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Nature of Israel - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Israel is located on the border of two parts of the world and belongs to the Middle East region. The western coast of the country is washed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Jordan River flows at the eastern borders and the majestic Dead Sea lies on the Syrian-African fault. The southern shore of Israel is washed by the Red Sea. Despite the Country’s small size, it is distinguished by its natural diversity. Israel’s territory can be divided into several regions: the coastal Mediterranean plain, hilly landscapes in the central part, the Negev desert and the Jordan Valley. The country’s climate can be described as subtropical or Mediterranean with mild wet winters and dry sultry summers.
Tourists can enjoy a rich and diverse shopping experience in the small area of ​​Israel. The Israeli authorities appreciate the guests of the …
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Natural uniqueness defines a huge number of natural attractions that deserve the attention of tourists. One of the most amazing places in Israel is the Dead Sea situated below the level of the World Ocean. It is a huge inner lake fed by the waters of the Jordan River. The reservoir got its modern name from the Crusaders. River waters saturate the Dead Sea with minerals and salt which makes it the most saline and lifeless reservoir on the planet. Today, a tourist infrastructure has been created on the shore of the Dead Sea including hotels, sanatoriums, hospitals and spa centers.
One of the most famous rivers in the world, “the Jordan River” can be found in Israel. It is a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. Believers tend to take part in the symbolic sacrament of baptism in the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in ancient times. The Bible more than once speaks of the Jordan as a wonderful river whose waters parted before Joshua, helping the Israelis to complete a forty-year wandering through the desert. Today, tourists can see the Jordan with their own eyes and plunge into the sacred river waters. The most popular place to visit is the tourist complex “Yardenit” near the source of the river close to Tiberias. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Many colorful festivals and festive events take place in Israel year after year. One of the most important festivities in the country is the Jewish …
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Arriving in Israel, one cannot but visit the unearthly desert Negev, nicknamed “blooming”. Once a year, there comes the time of flowering of numerous plants, turning this stern place into a colorful carpet and filling it with fragrance. In the desert you will find ancient earth craters “mahtesh”, formed as a result of erosion of internal rocks. A few years ago, a water pipe was laid here which allowed the cultivation of the fertile lands of the northern part of the desert. This led to the emergence of settlements and agrarian communes –“moshav” and “kibbutzim”. Yatir, a large afforestation was created in the desert where many tourist routes are situated. The excavations of ancient settlements are of interest.
Lake Tiberias or Lake Kinerit is also popular among tourists. According to legend, Jesus Christ preached, resurrected the dead and treated the sick on its shores two thousand years ago. The water of this lake has shown a miracle of His walking on the water. There is a nature reserve Hamat-Gader with thermal springs at the lake. During excavations, the ruins of Roman baths were found within its territory. It also has a large crocodile nursery. One of the most beautiful places to visit in Israel is the grottoes of Rosh Ha Nikra, which formerly served as the starting point for trade caravans in Egypt. Depending on the time of day, the grottoes change their color from silvery to aquamarine. Tourists can take advantage of the convenient paths to go through the grottoes and admire the picturesque views of the Mediterranean coast.
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In Haifa at the slope of Mount Carmel are situated the Baha’i Gardens. Created in the middle of the 20th century, today there are nineteen rounded terraces branching off from the Baha’i Temple. The terraces are decorated in Persian style. Their perfect alleys, emerald lawns and exquisitely trimmed shrubs cannot but create delight. You will find more than four hundred varieties of strange plants in the gardens, each of which has a sacred meaning. Garden of Gethsemane is one of the religious and cultural shrines of Israel. Today, only a modest plot remains of it. Before now it occupied an extensive valley. The modern garden adjoins the tomb of the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, it was in the Garden of Gethsemane that Jesus Christ spent the last hours before His crucifixion. Presently, ancient olive trees which are over hundreds of years old grow here.
There is also the “Caesarea National Park” – the center of the ancient city of Caesarea which disappeared under the water several centuries ago. Even today, part of its territory is under water. An ancient amphitheater, a hippodrome and a port have been preserved in the park. Its colossal walls are surrounded by exquisite galleries, shops and restaurants. On the way to the public beach you can see the ancient aqueduct with an intriguing “bird’s mosaic”. You will also find a lot of art galleries in “Caesarea”. In the harbor, you can find an archaeological exhibition representing a thousand-year-old Sarcophagus made of stone, on the lid of which the head of the mythical gorgon Medusa is carved.
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♥   National Park 'Aqwa Bella' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bet Guvrin' . On the map   Photos
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♥   National Park 'Gan Hashlosha' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Hamat teverya' . On the map   Photos
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Famous places and sights of Israel

Monastery of George Khozevita

From the series “The Most Inaccessible Buildings in the World”
In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. The monastery building was built on the slope of the rock wall. The nearest settlement is the old town of Jericho, which is about 5 km away.

