Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Jerusalem is a must for any world traveler. From world-renowned archaeological sites to solemn religious temples, the city is a treasure trove of culture and history. This holy city reflects three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Today, historic neighborhoods rub shoulders with glistening high-rise apartment buildings and office towers. The main districts of the city include the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; West Jerusalem, the commercial heart of the city; East Jerusalem; Me’a Shearim; and the village-like Ein Kerem.
Scenic views, architectural masterpieces and religious sites intermingle to make Jerusalem a fascinating destination. Visit music venues, theaters and fantastic museums. Get to know the locals, including religious and nonreligious, rabbis and priests, diplomats and art students.
If you’ve chosen a vacation rental with a fully equipped kitchen, you’ll likely be doing most of your cooking at “home.” However, take time to taste the multitudes of flavors that Jerusalem has to offer – from falafel stands to Ethiopian, Mediterranean to Middle Eastern.
Consider partaking in the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Tzurim Valley National Park, where tourists can help salvage antiques in the debris that was taken from the Temple Mount. Or, make a reservation to see the Western Wailing Wall and its underground tour. Take a midnight biking tour through the streets and alleyways of old and new Jerusalem, a unique and memorable way to see the holy city.
Several types of vacation rental are available in Jerusalem. Whether you are a group of friends traveling together or an extended family, you’ll find a rental home that suits your needs and interests. There are traditional homes that date back to the 19th century, furnished with antiques and boasting gorgeous gardens. Serene studio apartments are available just a few minutes’ walk from the Old City and the center of downtown Jerusalem. Choose a 160-year-old residence with original stone walls and domed ceilings – complete with modern amenities such as television, DVD player, washer, dryer, etc. And be sure to ask about the views – in some homes, the vista from your window might include stunning Mount Zion or the Judean hills.
For privacy and flexibility, vacation rentals are the way to go and will save you money compared to a traditional hotel. Plus, you’ll feel more intimately connected with your neighborhoods, community and travel destination.