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Different Forms of Tourism
Numerous historical sites: archeological, cultural heritage sites, etc.
List of monuments referenced as world cultural heritage sites of UNESCO.
Various museums : to see the list of museums in Israel, click here.
You can go trekking into the wild: in the green hills and streams in the North, on the Mediterranean coast in the West, around the Dead sea (the lowest point of the planet), in the deserts, barren mountains and old volcanic craters in the South. The Israeli Company for protection of nature manages a number of natural reserves. For further information, visit their website.
3 main religions are widely represented by sites mainly in Jerusalem and around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). At Nazareth there are a number of religious monuments (Church of Nazarenes)
There are a number of spas in Israel. The main spas are located at the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) and near the Dead Sea.
Several magnificent beaches all along the Mediterranean coast, Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). Activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are possible.
- Winter Sports
It is possible to ski on the Mount Hermon.
- Outdoor Activities
Trekking, Diving, Cycle Trekking, Golf, Waterskiing, Fishing, Mountain climbing.
There are several commercial centers where you can do your shopping, like the Malha commercial center of Jerusalem. Picturesque markets, annual trade shows, street stalls or boutiques in the large cities shall allow you to bring back souvenirs For further information, visit the Tourism Office site.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
No requirement regarding vaccination for international travel. DT, Polio, Hepatitis A and B are advisable presently. Protect the passenger against diarrhea. Visitors are strongly advised to carry their general medicines. Water should be boiled, filtered or consumed in encapsulated bottles. Avoid walking barefoot on sand or wet/muddy ground. Be careful of insect bites during rural stays : mosquito nets, mosquito repellants are advisable.
- International Hospitals
Israel has a public healthcare system that provides an universal coverage to its entire population via four health management organizations and a network of hospitals and doctor. In terms of facilities, they are modern, reactive and use cost effective technologies and procedures.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Israel Travel guide
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Warnings given by the American State Department
Advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Tel Aviv, Jerusalem (GMT+2 in winter, GMT+3 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The average temperatures in January are 13°C and in June 24°C. The temperatures are mild the whole year on the coasts. Summer lasts from April to October. Winters are cold in the mountain regions. The ideal period for visiting the country is from April to May.
- For Further Information
Israeli Meteorological Service
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Israeli cuisine is very similar to the Middle East cuisine; it is also partly inspired by the Central European cuisine. The dishes are generally quite spicy.
Baba ghannoui eggplant caviar: eggplant puree in lime juice. Generally served in a plate or in a Ravier spread with small chopped onion and finely cut parsley as starter with pita bread.
Taratour: sesame sauce. Taratour is generally served with baked fish, vegetables pan fried vegetables. It is essential in preparation of chickpeas purée (hummus) or eggplant (baba ghannoui).
Other typical dishes are: Thina (sesame purée), Falafel (fried chickpea balls) and Shewarma (meat of turkey, calf or mutton in a pita).
The beverages widely consumed in Israel are cola, beer, fruit juices and wine.
- Dietary Restrictions
Pork is prohibited and the food should be kosher.
- Domestic Currency
Israeli New Sheqel.
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies can be exchanged from banks, certain hotels and exchange bureaus. There are many exchange points in airports and city centers. You can also withdraw cash easily from ATM's which are numerous.
- Possible Means of Payment
Settlement is generally made in cash, by check or credit card. Some vendors like to be paid in foreign currencies.
- Official Language
In Israel the official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. The national language of Israeli is modern Hebrew, but since only 60% of the population was born in Israel, this language is not the mother tongue of nearly half of the population.
- Other Languages Spoken
Israeli speak other languages like English, French, Russian, or Yiddish. English is considered as the main foreign language in Israel (main language for international communication), followed by French. Russian is the third important foreign language of the country. Finally, Yiddish is spoken by around 500,000 speakers. Moreover, a large number of other languages are spoken by the people originally from Latin America or Central Europe: Spanish, Rumanian, Hungarian, German, Polish, Persian, Amharic and Tigrinya
- Business Language
- Getting Some Knowledge
A little Hebrew vocabulary : Travelnet
- Free Translation Tools
Hebrew French dictionary : Translation
list of Hebrew dictionaries : Translation of Hebrew into several languages
Lexilogos : Arabic-English-Arabic Dictionary
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