With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Israel might just have the world’s most enviable climate. But there’s more to Israel than great weather. For centuries, this small corner of the Mediterranean has been a place of pilgrimage for millions of people eager to experience the spiritual power of the Holy Land.
And spiritual it is. There are probably more sacred places per square mile here than anywhere else on earth. That said, not everything in Israel is a reverent nod to history. There are also plenty of resorts, and Israel’s many beaches are playgrounds for snorkelers, swimmers, and sun worshipers.
If Israel is new to you, you’re not likely to know the full range of activities that await you here. Hence our helpful list of pastimes and activities. Newbies should also peruse Israel Made Easy, helpful tips on navigating town and country, and 8 Free Things to Do in Tel Aviv.