Israel Off The Beaten Path

  • Ofrah and Sharon in the Byzantine villa
    Ofrah and Sharon in the Byzantine villa
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Israel Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside the Wall

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    just outside the City Walls, a stone's throw away from the Rockefeller Musuem and near the Lion's Gate is the Muslim Arab Yeusifiya Cemetery. The Cemetery is just beside the entrance of the muslim quarter in the Lion's Gate and inside are some of the graves of old arabic and palestinian residents of Jerusalem and the cemetery has a high retaining...

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  • Walks & Tours Guides

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    There was famous Israeli writer and painter named Nahum Gutman, who grew up in Tel-Aviv. In his books he described the life in the city which was several years old at the time. One of his books was The Orange Peel Trail. Several years ago the Tel-Aviv municipality marked several routes throughout the city, called Orange Routes. There are four such...

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  • Day Activities

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    A little known place not far from Eilat offer you a great view of a flock of 300-400 flamingos. Instead of going all the way to Africa, these flamingos stay here all year round. To get here, you need to drive north from Eilat on road number 90. A little after the customs checkpoint, look for a brown sign with the name "Sharsheret Wells". This...

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  • Rosh Ha'Nikra

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Just by the Israel - Lebanon border (which is closed) are the caves and white cliffs of Rosh HaNikra. It is a beautiful place by the Mediterranean Sea. The caves have been carved out of the rock by rain and the sea and a long tunnel has been made by man to connect the caves and make access easier for visitors. I saw the caves a sunny day, but I can...

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  • The Old City Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    Queen Helen Coptic Orthodox church is located near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It includes one of the ancient sights in Jerusalem. It's a cistern (a water well). It was hewn in the rock and later discovered by Queen Helen, Constantine's mother in the 4th century. It provided water for drinking and building the Holy Sepulcher church. You...

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  • Museums

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    A large variety of personal works and a fascinating art collection located on the 3rd floor of the artist’s residence in abuilding from 1740 in Old Yafo which was an inn used by Jewish pilgrims passing through Jaffa port on their way to Jerusalem. The original structure has been preserved and used as a backdrop for the sculptures, furniture and...

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  • Timna Park

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Timna park to my opinion is not Off the beaten but Must see activity. A lot of people come to Eilat to relax and enjoy the sea and the beaches and they forget that there is also beautiful nature here. Park timna is a beautiful nature park with lovely rocks and stones , a copper mine and beautiful landscapes.

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Yes Kaiser Wilhelm the II of Germany visited back in 1898, this was a new piece of history for me. The object of their visit was to see the "German Colony" which you can still see the remnants of at the base of Mount Carmel (below the BaHai Temple Gardens). Here at the top of Mount Carmel a placque was placed to commemorate Wilhelm's visit. He and...

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  • Outside the City

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    On the other side of Israel's controversial West Bank barrier, and just outside of Jerusalem, is the other town of Jesus: his birthplace in Bethlehem. Getting to this town, now almost completely surrounded by an 8m high concrete wall, is an adventure in itself, but the rewards are the chance to see the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square, a...

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  • Old Jaffa

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The old part of Jaffa is full of little streets with passages with arches, flowers everywhere, and a different construction to its neighbour the new city of Tel Aviv. I guess this is what it makes it special

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  • Beaches

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    ...who doesn't like the beach life???sun, surf, snorkelling, scuba diving in the red sea??Nice cold beer to top off the day's activities??...However, Eilat, like most tourist areas in and around the world, has all of the above to offer, and more!!!BUT - if you are looking for a secluded beach, with next to nil inhabitants, you will be sorely...

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  • Vadi Nisnas

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Begin your tour of Wadi NisNas at the entrance sign, put there in three languages, Hebrew, Arabic and English the two official languges of Israel and the third "unofficial".... This second picture looks like a modern type of ad campaign, but it is NOT, the artist who painted is has signed his name. The streets of this old section of Haifa are very...

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  • Model of Old Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    This model has since been moved to the Israel Museum...... If you plan on visiting the "City Of David", the oldest part of the city of Jerusalem (this is not the walled city familiar to us today), then I would suggest visiting the Israel Museum and the model first, it will give you a three dimensional idea of what you will be walking in. There is...

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  • Safari in the middle of the city!

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The Tel-Aviv Zoo is the biggest in Israel. Only, it's not really in Tel-Aviv, it is located in Ramat-Gan. The zoo has two parts, the regular zoo where you walk around and the animals are enclosed and the safari part where you drive your car (or ride the internal train they have there for kids) and the animals roam free around you. The old zoo used...

