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See Israel

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

Israel is a county that may not immediately come to mind as a holiday destination but it is well worth a visit.

Israel's sight-seeing opportunities are varied, ranging from the vast sands of the Judean Desert to the saltiest sea on this planet - the Dead Sea. Explore ancient biblical places, covered markets and high-rise metropolises. Israel has much to offer you.

Some of the main things to see and do there are:

Swim in the dead sea - an intensely salty, mineral-rich body of water, lying at the lowest point on the globe. It's not possible to sink. Don't be surprised to see individuals reading their newspapers whilst lying in the sea! The minerals from the dead sea are reputed to possess health giving properties. Even if you don't think that it's nevertheless fun to cover yourself in it...

Jerusalem's Mea She'arim district is home to the country's largest community of strictly observant Orthodox Jews where you will see the East European dress and traditions alive.

Visit some markets. Experience Tel Aviv's interesting Shuk HaCarmel, or Carmel Market, which boasts good selections of seasonings, flowers, fresh foods and trinkets. In Jerusalem, haggle for anything from real gold jewellery to souvenirs.

Tour the desert and stay with a nomadic tribe under canvas - a wonderful night!

Plunge in the world class waters of Eilat - rich in reefs and perfect underwater exploring. If scuba isn't for you, you can opt for snorkelling or a submarine tour. Eilat's incredible Underwater Observatory gives you the opportunity to witness the stunning wildlife without even getting your feet wet!

Dome of the Rock. The spectacular dome stands high on Temple Mount and has spiritual significance for both Jews and Muslims.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is traditionally considered to be the site where Jesus died. It is the heart of the Christian Quarter and consists of a complex of ornate shrines.

Yad Vashem is a moving memorial to the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

Masada is the ruins of the Palace of King Herod constructed on the ridge of Masada. It was the site of a brutal battle where Jews made their last stand battling the Romans.

The famous stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem are worn smooth by years of touching. Prayers are written on paper and pressed in between the stones.

The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City is the path Jesus is reputed to have followed from judgment to crucifixion.

Stay on a Kibbutz. They are located throughout Israel and are based on individuals doing work and living together.

Israel offers over 50 national parks and nature reserves - all of which are well worth an outing.

In the largest city, Tel Aviv you can indulge your urban tastes. It offers galleries and museums, opera, theatre, dance and high quality restaurants with fine foods from all over the world.

Beaches are in abundance. You can sail, swim, sunbathe or waterski, sometimes in locations only minutes from the city centre.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd boy in ancient pottery jars in the 1940's. They are hailed as the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. They consists of about nine hundred papers and include texts from the Hebrew Bible.

Israel is a country that is most certainly worth a visit!

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