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Free day trips that will cool you off before the Fall

If you just landed in Israel, you should know that the school season starts on September 1st. Why is this important to you as a traveler? Because all of the free parks and water hikes will be clearing out for you to enjoy a nice and peaceful tour of Israel’s nature. So right before the Fall season starts, here are some free day trip ideas that will cool you off before it gets too cold!

Park Hamayanot

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If you are located up north, and have kids, this trip is for you. This water hike outside of Beit She’an, at the northern tip of the Jordan Valley, is perfect for families – the water won’t get higher than an adult’s chest and, at two hours, it’s not too long. Plus, you’ll be in the water the entire time. The kids will love the water pipes that serve as slides. At the end of the hike there is a large concrete-walled swimming pool that was built for officers during the British Mandate. Dry off here before heading back to your car.

Wadi Kelt

This is a very easy hike, in fact, there is hardly any hiking involved at all; rather the fun is in swimming in the spring pool. Each day an underground karstic cave fills up with subterranean water and only when the cave is full does it empty into a pool where the water remains for about 20 minutes before continuing on its journey. From the car park walk about 300 meters to an old British Mandate-era pumping station. Water flows out of the spring at this point into a pool which would have been part of the pumping station. After about 20 minutes the pool empties as the spring water continues on its course. In this area you can see the remains of ancient mosaics on the ground. A few meters downstream you can see the remains of an ancient aqueduct.

Syrian R&R Pools

The Syrian Army, before 1967, created Relaxation and Recreation pools at the local springs for their officers (only) in several spots on the Golan Heights. All of them are called Breichot Ketzinim (Officers Pools). One of the nicest is Ein Almin, just wonderful for a cool dip, family picnic or camping. You can meet young couples, groups of vacationers and families with young children. (No life saving service is provided.) The water, from the Jordan River basin, is crystal clear. After flowing through the pool water was used by the Syrians for local agriculture.

 

 

 

The best of Israel’s Markets

We know if you would search around the web for the best outdoor markets in Israel, you would find a lot of different opinions and insights from tour guides to food writers. We at Tellavista want to give you our best market list as your #1 vacation apartment rental company in Israel!

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Carmel Market

Tel Aviv’s most famous marketplace, the Carmel Market is also the city’s largest market. Open every day of the week (except Shabbat), the market features a plethora of shops and restaurants from handmade cheese to designer clothing, so there is something for every person with every budget. Make sure to come hungry because the food is exquisite and plentiful.

Akko Market

For a real taste of the Middle Eastern marketplace, few destinations beat Akko. Located in the Old City the northern town’s market offers a wide range of tasty fares, local staples, antiques and household goods. Locals shop there so it’s also an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the city.

Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s most famous outdoor market has been going strong for over a hundred years and still conveys a genuine sense of exotic Middle Eastern flavor. The fresh citrus and other produce you’ll find here are said to be the best in Israel, but you’ll also find an amazing  array of spices and other food products as well as clothing, souvenirs and the like.

Sarona Market

Sarona was opened to serve the people of Tel Aviv with an option for an air conditioned closed market with some of Israel’s best and fresh produce, baked goods, and gourmet eats. It’s based off Chef Mario Batali’s Eataly, but in Hebrew and in Tel Aviv, with an Israeli flair. Expect more of these gourmet, foodie markets to be opening up around Israel in the next couple of years.

Shuk Levinsky

Running the length of Levinsky Street in South Tel Aviv, Shuk Levinsky has a massive range of products, from dried fruit to soaps, spices and nuts. The Levinsky Market is filled with cuisine from cultures all around the world and has ingredients that provide the perfect addition to just about any meal. Among the stores to visit are bakeries, delicatessens and restaurants. Certain shops and restaurants are unique to the shuk, and cannot be found anywhere else in Tel Aviv. The magic Shuk Levinsky lies in the deep history of culinary growth and discovery, stories that continue to appeal to local residents and foreign visitors alike.

Best beaches in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has a long stretch of wide, sandy beaches on the edge of the city. The beaches are in use year-round and each beach has its own character. The official beach season is from April to October. Traveling from north to south here are some of the most popular beaches:

Views of the waterfront and beaches of Tel AvivMetzitzim Beach

Metzitzim is the ideal family beach: Shallow waters and the constant presence of lifeguards will help ease the minds of all the young parents out there. There is a bar/ restaurant, showers, shaded areas… and for the sporty, beach volleyball courts. This is also a good beach to come down to at night because it’s hidden away from the main tayelet. Continue reading

Museums to visit in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is blessed with some of the finest museums in the country. The city contains so much diversity in terms of culture, religion, art, history and more that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. So, here at Tellavista we put together a short list of the most popular ones!

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Yad Vashem

The Yad Vashem Memorial, founded in 1953 to serve as the center for research, documentation, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. It is an emotionally powerful museum, which introduces visitors to the history of the Nazis’ rise to power and the harrowing effect this had on Jews in Europe at that time. The various exhibits serve as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and include displays of ghettos, concentration camps, Jewish response, and the famous Hall of Names. Continue reading

Hanging out in Beer Sheva

Beer Sheva, the capitol of the Negev. In the past it was just a hot outpost, with the locals living there out of Idealism and Zionism. Today, Beer Sheva is one of the hottest destinations for young couples, plenty of tourism and lots of places to hang out.

