There are thousands of places in Israel that captivate first-time visitors and locals alike. Despite being a tiny country the size of New Jersey, Israel is bursting with geographic diversity. From arid desert to ski slopes and everything in between, the Holy Land has it all! Whether you’re here for a week or several months, these are the places in Israel you don’t want to miss!
Israel is located in South Western Asia, at the Eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, and comprised of four regions:
The Mediterranean Coastal Plain:
Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plain stretches 190 km and houses 70% of the country’s population in urban cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa as well as agricultural and rural settlements. Beaches stretch along the beautiful plain, boasting magnificent ancient ruins in Caesarea and coastal resorts like Herzliya.
The Central Hills:
The Central Hills lie to the east of the Coastal Plain, stretching from the northern border to the far southern city of Eilat. The hills encompass the Galilee, Mount Carmel, the Negev highlands, and the Jerusalem Hills. Jerusalem is sure to be on your bucket list! Israel’s capital is the heart of many religions, and home to sites of historical importance.
The Jordan Rift Valley:
The Jordan Rift Valley also extends from the north of Israel to the far south. This region is part of the Great African Rift Valley, a tectonic plate boundary. The River Jordan flows through the valley into two unique lakes, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. In the north, the Golan Heights are a range of hills to the east of the valley, home to Israel’s highest peak, Mount Hermon which is a winter ski resort.
The Negev Desert:
In the south of Israel lies the Negev desert. The Negev incorporates about half of Israel’s land area, hosting a geographical phenomenon, Makhteshim. These crater-like landforms are unique to the Negev and Sinai deserts, with three large craters including the Ramon Crater, found in the Negev.