4 days in Jerusalem - Part I: the four quarters of the Old City

4 days in Jerusalem - Part I: the four quarters of the Old City

A holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians alike, no other city in the world means so much to so many people. With over 4000 years of history, Jerusalem has not only witnessed some of the main events that have shaped the course of humankind, but it also keeps some of the most sacred sites on earth for all the 3 main monotheistic religions.

During my first day in the Golden City, I explored the narrow twisted streets of its Old Town to discover all four quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. During my visit, I would visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jews; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where it is believed that Jesus was crucified, anointed and buried; as well as the souks and covered markets of the Muslim quarter. But is Jerusalem really as special as they say?

A day trip to the Sea of Galilee & the Golan Heights from Nazareth

A day trip to the Sea of Galilee & the Golan Heights from Nazareth

The north of Israel is a region with a very high religious, historic and natural significance. During my stay in Nazareth, I spent one day visiting the main sites around the Sea of Galilee, including Capernaum, an ancient fishing village where Jesus preached; the Mount of Beatitudes, the biblical site of Jesus' sermon on the mount; the Banyas Natural Reserve with its beautiful waterfalls; as well as Mount Bental in the disputed region of the Golan Heights, overlooking the Syrian border and the ceasefire line created after the region was annexed by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. Discover what it was like to talk about the conflict in the zone with a UN peacekeeper! 

Haifa & Acre: the north coast of Israel

Haifa & Acre: the north coast of Israel

On the north coast of Israel and approaching the Lebanese border hide two of the most picturesque sights of the Middle East: the city of Haifa with its Bahá'í Gardens, a holy site for the Bahá'í Faith; and the city of Acre, a settlement continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period and famous for the incredible remains of the Crusader town, preserved almost intact since the 13th century. Check out how to combine a visit to both cities in a single day! 

Nazareth: one day in the capital of the Galilee

Nazareth: one day in the capital of the Galilee

Everybody has heard of Nazareth before. Famous for being the hometown of Jesus, this Arab city located in the northern district of Israel has nothing to do with the small provincial town described in the scriptures. Today, Nazareth is bustling with tourists and pilgrims travelling from the seven corners of the world to visit its main attraction: the Church of the Annunciation. During my trip to the Holy Land, I spent a full day exploring the capital of the Galilee. Check out what I found during my visit!

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

As an independent traveller, there's nothing more helpful when organising my next trip than reading the experience of other fellow travellers so that I can plan my own walking tours and get to experience the city as a local. How many times I've wished that I had access to those incredible tips while on route? If you also love independent travel and getting off the beaten track, you may want to check the GPSMyCity App!

Jaffa: the Arab port city of southern Tel Aviv

Jaffa: the Arab port city of southern Tel Aviv

Jaffa is an ancient port city that belongs to the Te Aviv-Yafo region and from where modern Tel Aviv has now grown. Inhabited by an Arab majority, this quiet, charming city contrasts with the skyscrapers and hectic lifestyle of Tel Aviv. With thousands of years of history that date back to the Old Testament, you can't miss a visit to Jaffa during your trip to Israel! 

Tel Aviv: the modern city of the Middle East that never stops

Tel Aviv: the modern city of the Middle East that never stops

As the saying goes: 'while Jerusalem prays, Tel Aviv plays'. And Tel Aviv is certainly an exception in the Middle East: with one of the best nightlife in the world, a great tolerance no matter what is your style or sexual preference, and an incredible Mediterranean beach, this city in constant movement is a place like no other. Check out what this incredible destination has to offer!

Qadisha Valley, Tannourine & Baatara Gorge: a trip to the mountains of Lebanon

Qadisha Valley, Tannourine & Baatara Gorge: a trip to the mountains of Lebanon

Up in the mountainous region of Lebanon hides the Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO heritage site filled with caves carved in the rocks and once inhabited by Christian monks. During my last day in Lebanon, I went hiking in this surprising part of the country and also took the opportunity to visit the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve and the striking Baatara Gorge!

Exploring the ancient city of Baalbek & the Ksara winery in Lebanon

Exploring the ancient city of Baalbek & the Ksara winery in Lebanon

At the foot of the fertile Bekaa Valley, a renown wine region of Lebanon, stands the Phoenician city of Baalbek. Known as Heliopolis by the Greeks, Baalbek is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Middle East, and its impressive constructions are one of the best examples of the Imperial Roman architecture. Located only 10km away from the Syrian border and famous for being a stronghold of Hezbollah, is it really safe to visit Baalbek?