9 Natural Wonders You Probably Didn’t Visit Your First Time in Israel

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In between your regular visits to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, consider adding these natural wonders to your itinerary the next time you’re in Israel!

1. The Ramon Crater

courtesy: Daniel Dutkowski

The Ramon Crater is located in the southern desert of Israel. The crater was not formed by an impact, and it’s the largest example in the world of a cirque, a concave amphitheater-like valley.

2. Rosh Hanikra Grottoes

courtesy: Rosh Hanikra Tourism

These grottoes in Rosh Hanikra, which sits between the border of Israel and Lebanon, were formed by the Mediterranean Sea pounding against the soft chalk rock.

3. Timna Park

courtesy: Dean Ariel

Timna Park is located in the Arava region of the Negev Desert. The area is rich with copper that has been mined since the 5th millennium BCE.

4. Gan Hashlosha National Park

courtesy: Sam Jake Weiss

Gan Hashlosha is also known by its Arabic name, the Sachne. Located near kibbutzs Beit Alfa and Nir David, the water remains warm all year for visitors to enjoy!

5. The Red Canyon

courtesy: Tourist Israel

The Red Canyon is located near Eilat, the most southern city in Israel. The rocks get their reddish tone from the sun’s reflection on the stones.

6. The Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

courtesy: Joshua Cahn

The cave is located near Mount Ye’ela in the Judean Hills, and known for its incredibly unique formations!

7. The Coral Reefs in Eilat

courtesy: Yakir Navon

The coral reef in Eilat, which runs 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) long, is home to hundreds of species of beautiful creatures!

8. The Banias Falls

courtesy: Edo Pellach

The Banias Falls, located in the Golan Heights, are a spring that originates from Mount Hermon, Israel’s tallest and coldest mountain.

9. The Hula Valley

courtesy: Ella Savitsky

The Hula Valley is a popular stopover for birds along their migration path, which makes the area a spectacular setting for the Hula Valley Bird Watching Festival!

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