Reverence, curiosity, devotion and compassion is what has been forever pulling millions of monotheists to this holy land. They flock to Bethlehem to honor the miracle of birth, crowd in the Galilee to relive the wondrous food multiplication, wander every inch of Nazareth to follow the steps of adolescing Jesus, and pronounce their faith at its most ecstatic in Jerusalem. You'll see Christians down on their knees, quietly sobbing along Via Dolorosa, Jews bent in sorrowful meditation at the foot of the Wailing Wall and Muslims bowing down low in worship before Al-Aqsa Mosque. Partake in it or hate it, the emotional load is undeniable.
While the worshipers occupy the myriad holy sites, holidaymakers find their share of exultation somewhere else. And the choice of exhilarating options is enough to shatter the stereotype of Israel as a downright devout hotbed into pieces. Whether you sample the invigorating and healing qualities of the Dead Sea, breathe in the dramatic ambiance of the revered Masada National Park, or hit the clubs that honeycomb sleepless Tel Aviv, time spent in Israel will reward you not only with a host of memorable spiritual encounters but also with alternating scenes of seaside fun, desert escapades, and awe-inspiring ancient heritage. Even the bad press over broken peace treaties and suicide bombings seems to be slightly far-fetched in the face of Israel's multifaceted allure. But don't take our word for it. Let the country itself show you its true colors.