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The Israeli Air Force Museum

The Israeli Air Force Museum is found in the open expanse of desert at the Hatzerim Air Force Base, with the local war planes and training planes occasionally flying above the museum during the day – providing great entertainment. The museum features are mostly outdoors, with a few buildings dedicated to housing Air Force archives and artifacts. To start, there is a small building that dissects the history of the IAF and points out the various missions and operations that makes the IAF a legend in and of itself – operations such as Entebbe and the aerial raids on Tunisia and Iraq’s fledgling nuclear facility in 1981.  Continue reading

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Spring Hikes that Everyone Enjoys

Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world, but it’s rare to find the same geographical terrains like Israel offers. From the desert in the south, to the seaside sandy beaches, to the mountains that lead all the way from Jerusalem to the Hermon Mountain, back to the valleys in the north and the Jordan Valley. Plenty of different terrains to try and enjoy with plenty of hiking options. Here we will try to give you so fun hikes that involve all types of terrains.

 

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Jerusalem, Sataf

Sataf located in the Jerusalem Hills, is famed for its hiking trails and natural beauty, set in one of Israel’s most incredible and powerful landscapes. Pine forests line the hillsides providing a powerful entry to the powerful city of Jerusalem. Just off the road are a large number of amazing places, within breathing distance of the city. These include the village of Abu Ghosh, Israel’s hummus capital, the village of Ein Kerem, famed for its Biblical importance, and a large number of beauty spots of which Sataf is definitely one. With a great walking or hiking trail, amazing views, and a great cafe, it’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy some shaded beauty. Sataf is just a ten-minute drive from the outskirts of Jerusalem through hairpin windy roads of the Jerusalem Hills. Continue reading

Things to do and see in Jaffa

Jaffa, is the southern neighbor of Tel Aviv, and actually is a part of the municipality. The city is full of history, culture and great food. So at Tellavista, we bring you a tourists day in Jaffa!

What’s historic? The port of Old Jaffa

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The Old Jaffa that brings in tourists today has its roots in the old port, and when you visit today you will find a harbor busy with working fishing boats operating in the same way as they have for hundreds of years.

Thanks to the newer ports in Ashdod, and Haifa, your scenery of pretty colored boats and views out to sea and of Tel Aviv-Yafo isn’t obscured by massive container ships, liners and ferries. If you’re up for it, you could also go for a boat trip along the Tel Aviv coast, there are always a number of cheap options available in the port, just look around.

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Enjoying Modern History in Tel Aviv

Everyone who visits the land of Israel knows that it has a vast history filled with culture from the different time periods. Whether it was the Jews who built the Temple or the Greeks who dropped by to take over or even the Ottoman empire whose impacts are felt around Israel until today. When people think Isreal’s history everyone focuses on Jerusalem, but there is plenty of modern history in Tel Aviv. Here are some of the sites to see to understand how the city became the largest city in Israel.

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Independence Hall

Independence Hall. The home of Zina and Meir Dizengoff – First Mayor of Tel Aviv, one of the first houses in Tel Aviv, was chosen to host the declaration of the state in 1948, and is now named Independence Hall and serves as an historical museum for the story of the declaration. The journey begins with Herzl, goes through the establishment of Tel Aviv and Dizengoff’s work, and ends in the Hall of the Declaration of Independence, with a complete reenactment of the exciting announcement in Ben-Gurion’s voice.

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Must visit museums in Israel

When traveling to a country with such a great history like Israel, you must look for the most significant and interesting museums that country has to offer. Here is a list of some the must visit museums around Israel.

The Israel Museum

Founded in 1965 in Jerusalem, the Israel Museum is the country’s flagship museum and largest cultural institution. The museum houses 500,000 objects, including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls; a grand collection of archaeological finds; an immense treasury of world Judaica; an amazing sculpture garden; and vast collections of primitive, European and modern art.

For more info: www.imj.org.il/en/

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Activities to enjoy around Israel during the Jewish High Holidays

The fall season in Israel usually means, it’s time for the high holiday’s. During the High Holiday’s you will find many different spiritual experiences around the city of Jerusalem, whether if you can take a tour of the old city while reciting the traditional Slichot, hearing the blowing of the Shofar at the western wall and many more amazing spiritual rituals around the city of Jerusalem.

For those of you are not staying in the Jerusalem area over the holiday’s, here are some  cool activities that you can enjoy with your entire family:

Yad Mordechai Honey Tour

Since Rosh Hashana’s motto is: have a happy sweet new year, the Yad Mordechai kibbutz is all about having a sweet year. At the beehives in Yad Mordechai, you will learn all about how honey is made,  partake in courses that involve cooking with honey and taste some of the freshest honey in the world.

For more information: http://www.funinjerusalem.com/yad-mordechai-tour/

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