Beyond its religious treasures, Israel has 81 national parks, about 400 nature reserves, and opportunities for diving, surfing, skiing, and desert sports. They embody its slogan, “Israel, Exactly Like Nowhere Else.”
Caesarea Underwater Archaeological Park, the first of its kind, is an experience for those drawn to the mysteries of the sea and the history of the ancient world. Located in northern Israel, off the coast of Caesarea, lies the remains of a 2,000-year-old city constructed in the first century BCE by King Herod.
With 81 national parks and some 400 nature reserves, making up about 20% of the country, outdoor adventures in Israel may seem endless. Check out the Israel Pass. Visitors can pick from among three different park passes that offer access to some of Israel’s most notable national parks.
Israel’s surf scene, dating back to 1956, is a vibrant and growing community of passionate surfers. While the surf is mainly wind swell, there are times when mid-period waves can reach heights of six or more feet.
Timna Park is one of the largest parks in Israel, covering about 70,000 acres. The park is famous for its impressive rock formations, including Solomon’s Pillars, the Chariots, the Arches, and Mushroom Rock. Timna Park is home to some of the world’s oldest known copper mines.
Despite Israel’s predominantly sun-soaked climate, Mount Hermon transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months. It’s Israel’s only skiable mountain. At nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, the Mount Hermon ski area offers 27 miles of terrain perfect for skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts.