From the moment you step foot in Israel, beauty and energy emanate from every corner. The pointed minarets and gleaming golden dome that dominates Jerusalem’s skyline inspire awe as you stroll through its Old City and modern quarters, while modern Tel Aviv thrums with the rhythms of its sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches and vibrant restaurants, markets and nightlife. For a glimpse into modern-day life, we turned to travel writer Sarah Treleaven, a Jerusalem transplant by way of Toronto, to learn her tips on exploring Israel like a local.
Q: Where do you recommend travelers stay when visiting?
A: The elegant David InterContinental Tel Aviv offers an ideal perspective on the city’s best offerings, as it’s next to the beach, the wonderful Carmel Market and the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, which is full of great bistros and boutiques. I also love the King David, Jerusalem — probably the grandest hotel in the country — for a fancy cocktail; you can sidle up to the old-school Oriental Bar and have a tuxedoed expert whip up a Sidecar. The legendary hotel’s location is just perfect, positioned on an elevated site with unparalleled views of the Old City.