Israel is a space where worlds, religions, past and future intertwine, a region of strong and dramatic natural and ethnographic contrasts, traditional and modern, an area where turbulent historical and spiritual turmoil has taken place since time immemorial in the eternal quest for reconciliation of differences.
Israel is located on a land bridge between Asia and Africa, but borders three continents: Africa in the south, Asia in the east, and Europe in the west. So, geographically, it is part of the Middle East, and its location on African tectonic plates means it is geologically part of Africa.
It is a land of great contrasts between the ancient and the modern, the spiritual and the profane, which are clearly recognizable in its two largest cities - Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which represent a unique blend of spirit, culture, history, geography, climate and gastronomy. Jerusalem is also called the "city of peace", and it is the capital and central place of a visit to Israel. Tel Aviv, the second largest city, is the complete opposite of Jerusalem. Modern, lively, cosmopolitan, luxurious and dazzling, this sunny city on the Mediterranean coast is a place where coffee and culinary innovations are local obsessions, where residents speak many world languages and where people live to the fullest.
Israeli cuisine is colorful and an interesting blend of delicious dishes from different parts of the world. It developed under the influence of three religions and all foreign states in which Jews lived during the exile. Rich tables are a way of life in Israel and an expression of great hospitality.
Israel is a good destination for all seasons, but there are several factors to consider when planning your trip. When it comes to weather, it is best to visit in the spring, during April and May, or in the fall, during September and October, when temperatures are mild in most areas. November and March are also pleasant, but they can occasionally be rainy, especially in coastal areas and in the north.
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and the Jordan River, Via Dolorsa, Qumran and Masada are just a part of what is worth seeing and experiencing in this very specific land of fascinating cities, from those created before Christ to today's metropolises, amazing cultural and archeological sites, incredible historical events that look like legends, a land of inspiring landscapes.