87. Nazareth, Israel
Why Nazareth, Israel
If you are religious, then Nazareth, Israel is a place you should visit as its where Jesus lived. It is a Christian town in Israel. Religion and ethnicity plays a very important part in this part of the world plus its interesting to see places you’ve only read about in person. I can’t really explain that feeling. Plus the people you meet are pretty amazing and friendly.
Where is Nazareth, Israel?
Nazareth, Israel is located in the center of Israel, just southwest of the coastal town of Haifa and west of the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias.
How To Get Here (Nazareth Israel)
There is bus service (Egged and NTT) and from Tel Aviv to Nazareth, Israel which takes about 2.5 hours or so. You can take a bus from the airport to the bus station in Tel Aviv. There is also train service to Tel Aviv. The same companies provide service from other cities in Israel such as Jerusalem.
By Cruise Ship
There are cruises to Haifa on the following lines: Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, From here you can take local transportation (NTT [Nazareth Transport and Tourism]) to Nazareth. Journey time is just under an hour depending on traffic.
The closest international airport is Ben Gurion International in Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV). Then you can take the train to Haifa and then a local transportation to Nazareth. The following airlines serve the airport:
Adria Airways (JP), Aegean Airlines (A3), Aeroflot (SU), AirBaltic (BT), Air Berlin (AB), Air Canada (AC), Air Europa (UX), Air Serbia (JU), Air Sinai (4D), Air Transat (TS), Alitalia (AZ), Arkia Israeli Airlines (IZ), Austrian Airlines (OS), Azerbaijan Airlines (J2), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), Blue Air (0B), British Airways (BA), brussels airlines (SN), Bulgaria Air (FB), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Cobalt (CO), Croatia Airlines (OU), Delta Air Lines (DL), EasyJet Airlines (U2), El Al Airlines (LY), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), Georgian Airways (A9), Germania (ST), Hainan Airlines (HU), Iberia Airlines (IB), Israir Airlines (6H), Jetairfly (TB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Monarch Airlines (ZB), Norwegian Air Shuttle (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Royal Jordanian (RJ), Ryanair (FR), Smart Wings (QS), Swiss Airlines (LX), Tarom (RO), Tandem Aero (TQ), Transavia (HV), Transavia France (TO), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ukraine International (PS), United Airlines (UA), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vueling (VY), Wizz Air (W6) and XL Airways France (SE).
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Nazareth is inland, but there is ferry service from say Akko to Haifa, then you’d take a bus to Nazareth.
If you are already in the country, renting a car is a great option as you can explore on your own. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay in Nazareth, Israel
Lots of places to stay in this city. From bed and breakfasts to hostels to boutique hotels to full service hotels, Nazareth has it. Here are some recommendations:
There’s also an area in the Old part of the city that as a number of Arab Bed and breakfasts. Some are owned by families dating back a few generations.
Where To Eat in Nazareth, Israel
The food in this region is pretty amazing; it’s the Mediterranean diet, so that means herbs, fruits and vegetables and Hummus :-). There’s a place to eat on every corner, you could literally eat your way through Nazareth as I did as a guest of the city of Nazareth. I have so many food photos, I’ll have to do a piece on just the food of the region. Here are a few places I recommend to eat:
Avra Cafeteria in the Mary’s Well Plaza – they serve Greek food
Rose Mary Bistro and Cafe in the Mary’s Well Plaza
What To Do
Nazareth is the place where Jesus lived so there are many biblical references. It is mostly populated by Christian Arabs. Religion is very strong in this part of the world. I encourage you to walk through the city, talk to the locals and soak it all in. Here are some sights to see; its not a definitive list at all:
The Ancient Bathhouse – This is the remains of a bathhouse in which now sits an antique shop and two restaurants. The actual ares that were used to heat the floors still exists albeit you cannot access them.
Basilica Of the Annunciation
Centre Marie de Nazareth
The Greek Orthodox Church where Mary’s Well is located
The Latin Quarter
The Old City
Shopping in the souk (Market)
The Synagogue Church
The White Mosque
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Additional Information for Nazareth, Israel
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