Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Size: 8,019 square miles (20,072 square kilometers) - roughly the size of New Jersey
Border countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt
National tourist office: www.goisrael.com
At a glance
Israel is at once a land of modernity and antiquity. An ancient culture that has managed to adapt to the contemporary world, Israel is considered by many to be the cradle of Western culture. It's an important place for three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Israel has ruins, temples and ancient churches, along with historic synagogues, making it one of the most popular places to visit for religious pilgrims.
Israel's abundance of museums feature relics from the ancient civilizations of the land and religious and historical artifacts. Despite the ongoing political issues with the region, Israel is still a huge draw for tourists, who come to see its vibrant and rich culture and enjoy its history.
Why cyclists love it
Israel is a great destination for bike tours because you can experience the relics of the ancient civilizations of the region up close. Bike tour routes through rural areas, ancient villages, and walled cities will show you the best Israel has to offer beyond Tel Aviv. Cycling around the Sea of Galilee offers beautiful scenery, while the Judean Mountains offer a more challenging stint. The Mediterranean coastline is also a spectacular site from your Israel bike tour route.
From the rolling green mountains and sparkling streams in the north, through the country’s center with its magnificent beaches and bustling cities, down to the Negev – the southern desert – with its primeval terrain and Bedouin population, enjoy the diversity of the ever-changing landscape and miles and miles of breathtaking sites.
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