Inspired by Europe and the United States, Israel and the Palestinian territories have become a hub for boutique microbreweries and gastropubs.
This sun-splashed metropolis is one of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East, free of ethnic tensions and far removed from too-cool Tel Aviv and religious Jerusalem.
Even though freezing temperatures do not usually reach Jerusalem, the city is hosting its first International Ice Festival through 30 April.
Travelling around the region takes planning and common sense.
Each year, one billion birds soar between Israel and the Palestinian territories, an ancient intersection where Africa, Europe and Asia meet.
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