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A Unique Experience: Bird Migration in Israel
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A Unique Experience: Bird Migration in Israel

A Unique Experience: Bird Migration in Israel

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Every year, hundreds of millions of birds migrate from their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia to the warmer climates of Africa and the Middle East. One of the best places to witness this incredible phenomenon is Israel, where the birds travel through the country on their way south. For any birding enthusiast, a trip to Israel is a must-see experience!

The Best Time To View The Birds
The best time to see bird migration in Israel is during the fall months, when most of the birds are making their way south for winter. It’s not uncommon to see large flocks of thousands of birds at once, soaring over mountains and valleys as they make their journey south. There are also plenty of opportunities to observe different types of birds as they pass through – from small songbirds, to large raptors like eagles and vultures.

Where To Watch The Birds
There are several great locations throughout Israel that offer amazing views of migrating birds. One popular spot is Ma’agan Michael, which is a national park located near Haifa on Israel’s northern coast. Here you can get an up close view of thousands upon thousands of seabirds flying overhead – a truly unforgettable sight! Another great spot is Kibbutz Yotvata, which offers stunning views over the Negev desert below. It’s one of the few places in southern Israel where you can easily spot both resident and migrant bird species as they pass through on their way south.

Conclusion: Bird migration in Israel offers an unparalleled opportunity for birders and nature lovers alike! Whether you want to get up close and personal with seabirds or watch raptors soar high above the desert plains, there are plenty of amazing spots throughout Israel that offer breathtaking views of these majestic creatures during their annual migration southward each fall. With so many great locations offering stunning vantage points, it’s no wonder that birding enthusiasts flock (pun intended) to experience this incredible event firsthand every year! So what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and head out for an unforgettable adventure – you won’t regret it!

Churches in Israel

Churches in Israel

Christian Pilgrims have been visiting Israel for centuries. No wonder: the land where Jesus and the disciples lived is filled with historical sites and ancient churches that hold a tremendous importance for Christian believers. Many important churches in Israel are spread throughout the country, and are visited by thousands of believers every year. 

The following is a shortlist of some of the most significant churches in Israel: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, is the first among the Christian shrines. According to Christian belief, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (refereed to as Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary, by most Christians) is where Jesus was crucified and buried. The resurrection has been celebrated there for many centuries as the most sacred place in all of Christendom. The Chapel of the Ascension The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem is believed by Christians to be where Jesus ascended into heaven. It is a holy site for Muslims as well, and serves as a church and a mosque. The first church was built there in 390 AD., the current chapel was built in 1150 AD., and the mosque was added in 1620 AD. It is located just south of the Mount of Olives. The Church of the Nativity The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the most ancient churches in the world, and one of the most important churches in Israel. It was built over the supposed birth place of Jesus, and is considered sacred to Muslims as well. The Church of the Annunciation The Church of the Annunciation, sometimes referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation, is located in Nazareth, where - according to Roman Catholic tradition – Mary was told by Gabriel that she will be the mother of Jesus. The Church of the Annunciation is a pilgrims' must-see and a tourists' long time favorite. Church of St. Gabriel According to the apocryphal Gospel, the Church of St. Gabriel (St. Mary's well) is the actual place where Gabriel made the announcement to Mary. It is also located in Nazareth. 

The Church of St. Joseph is another main Christian attraction in Nazareth. Known as the supposed location of Joseph's carpentry shop, the Church of St. Joseph is visited by many believers every year. The lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary.

The Carmel market

The Carmel market

The Carmel Market is the largest open market in Tel Aviv and the best place to buy fresh food and wonder around. Next to the market lies the Yemenite Vineyard, a small neighborhood with charming little streets and typical Yemenite restaurants. The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) is the biggest marketplace in Tel Aviv and a fun place to visit. In the Carmel market you can find just about anything for the lowest prices in town, including different kinds of bread, olives, dried fruits, spices and so on. It is also the best place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fish and poultry. The clothing section is located next to Allenby Street, and you can surely find there a bargain or two. Just off the Carmel Market lies one of the most special neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. It is called Yemenite Vineyard (Kerem Hateymanim), originally formed in the beginning of the 20th century by the Jewish immigrants from Yemen. The municipality started renovating this area some 15 years ago, and walking through its narrow alleys and small houses is pretty inspiring. Accept for a walk in these charming little streets, you can make a stop in one of the small neighborhood restaurants. All of them serve traditional Yemenite cuisine, spiced with Hawhyedge, the most characteristic spice in the Yemenite kitchen. The neighborhood is located very close to the sea, so it can be a good stop on your way to or from the beach. Hotel Metropolitan at 11 Trumpeldor St. is just few minutes walk from the Carmel Market to the north. It is an affordable yet elegant lodging option next to the beach and the city center. Another nice hotel in this area is Sun City hotel at 9 Trumpeldor St., which is very well kept and quite intimate. It has a great location - next to the city's lively markets and shopping areas, and only 500 meters from the Mediterranean. Galileo Hotel, located in the heart of the Yemenite Quarter, one of Tel Aviv's first neighborhoods, is a picturesque hotel which will provide you with all the facilities of a budget accommodation in the best location. It is easy to find your way around the Carmel Market area using public transportation, because most buses have stops in the central Allenby Street. It is also located right off Shenkin St., which is another landmark you mustn't miss on your Tel Aviv visit.

The Ben Gurion Promenade, a 3.5 km long path overlooking Nahal Zin

The Ben Gurion Promenade, a 3.5 km long path overlooking Nahal Zin

The Ben Gurion Promenade, a 3.5 km long path in Israel, has been inaugurated. It connects the former residence of the first Prime Minister of Israel to his grave overlooking Nahal Tzin and was based on his morning walk. The second and final phase of the project was completed recently, making it accessible to travelers on foot or by bicycle, with benches, drinking fountains, and explanatory signs along the way. The boardwalk was announced by the previous Minister of Tourism as a step towards realizing Ben-Gurion's vision for the flourishing of the Negev. The regional council hopes the promenade will attract more visitors while maintaining peace and cleanliness. The Ben Gurion Promenade is located in the desert area of Sde Boker in Israel. It offers breathtaking views of the Nahal Zin, the Zin Valley, and the Zinin Cliff. Travelers can enjoy a scenic walking route along the cliff, which was the path of Ben Gurion's morning walk. The area is filled with rugged and dramatic landscapes, characterized by cliffs, canyons, and unique rock formations. Along the route, there are several shady corners, benches, and drinking fountains, making it a comfortable place to rest and take in the views. The promenade is designed to pay respect to the legacy of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, and the area is known for its historical significance and natural beauty. The temperatures in Sde Boker, where the Ben Gurion Promenade is located, can vary throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 35°C (95°F) in July and August, and occasionally reaching 40°C (104°F) or more. Winters are generally mild, with daytime temperatures ranging from 16°C (60°F) to 20°C (68°F) and cooler nighttime temperatures that can drop to around 5°C (41°F) or lower. Spring and fall tend to be the most pleasant times to visit, with mild and comfortable temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night. However, visitors should always come prepared for changes in temperature and weather conditions, especially if planning to hike or spend extended periods outdoors.

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