2015’s Hottest New Travel Experiences in Israel

2015 is set to be an exciting year for tourism in Israel! New hotels are opening, new experiences launching, and new memories are waiting to be created. Let’s take a look at the year ahead…

New Brown Beach House Hotel in Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv has seen a tidal wave of boutique hotels opening over the past few years, yet the city’s beach area has ironically missed the wave. It’s just as well that the first real boutique hotel to open near the sea will set a standard that’s not going to be easy to match. The new Brown Beach House which opens in February 2015 will be the sister hotel to the super-successful Brown TLV Hotel. Just like the Brown TLV, there are no compromises here, and just the fact that most of the 40 rooms have sea views isn’t enough! The hotel’s lounge-bar will feature a totally unique sand floor. Meanwhile there will be an exciting restaurant, spa, and cool surf-club vibe.

64 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. 

New Ways to Hike the Negev Trails

Trailhead at the start of the hike. Image Shai Yagel
Trailhead at the start of the hike. Image Shai Yagel

The Negev Desert features hundreds of amazing hikes which are well marked and suitable for all levels of experience. The only problem so far, has been a lack of maps and guides available in English. This is changing, and the new Negev Trails website gives great advice for anyone who’s looking to hike in the Negev with great information and a good selection of different trails. Following in the footsteps of Northern Israel who has the famous Jesus Trail, the Negev is getting more accessible to hiking visitors

Check out www.NegevTrails.com. More information about hiking in Israel here.

New Ways to Visit Petra

Photo taken from the cliff overlooking Petra treasury

Petra in Jordan is one of the Wonders of the World and incredibly accessible from Israel with more and more tourists taking advantage of the opportunity to visit this amazing site. Traditionally most tours have departed from Eilat, but now there are tours leaving to Petra from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with options available to satisfy basically every itinerary, so whether you have one, two or three days to spend exploring, there’s a tour for you!

Check out tours to Petra for more details

New Golan Heights Hostel

View from Mount Hermon to the Golan Heights Israel

The Golan Heights is an undiscovered paradise for independent travelers – it has everything from beautiful scenery with amazing hiking and biking trails and outdoor pursuits, nature reserves with incredible wildlife and natural features, as well as history and culture. The Golan Heights Hostel, opening in December 2014 will provide independent travelers with the opportunity to experience the Golan in a practical way, with beautiful facilities in the moshav of Odem in the heart of the Golan.

Golan Heights Hostel, Odem

New Tours into the Negev Desert

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Starting from March 2015, the first ever one day tours to the Negev will begin operating twice every week from Jerusalem. The tours will visit many of the highlights of the Negev, including Sde Boker, the Ramon Crater, and even a farm on the Negev Wine Route. A three day package will also be available for those who’d like to spend more time exploring this peaceful and magical landscape with hiking and off-road exploration options available as part of this. More details about the one day Negev Tour. Also available are jeep tours, sandboarding, night sky tours, and abseiling on the cliffs of the Ramon Crater.

More details about tours in the Negev.

New Events


2015 will see more concerts and festivals across Israel. From the big concerts, confirmed so far by James Blunt, Backstreet Boys, Alan Parsons Project, Robbie Williams, plus expected performances from One Direction, Kylie Minogue, and Neil Young, to the annual festival lineup which only strengthens every year, 2015 looks really exciting, and there are still more events and festivals yet to be announced.

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New Flights to Israel

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Low-cost flights from Europe are making Israel more accessible for everyone. Early 2015 will see new flight routes from Paris with easyJet, Baden Baden and Hamburg with Germania, Madrid with Air Europa. El Al will also start direct flights from Boston, and Hainan Airlines from Beijing to Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, British Airways are adding more flights to London, and

Check here for more news about flights to Israel.

New Guesthouses in Nazareth

The Simsim Guest House
The Simsim Guest House

Ten years ago Nazareth’s Old City was barely entered by tourists. The seeds of change were planted by the Fauzi Azar Inn which opened ten years ago. Now, as of the start of 2015, there are almost ten guest houses in the Old City of Nazareth, mostly in converted Ottoman Mansions and historic buildings, and mostly run by local families who provide nothing less than an authentic Arabic hospitality experience in fascinating surroundings. Nazareth’s 10 local guesthouses are now, Al MutranSimsim Guest HouseVilla NazarethAlexandra HouseVitrage Guest HouseTresor Guest HouseNazareth HostelAbu Saeed, and St Mary’s Inn.

New Sarona Market in Tel Aviv


The first phase of Tel Aviv’s Sarona Project opened in 2014, the renovated Templar Colony. 2015 will see the opening of the second phase, the Sarona Market, Tel Aviv’s new culinary destination which will rival Barcelona’s La Boqueria, London’s Borough Market, and New York’s Chelsea Market. The Sarona Market will open in March 2015 and be the home to 100 culinary businesses from restaurants to boutique food sellers, with many of Tel Aviv’s most established restaurants opening here alongside an exciting line-up of new businesses, creating an exciting new culinary destination for Tel Aviv.

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