For about two years now I am blogging about traveling in Israel, exploring this tiny, but most fascinating country from north to south. There is so much to see here, so many different landscapes, historic sights and awe-inspiring viewpoints that I am for from finished exploring with @hertalesofvisuals. After many requests it is finally here, my top list of Instagrammable spots in Israel! These are the most photogenic, awe-inspiring places for photographers, bloggers and Instagram lovers - but there are many more, so blog posts about specific regions will follow soon. I have divided this top 10 list of Instagrammable places in North, Center and South, so that it is easier for you to navigate through. When you visit Israel and explore these beautiful places, don't forget to use #talesofvisuals on Instagram!
- Keshet Cave
These relatively unknown caves are a short drive from the more famous Rosh Haniqra caves on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Although the Rosh Haniqra caves definitely are a wonderful sight to visit, it is less photogenic due to the high amount of people following the same trail through the caves - hence, lots of people photo bombing. The Keshet Cave is also located close to the border, high on a mountain top overlooking the entire northwest of Israel. Keshet means rainbow in Israel and it is no wonder why if you look at the picture below! The most epic photos are when you go abseiling inside the cave, but for the less daring (like me), photos while standing on the cave are quite spectacular too!
For more info about the Keshet Cave, click here.
- Gan Hashlosha
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Nestled in between the Gilboa Mountains and Beit Shean you can find this national park. The main reason to visit is the natural spring, which flows water at a constant 28 degrees Celsius into the pools of the park via the Amal Stream. The water has the most beautiful turquoise color and surrounding the stream it truly looks like a tropical oasis with lush palm trees and flowers. The pools have been widened so that it is very comfortable to swim and the lush greenery around the pools is perfect for relaxation and provide ample shade for the long summer. The scenery here truly is wonderful, leading Time Magazine to name Gan Hashlosha as one of the most beautiful parks in the world!
The park also hosts several waterfalls, an ancient water mill and a Mediterranean archaeological museum with tools found in the area, dating back to ancient times. The park lies on an ancient crossroad, connecting Damascus to Jerusalem and Egypt – so you can imagine the history here dates back thousands of years!
For more info about Gan Hashlosha, check out my blog post.
Less then two hours from Tel Aviv, this ancient port city is one of Israel’s UNESCO World Heritage Sights and when visiting, you’ll immediately understand why. This city is one of Israel’s most interesting and most beloved cities to visit, both among Israelis and tourists – make sure not to miss out on Akko (Akko is its Hebrew name and Acre its English name) when visiting Israel. Akko is full of history, interesting cultural sights and it has some of Israel's best restaurants and unique boutique hotels!
Fore more info about Akko, check out my blog post.
- Tropical Garden in Park Hayarkon
Who would have thought that hidden in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park you can find a tropical oasis that makes you feel like you're in Bali? This garden just had to be included in this list, since it is one of the most photogenic places in the country. It is rarely crowded, truly an oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Entrance is also free and it is very easy to get there - both by bus and car. Just look at the photos below, doesn't this make you feel zen already?
Fore more info about the Tropical garden, check out my blog post.
- Apollonia National Park
You may have never heard of it before: Apollonia National Park. It's an archaeological park high on the cliffs of the Mediterranean boasting breathtaking views of Tel Aviv and the endless blues of the Mediterranean sea. Although the history of this park is very interesting, it is the wide open views of one of Israel's most beautiful coastlines that it truly making it worth while your visit. It is a mystery to me why this stunning place is so unknown in travel guides and itineraries about Israel - Apollonia deserves to be on your list when visiting Israel.
For more info about Appolonia National Park, check out my blog post.
- Old Yafo
Part of Tel Aviv city, Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew) is one of Israel’s top tourist destinations. It is s one of the world’s oldest port cities, about 4000 years old and its narrow streets definitely take you back in time! Wander through the narrow stone streets and lose track of time. Soak up the beautiful historic buildings, eat Israel’s best hummus, explore the famous artistic flea market and discover some of Tel Aviv’s best boutiques and art galleries. Because Jaffa is so photogenic (and not all of the best photo locations are easy to find), here is an Instagram guide of Jaffa, with the most Instagrammable, photogenic spots in this ancient port city.
- Ramon Crater (Mitzpe Ramon)
When you stand on the edge of Mitzpe Ramon – a little desert town deep in the Negev desert – it feels you are on the edge of the world. Stretched out in front of you, there is nothing but miles and miles of desert moon landscape. It is so serene, the first time I stood there it took my breath away. This 40km wide and 2km long crater is the world’s biggest erosion crater – unbelievable that this seemingly desolate desert landscape once was an ocean filled with life! If you are visiting Israel and you are planning to spend some time in the desert, make sure Mitzpe Ramon is on your list. Click here for a full travel guide to Mitzpe Ramon.
- Red Canyon
One of Israel's most hidden gems, that sadly most tourists still miss out on, is the magical Red Canyon. It is tucked away next to the border with Egypt, in the very south of the Arava desert - only about a twenty minutes drive from Eilat. Not only is it a stunning nature reserve with a gorgeous canyon, it is completely free to enter and rarely crowded.
Left is a picture of the highlight of the canyon, is that alone not worth visiting?
Click here for a full traveler's guide to the Red Canyon.
- The Tree of Life in the Dead Sea
The Tree of Life is in fact an art project, started by a local to plant life in the Dead Sea. On a salt island, off the shores of the Herods Hotel in Neve Zohar he planted a tree, which is now one of the most famous, Instagrammable spots in all of Israel. Getting to the island is not easy, you'd have to float/swim for at least 20 minutes to get there from the shore, keep that in mind when you're planning to visit! For more information about visiting the Dead Sea, click here for a full traveler's guide and more Instagrammable places around the Dead Sea.
- Jerusalem Old City
When you visit Israel, Jerusalem's Old City will obviously be on your list of places to visit. Historically and culturally, this is Israel's most interesting place to visit, there can be no doubt about it. But did you know it is also very photogenic? My favorite photo locations are the Shuk in the Old City, the David Citadel next to the Yaffa Gate and the Abby of Dormition right outside the Zion Gate. Click here for lots of travel information, this is Jerusalem's official tourism site with all the information you could need before visiting!
So far the top 10 Instagrammable places in Israel! More blog posts about where to take photos in Israel are coming up soon, so stay tuned!