Tourism and Archaeology

Israel is famous for its unique religious and historical legacy and warm climate. Israel offers a plethora of historical and religious sites, warm beaches resorts, archaeological tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. The most visited sites in Israel are the Western Wall in Jerusalem the Dead Sea, Masada, the Sea of galilee and the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Mt. Meron. The most visited city is Jerusalem and the most visited site is the Western Wall.

During the recent two decades, Tel Aviv has become a popular destination for the global LGBT communities, due to its liberal character, attractive beaches and vibrant nightlife. Tel Aviv is also exhibits a UNESCO world heritage area of Bauhaus architecture, which gave it the title “White City”.

The Tourism industry in Israel is one of Israel's major sources of income, with a record 3.54 million tourist arrivals in 2013 and 3.25 million arrivals in 2014 (according to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism). The largest number of tourists comes from the United States, Russia, Europe, UK and Canada.

Second Temple stairs discovered

Jerusalem dig uncovers mysterious podium and pyramid-like staircase built two millennia ago, apparently used by pilgrims en route to the Second Temple.

Rare golden treasure found in Jerusalem

Two bundles containing 36 gold coins from Byzantine era, gold and silver jewelry, gold medallion with an embossed Menorah symbol

Impression of King Hezekiah's royal seal discovered

Israeli archaeologists have discovered at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mountת a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis.

Ancient Jewish village discovered at Kursi beach

Haifa University excavations at Kursi, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, have uncovered an inscription in Hebrew letters engraved on a large marble slab, dating back ca. 1,600 years. No similar artifact has ever been found before in Israel.