All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).
We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.
See the bottom of the post for the answer.
The natural fortress below overlooks the lowest place on earth, 1300 ft below sea level. About 2,000 years ago, a paranoid king built one of his many isolated palace refuges on the top. About 100 years later, according to legend, a group of 960 rebels were besieged on the mountain by a large Roman regiment. When the Romans reached the summit by way of a massive attack ramp, they found the rebels had committed suicide rather than be captured.
Spilling down the slopes of a lush mountain, overlooking a large bay on the Mediterranean sea, the gardens and domed building pictured below belong to the Baha’i Shrine of the Bab, the burial-place of the founder of the Baha’i faith and the religion’s second holiest place. Elsewhere on the mountain, a wildlife reserve shelters species that were once extinct in the area, and the bold passion of the prophet Elijah is remembered with a monument and Carmelite monastery.
Our mystery country lies in the migratory path of birds traveling between Africa and Eurasia and is one of the best bird-watching locations in the world. The country’s wide range of climactic regions attracts hundreds of species. Birding festivals are held each year in the height of the spring and autumn migratory seasons.
Can you name that country?
This week’s mystery country is ISRAEL.
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The sites in the clues are as follows:
Clue 1 – Masada. CLICK to read our post about Masada.
Clue 2 – Mt. Carmel in Haifa.
Clue 3 – Bird watching in Israel, in the Hula Valley in the north (top images) and near Eilat on the Red Sea, in the far south. Birding festivals are held in Eilat in the spring and in the Hula Valley in the fall.