Guest Post by Rebecca Grey
Hailed to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, Israel is an experience of a lifetime. There are hundreds of places to visit, all prettier than the one before. We believe the best way to explore Israel is on foot, however, there are lots to see also when driving from one spot to the next. In this post, we will help you to convert your casual driving from place to place into exciting road trips.
Israel is made for road trips, and there are many reasons why. The road systems in Israel are all well maintained and make for very comfortable drives. Beyond that, the distance between locations is short, which leaves you more than ample time to enjoy the place without worrying about turning back. You will comfortably cover the distances without killing your back. If you happen to drive a Land Rover, then with the Discovery 4 accessories, you will not have to worry about discomfort.
Having your car gives a distinct advantage for travel because it allows you to take off the beaten paths to reach remote locations. This is a theme in Israel because of all the beauty it has to offer. Here are some very scenic road trip options to consider for satisfying your post-COVID wanderlust.
Jerusalem to Masada and the Dead Sea
On the top of our list is the beautiful drive from Jerusalem to Masada. The Dead Sea is a breathtaking and iconic location that you cannot miss. Once you start from Jerusalem, preferably before sunrise, you step into the Judean Desert. This stretch has magnificent views.
You can stop at Qumran National Park on the way. This famous archaeological site with relics from the Hellenistic period (134–104 BC) is definitely worth the stop. It should also be kept in mind that in the summers, the heat can be overwhelming. So the best time to visit would be before the summer sun gains momentum.
Jericho is another stop to make on this road trip. Located in the Jordan valley, this ancient city boasts a history of over 10,000 years. The Tel Al Sultan ruins and the St George’s monastery are both magnificent sites to visit.
When you pull near the Dead Sea, the sides of the road are marked with Bedouin tents. The pottery and jewelry sold in these tents make for beautiful souvenirs. Once you reach the beaches of the dead sea, it is an unmistakable site with beautiful blue water and tourists floating.
The Masada Fortress is built on a mountain near the Dead Sea. This is a world heritage site that makes for exquisite views at sunrise. Just to the north of Masada, we have the Ein Gedi National Park. There are a few quiet beaches that make for peaceful evenings.
Tel Aviv to Haifa
The drive from Tel Aviv to Haifa is a concise one of about one and a half hours on a good day. But, the options of sites to stop in on the road are plenty. The first stop on the way can be for a short walk on the Gaah Beach for a quick stretch. After a short break, you can move towards the next step: the Caesarea National Park. Caesarea Maritima is famous for the incredible ruins of ancient harbors. Known to have been built by Herod the Great, this town dates back to twenty-two to ten century BC. It is a beautiful experience that you will regret missing on a trip to Israel.
From Caesarea, the next stop can be Zikhron Ya’akov. Known to be perhaps the first of modern settlements in Israel, this gorgeous town is famous for its winery. The slopes of Mount Carmel provide excellent conditions for winemaking along with beautiful views.
Neve Yam is an excellent spot to stop at next. This is a kibbutz, a unique agricultural style of settlement. There are artifacts from the Neolithic era that have been found in Neve Yam. The beaches are also an excellent attraction. From here, the drive to Haifa can be completed. The Bahai Gardens are beautiful to visit, and the amalgamation of Jewish and Arabic culture has resulted in a beautiful fusion of life. It is reflected in the food and the lifestyle.
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
This is another spectacular road trip Full Of Natural And Historical Attractions. The first of many Main Attractions here could be Burma Road. This can be a good view-point where crucial events of Israel’s 1948 war of independence took place.
Another Place to visit is Tel Azekah. It is a short hike to a hilltop with fantastic panoramic views on the Judean plains where the battle of David and Goliath took place.
From here, you can directly move to BarBahar restaurant for an amazing Lunch. Enriched with an outdoor balcony overlooking the views of the Judean mountains and 2 short hiking opportunities. The spot is very popular on weekends, especially with good weather. If you have the time and energy you can also take the 7.5 Km Ktalav Hike. One of the most popular hiking trails in the area.
Eilat to Masada
One of the most famous road trips that continue to impress people visiting Israel is the travel from Eilat to Masada. The best way to enjoy this is to leave Eilat very early in the morning, at around four o clock. This gives you ample time to reach Masaba before sunrise. The beauty here is the higher you climb the Snake Path, the more tranquil it gets. The view of the morning sun from the higher points is beyond magnificent and worth the early morning rise many a time over.
Israel is a unique melting pot of cultures that is hard to come by. The perfect blend of modernity with antiquity is impossible to replicate. Getting to travel this land is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Rebecca Grey is a passionate writer & guest blogger. Writing helps her to improve her knowledge, skills & understanding of the specific industry. She loves writing & sharing her knowledge mostly in the Travelling Industry. She believes traveling is the key to a peaceful life & wants to spread her belief across the world. Apart from writing, she loves Traveling and Reading.