Although Israel is the birthplace of the three major monotheistic religions, a land of spirituality and history, a journey there has more to offer than an encounter with the origins of the faith. Apart from the delightful pilgrimage sites and the holy city of Jerusalem obviously unmissable, Israel offers remarkable landscapes from the deserts in the south to the snow-capped mountains.. Those who prefer to just relax will appreciate the magnificent beaches of Tel-Aviv, a young cosmopolitan city given over to life's pleasures. And don't miss the experience of bathing in the Dead Sea, a salt lake shared between Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, whose water is so dense that the bather floats on the surface. As you have realised, Israel is a country with incomparable riches which you can visit thanks to Air France's regulars flights.
Whether or not you are a believer, a visit to the many holy sites in Israel won't leave you unmoved. And there are so many of them! Begin with Jerusalem, a 3 000 year old city and holy site for all three major monotheistic religions. Its history and its spirituality are evident on every street corner, especially if you head for the famous Wailing Wall, the last vestige of Herod's temple, destroyed in the 1st century. The Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, Muslim places of worship, are also unmissable. The principal Catholic holy site is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to have been built over Christ's tomb. Near Jerusalem, you can climb the Mount of Olives, or spend a day in the holy city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, according to the Bible.
Israel is an ideal country for calm meditation, but it will also delight the traveller looking for adventures and leisure activities. After floating in the Dead Sea, head for the outskirts of Lake Tiberius, the Sea of Galilee (in the north) to benefit from the warm water. Not far from the lake, visit the beautiful Safed, a picturesque city filled with culture and history. Divers will head for the Mediterranean coast at Caesarea, a city with a rich heritage, also known as the City of Herod. The best sites for walking in Israel are the paths in Golan (north-east) or the Negev, the desert region in the south. In general, you can discover the country at any time of year, but it is advisable to check the conditions before setting off into the desert or other dry areas. So don't hesitate to discover this fantastic country with Air France .