The remarkable Gheorghe Hozevitul monastery was built in the 6th century. From a distance, his modest buildings look like swallow nests hanging over the high slope. The monastery was built entirely of stone and is incredibly beautiful. In it the old chapel and a lot of the religious artefacts have been preserved. The history of the monastery building is very interesting. As a legend … Read all

Dead Sea

From the series “Amazing Land Areas Below the Sea Level”
The deepest place on earth is the Dead Mees, on whose coasts the guests of three popular tourist countries - Syria, Israel and Jordan can stroll. The depth of the lowland forms about 413 meters. This parameter can be extremely complicated. This is because it depends on the weather conditions and the level of seawater evaporation. In the drought, when the volatility is maximally large, the depth of the lowland can reach 413 meters. And after the rain it can increase to the shortest deadlines to a few meters.

The main feature of the unique coastline is the salinization that forms the incredibly beautiful natural sculptures and landscapes. The high salt concentration attracts the numerous supporters of health tourism to the coasts of the Dead Sea. The deepest land area on the earth is … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Israel

Tel Aviv
The most ambitious scientific and historical center of the city is the Museum Eretz Yisrael, which name translates as the ‘Museum of the Land of Israel.’ The museum was opened in 1953; its walls house a rich collection of exhibits dedicated to the culture and traditions of local people. Its collection of ancient scrolls is considered to be the most valuable ever; scientists are working with it till nowadays. There is also an impressive architectural landmark such as the Azrieli … Read more
Jerusalem
Holy Sepulcher Temple is a no less important religious shrine. In fact, this is a complex of six different churches, each of which reflects different traditions in Christianity. Each chapel of the church has its own unique religious artifacts. However, visitors will not find rich decoration or jewelry in the temple. This place attracts pilgrims not by decoration or great number of artifacts, but by its unique history. The Temple Mount is one of the most popular excursion destinations in … Read more
Acre
There are several interesting museums in Acre-Akko. The Hamam El Basha Museum is recognized as the main cultural center in the city. A large part of the museum’s exhibition is dedicated to the history of the ancient world. The venue exhibits a collection of ancient Roman sculptures, archaeological findings, and artifacts from different early periods. The historic museum is famous not only for its unique exhibits but also for halls with immersive illumination. Visitors have an opportunity to … Read more
Haifa
Next to it there is the Muslim cemetery and a mosque founded in the era of the Ottoman Empire. Among other attractions of the Lower City, the Railroad Museum with a rich and rewarding collection is worth mentioning. One of the most interesting sights is Adar. Its permanent symbol is Technion, the awesome Institute of Technology opened in 1912. There is also the Haifa Museum of Art, which collection includes more than 7,000 exhibits in the district. It is situated in the important historic … Read more
Netanya
Within the city, you can visit the Municipal Gallery, which occupies the City Hall building. This museum is open with free admission and keeps an extensive collection of exhibits on various areas of regional culture and art. Collections of sculptures, paintings, and handicrafts by local artists are gathered in its exhibition halls. The expositions are temporary, which makes the gallery interesting even to those who've already been here once. Netanya's main cultural center is the wonderful … Read more
Nazareth
Another popular attraction is the Chapel of the Virgin. Standing on a clifftop, the very small chapel has been in its original form since its construction. It is deprived of any rich decorations but still looks very elegant and attractive. To get to this site, you'll need to climb the rock by a steep path. The chapel also attracts travelers with stunning city views. An ancient source of fresh water found by locals more than 2,000 years ago has been preserved in Nazareth. A beautiful … Read more
Eilat
Perhaps, Underwater Observatory Marine Park is one of the most unusual landmarks in Eilat. The underwater observatory consists of two halls located 6 meters deep in the water. These halls have large panoramic windows that are very comfortable for watching the underwater life. The observatory is built close to the unique coral reef. It is hard to put into words the beauty and diversity of the underwater life of this region. A visit to the observatory is a wonderful alternative for everyone who … Read more

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