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Best places to watch the sunset in Israel

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Looking for the most beautiful places in Israel to watch the sunset and take sunset photos? After many years of chasing sunsets in Israel, I have gathered my favorite spots in Israel where to watch the sunset! You can find places from all over the country here - with both nature, beach and city spots.

Planning a trip to Israel? Keep in mind that the Dead Sea area and Eilat are less preferable places to watch the sunset, since they're both facing east and have high mountains in the west. When you're in those parts of Israel it is better to wake up early and watch the sun come up over the Jordan mountains! For more info about when the weather is best to visit which part of Israel, click here.

Golan Heights - north

This part of Israel is often overlooked, but it is my favorite place to watch the sunset in Israel. Why? Trust me, if you stand anywhere on the Western edge of the Golan Heights with a view of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), you have the most stunning view of the lake while the sun goes down over the Galilee mountains in the west.

My favorite viewpoints are when you drive up to Ma'ale Gamla (the village, not the reserve!) - along the road you have many benches and viewpoints.

The photos above are taken from Maale Ha'shachar, a guest house in Ma'ale Gamla with stunning views, jacuzzi and cozy interior. You can find more info here about this great value-for-money guest house in the Golan Heights.

Ga'ash Beaches - center

The cliffs between Herzliya and Netanya are some of the most famous and beautiful in the country. But have you ever considered watching the sun set in the Mediterranean, high above the beach from one of the cliffs?

My favorite viewpoint is not from the famous Ga'ash nature reserve, but from a little parking place right next to the entrance to Appolonia National Park. It's easier to get to and you have gorgeous wide open views there.

Mount of Olives - Jerusalem

Not an easy point to get to, but the most beautiful viewpoint in Jerusalem without a doubt. The Mount of Olives is faced westward and therefore perfect to watch the sun set over the City of Gold! From the mountain you have a view of almost the entire city, making it a very special place to watch the sunset.

My favorite viewpoint is a famous lookout halfway up the mountain. You can get there from the Garden of Gethsemane, if you walk up from the road next to the garden (there is only one road) you reach it after a short walk. It's a steep climb though, keep that in mind! Also, this part of town is far away from the center and public transportation and not somewhere I'll recommend you to be when it's dark, so I suggest taking a taxi and not staying until the sun is completely down. Golden hour already starts an hour before sundown after all!

Ramon Crater - south

Of course the Ramon Crater had to be included in this list! The Camel Mountain in the town of Mitzpe Ramon is the most famous place to watch the sunset, although it's not my favorite viewpoint because during spring and summer the sun sets right behind a field school, which is (obviously) not creating the beautiful desert background you'll want. Instead, if you can, drive down into the crater and watch the sun go down there - the wide open views are draw-dropping.

For more of my favorite places in and around Mitzpe Ramon, click here.