Things to do in Jerusalem
Become an expert in the local plonk
Winemaking is a centuries-old tradition in the region, yet only in recent years have Israeli-made wines begun to make an impact internationally. There are several wineries in the vicinity of Jerusalem that offer tours and tastings. The Israel Wine Tour (www.israelwinetour.co.il) will put together an itinerary to please the most ardent aficionado.
Discover Israel’s past through a dusty old lens
Saba’s Little Museum (www.funinjerusalem.com/saba-museum/) uses ordinary objects to tell Israel’s story: toys cars, vintage radios, even the lowly suitcase. You’ll find proprietors Saba Yaacov and Savta Debbie on hand to give you a tour of the museum and the country they represent with such pride.
Hire a bike
If you’ve indulged in a few too many shwarmas, a bicycle trip in the Judean Mountains surrounding Jerusalem is a good way to work off some calories. Recommended operators include Bike Jerusalem (tel: +972 2 579 6353; www.bikejerusalem.com) and Abraham Tours (tel: + 2 566 0045; abrahamtours.com).
Revel in birdsong at JBO
A prime plot in the middle of Jerusalem might not be the obvious location for the Jerusalem Bird Observatory (tel: +972 2 653 7374; http://natureisrael.org/JBO) but it’s a true ornithological oasis. Located next to the Israeli parliament (Knesset), it’s fully accessible and open 24 hours a day. Guided tours are available by appointment.
Zoom across the mountains in an ATV
If you prefer four wheels to two, take to the Judean Mountains in an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). The landscape is ideal for zooming across hills, splashing through streams and generally getting your tires dirty. The folk at Jerusalem ATV Adventure Tours (+972 50 773 3355; www.traktoronim.com/) will rent you some wheels.