Those who think that Israel is a small country are likely to be stunned upon exploring its big many attractions.
The number of diverse sites it offers can make a trip an overwhelming venture. The Holy Land is not just the abode of sacred and historic places but it is also the home of some most mesmerizing natural attractions. Right from the country’s north to south and east to west, there are some of the most stunning attractions that nature has nurtured on this sacred land. Here are these naturally blessed sights to savor:
The crater is a natural phenomenon in the south area in the Negev desert. It is a geological formation reflecting the area’s marine past in the desert’s heart. This region was sheltered millions of years ago by water. The natural form is the result of gradual draining of the sea that engraved and eroded it to leave behind the projected rock visible today.
The crater and its neighboring region is now the country’s largest national park. You can explore this plain lunar-like stretch via jeep or on foot, paving your trail down a deep cavity. Whether you are a part of any of the tours to Israel or not, do stop at the visitor center if you wish to know about the crater’s history in detail.
Tip: Do not hike when it is hot.
Rosh Hanikra Grottoes
The grottos in Rosh Hanikra is another natural phenomenon but it is evolving since thousands of years. It is not as old as the crater but it may seem so. All credit goes to the surf of the Holy Sea of Galilee, which has incessantly collided with the cliffs’ sides. This collision has eroded the rock to produce caves and tunnels, both of which are evolving due to the water.
At night, these grottoes illuminate very stunningly due to colorful lights and their reflection on the sea’s water. As a result, tourists tend to enjoy an exciting trip at night. The grottoes are attracting more tourists than the top beaches in Israel.
Tip: Although the water’s energy keeps these grottoes warm, a spray as high as 35 meters is likely to make you wet. So, do carry a raincoat or umbrella.
Akhziv National Park
Located on the way to Akko from Rosh Hanikra, the Akhziv national park is worth visiting if you are with kids. The major interesting sights here are blue bays, sea turtles nesting areas, rocky crevices, beach islands, rare plants, sandstone ridges, ruins of the biblical town, and shallow pools and lagoons. The water is clear, while the dunes are fine and silky. The ruins add a distinct charm but only if you are prepared to ascend a few stairs! The sea pools are a great blend of manual effort and natural phenomenon.
Tip: Kids can enjoy in lagoons and pools without any fear due to lifeguards.
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Well, this was where King David hid from King Saul. Although it is a desert area, it is surprisingly the nation’s biggest oasis. Main attractions in En Gedi reserve include springs and waterfalls, birds such as hyraxes and ibexes, and running brooks at the cliffs’ foot. The hike or trail is moderate but worth a try!
Tip: Wear water shoes!