Travyde Travel and Discovery Guide to Israel

Explore Travyde's curated travel and discovery guides to 54 destinations in Israel!

Israel
Rishon LeZion
Petah Tikva
Arad (Israel)
Bnei Brak
Jerusalem
Dimona
Beer Sheva
Tel Aviv
Beth Guvrin
Ashdod
Afula
Haifa
Ashkelon
Jezreel Valley
Sde Boker
Ramat Gan
Nazareth
Mitzpe Ramon
Givat Shmuel
Mount Meron
Kibbutz Geva
Herzliya
Achziv
Lehavim
Netanya
Eilat
Abu Ghosh
Yerucham
Safed
Beit Shemesh
Rehovot
Sea of Galilee
Hadera
Ramla
Ein Gedi
Zippori
Beth Shean
Beth Shearim
Akko
Nahariyya
Shfela
Tiberias
Qiryat Shemona
Beth Shean Valley
Megiddo
Rahat
Metula
Arad
Gamla
Caesarea
Rosh Haniqra
Carmel Range
Amirim
Masada
Israel is a small country in Western Asia on the southeastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Lebanon to the north, Syria and Jordan to the east, and Egypt and the Palestinian territories to the south-west and has a population of over seven million people. The capital of Israel is Jerusalem. This Land was the birthplace of Judaism in the 10th century BCE or earlier and of Christianity at the beginning of the 1st century CE. The modern State of Israel was founded in 1948 with a UN mandate. Today, it is the world's only Jewish state, although its population is very diverse. Israel is perhaps the most fascinating, intriguing and complex country in the world. Snow covered mountains and tropical sea resorts, technology hotbeds and Byzantine churches, socialist-style settlements and free market corporations, Ethiopian traditions and Polish cuisines, Beemers and camels all exist together in a bustling, hyper-energetic, egalitarian, extroverted and impassioned caldron a mere 262 miles long and, in some areas, 10 miles wide. A Mediterranean country with a distinct “Western Suburban” flavor, a friendly, outgoing population, and a mild sun-belt climate, Israel has always been a premier attraction for travelers seeking to experience humanity’s cradle.1

Quick Facts

Population

7,821,850 (July 2014 est.)

Major Cities

Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.219 million; Haifa 1.027 million; JERUSALEM (capital) 768,000 (2009)

Climate

temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas

Languages

Hebrew (official), Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), English (most commonly used foreign language)

Ethnic Groups

Jewish 75.1% (of which Israel-born 73.6%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 17.9%, Africa-born 5.2%, Asia-born 3.2%), non-Jewish 24.9% (mostly Arab) (2012 est.)

Religions

Jewish 75.1%, Muslim 17.4%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.6%, other 3.9% (2012 est.)

Terrain

Negev desert in the south; low coastal plain; central mountains; Jordan Rift Valley

GDP per Capita

$36,200 (2013 est.)

National Symbol

Star of David (Magen David)

Shared Borders

Egypt 266 km, Gaza Strip 51 km, Jordan 238 km, Lebanon 79 km, Syria 76 km, West Bank 307 km

Country Scorecards

Quality of Life

is a ranking of the generalized standard of living in a country.

Purchasing Power

is a ranking of how many goods can be purchased with the an unit of the country's currency.

Consumer Price Index

is a ranking of the prices of a generalized basket of common goods.

Safety

is a ranking of how safe the country is for both travellers and locals.

Pollution

is a ranking of the amount of pollution and its effect on humans and nature.

Healthcare

is a ranking of quality and availability of healthcare services.

Budgeting for Israel

Average Monthly Disposable Income After Tax2228.06USD

Food and Drink

Inexpensive Meal13.66USD
Midrange Meal for Two54.63USD
McDonalds Combo12.29USD
Domestic Beer, 0.5L6.83USD
Imported Beer, 0.33L6.83USD
Coke/Pepsi2.28USD
Midrange Wine11.47USD
0.33L Bottled Water1.76USD
Water, 1.5L1.21USD
Milk, 1L1.68USD
Bread, 500g1.89USD
Apples, 1kg2.42USD
Oranges, 1kg1.57USD
Rice, 1kg2.31USD
Cappucino3.5USD
Cigarettes, Pack8.2USD

Transportation

Public Transportation, 1 Ticket1.8USD
Public Transportation, Monthly66.93USD
Gas, 1L2.08USD
Taxi, Start3.36USD
Taxi, 1km1.16USD
Taxi, 1hr wait25.68USD

Misc Expenses

Prepaid Mobile, 1min0.09USD
Internet, 6mbps, per month21.99USD
Levis Jeans99.46USD
Summer Dress, Zara/HM60.73USD
Nike Shoes121.37USD
Leather Shoes, Men117.44USD

Highlights of Israel

Suggested itineraries for Israel

The 5 Most Popular Cities in Israel

Jerusalem

Jerusalem (Hebrew: ירושלים Yerushalayim, Arabic: القدس al-Quds) is the capital and largest city of Israel, though most other countries including United Nations do not recognize it as Israel's capital. It is a holy city to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem of Gold, as it has come to be known in Hebrew, is a fascinatingly unique place where the first century rubs shoulders with the twenty-first century, each jostling for legitimacy and space, and where picturesque "old" neighborhoods nestle against glistening office towers and high-rise apartments. It is one of those places that have to be seen to be believed.

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Jerusalem by MARAS1999 1 By: MARAS1999
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv (Hebrew: תל אביב, Arabic: تل أبيب) is the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem), and the largest metropolitan area. It is on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo (תל אביב-יפו), and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo (English: Jaffa, Arabic: يافا Yafa), to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities. Tel Aviv is home to most foreign embassies.

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Tel Aviv by Michael  D 2 By: Michael D
Haifa

Haifa (Hebrew חֵיפָה Heifa; Arabic حَيْفَا Ḥayfā) is the third largest city in Israel and the major city in the north of the country with a population close to 300,000. It is a seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean shoreline, below scenic Mount Carmel.

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Haifa by panoramio 3 By: panoramio
Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon (Hebrew מצפה רמון), despite being a small town in the remote Negev of Israel, has managed to become a lodestone for travellers seeking to enjoy the peace of the desert, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. On the one hand it is distant from any population center and offers the magnificent views of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon מכתש רמון), while on the other it's got a variety of lodgings ranging from luxury hotels to desert tents, as well as various eco-tourism options, new-age style activities and numerous trails for hikers, bike riders and Jeep drivers. It's about an hour's drive south of Beer Sheva.

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Mitzpe Ramon by dotsik_ 4 By: dotsik_
Eilat

Eilat (אילת, aka Elat) is the only city in Israel at the Red Sea. Located at the southernmost tip of the country, with its "window on the Red Sea", Eilat is first and foremost a resort town devoted to sun, fun, diving, partying and desert-based activities. Some 320 km (200 miles) from the tensions of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Eilat's climate-induced relaxed atmosphere has always provided a convenient year-round escape for Israelis, and during the mild winter months also attracts thousands of European sun-seekers. Red sea water temperature ranges only between 20°C (68°F) in the winter to 26.2°C (80°F) in the summer, providing warmth in the winter, and much appreciated chilliness in the summer's heat.

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Eilat by cristal1995 5 By: cristal1995