Beautiful and attractive tourist destinations in Israel

Tourism is a major industry, and in 2019 some 4.5 million tourists visited. They flock to iconic sites like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as some more off-the-beaten-track locations.

Jerusalem boasts religious sites that are hallowed by three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Some of the pilgrimage sites, like the Western Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, give tourists a feeling of travelling back in time to important episodes in the history of their faith.

Tel Aviv

The more secular Tel Aviv is famous for its beaches, markets and food. There is a thriving culture scene and a lively nightlife. Big annual events include the Pride Parade, celebrations for the carnival-themed festival of Purim, and Tel Aviv Fashion Week.


Haifa, in northern Israel, is a mixed Jewish-Arab city, known for its diversity. Tourists can flock to the harbour and beach, as well as unique attractions like the large botanical garden run by members of the Bahai faith.


Close to Haifa, Acre is an important tourist destination, with archaeological ruins, a picturesque old city, and interesting cultural and architectural masterpieces.

The Sea of Galilee

The largest body of water, largest freshwater lake, and well-known to readers of the Bible. According to the New Testament, many of Jesus’ miracles took place here, including walking on water. There are many tourist areas around the lake, including the popular town of Tibereas.

The Dead Sea

the lowest point on the surface of the Earth, is a big attraction for swimmers, who enjoy the especially-salty water which keeps them afloat. The Dead Sea is surrounded by other tourist attractions, including the fortress of Masada, which many people climb at dawn in order to witness a stunning sunrise from the top.


Eilat is a resort city on the southern tip of Israel, where people flock for luxury hotels, water sports and a party atmosphere.
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