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  • Dead Sea

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    The dead sea is an attraction In israel and in the world , becuase of the salty water that makes you float on your back and also because it is the lowest place on earth. This is not too close to Eilat (2-3 hours drive) but you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and relaxing place. You can check my Dead Sea (En Gedi) page for more details

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  • Akko (Acre)

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    A spice shop in the old city of Acco on the northern tip of Haifa Bay. This shop, one of many in the old Turkish bazaar, is packed with all kinds of exotic spices, coffee, and much more...

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  • Tel-Aviv's Weekend Market

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The advert says "Like New York, London, Amsterdam, now in Tel-Aviv". Well I can't compare to these other places as I have only been to the one in Tel-Aviv. When I went there recently, I was surprised that so many people were there, as I hadn't known about it. Today though a nice flyer was put into my letterbox about this "happening". Lots of...

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  • Massada

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Masada is a symbol for us the jews for courage. Massada is a fortress that is very close to the dead sea (you can combine both of them) and from Massada you can see the amazing view of the dead sea and the surrounding mountains. Massada is UNESCO World Heritage Site and entrance to the place will cost you 70 nis for and adult and 35 for a...

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  • Atlit

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    The Crusaders' castle in the town of Atlit, about 10 km south of Haifa. The castle is not acccesible to the public. The main site in Atlit are the camps were the British kept the Jewish immigrants before deporting them back to Europe or to camps in Cyprus. This was stoped with the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948.

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  • Culture

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    I just love Israeli folk-dancing; the music is great - even just to listen to, and it helps keep you fit. Every Saturday between 11am - 2pm - when it gets too hot, then it starts from 6pm-9pm. I dance at the Sportek - Rokach Blvd., northern border of Tel Aviv. There is also Saturday Israeli folk-dancing on the Tel Aviv Promenade, Ben & Jerry's,...

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  • Sculptures Garden

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Or as it is called in hebrew - Gan Hapsalim. A small garden with beautifull bronze sculptures, with a great view of the harbor. On Shderot Hatzionut, one bus stop uphill from the midle enterance to the Bahai Shrine. (busses 22,23)

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  • Tel Aviv Markets

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    A good and inexpensive place to buy a used book in several languages. I travel several hundred kilometers to purchase here and if you buy in quantity like I do you also get an extra discount between 5-15%. Their address: 87 Allenby St. Tel-Aviv

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  • Stela Maris church and monastery

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    The little St. John Chapel near Stella Maris. In Stella Maris you'll find a little church with some local archeological finds. Across the street from the church, you have fields stretching down the slope of the Carmel mountain. This is a great place to take a stroll or just sit and watch the Mediterranean. The little chapel is right there. If you...

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  • Israel Army Museum

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The museum is situated on the old railway station in Yaffo. With the help of films, maps, photos, historical documents and other exhibits it presents the history of Israel Army (IDF) from the first days of the state up to our days. Tickets : 10 NIS - adults, 5 NIS -children. Address : 35 Eilat St., Tel-Aviv

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  • Beit Shearim

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Beit Shearim is located a few kilometers east of Haifa, just on the other side of the Carmel mountain. There used to be a Jewish village here in Roman times and some of most eminent figures from these times are burried here.

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  • Opera Tower

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    Close to the promenade, we saw it on our way from the hotel to Jaffa, but is quiet visible from our hotel. There are many shops there, but also is a hotel. The different buildings in the area were interesting

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  • For Israelis who want to visit New...

    This is an organisation that I came to know about when back home in NZ early in 2013 when visiting an Aunt who lives out in the country in northern NZ. She is passionate about hosting Israelis who come to see NZ beautiful and are interested in experiencing a more real NZ visit.She told me she has hosted 110+ so far.

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  • Nahal Issakhar 4x4

    The southern beginning of the Issakhar trail is just outside Beit Shean on the road toward Afula.Look for the sign shown here which will be on your right side. Near the end of this trail you arrive at a lookout near the Belvoir Crusader Castle which has a wonderful view into the Beit Shean Valley below. The last photo shows the Kibbutz Neve-Ur...

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  • Nahal Dishon 4x4

    First of all this map will show you the general area in Israel we are talking about:http://itouchmap.com/?c=is&UF=-779581&UN=-1118270&DG=STMIThere exist several starting points or breakoff points for this jeep trip.As you can see from the first photo this is NOT an easy passage.The scenery around you ranges from ancient flour mills to free ranging...

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  • Amuka, Ein Nevoraya and Ein Gozi 4x4

    Ein Nevoraya Spring, the Nevoraya Synagogue and the Ein Gozi Spring are all to be found on a 4x4 route through the Amuka Valley in Northern Israel.An easy drive for the most part and to be enjoyed all seasons of the year although a visit in the summer might find the Ein Gozi spring dry.All of the the above have signs directing you and the Nevoraya...

