There are some places in the world that, besides being wonderful, also keep a lot of history and curiosities. Israel is definitely one of them. Knowing a little more about this important country historically was an unforgettable experience. It is very interesting to have contact with a culture so different from ours and, of course, to see stunning landscapes!
If you are planning to stroll around Jerusalem and see some places around, pay close attention to the tips I am going to give you now; they will make your trip even more amazing 😉
Airport and documentation
Quite different from what we are used to, you only find out if you will be able to enter Israel when you get there! Strange, right? I’ll explain it better for you: there is no visa removal process before the trip, but when you arrive at the airport they ask you a lot of questions to decide if you can stay in the country. Don’t forget to keep your documents well separated so you don’t have any problems at the time.
After they approve your entry, they give you a role that works like your visa there, so don’t miss it under any circumstances! They do not stamp their passport, because there are still some countries that do not allow people with a visa stamped by Israel to enter.
Ah, there they offer a very nice service inside the airport called Vip Laufer. It is basically a person who comes to you even before customs and helps you during various processes inside the airport, even putting you in smaller queues. I highly recommend it because it helped me so much.
Paulo and I stayed at several hotels in Isareal. The first was the Lutheran Guest House, located in the Old City, in Jerusalem, but I confess that I didn’t like it that much. The hotels in this part of Israel are much simpler and smaller, but we prefer to stay there to get a better sense of the city’s climate. In our room, for example, two single beds that formed the double bed. Despite this, it was certainly a unique experience.
Another prominent hotel was Mendeli Street in Tel Aviv. I even made a post putting our impressions, but I can already say that it was great!
Getting around the city
As soon as you arrive in the city, search for a Tourist Information Center and get a map of the place so you don’t get so lost. The Old City is divided into several blocks and the map made it easy to find the way to the places we wanted to go. In this part of Jerusalem you don’t even have to worry about a car, see?
However, we had some problems in relation to the car we rented, because it was not 4 × 4 and some points we wanted to go to, such as the natural pools in the Dead Sea region, required a vehicle of this size. Keep an eye on that!
Another very important thing: if you are going to take a taxi, negotiate the price with the driver, because they want to charge more than they should. Just insist and be nice that you get the “discount” 🙂
Israel’s currency is called a shekel and can be considered equivalent to ours. A shekel is around a real, but as always take a look at the currency quote when you travel and look for the best place to buy.
Another very important fact is that values below 10 shekels are coins and not notes. And, at least during the time I spent there, I didn’t see coins worth less than 1 shekel.
Jews, Muslims and Christians make up the majority of Israel’s population, and each has a different holy temple. The Wailing Wall is a very traditional attraction and it is very interesting to see how the local Jews interact with the space.
Be sure to also visit the Dome Of The Rock, a sacred site of Islam. There you need to go at specific times and arrive at least 40 minutes in advance. Although the visit is very quick, it is worth it! The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is the most important for Catholics, has a free entrance and it is even possible to participate in a ceremony.
Paulo and I love to learn more about the culture of the places we visit. It was a wonderful opportunity and certainly a must for any tourist!
Israel’s food is delicious and the typical little things are surprisingly good. I liked the food so much that I even made a post with the most amazing restaurants we know there. Moshiko, for example, sells the best falafel I’ve ever eaten – and look, I’ve eaten falafel in my life, see ?! I even wanted to lick my fingers at the end! Two other places that I loved were Adom and Abu Shukri, which offer several delicious options, like very fresh salads, and were not very expensive.
A tip if you want to save: there is a place that works as a market called Super Cofix and all its products cost 5 shekels.
The Dead Sea is a mandatory stop in Israel. For you to enjoy the ride, enter the sea in flip flops because the pebbles of salt can hurt. One more important piece of advice: do not do any kind of hair removal well before diving, because the water is very salty and can hurt when it comes in contact with the skin.
Also don’t sink your head in the water, okay? It can cause vision problems! The scheme is to float in the waters of the Dead Sea for a while and feel the body levitate 😉
Mineral Hot Spring Beach
Have you ever imagined hot water that still benefits your skin? It exists at Mineral Hot Spring Beach, which is in a part of the Dead Sea. The place is like an open-air spa, with small naturally heated pools and open air, accompanied by a surreal landscape!
Sunrise and sunset
The orange light of the sun usually makes the places even more beautiful and Israel is no exception. If you want to see the sunrise, go to Masada. There you will have to make a trail to reach the final stop and the landscape is very charming. I promise that the whole walk will pay off, see?
As for the sunset, I recommend that you see it on some beach in Tel Aviv. Paulo and I fell in love even more with the place, mainly because we went on a Friday and saw a festive Shabbat ritual. It was a wonderful experience!
I know that a lot of people go with the intention of knowing only Jerusalem, after all, there is where there is the greatest concentration of historical and tourist places. I think I already made it clear that there are other incredible points in the country, but I could not fail to quote Tel Aviv. The city has a much more modern and young climate, you know? In addition, the restaurants are great!
It is clear that the city has a historic part. Tel Aviv’s oldest region is Jaffa, which, in addition to having the oldest port in the world still in operation, is a must for anyone who likes to get lost in the streets. Another neighborhood that we enjoyed a lot was Neve Tzedek which, although expensive, is too beautiful and has some super cute stores 😉
The Soreq cave is considered one of the 10 most amazing caves in the world and I can confirm for you that the title is deserved! The environment is dark and humid and the mineral formations called stalactites and stalagmites – those with slightly pointed shapes – make the place even more beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it and it was one of the coolest tours in the country!
In addition to visiting various places and wonderful natural landscapes, Paulo and I also took a gastronomic tour of Israel. We shot everything for you, so whoever wants to watch our vlogs just click here. Ah, here on the website I also left the script complete with all the places we visited and made a post with unmissable points to visit in the country. I hope you liked the tips 😉