While Israel is probably best known for its historical and religious significance, traveling the country is also a lesson in diverse landscapes and beautiful views. Eldan, the leading car rental company in Israel, presents Viewfinder, a travelogue of the most beautiful places in the country.

Azrieli Towers observatory

Tel Aviv, Israel’s most metropolitan city, is home to some highly attractive street-level views — such as good-looking locals and visitors lining the streets, beaches and clubs. But you can also get a bird’s-eye look of it all from the Azrieli observatory. Located on the 49th floor of Israel’s tallest building, the observatory includes a 3-D film on Tel Aviv, an audio guide describing major landmarks, a kosher gourmet restaurant called 2C and temporary art exhibitions. The entrance to the observatory is via the third floor inside the Azrieli mall. Admission is paid at the reception desk, from which visitors are taken up in a high-speed elevator to the 49th floor.

Getting there: 132 Menachem Begin Rd, Tel Aviv (+972-3-6081179) http://mitzpe49.co.il/home

Nearest Eldan branch: 114 Hayarkon St. Tel Aviv (+972-3-5271166).

Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 08:00-18:00, Friday: 08:00-14:00.

 

Mount Scopus promenade

Jerusalem boasts various lookout points within the city limits – and, as one can imagine, most are filled to the brim with ogling tourists. Of the known accessible points, the Mount Scopus promenade is much quieter in comparison to touristy stops like the Haas promenade, where most first-time visitors are almost always perched by every cabbie and tour guide. The Mount Scopus promenade hugs the ridge of the upper slopes of the famous mountain, offering vast views of the Old City and the Mount of Olives. A bit of history atop the mount: from here, the legions of Titus camped and planned their siege of Jerusalem during the Great Jewish Revolt in 70 CE.

Getting there: From Hebron Road, Jerusalem, look for signs to East Talpiot and the Mount Scopus promenade. With minimal traffic, it’s a 10-minute drive from downtown.

Nearest Eldan branch: 22 King David St. Jerusalem (+972-2-6252151).

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 08:00-18:00, Friday: 08:00-13:00.

 

Muhraka monastery

This local secret is the perfect place to take out-of-town guests. Muhraka is a Carmelite monastery located atop Carmel Mount with rich historic relevance: It is here that the prophet Elijah is said to have fought with the prophets of Baal, and where Elijah was eventually sacrificed, setting the altar on fire. (The Arab name of the monastery “El Muhraka” literally translates to “fiery place”.) Near the monastery is the Carmel Chapel, built in 1883. The center of the chapel gives way to the altar, made up of 12 stones of Mount Carmel in memory of the 12 tribes of Israel. On the walls of the altar lies a ceramic caption describing the legend, and in the picturesque monastery garden stands a looming monument of Elijah. For those looking for an adventurous, off-the-beaten-path vantage point, Muhraka is a stand-out spot with luminous lookouts and a strong presence felt by everyone who makes the trek.

Getting there: Drive on Rd 2. Turn to Rd 70, towards Yokne’am. After about 15 miles turn to Rd 672. The monastery is right before the Druze village of Daliat al Carmel.

Nearest Eldan branch: 164 Hahistadrut Blvd. Haifa (+972-4-8410910).

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 08:00-18:00, Friday: 08:00-13:00.

 

Mount Tabor

There are those who claim that this is the most beautiful mountain in Israel. Overlooking the Jezreel Valley, the Mount Tabor is easily recognizable due to its uniquely rounded shape. Although this mountain is well known to Christians due to its religious significance, it’s often overlooked by others, who are unaware of its breathtaking views. It’s best to start your drive up the mountain from the nearby Bedouin village of Shilbi. Continue until you reach a parking lot. Make the 1.5 km walk up the mountain to the Church of the Transfiguration to find a wondrous view.

Getting there: Drive on Rd 65. A few kilometers south of Tabor turn to Rd 7266. Pass through Dvora and follow the signs up the mountain.

Nearest Eldan branch: 1 Ha’banim St. Tiberias (+972-4-6722831).

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 08:00-17:00, Friday: 08:00-13:00.

 

Mitzpe Ramon

This small town in the Negev Desert overlooks the mighty Ramon Crater – 500 m deep, 40 km long, 10 km at its widest, with claims to be the largest of its kind in the world. Mitzpe Ramon has also recently become a hub for eco-entrepreneurs and modern hippies who have turned the once-ailing town into a somewhat of an in-the-know “green” destination. The perfect stopping point for travelers making their way from the north of Israel to the southernmost tip of Eilat, this charming place boasts the highest air quality in Israel and an unlimited stream of inspiring views. Ask locals where Camel Mountain is and make a beeline for it. Especially recommended around sunset time, this camel-shaped hill offers a spectacular view of the crater and its surroundings.

Getting there: Highway 40 passes through Mitzpe Ramon on its way from Be’er Sheva to Eilat. The town is about 85 km south of Be’er Sheva.

Nearest Eldan branch: 4 Leonard Cohen st. Beer Sheva (+972-8-6430344).

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 08:00-17:00, Friday: 08:00-13:00.

 

Eldan representatives will be happy to assist you at any of our 22 branches, during business hours, and enhance your stay in Israel. Eldan’s Ben-Gurion airport branch is open 24 hours a day,  7 days a week at your service.

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