Israel is called the Holy Land because of its association with Jesus. People seem to think that visiting Israel will bring them blessings in abundance. Apart from the holy side, Israel also has plenty to offer to tourists in terms of both natural wonders and historical sites. There are plenty of beaches, historical wonders, natural spots, and many museums. If you happen to be spending New Year in Israel then there are plenty of things for you to do. Although New Year’s still isn’t officially celebrated in Israel as of yet, it is continuing to progress.
There are a lot of parties that happen at that time of the year and other events take place where there are music and food involved. Since New Years isn’t considered a holiday because of Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) which is celebrated in the month of September or October, businesses will be up and running. All the sightseeing spots will be open to the public.
10 Things To Do In Israel On New Year
If you are wondering what are the best things to do, then look no further. Here is a list of the top 10 things you can do to experience Israel at this time of the year:
1. Banana Beach: Spend the day soaking up the sun
Israel has some of the best beaches that span the Mediterranean coast. Some of the beaches here are considered to be the most beautiful in the world. If you want to spend the day relaxing, you can head to a local beach where you will be able to come across surfers and people playing Israeli racquetball or Matkot. You can spend time relaxing, go for a swim or even take part in some water sports. There are some great beaches in the city of Tel Aviv such as Banana Beach, Alma Beach, and the Hilton Beach. All these places have plenty of sunshine and a great view. This is a great way to spend the New Year in Israel.
2. Milburn: Enjoy parties and festivals
There are plenty of parties that take place throughout the year in Israel. Since Israel is still trying to infuse New Year into their calendar, people mostly spend the New Year by partying the night away. Since there are plenty of events that happen, this can be a great time to meet people, dance and enjoy some delicious food. If you are wondering how to spend New Year’s Eve in Israel, then this is the best way to do it. Some of the most popular parties include Pasaz and Milburn. You will find some great music, an open bar, and video installations. Some of these parties are also pool parties. If this sounds like your kind of scene, then you definitely won’t be disappointed.
3. Uri Buri: Treat yourself to a delicious meal
There are plenty of restaurants in Israel if you want to taste some authentic Israeli food. It is recommended that you try out the street food as well and in particular the dish called hummus. Although almost every food place would have it, there are only certain places that make it well. If you are hoping for a successful New Year celebration in Israel, then what better way to do that than by having a delicious meal with good ambiance? You certainly can’t visit and miss out on authentic Israeli food. There are many popular restaurants such as Uri Buri, Decks and Social Club which serve great food and provide a great atmosphere to eat in.
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4. Eilat: Swim with the dolphins
This is no exaggeration. Dolphin Reef is located in Eilat and offers a chance for you to observe these amazing creatures up close. Apart from observing the bottle-nosed dolphins, you will also get the opportunity to see a colorful array of corals, tropical fish and dolphin babies that are bred and nurtured on the site. Since there are no Israel New Year traditions, this is a great way to spend your New Year. If you don’t want to go swimming, you can also stay on the piers and watch the dolphins play, hunt, and care for their younglings. If you want to get closer, you can go snorkeling or scuba diving.
5. Dead Sea: Heal yourself
The Dead Sea is a salt lake that is at the border of Jordan and Islam. This sea has the lowest elevation surface in the world and is known for its healing properties. The high salt content means that there is no surviving life in its waters. The surrounding areas, however, are rich with crops. The Dead Sea has been famous for centuries because the high salt content is supposed to be good for people that have respiratory issues. The mud here is also rich and the entire atmosphere has fewer allergens and contaminants. The water is considered therapeutic and it isn’t strange to find products sold all over Japan that contain the water from the Dead Sea.
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6. Jaffa: Spend the day at this old city
Old Jaffa is an ancient port city that still has elements of the Ottoman era. There are plenty of churches, restaurants, and galleries in the city. The city is located on a cliff and it gives a great view of the sea below. There are many things to see here which include ancient churches, mosques, clock towers, and museums. Apart from the old, there are also many modern things to see like unique bars and restaurants. If you want to spend the New Year holidays in Israel by learning more and observing historical sites, then you should visit this city.
7. Coral Beach: Check out the underwater observatory
If you happen to be spending New Year in Israel, then you should definitely visit the observatory. The observatory is one of the best underwater universes in the world. Apart from the observatory, you can also find a nature museum. You can find over 40 different fish tanks, a turtle pool, a stingray pool, and a shark pool. The highlight of this place would be the flashlight fish. There is a dark room where you can see a bioluminescent fish that has some kind of bacteria under its eyes. Once you are done checking out the observatory, you can walk about 90 steps up from the observatory and visit the Peace Terrace to get some incredible views of Israel.
8. Sammy Ofer Stadium: Attend a football match
If you want to know how to spend Israel New Year 2019 and you are a football fan, then you should attend a local football match. Football fans in Israel like to sing, shout and eat sesame seeds during the match. There is a new stadium in Haifa which offers affordable tickets. You can catch a match of the Maccabi Haifa which is a very popular team in Israel. The stadium is large and well lit. The folks are friendly and the food vendors sell delicious snacks.
9. Wow Splash Show: Check it out!
The ‘Wow Splash’ in Eilat is a water-themed acrobat show that is very popular in the town. People come from all over the town and even tourists flock to the show. The show is similar to that of the Wow show that happens in Vegas. It has all the same aspects of a Vegas show which includes, acrobatics, juggling, and different arts. The only unique thing about the show is that there is Jewish humor involved. If you want a show that makes you laugh and entertains you, then this is the place to be if you want a good New Year celebration in Israel.
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10. Join in on a Shabbat dinner
This dinner actually takes place on a Friday and within the homes of the Israelis. If you don’t know anyone in the area, you can join a tour to experience this. You will spend time with a local family and enjoy the local cuisine. It doesn’t feel like you have visited Israel if you don’t experience a Shabbat. This is one of the best ways to spend the Israel New Year 2019. If you have free time on your hands, you can take a walk around the town or place you are in.
Now, if you do visit Israel, you will have a good idea of what to do in the New Year. Let us help you book your trip with TravelTriangle and get ready to have nothing short of the happiest New Year in Israel! Don’t forget to share this with your other travel buddies so you all can plan a dazzling holiday in Israel around New Year and have the time of your lives!
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