I was living in Lyon by myself and my parents made up a trip to Israel and Egypt, I decided to join them 4 days in Israel. I arrived at Tel Aviv airport Friday noon, the flight from Lyon to Tel Aviv was about 3 hours long, my parents were arriving at night so I went to the hotel; as this trip was with my parents the hotel was great, it was in front of the beach and had an amazing view. That night some friends of my family invited me for dinner and it was a great experience, I had the chance to appreciate the real life of an Israeli family, try authentic food, and learn more about it´s culture!
Next day we woke up early and went to Jerusalem, they rented a private transport service, but there are buses which are way chipper and a great option. It´s better to go very early so you can visit everything without rush. We stayed there all day, we hire a guide which I totally recommend for a city like Jerusalem, it has a lot of history and its worth to hear from an expert the background of this gorgeous city. Jerusalem is a city to walk quite a lot, so I personally recommend going with good tennis and comfortable clothes, also is really hot so make sure you stay hydrated and have a good sunscreen.
The third day I went with my mom to Caesarea, more exactly to the archeological national park, where you can see the rests of the ancient roman city, there you can find good restaurants in front of the beach. The last day we decided to walk around Tel-Aviv, visit different spots; like Jaffa´s old city and port, and at night I took my flight back to Lyon.
The trip from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem is like 1 hour long, there are many touristic attractions in this city, first the mount of olives which is associated with Jewish and Christian traditions, also there is a great view from the mountain. One of my favorite places was the old city of Jerusalem, you can get lost easily between the bazaars, lot of colors mixed together. In the old city you can also find the western wall and the church of the holy sepulcher, this spots are very religious and with a strong spiritual vibe, even though you don’t practice any religion I recommend going.
We got to the national park (The trip from Tel-Aviv to Caesarea is 40-50 min long) and as soon as you enter you get amazed by seeing those structures that where made many years ago, one of these is the amphitheater which is perfectly conserved, also the hippodrome, the reef palace and some mosaic floors. You can also appreciate the beautiful sea; the colors of the water are unique. There are some restaurants around which are a great option for refreshing with some good cocktails or beer! We passed all day in Caesarea and at night went back to Tel- Aviv.
We took the day to stroll around the city, it’s a beautiful city with unique spots, one of my favorite visits was Jaffa´s old city and port, we walked around and there are a lot of cafes and restaurants, we stopped for lunch at the port and it was awesome, the view of the sea and the breeze made the end of my trip perfect. The restaurant had typical food which was great, we ate pitas, hummus and lots of falafel. Then we went to the Carmel market where you can find street food, clothing and souvenirs, the idea is to walk the market listening the screams of the sellers and the smell of the different spices.
Q & A
What would you have changed?Staying more days, there are a lot of beautiful places, that we missed.
Restaurant recommendations?Street food is a must !
Tips you would give a friend?Try all the food ! everything is great. Get to know and respect the culture, you can always learn something new.
Packing tips?Pack a good pair of tennis cause you´ll walk quite a lot, also a good sunscreen and a cap.
Transportation Tips?Bus is a great option, however Jerusalem is a city to walk !