With its immense historical significance, sacred sites and fair share of political controversy, Israel is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Its capital Jerusalem is steeped in history and home to three of the world’s holiest religious sites: the Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which attract Muslim, Jewish and Christian pilgrims from across the globe. Walk the streets of modern Tel Aviv and you’ll see grand synagogues beside humble churches and reflective high-rises, interspersed with trendy cafes.
The country’s modest size encourages exploration, allowing travellers to feast on a breakfast of coffee and shakshuka (spicy baked eggs) in the coastal town of Eilat, stop for a dip in the dead sea and make it to the Mediterranean city of Haifa by sunset. Along the way, watch as deserts dotted with ruins roll into valleys and bustling cities. Israel is one destination you’ll never forget.