Exploring Modern Israel

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2013

The Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Israel is much more than the historic holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem and Galilee region, and stunning natural landscapes from the Golan Heights in the north to the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in the south.

 A modern destination with more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other country in the world, Israel boasts a wide selection of contemporary tourism attractions, from art museums and galleries to niche culinary tours and high-end, as well as many, boutique hotels.

In Tel Aviv, Israel’s economic hub, travelers and locals alike can access complimentary WiFi connections in more than 80 areas across the city as part of a new project launched by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality.

For art- and culture-focused travelers, Tel Aviv offers world-class art museums and galleries featuring works by Israeli and international artists, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Dvir Gallery and Artstation Gallery in the HaTachana complex.

Jerusalem is no longer just an ancient city with historical holy sites, but also a modern metropolis teeming with a wide range of contemporary attractions, festivals and tours that are sure to surprise first-time and return visitors alike. Travelers to Jerusalem can easily tour the city’s top modern attractions—the Alrov Mamilla outdoor shopping mall, Santiago Calatrava’s “Bridge of Strings,” the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum—by traveling along the city’s new light rail transportation system.

Gourmands arriving in Jerusalem can sample the mounds of fresh produce, locally produced dairy, desserts, and traditional Middle Eastern dishes throughout the Mahane Yehuda Market with the new Shuk Bites tour, offering an insider’s look into the city’s historic market culture.

In northern Israel’s Carmel region, travelers can visit the Mediterranean port city of Haifa, the “Silicon Valley” of Israel, home to hundreds of start-up companies, as well as the Technion Institute of Technology, one of the world’s top technology and engineering universities.

And from unique boutique properties including Mizpe Hayamim Spa Resort, Efendi Hotel and Beresheet Hotel, to soon-to-open five-star resorts, such as the Royal Beach Tel Aviv, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Israel offers a dynamic fleet of contemporary and high-end hotels for travelers of all tastes and interests.

For more information, visit goisrael.com.