Not without its problems and conflict with Palestine, Israel is nevertheless a popular destination for sun-seeking holidaymakers and kibbutz-working travellers. Boasting some of the places thought to be the holiest in the world, such as the Wailing Wall and Jesus' hometown – Nazareth – Israel's rich religious and cultural history is second-to-none.
Israel Essential Information:
Major cities/towns: Tel Aviv, Haifa and Nazareth
Places of interest: Ramat Gan, Beth Shean and Eilat, Church of the Seven Apostles (pictured), Wailing Wall
Time Zone: GMT +3
Currency: Israel uses New Israel Shekels. For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc
International dialling code: +972
British Embassy: visit the website for information