5 Cities to Visit in Israel – Backpacking Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, …

Israel has long been the sacred travel destination for pilgrims of the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). But you don’t have to be religious to be able to appreciate your own pilgrimage to the Holy Land. From its natural wonders of deserts, mountains, and sea, to its ancient history, rich cultural color, and international significance, there are many reasons why backpackers of any faith can find a golden experience in one of the greatest spiritual epicenters of the world. Find all hostel in Israel such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa at Gomio.com, pack your backpack, and hit the road: Experience Israel!

Backpacking and Hostel Traveling through Israel

1. Delve into the Dead Sea

As the lowest place on Earth, taking a dip in the Dead Sea is definitely a unique experience for your bucket list of things to do before you die. It is the saltiest body of water in the world, thus swimmers merely float on the surface rather than swim or sink.  It is also a source for rich mineral mud – the famous Dead Sea!

Backpacking Israel - relax at the Dead Sea, close to Jerusalem

2.  View Masada as the Ancients Viewed Masada

Masada view - Backpacking IsraelIf you visit the Dead Sea, it is easy to visit nearby Masada fortress site in the same day trip. Surrounded by steep cliffs and overlooking the Judean desert at the top of a staggering rock plateau, Masada was traditionally climbed at sunrise for its breathtaking views of the desert and reflection of the sun off the sea. Make the traditional trek for yourself to experience, for yourself, Masada’s legacy and an extraordinary angle of Israel.


3.  Travel through Time in Jerusalem

Backpacking through Israel without stopping in Jerusalem is like a sin. Not only is Jerusalem The Holy City where followers may follow the paths of the prophets and visit some of the Abrahamic faiths’ most important religious sites, such as The Old City’s Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount with the Dome, but it is also a city that brings backpackers’ back in time and through a long history of conflict and transcendence, peace and war. Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, holds the world’s largest collection of Holocaust-related information. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a mountain-ridge once covered in olive groves, has remained a cemetery for over 3,000 years. Finally, the Machane Yehuda Market offers interesting smells, sights, sounds, and taste where east meets west.

Backpacking Israel - the Holy City is a perfect destination for backpacker

4.  Meet Modern Israel: Tel Aviv

Named “the Mediterranean capital of cool” and hub for Israel’s commercial culture, Tel Aviv to Israel is as Paris is to France, Barcelona is to Spain, or New York City is to the U.S. Known for its trendy neighborhoods, vibrant nightlife, art, concerts, gastronomy, and overall open-mindedness, Tel Aviv has a modern twist that provides a flavorful contrast compared to the cities that have a more ancient, traditional feel. Visit its White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus-styled buildings. And for the best view of the city skyline, take a trip up to the observation gallery of Azrieli Center Circular Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Tel Aviv and second tallest skyscraper in Israel after the Moshe Aviv Tower in Ramat Gan.

5. Galavant Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee

In Israel’s mountainous northern region is Golan Heights. For the more adventurous, and true out-door backpackers, the Golan Heights region is full of rocky hillsides, green valleys, waterfalls, and wildflowers. Hike Israel’s highest mountain, Mt. Hermon, overlooking Hula Valley, or hike through Banyas Spring Nature Reserve to find hidden waterfalls or try your hand at river rafting. Nearby is also the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s largest freshwater lake where many of Christianity’s miracles are said to have taken place, including Jesus’ walk on water. Here you can read more about Backpacking Golan Heights and Budget Hostels.

While all of these are interesting sides of Israel to see, don’t just follow the guides, follow your own instincts. Israel is brimming with ancient stories, and has incredible potential for you to make your own too. So have some faith in your own backpacking intuition and see where your own holy path may lead you!

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