Israel is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country with a long coastline on the eastern mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat. The appeal of Israel’s ancient and holy past may be obvious enough but many new arrivals are surprised to see that it’s much more than a lesson in history. Israel is located in the Middle East, along the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. It lies at the junction of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.
A country which could perhaps best be described as what happens when the east meets the west, Israel is a modern society, packed full with culture of all varieties. On a leisurely weekend you could surf, ski, sip wine, ride horses, go clubbing in Tel-Aviv or enjoy some cutting-edge theatre – and that’s just the start. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.
There are two elements that make food in Israel so unique. One is the location on the shores of the Mediterranean. Like Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and Spain, their cuisine reflects the warm sun, the olives that grow on the trees, the olive-oil thet press, and the breads, fish and meats that have made the Mediterranean the source of what is considered by many as the world’s healthiest diet and, quite simply, the source of the best things to eat. Secondly, Israel produces the most splendid quality of fruits, vegetables and dairy products. From the legendary Jaffa oranges first exported to Europe in the 1930’s, to the kiwis, star fruit, citrus, tomatoes, peppers, flowers, yoghurts and cheeses we export today.
With a stunningly diverse landscape, vibrant modern cities, as well as loads of cool stuff to do, lets explore and enjoy Israel.