Israel is a compact country
but counting the number of sights and incredible landscapes here is simply unrealistic. Three seas, deserts, natural parks, religious shrines, ancient and modern cities – it will be difficult to see everything in one trip. Therefore, together with Sakhlav, the official organizer of the Taglit trip in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, we have selected nine top places to visit in the country in the first place. And at the end of the material we tell you how to get on a trip to Israel for free.
A city of three religions that impresses everyone whose foot has set foot on holy ground: multiethnic, bustling, densely strewn with sacred sites and intricate cultural codes. Despite all the diversity that reigns in the city, from an architectural point of view, Jerusalem is perceived very whole. This is because all the buildings of the city are lined with the same material – white Jerusalem stone. There is even a separate law prescribing such an architectural norm.
The place where most travelers in Jerusalem aspire to go is the Wailing Wall. You need to dress modestly for her visit (at least cover your shoulders and knees), and if you plan to leave a note there, it is better to prepare it in advance. By the way, the Wailing Wall is divided into male and female parts, and there are always a lot of people on both sides – the flow of those who go to pray or just touch the shrine is endless.
In general, in Jerusalem there is not only the Old City with world attractions and religious shrines, but also the best university in Israel, museums, IT companies, youth quarters with bars and an active nightlife, and everything else that a large developed city relies on. And it will be easier and more interesting to delve into the life of this city together with Taglit.
Tel Aviv embankment
Tel Aviv is a young, impulsive and very moving city, where there is a place for business centers, an endless number of bars, and an endless sea, which is framed by an almost 15-kilometer promenade. The central promenade of the city is recognized as one of the best in the world, and this is absolutely true – the embankment looks very modern and is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay, and even with the latest design. Here you can walk, go jogging or simply admire the play of the azure sea under the shade of cozy terraces. A great idea for a day trip around Tel Aviv is to stock up on food at the Carmel market (it is just very close to the sea) and have a picnic on this picturesque promenade. In the evening, we advise you to delve into Old Jaffa, entangled in threads of cobbled lanes. It is here, in the southern part of the city, on the approach to the Church of St. Peter, that perhaps the best view of the night embankment of Tel Aviv opens.
No matter how much you want to avoid the banality that the market is the soul of the city, local markets are really the soul: large, open and very colorful. The country’s largest markets are Tel Aviv’s Carmel and Jerusalem’s Yehuda. Traditional sweets, some unprecedented fruits and vegetables, spices, hummus, nuts, pastries, fish – try, bargain and enjoy the traffic going on around you – this is not a languid walk with a supermarket cart. And if your goal is to plunge into the gastronomic culture of the country, the market is just what you need: there are many small cafes and street food outlets where everything is very tasty and guaranteed fresh. The market in Jerusalem is larger and cheaper than the one in Tel Aviv. But both on one and on the other, you can try out everything, stock up on souvenirs and take a good part in the local culture of trade.