can’t wait to find out! Watch their fascinating video and tell us, what’s got you most interested about visiting Israel?
This post was made possible by Israel Tourism. Opinions as always, are our own.