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!