Tourism in Israel is once again booming in post-pandemic times, with over 2 million visitors arriving in 2022. With its ancient architecture and colorful culture, it’s no wonder people are choosing Israel for their vacation.
If you’re considering embarking on a honeymoon Israel is the perfect place to connect with your spouse while taking in the beauty and wonder of the area. There is plenty to do, no matter what kind of honeymoon you’re looking for.
From beautiful scenery to holy sites and labyrinthian marketplaces, there is no place in the world quite like Israel. Read on to learn more about this unique country.
Witness the Old City of Jerusalem Together
You’ve already decided that you want to honeymoon in Israel, so you can’t leave without visiting its most famous walled city! The Old City is ancient, beautiful, and perfect for a day or night trip.
Jerusalem is known for many things, but it’s mostly known for being one of the most holy sites for many people and several religions. Here you and your loved one will also find every opportunity to enjoy the local food, shops, and culture.
There’s plenty of exploring to be had while navigating the winding streets and ancient stone marketplaces. Simply taking your love’s hand and walking aimlessly can be fun when you’re in the Old City.
The city is also divided into 4 areas, a Christian quarter, a Muslim quarter, an Armenian quarter, and a Jewish quarter. Each area has its own culture that’s reflected in its food, religious sites, and shopping.
Seeing history together is a fun, relaxing way to bond with your loved one. For one-on-one time while learning, peruse the Israel Museum where you’ll get a chance to take in ancient and contemporary artifacts.
The most famous artifact here is the Dead Sea Scrolls, many say you can’t vacation in Israel without seeing them.
For some natural beauty, take a walk through the Mount of Olives. Some of the olive trees here are over 1,000 years old, and this site is also a burial place for famous biblical figures.
Here you will also find the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before he was crucified. You’ll also find the Dome of Ascension, where Jesus was believed to have taken his final steps.
Find Home Decor Treasures at Outdoor Markets
Your vacation in Israel won’t be complete until you have experienced the charm of its local marketplaces. Picking up treasures while visiting Israel is a must!
Israel’s markets are the perfect place to find memorable decor for your first home together. Get lost with your love in the sights, sounds, and smells of these lively areas.
Jaffa Flea Market is one of the oldest-running flea markets that is still around. There are lots of colorful items, vintage clothing, and household goods including furniture to be found here. Be sure to try the street food!
The Carmel Market is one of the biggest and busiest markets in Israel and is located in the lively city of Tel Aviv. Here you’ll find plenty of fresh food and clothing to hunt through.
For a taste of some Arabian culture, make sure to check out the Old City Market, located in the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem. here you will find colorful and dazzling handmade jewelry, scarves, ceramics, and more.
If you dream of filling your home with one-of-a-kind, handmade items you won’t find anywhere else in the world, you must visit the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair.
Here you will find over 200 artists selling their original work ranging from photography to glass items to handmade scarves and wraps. It’s a wonderful place to pick up authentic Israeli souvenirs.
Have a Romantic Beach Day
What honeymoon would be complete without a romantic day spent sitting in the sand on a gorgeous beach? Visiting Israel can be much more than seeing historical sights.
Bustling Tel Aviv offers several beaches to choose from, all with distinct differences.
Apollonia National Park and Beach is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to enjoy an intimate walk.
The walking paths here come with stunning cliffside views of the Mediterranean water, making it one of the most romantic things to do in Israel.
If you want to be where the people are, head to Gordon Beach. This beach offers plenty of chances to socialize with volleyball courts, lawn chairs, and plenty of food and drink options at the nearby boardwalk.
It’s also easy to transition from a beach day to a night of fun here with plenty of beachside bars providing DJs, dancing, and live music once the sun goes down.
Mosh’s Beach is known for being one of the best beach escapes in Israel. There is beach service and several restaurants available for you to enjoy some food as well. Take a dip in The Red Sea and enjoy the view of the Jordan mountains.
Experience the Dead Sea’s Magic
The Dead Sea is by far one of the most popular attractions in Israel for many reasons. It’s known for its history as much as it’s known for containing some of the best skin-safe minerals for luscious, glowing skin.
This sea is located at the lowest sea level of any body of water on earth, which is what gives it its high salt concentration and many minerals. As the name implies, there are no living animals in the water either.
While you’re in the area, make sure to check out the nearby Masada Fortress. Take a cable car or hike up to the fortress which also gives stunning views of the Dead Sea.
The Masada Fortress is a rugged palace that was built for King Herod in the style of the classic Roman Empire.
Here you’ll find some of the last-standing evidence of the Roman-era sieges including camps, an attack ramp, and more.
The Masada Fortress is where the last battle between Jewish patriots and the Roman army took place in 73 AD. It also became a safe place for Jewish people after Judaea became a Roman Empire province.
Masada is extraordinarily impressive in an architectural sense as well. King Herod built it with defenses in mind so the fortress is complete with a castle, cistern, storerooms, a synagogue, a bathhouse, a moat, and more.
Discover Israel’s Natural Beauty
If you and your love enjoy spending time outdoors, there are plenty of things to do in Israel that will keep you connected to nature.
Baha’i Gardens is a perfect place for those who love to stroll through bright flower beds and well-maintained hedges. These gardens were built across 19 terraces that begin at the foot of a mountain and ascend upwards.
There are also picturesque views of the Sea of Galilee, the Mediterranean, and Haifa Bay.
Timna Park is a 15,000-acre desert park that features memorable rock formations and arches. Here you can take in unique formations like The Mushroom or Solomon’s Pillars.
You can also experience an adrenaline rush with activities like zip-lining, repelling, and cycling. You and your loved one can even choose to camp here overnight.
Mount Carmel National Park stands out in Israel with its greenery that remains all year round despite its desert surroundings. There are plenty of pine trees and plant species to observe whatever time of year you visit.
Witness Holy Sites as One
Religious attractions in Israel are not hard to come by as the area is known for being sacred to several beliefs.
A honeymoon in Israel is perfect for seeing historic and religiously important sites!
The Dome of the Rock is one of the most well-known religious landmarks in history. It’s a Muslim shrine that features a beautiful golden orb you’ve likely seen in pictures. This site is important for both Islamic and Jewish people.
The Western, or Wailing, Wall is the last wall standing that was once part of the Temple Mount where the Gate to Haven was. For Jews, it’s considered the most sacred place.
There are separate praying areas for men and women and it’s tradition to leave prayer notes in the crevices between the wall rocks. Whether you pray or not, it’s an awe-inspiring sight to experience.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is as astonishing for its decor and architecture as it is for its holy background. Christians believe this is the place where Jesus was crucified and then later buried and resurrected.
Here you will be able to see the Tomb of Jesus and the Angel Stone, the stone that was believed to have been used to close Jesus’ tomb.
Swim Together in the Sea of Galilee
A visit to the Sea of Galilee offers plenty of history and relaxation for you and your loved one.
In Christianity, this is where Jesus grew up and later grew his ministry of believers. It’s also where Jesus was believed to be baptized and performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.
The nearest city to the sea is Tiberius. Here, you can choose to relax in natural hot springs or at a local spa. There are also plenty of restaurant and hotel options.
You can choose to swim or kayak through the sea or walk the Jesus Trail from Nazareth to Capernaum for some outdoor time. Or, simply choose to lay out on the sandy beach!
Honeymoon Israel Information and More
Now you know some of the best honeymoon Israel ideas to enjoy in wedded bliss with your loved one.
Whether you’re excited about historical sights, religious holy grounds, or simply relaxing, you’ll no doubt love each day spent in Israel.
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