The Holy Land
From the Sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coastal strip, island to the green valleys of the Galilee;from the towering, snowcapped peak of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, south to Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth – and the lunar landscapes of the Neveg desert, at whose southnmost tip lie the spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea.
Crucible of ancient, harsh landscape of the Prophets of the Old Testament revered by Jew, Muslim and Christian alike, and dramatic setting for the story of Christ from his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion outside Jerusalem, the Holy Land is a region of monumental and complexe significance – as Promised Land, place of pilgrimage and miracles and the setting for the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms.
The Sea of Galilee
Lake Kinneret, on whose waters Jesus walked.There are many historical sites, such as Caesarea, the amazing natural fortress of Masada, the monasteries in the Judean desert.The most famous resort is Eilat, set on the limpid,coral-fringed waters of the red sea, one of the country’s amazing natural wonders.It’s a magnet for snorkellers, divers and water-sports fanatics.
In Winter, Eilat and Tiberias are favourite resorts and even though Jerusalem, up in the hills, often see snow, it can be quite warm during the day.Red Sea Diving
The three sites close to Eilat are shore dives – Dolphin Reef, Moses Rock and Japanese Gardens.
Hammerheads, Reef Sharks and Oceanic White Tip Sharks are regularly sighted in the Red Sea.Manta Ray, Eagle Ray and various species of dolphin and turtle are also quite common.
The diving resort towns
Suez (Gordon Reef, Thomas Reef, Woodhouse Reef and Jackson Reef), Sharm el Sheik, Hurghada, Port Sudan, Aqaba, Jeddah, Berenice, Port Safaga, Massawa and Hodeida.Since the proclamation of the state of Israel in 1948 and recent developments have offered some hope of future peace, which should herald a significant rise in the number of visitors to the region.