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1. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member, 83 posts) 30 Apr '07 10:29

As I am off to the Middle East within a few days for the jobhunting , I also thought I'd wet my appetite a bit in advance :)

I have Haifa, Tel Aviv, Herzelya, Jerusalem, Eilat, Dead Sea and Nazareth on my 'to visit' list, but I'm sure there's a lot of other great places to visit. Any ideas? Visits may occur while living there as well in case I'd get the job of course, it doesn't all have to be in one week :)

Also, which of the cities or towns is the most multicultural? One of the things attracting me in Israel is the combination of Middle Eastern and Western culture, so I would fancy a place to live where both of those influences reflect. Any hints?

2. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member, 150 posts) 1 May '07 07:05

If you go to the Dead Sea is place nearby is Masada. I have never been there but I have heard it is fantastic. Will go there this summer.

3. Posted by schaeffers (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 4 May '07 21:45

Let's see... try to go up to Tsfat if you can. It's a little city, but it has some really interesting history and is where most of Jewish mysticism comes from. Also, when you are down in Eilat, you HAVE TO go to Egypt! Just cross the Taba border and camp out on the Red Sea for a few days! You won't be sorry. Across the border there are taxis and guys will take you to whatever beach you want. Dahab is awesome, but there are also other beaches a little closer.

If you have an questions just send me a message. There are a ton of other amazing places to see!

4. Posted by asa39 (Budding Member, 21 posts) 15 May '07 12:18

I'd definitely try visit AKKo as well, its near Haifa and has a beautiful, medieval old village towards the coast, with some fascinating crusader remains. Beth Shean also has a really cool Roman village if you are at all interested in archaeology.

Casearea is also worth at least a day; it has a stunning Roman city, with amphitheatre, all on the coast and facing the sea. Also an aqueduct along the beach, and you can walk through the aqueducts underground section.

Golan heights is also worth doing if you have time. There are incredible nature walks and archaeological sites throughout the region.