Insight Guide Israel features illuminating text alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring Israel's people and places to life. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions, including Jerusalem's Old City, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and diving in Eilat, plus the best beaches, markets and money-saving tips. From the key sites rich in history and religious significance, to the simple pleasures of a Dead Sea mud bath and a walk along a beautiful beach, all of Israel's attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of Israel. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire country, from the pastoral landscapes of the bible to the buzz of Tel Aviv, and we devote four chapters to the West Bank. All the principal sites are cross-referenced to full-colour maps for easy navigation. You will also find fascinating chapters on the country's history, people and culture. The Travel Tips provide essential information for planning your trip, whilst our selective hotel and restaurant listings lead to you the best and most authentic establishments. The unique combination of insightful exploration and practical advice makes this guide a real pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
British-born Simon Griver, whose authoritative journalism is much in demand in the UK and the US, has been resident in Israel since 1978. Even after so long in the country, he still values the year-round sunshine, the exotic desert landscapes, and the informality of the people.