gap year in israel

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Modern Israel is a remarkable country, both for some of its physical features and also because of the achievements that it has pulled off over its relatively short history. While you probably know quite a lot about Israel, here are a few facts which may surprise you.

Probably the best known feature of the geography of Israel is that it is home to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea which is located 1315 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is a must see for all visitors to the country and you should make sure to experience floating in its salty waters and lathering yourself in the mineral-packed mud.

During your time in Israel you will notice how much Israelis like to talk on their phones, perhaps this is because Israeli engineers at Motorola Israel R&D Centre developed the original mobile phone technology!

As a Jewish country it is no surprise that Israel tries to accommodate all kinds of Jews and this is why it is the only country in the world that uses kosher glue for its postage stamps.

History buffs will never round out of things to explore in Israel as there are thousands of archaeological sites, in Jerusalem alone there are over 2000 of them such as the City of David where you can spend a day sifting through the earth in search of lost treasures.

If you want to combine history with relaxation then head to Hamat Gader which is home to the second largest bath complex in the entire Roman Empire.

In a similar vein, there is no excuse to ever complain of boredom in Israel as the country is home to more museums per capita than any other country in the world so you can always find something new to explore.

Furthermore, the country also has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world so you can always find a concert to attend, wherever you are in the country.
If you’re looking for less of a cultural experience but want to hit the shops then head down south to Eilat which is duty free and a declared Free Trade Zone. This means that you don’t pay VAT on any purchases and while there you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, snorkelling and the underwater tropical aquarium. While in Eilat you can also visit one of the world’s only underwater restaurants, The Red Sea Star.

There are actually a total of 137 beaches in Israel so if you are into sun, sand and sea there is plenty of it to go around.

Just like any diverse country Israel tries to be inclusive for its less able citizens and that is why the bank notes have braille writing on them. Furthermore, the country is home to the World’s only theatre company comprised entirely of deaf and blind actors. The theatre is based in Jaffa and before seeing a performance you can experience eating entirely in the dark at NaLaga’at while being served by blind waiters.

On a food related note, salad lovers will be interested to hear that the cherry tomato was invented in Israel.