Taking a 6-month post-army backpacking trip is a rite of passage for many Israelis in their early 20's. This and the military service are two major experiences that foster in them a sense of adventure like no other. No wonder Israel is the world's Start Up Nation!
The Bahai Gardens represents the Bahai message of beauty, freedom, and balance. Just like the first three major monotheistic religions, Israel was chosen as the place of pilgrimage for the Bahai faith as well.
Much of the Israeli humor is linked to a long dark Jewish history. So there was a choice to be made: either get depressed or laugh about it! One thing is sure, Israelis are tough enough to laugh till the bitter end!
Summer is no stranger in Israel. Where the sun shines on most days of the year, you have to find ways to keep yourself cool. And what better way to do that than ice-cream? We can’t think of one. Gone are the days when you simply had to choose between chocolate and vanilla. As part of the culinary revolution the world is undergoing nowadays, vegan ice-cream had changed immensely. Complex and strange flavors, interesting textures, prime materials – these are now cornerstones of a good ice-cream parlor. Here are the best vegan places in Israel to lick some sweet and savory ice-cream.
It’s a novel idea based on the honesty system, so no library cards required. There isn't even a librarian manning the book cart! Book lovers now have the freedom to go up and choose their title, take it and are asked to simply return it when they’re done or replace it with another novel they’ve already finished. The best part?It’s free, it’s fun, it’s Tel Aviv!!
We all know that each city we visit has its “must-see” sites and attractions. First-time visitors to Jerusalem usually go to the Western Wall, the Old City market and the Tower of David, to name a few of the city’s most famous landmarks.I recently set out on a special mission to uncover the hidden world of Jerusalem. Forget about the Nahalat Shiva, Western Wall or Machne Yehuda Market. Check out some of Jerusalem’s most intriguing and bizarre spots. These quirky places truly capture the complex and diverse character of this city.
The Arava and the Negev Plateau are among the most fascinating areas of Israel. In Israel, “desert” doesn’t mean “desolate.” The sandy Negev expanse that makes up more than half of Israel’s land mass encompasses fascinating vistas, history and creativity. And the relatively short and temperate winter months are the best times to visit. For tourists, there’s never been more to experience in the Arava: ancient archeology, timeless Bedouin hospitality, funky eco-art, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bountiful farms, birdwatching and lots of activities for children, including ice-cream workshops. Keep reading to find out our insider’s guide to exploring Israel’s hidden secrets.
We all know that Tel Aviv is a world-famous foodie city, but here’s something you might not know: Tel Aviv is one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world! The days when vegan food meant a bowl of greens are over! Today you can find in almost every restaurant innovative, delicious and nutritious vegan options, from the basic salads and sandwiches to more elaborate dishes So whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian, or just love trying new things, you have to check out the restaurants in our guide to the Best Vegan Restaurants in Tel Aviv. So, here is our selection of the trendiest vegan spots in Tel Aviv.
Winter time in Israel is known to bring on a strong chill. You know winter has arrived when you here every Israeli come and ask what the soup of the day is; thus the soup obsession begins. As we get deeper into winter, here are the best soup joints to visit when in need of a warm and comforting bite.
So warm up like a local Israeli with these infamous soup restaurants.
So you're planning a trip to Israel, but you most definitely know that you don’t want to seem like a tourist when you arrive. So here we go! Here are the top things you should avoid doing starting with when you land. Let's start with the easy ones: Do not try out your Krav Maga moves on the customs officials at Ben-Gurion Airport. Do not look for camels at the airport. Do not look for olive oil on the Mount of Olives. Do not confuse the Via Dolorosa with Via Veneto. Also do not pet the jellyfish.
But then there are the less obvious don'ts...like not paying for an overpriced (and maybe overrated) hotel room in Tel Aviv, and more.
Come on! You’re flying thousands of miles, going to a country you have little experience with, why not stay a little longer and explore a little on your own? Even if you have a job waiting, try like the dickens to get at least a couple of days more and spend some time getting to know Jerusalem or Tel Aviv a little better.
New Years Eve in Israel has become bigger and bigger in recent years, and whilst not officially celebrated, and there are now hundreds of New Years Eve parties across Israel, as well as many other special events, which cater to all musical, cultural, and social tastes.
In fact, the hardest thing about spending New Year’s in Tel Aviv these days is choosing what to do. A small piece of advice, though: make reservations, if at all possible, to avoid the terrors of wandering the streets in search of a good party. Keep reading to find the perfect place to celebrate New Years in Israel.
Don’t let the stormy season hold you back from enjoying Israel. These rainy day activities will have you wishing for wet weather. When the wet season storms into town, there’s nothing like curling up in a cozy café or catching an international film at the Cinematheque to hit that sweet spot. Don’t let the wet weather rain on your parade. Embrace the opportunity to try something new with our extensive list of rainy day activities.
So, your trip to Israel is a week away and you keep checking the weather so that you can plan your packing. There’s one problem, though. In Tel Aviv, you see 60s and sunny, Jerusalem looks chilly, there’s snow in the Golan, and the south is cold at night. As much as you can’t wait to start your vacation in Israel, you don’t want to have to pack your entire wardrobe just to accommodate this “Israeli winter”. So I have tried to give you the ultimate guide to packing for your winter trip to Israel.
Switching off your phone (or leaving it behind) is a definite possibility when coming to Israel on holiday. But let’s face it, with the amazing variety of smartphones you’re now only a tap away from discovering something new, grabbing a delicious bite to eat, or sharing some of your vacation days with friends and family back home (because once you’ve checked out some of the must-see attractions in Israel, you’ll be sharing left, right and center!)…