Walking in the footsteps of pilgrims on Israel's new Yam le Yam trail

Following Israel’s long-distance Yam le Yam (‘sea to sea’) hike from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee is to undertake a journey through the ages, crossing Biblical valleys, past sacred mountains and Crusader landmarks — and to be welcomed into remote Druze villages where life continues much as it has done for millennia.

Neighbourhood guide to Tel Aviv

Bold architecture, a laid-back attitude and sun-kissed beaches — Tel Aviv may sizzle at the edge of the Negev desert, but the Israeli city is Mediterranean cool personified 

Biblical 'Spies' Revealed in 1,500-Year-Old Mosaic

An ancient depiction of Moses' scouts in Canaan has been discovered in an "unparalleled" house of worship in Israel.

Oldest Human Fossil Outside Africa Discovered in Israel

A human fossil found in Israel has revealed that our species left Africa more than 50,000 years earlier than thought. Part of an upper jaw with teeth, the fossil was discovered in 2002 on Mount Carmel in northern Israel. While large-scale migration didn't occur until around 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, small groups ventured out before then. Previously, our ancestors were thought to have initially travelled outside of Africa as far back as 120,000 years ago, but the new finding now puts that number at around 180,000 years ago. Scientists used four different dating methods to identify the age of the newfound fossil.

Top 5: Desert festivals

Winter blues? Fear not: there's plenty of desert decadence to melt them away — these festivals amid the sand dunes feature everything from yoga at sunset to camel racing

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