Legendary the State of Israel, the Asian country located in the southeastern Mediterranean shore, is part of the Oriente region. Its borders are shared with Syria and Jordan to the east, south-west Egypt and Lebanon to the north. In addition, its southern coast in the Gulf of Aqaba, is washed by the waters of the Red Sea, while the waves wash the beaches of the western Mediterranean. Israel is a destination for historical and religious excellence, where the past and present coexist intermingling between the hustle and bustle of the streets.
Israel is the typical Mediterranean climate characterized by long summers, warm and dry winters, which remains short, but wet and mild. Between November and February and storms are common during the harshest period of winter snowfalls are common in the countryside or in areas of higher altitude. This allows a climate throughout the year to enjoy a visit to some place in the country. More than the weather are important factors to consider when planning a trip to the holidays and Jewish holidays, as prices are much higher than in the low season and accommodation is scarce.
For some countries the only entry requirement is a valid passport, but must apply for a visa. Travelers who do not have visa requests are from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and the EU. Generally, the maximum permitted stay of 3 months child, although it is likely that those who come by land from Egypt and Jordan have allowed only one month.
Where to go?
The city is divided into three zones: the ancient walled city, the new city (West Jerusalem) and the eastern, mostly Arab. As a starting point for discovering the city you can follow the line of the city walls dating from the sixteenth century. You cannot go through Jerusalem without having visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where it is believed that the crucifixion occurred, death and resurrection, which can be reached by the road where Jesus is believed to charge up his cross, the Via Dolorosa. Another point of interest is the Al Aqsa Mosque (Haram El Sharif to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews). Other good choices are coffee or enjoy a stroll through the mall west of Jerusalem, or visit the Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, Mount of Olives and the monument in memory of the Holocaust. On the west bank of Lake Tiberias is Kinnereth, a very good point from which one can move easily to other destinations, in addition to cure physical ailments in the hot springs, visiting the graves of sages and legendary know Bet She’an, the country’s largest archaeological site. Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Christian Messiah is not only a must for those going to religious reasons, but for those who want to get in touch with the country’s history.
Floating in the Dead Sea is an activity without which a trip to Israel would not be complete. In addition to the curiosity which is the density of their waters, have a higher percentage of oxygen and other minerals abound in invigorating. Once one is tired of floating, you can visit the oasis of Ein Gedi, one of the most attractive in the country, replete with waterfalls, ponds and springs that make the lives of a diverse flora and fauna.
The origins of the Israelis are deeply religious celebrations and for them the whole country is paralyzed and cannot travel between cities. Every week, from sunset Friday to Saturday celebrates the Sabbath, during which no work is not permitted.
Between February and March took place on Purim, which with banquets, drunkenness in the synagogues and exchanging gifts, commemorating the day that Mordecai and Esther Persia freed the Jewish people.
The feast of Passover in April, recalls the exodus of liberating the Jews who followed Moses from Egypt to the Promised Land. For one week only eat “matza”, a bread without yeast.
October is the time of the fast of Yom Kippur, the most important celebration of the Jewish calendar. This celebration consists of 25 hours of fasting and abstinence is almost total, in addition to prayer, confession and contemplation to purify the soul and body.
In addition to the holidays and dates of the Jewish religious calendar, is also in Israel the Muslim fasting month, Ramadan, during which they do not eat or drink since leaving until sunset, culminating with the Banquet, prayers Meetings and gifts Eid al-Fitr.
A “religious tourism”, especially for those who love the Catholic faith.
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