Israel offers tourists a wide range of landscapes, historical sites, diverse culture and rich biological diversity. All come together to create a unique, diverse and unforgettable tourist experience. The sites featured on the stamp sheets – Rosh Hanikra, Jaffa and Timna – are but a few of the remarkable sites that attract tourists and express this uniqueness.
Rosh Hanikra offers visitors numerous experiences and attractions. This unique nature reserve is located at the northern edge of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. A steep cliff leading down to the beach lies at the heart of the reserve. A cable car provides visitors with breathtaking views en route to the grottos and the beach is one of Israel’s most beautiful beaches.
Jaffa has been in existence since biblical times and its port is considered to be one of the most ancient in the Mediterranean. This port gave Jaffa its historical role as a key city in the eastern Mediterranean Basin and as the western entryway into the Land of Israel. Modern visitors easily recognize the special atmosphere of Old Jaffa’s winding alleyways. A walk through the streets of Jaffa reveals historical and mythological sites related to different religions and periods: monasteries, churches and mosques co-exist peacefully along the city’s streets and the flea market is always full of good cheer.
Timna Park is located approximately 25 kms north of Eilat and serves as a valuable tourist center in Israel’s southern region. The park provides a geological window of landscape formations sculpted by the forces of Nature and is also a historical site, telling the story of the world’s most ancient copper mines. Timna Park offers a wide range of tourist and extreme attractions – a new bicycle trail, hiking trails, visits to historical sites and various educational activities.
Minister of Tourism
Description of the Stamps
The stamp features a couple standing at the entrance to one of the grottos at Rosh Hanikra.
The sheet margins display the Rosh Hanikra cliff as seen from the beach.
The stamp features Old Jaffa and the port, with Tel-Aviv in the background.
The sheet margins display Old Jaffa and the port as seen from the sea.
The stamp features Solomon’s Pillars.
The sheet margins display hikers by the “Mushroom” rock formation in Timna Park.
The First Day Cover features a photograph of a pair of hikers overlooking the mountains of Eilat.
The stamp designs, sheet margins (Rosh Hanikra and Jaffa stamps) and the First Day Cover are based on photographs by Pini Hemo. The photograph appearing on the Timna stamp sheet margins, the “Mushroom” rock formation, is by Doron Nissim.
This series was preceded by a series of Visit Israel stamps issued in 2011.