Israel Hosts Giro d’Italia — Top 5 Places for Travelers to Visit Along the Route
The 2018 Giro d’Italia cycling race is kicking off in Israel today. It’s the first time the event has taken place outside of Europe since it started in 1909. Israel is widely known for its culinary landscape, historical and religious attractions and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, but the destination is also a growing mecca for sports tourism.
With its unique blend of cultural, historical, religious and biblical experiences, Israel offers the sports tourist added value — the opportunity to run, hike, bike and swim through 3,000 years of history in competitive international sporting events in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, among others.
This year’s Giro d’Italia will begin in Israel for the first three days, before finishing in Italy, and will wind through picturesque landscapes and gorgeous views. The below images include places that lucky tourists and riders will get to see along the Giro d’Italia route. It is expected to attract around 10,000 tourists, in addition to 22 international cycling teams arriving to compete, plus hundreds of international media. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide will follow the three days of live broadcasts from Israel, showcasing the country’s rich landscapes, sites, heritage and culture.
Day One — May 4, 2018 — Jerusalem and the Old City
The first day, riders begin the race against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s iconic Old City on a 10.1km time-trial tour of the city. Visitors and riders will pass by Jaffa Gate, one of the entrances to the ancient walled city. They will also see the Tower of David, which offers panoramic view of the Old City and houses a popular museum detailing Jerusalem’s history.
The Tower of David and Museum — Credit: Photo taken by Noam Chen for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Day Two — May 5, 2018 — Haifa, Acre, Caesarea and Tel Aviv
Saturday begins at the scenic Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, then passing through historic Acre and Caesarea, before riders head to the finish line on Tel Aviv’s beachside promenade.
The Bahai Gardens and Temple in Haifa on the slopes of Mount Carmel — Credit: Photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Tel Aviv Beach Prominade — Credit: Photo taken by Dana Friedlander for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Day Three — May 6, 2018 — Beer Sheva, Ramon Crater and Eilat
The final portion of the time trials in Israel begins in Beer Sheva and takes in southern Israel’s most dramatic scenery including the breathtaking Ramon Crater, finishing at the Red Sea resort of Eilat.
Wildlife at Ramon Crater, Negev — Credit: Photo taken by Dafna Tal for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Eilat Mountains and the Red Sea — Credit: Photo taken by Dafna Tal for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism