Israel

Although technically in Asia, Israel sits at the junction between three continents; Asia, Europe and Africa. That said the country is considered part of the Middle East, but with a very European feel to the cities. Maybe this is why Israel get to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest?!

Modern Israel covers an area of just over 22,000 km2, or just less than 8,500 mi2. It lies on the south eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea where its southernmost point ends at Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. It has land borders with Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt in the southwest. It also borders with the Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza inside its own territory. The population count currently stands at just over 8.5-million, with around 75% being Jewish. Hebrew and Arabic are the two official languages.

The nation of Israel is a land of contrasts, and, although it is relatively small, it has diverse geographic features, with the Mediterranean coastal plain serving as home to around 60% of the population. From the arid Negev desert in the south to the mountain ranges of Galilee and Golan in the north, Israel has just about everything else in between, with the incredibly fertile Jezreel Valley serving as the nation's food storehouse in the centre of the country. The Jordan Rift Valley carries water from Mount Herman in the north into the Sea of Galilee, before continuing south and eventually draining into the Dead Sea.

Israel's climate has as much variety as its diverse geographic scene. Not surprisingly, a typical Mediterranean climate prevails along the western seaboard. This means cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Beersheba area is semi-arid with cold winters and conversely hot summers - rain is a little scarce here. The Negev region at the southern end of Israel has a typical desert climate and stark, dramatic terrain. At the opposite end of the weather scale, the mountainous northern regions of the country can be windy and cool to even cold.

Tourism plays an important role in Israel's economy, and ranges from religious through archaeological to leisure tourism. Well geared to receive and entertain visitors, the country has seasonal influx of visitors from around the world. Millions arrive every year for different reasons, and in our case it's to enjoy many of its fine beaches. Sit back and relax as we present you with our selection of Super Cool Beaches. Thenyou can decide where you fancy spending time on your visit to vibrant Israel – Number One Tip: try the Dead Sea experience for something out of the ordinary!

  • Beit Yanai beach, Israel yoni leibtag Pikiwiki Israel / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/deed.en">CC BY</a>

    Beit Yanai // Mediterranean

    Beit Yanai ("House of Yanai") is a small settlement and community of farmers with a population around 450. Formed in 1933 by settlers from Poland and Lithuania, this settlement is in the Sharon plain in central Israel. Known for its beach of the same name, this coast ranks among the best in Israel thanks to its long and wide stretches of white... read more »

  • Ein Gedi - Dead Sea

    Ein Gedi // Dead Sea

    Ein Gedi is a lush oasis situated between the sterile waters of the Dead Sea and the unforgiving Judean Desert. It is a hugely popular seaside resort attracting visitors from all corners of the globe, and the local economy has benefitted as demand for top-rated facilities remains insatiable. This is a unique seaside experience offering relaxing... read more »

  • Coral Beach, Eilat

    Coral Beach // Red Sea

    We are on Coral Beach in Eilat, Israel's most southerly city at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. This is a stone’s throw from the Jordanian city of Aqaba, a few kilometres to the east of Eilat, while the Egyptian border is but a few kilometres to the southwest. Saudi Arabia borders with Jordan on the right flank of the Gulf of Aqaba and is... read more »

  • Dor HaBonim beach Lehava Beitshean

    Dor HaBonim // Mediterranean

    Those in the know describe HaBonim Beach - "Generation of Builders" - as the most beautiful in all Israel. It is part of the HaBonim Nature Reserve, where the wind and waves have sculpted rocky inlets and hills alongside this rugged stretch of coast. These provide fabulous walks of discovery, stunning views and amazing photographic opportunities.... read more »

  • Gordon Beach - Tel Aviv

    Gordon Beach // Mediterranean

    The name Tel Aviv means "hill of spring", but this modern city started out as a new neighbourhood called Ahuzat Bayit in 1910. Situated just north of the ancient port city of Jaffa, Tel Aviv soon assumed the distinction of being the main commercial hub of Israel. Moreover, it became a hotshot tourist destination too. The residents of Jerusalem... read more »

  • Achziv beach, Israel

    Achziv // Mediterranean

    While Jerusalem may be enticing from an antiquities perspective, any visit to Israel should include at least a day out on one of its many magnificent beaches. In this respect the lush verdant hills and pristine beaches in the north of Israel have a lot to offer. Here, we check out Achziv Beach, a lovely strip of sand on Israel's northern coastline... read more »