Akko

Panoramic view of Akko

Akko, which also goes by the name Acre, is an inspiring ancient city. Its attractions mirror the different periods it went through – from the Roman and Greek periods to the British Mandate. For being just a well-preserved ancient city, Akko is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Housing different ancient structures, this Western Galilee city has earned the reputation of being a prime tourist destination. Within its walls are alleyways, places of worship, underground passages, ramparts, vaults, fortresses, baths, and fishing port, all of which display an impressive and delicate antiquity.

But although it is cloaked with an ancient atmosphere, Akko also holds a sense of modernity, with several restaurants and accommodations lining its old streets.

Eilat

Eilat hotels and marina

Eilat, located in the southern part of Israel, is a resort city that is always busy with vacationers from Israel and other parts of the world.

This is not surprising, since Eilat experiences relatively warm weather the entire year, even during winter.

From its humble beginnings as a port city, Eilat has developed into a prime tourist destination with plenty of hotels and beaches.

Here you can try different water activities with your family or explore the surrounding desert valleys and mountains. There are also stores, restaurants, and an amusement park, which will satisfy all your cravings for fun and relaxation.

Masada

Ruins of King Herod’s palace in Masada

Masada is a haunting desert plateau with a striking view of the Dead Sea and a poignant history: It was originally a palace complex built by King Herod, and in 73 AD, it served as the refuge of the last Jewish Revolt warriors.

A historian says that after the Jewish rebels lost to the Roman army in a violent siege, the surviving rebels opted to commit suicide than be subject to slavery. This act has since become a valuable nationalist symbol to the Jewish people.

Its history has made Masada a significant tourist destination, but aside from its poignant story, Masada attracts visitors for its captivating ruins of the Roman-style palace complex and the still-intact siege works. Masada is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The palace complex has undergone some restoration, enhancing the already interesting ruins of this King Herod structure.

Mitzpe Ramon

Some Mitzpe Ramon fauna

Sitting right on the edge of the heart-shaped Ramon crater is Mitzpe Ramon, a quiet and rural little town that offers different tourist sites and activities.

In this town, you can go on a camel, jeep, or bicycle tour; have an action-packed rappelling adventure; or enjoy a campout.

Of course, you can also visit the Ramon crater and the fantastic formations surrounding it. Make sure to also drop by the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center, Albert Promenade, and Bio Ramon.

Caesarea

Amphitheater seats in Caesarea

Caesarea used to be a port city boasting of amphitheater, artificial harbor, temples, and bathhouses, among others.

Caesarea had actually been the capital of Palestine and has witnessed significant biblical and historical events, including a Roman centurion’s conversion to Christianity and the execution of the Bar Kochba revolution leaders.

Through the course of history, Caesarea faced major destruction and eventually disappeared; but after excavation efforts, Caesarea now stands proud as one of the most impressive archaeological developments in Israel.

A visit to Caesarea will be more memorable if you tour around Caesarea’s Harbor National Park. Here you can see the temple ruins, watch events in the amphitheater, and walk along the ancient walls, all the while taking a glimpse into the past, from the time of King Herod all the way to the time of the Rothschild family.

A film about the city’s history and how it has changed through the years is shown to enrich your knowledge.

 

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