One of the most fascinating and diverse cities you will ever have the chance to visit, Jerusalem is a middle-eastern absolute ‘Must’. It is a disputed city within itself where within the ancient walls of the ‘old-town’ you’ll walk through the Muslim market and then suddenly find yourself surrounded by Jewish orthodox men and women. The smells and colors will captivate you while you navigate through the tight ancient streets toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, to the great Wailing Wall (Western Wall) from the temple built by Herod or getting up close and personal with the immense and beautiful Al-Aqsa Mosque. You’ll be surrounded by history and by stories of conflicted relationships in a city that has immense value for many of the world’s biggest religions.
Do not however think that Jerusalem is limited to the walls of the old city. Although it is not what you would define a ‘metropolis’, Jerusalem’s ‘New City’ is a pleasant and fun place to be, with plenty of wonderful restaurants where you can enjoy typical meals or café’s to sit and sip ice coffees while taking a moment to cool off from the hot sun and dry weather or parks to enjoy a barbeque or a day of relaxation in the shade of the trees.
Experience the life of locals at the Machaneh Yehudah Market where you’ll find produce and foods of all kinds and probably the best falafels and shwarma’s you’ll ever have the chance to eat.
A little further outside the city, you will have to visit the Yad Vashem, that will tell you the stories of the tragedies of the Jewish people that brought however to the establishment of the Israeli state that has celebrated 66 years of independence.
Although not a big country, Israel is full of experiences to be had, inside and outside of Jerusalem. Don’t miss out on Bethlehem, the Dead-Sea, the Sea of Galilee, time on the beaches of Haifa or clubbing in Tel Aviv or a trip though the Judean desert and a hike up the ancient Masada fortress.