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  • Birds watching

    Israel is one of the largest centers of birds watching in the world. There are 500 mil birds flying over Israel twice a year and there are many good locations and possible activities for who ever interesting in this, it is just a great place for birds watching.

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  • Bet-Alpha Synagogue

    About 1500 years old, this is one of most famous mosaic floors in Israel. If you are in the Gilboa mountains area, do not miss a visit here.

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  • Visit Friends on a Kibbutz

    destination Kibbutz Neveh Ur,to visit Cynthia a long lost frined from student days at Wits in Johannesburg.my El Al flight was a side trip via Zurich, to telAviv, then two buses.i remember the last leg was passing through Beth Shean into the Valley towards the river, across the River was Jordan, part of Arabia.Cynthia and Hans has a comfrotable...

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  • Carmiel Folklore Dance...

    Carmiel Folklore Dance Festival:Each year around 10 of july there is a three days israeli folklore dance festival with many folklore dance groups from israel and abroad.there are many shows and dancing for the 'regular' people on the street.with a unique and fun athmosphere.if you are in israel during that time you shoudn't miss it !it is hold in...

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  • Wild Life

    Even when very small Israel is full of wild life, there many national parks where you can hike and enjoy interesting nature, beautiful landscapes and if you are lucky also observed some rare animals.

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  • The Desert

    It is not exactly Off The Beaten Path as the desert is about half of Israel. But when most of your time will be spent in cities and history you should also reserve time for a desert trip. The Israeli Deserts are of a rock and canyons style full of interesting places to discover.

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  • Lahav Forest

    I didn’t you know that the Jewish National Fund has planted more than 223 million trees across Israel since its founding 103 years ago. The JNF can proudly say that the State of Israel is the only country in the world today with more forest cover than a century ago. I could see it when we were passing by the Lahav Forest on our way from Tel-Aviv to...

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  • New Jerusalem in Russia near Moscow

    In the Bible the New Jerusalem (also called the tabernacle of God, holy city, city of God, celestial city, and heavenly Jerusalem, as well as Jerusalem above and Zion), is a literal (or figurative, depending upon the writer's viewpoint) city that is a completely new dwelling for the Saints. Others may believe that it is a physical reconstruction,...

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  • Mount Thabor

    Mount Tabor is located in Lower Galilee, 7 kilometers south-east of Nazareth and 17 kilometres west of the Sea of Galilee. It is believed by many Christians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus during which Jesus began to radiate light and was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah. It is also known as the Mount of Transfiguration.The...

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  • Megiddo-Armageddon

    In apocalyptic literature, Mount Megiddo, the hill overlooking the Kishon River valley is identified as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil at the end of time, known as Armageddon (mentioned in the New Testament in Revelation).The word Armageddon comes from Hebrew har məgiddô, meaning "Mountain of Megiddo or "place...

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  • Ramat Rachel

    Ramat Rachel is a kibbutz located south of Jerusalem, as an enclave within Jerusalem's municipal boundaries. Overlooking Bethlehem and Rachel's Tomb and situated within the Green Line.East of the road which links Bethlehem to Jerusalem, a hill of obvious strategic importance commands a panoramic view southwards over the city and beyond. Kibbutz...

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  • Roman Ruins at Bet-She'an

    One of the most beautiful archeological sites in Israel is the site at Tel Bet-She'an. See more at my Tel Bet-She'an page.

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  • Belvoir Crusader Fortress

    There are plenty of crusaders relics in Israel. This fortress is one of the better looking ones. The Hebrew name is Kokhav Ha'Yarden (the Star of Jordan). The Arabic name is "Kaukab al-Hawa" (the Star of Winds). When you visit here and stand at the top, overlooking the Jordan valley, you'll understand both names. You will also see why it was called...

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  • "The Israel Trail" ("Shvil Yisrael")

    How long does it take take to cross Israel all the way from north to south? Less than one day if you are driving (a distance of about 470 km). But there is another way, an 850 km-long hiking trail from the northern end of Israel (Tel Dan) to its southern end (Eilat).There are many well-marked nature trails all over Israel. The "Israel Trail"...

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  • For those who like hiking

    For those who like hiking, the Jerusalem Post produced a great book in English with approx 25 walks, from simple one hour ones through to 15kms circulars. Although written back in 1991, many of the walks are still current and are easily traced (although because of the current security situation, the walks in the Judaean desert/hills to the east of...

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