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Israel is a Middle Eastern country situated on the Mediterranean Sea. Given the country's compact size, it's a great option to rent a car in Israel, making it easy to go where you want at your own pace and time on your holiday, without relying on buses or taxis.

It's your choice: Where to go in Israel

Most visitors will land in Tel Aviv, where the Ben Gurion international airport is located. Spend a few days in this vibrant city where you can enjoy museums, art galleries, and warm sandy beaches. Jerusalem, the national capital, is not to be missed. Located between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, it is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered a holy city for Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Visit Jerusalem's ancient Western Wall which is a sacred prayer site, or the 4th-century Church of the Holy Sepulchre. See the Temple Mount, Damascus Gate, Mount of Olives, and the Dome of the Rock. When you rent a car in Israel, you also have the option to visit holy sites such as the Sea of Galilee.

Things to do in Israel

Israel is blessed with a combination of history and culture that's without comparison. Visiting religious sites and other landmarks of significant importance are some of the must-do activities. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and discover the historic and spiritual significance behind its walls. Divided into four quarters, you’ll find extremely interesting historic attractions in the Old City, such as King David’s Tomb, the Tower of David, Temple Mount, and the Last Supper room. In Tel Aviv, head to the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for having the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world. Contemporary art aficionados will surely love the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, showcasing the best of Israeli art. Further south towards the Red Sea, you can enjoy activities such as floating in the Dead Sea, or head to Timna Park, with opportunities for camping, biking, and ziplining. Don’t miss the Coral World Underwater Observatory near Eilat, with its spectacular nature exhibits, fish tanks, and pools featuring turtles, stingrays, and sharks.

Important info about Israel

If you look at a map of Israel and Palestine, the country has a diverse geography, with deserts in the south and snow-capped mountains in the north. Coastal plains are predominant along the Mediterranean coastline, with rolling hills dotted all over the country. The Great Rift Valley runs to the Gulf of Aqaba, while the Dead Sea is the country's lowest point. The River Jordan is the natural border between Israel and Jordan. Given the varied topography of the country, Israel boasts different stunning landscapes characterised by craters and spectacular rock formations in the deserts, lush vegetation on the mountainsides, and natural waterfalls and springs. Underground rivers and caves are also spectacular sights to behold.

Weather in Tel Aviv
Country Israel
Language Hebrew and Arabic
Currency Israeli new shekel
Time-Zones GMT+2
Country Code +972

Good to know

Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv, is the main airport in Israel, with many flights from Europe, Asia, and North America. From the UK, there are also direct flights from London to Israel. Rental cars are available at the airport. Motorists in Israel drive on the right side of the road, and vehicles are left-hand drive. The legal age to drive a vehicle is 16 years old. To rent a car in Israel, you must be between 21 and 75 years of age. As in many other countries, younger drivers may be levied a surcharge. The speed limits are 120km/h on motorways, 110km/h on secondary high-speed roads, 90km/h on non-urban roads, and 50km/h on urban roads. Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers. The blood alcohol consumption limit is 0.024%.

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Our tour suggestion for Israel

One of the best tours that you can take in Israel is a visit to the Masada National Park, an ancient fortification on a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. The distance is around 190km from Tel Aviv and about 100km from Jerusalem. Once you reach the park, take the cable car up to the top where you can find the remains of the fortress as well as the impressive northern palace of King Herod built on three rock terraces overlooking the ravine. Along the walls of the buildings are beautiful murals, restored by Italian experts. You can also hike on the Snake Path leading up to the ruins. It is a challenging climb, but worth the effort, especially if you’re doing it before sunrise. When you reach the top of the plateau, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Dead Sea and the Moab Mountains. There is a museum and visitor’s centre at the bottom of the park, which you can visit to learn more about its history.

What to taste in Israel

The cuisine in Israel is a delightful combination of local dishes and those brought in by the Jews who immigrated from the Diaspora. It also draws from wider Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Hummus, falafel, couscous, and msabbha are popular dishes. Shakshuka is a well-known dish consisting of eggs, peppers, tomatoes, and coriander, which is often served for breakfast. Lamb shawarma is another popular, delicious snack, and thinly-sliced fish carpaccio will melt in your mouth. There are also plenty of fresh salads, olives, and pickles for non-meat eaters, Aubergine is commonly found in Israeli dishes. It is often served with tahini, served as a salad with other delicious vegetables, or in baba ganoush. Lechem bread, better known as challah, is a traditional braided bread served during traditional Shabbat dinners. For dessert, try atayef which are stuffed dumplings filled with cream or nuts, and ma’aroud, which are date rolls.