Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon dominates the view in the northern Golan Heights as it is snow capped for many months of the year. Most of the Hermon lies in Syria and Lebanon. Since the Arab-Israeli war in June 1967, about 40 square miles (100 square kilometers) of Mount Hermon’s southern and western slopes have … Read more

Caesarea – Herod’s City by the Sea

Caesarea – Herod’s City by the Sea

An Introduction to Caesarea Herod built Caesarea (or as it was known Caesarea Maritima) in the 1st century B.C.E. as a splendid Roman style city complete with a theater, amphitheater, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and an extensive network of aqueducts. Built on a section of unprotected coastline that once served as a … Read more

Rosh HaNikra

Rosh HaNikra

Rosh HaNikra is a kibbutz (communal agricultural settlement) in northern Israel, located on the Mediterranean coast right at the Lebanese border. The kibbutz was founded by groups of de-mobilized Palestine soldiers on January 6, 1949. The soldiers had just relocated there from another kibbutz, Hanjita, along with members of the Zionst youth … Read more

Hof HaBonim Beach

Hof HaBonim Beach

Hof HaBonim Hof HaBonim is without a doubt one of Israel’s best kept secrets. Hof HaBonim is a beautiful beach, with many inlets, interesting rock forms, vegetation and wildlife. There is even a visible shipwreck. There are two short (two kilometers and 4.5 kilometers) family-friendly nature trails. Many people do come to … Read more

Haifa Beaches

Haifa Beaches

Haifa is well known for the  Carmel Mountain and the port. However, it also has some out-standing beaches. The beaches and boardwalks in Haifa are great for stopovers after a long drive or for a seaside getaway. There are many fun activities to do there — swimming, sun bathing, having a picnic … Read more

Madrasse

Madrasse

The Madrasse (or Majrasa or Majrase) is on the north eastern tip of the Kinneret and is the estuary of one of the streams (Daliyot) running from the Golan. It is also a nature reserve. You can’t get any more water hike than you do in Majrasa. The water is the hiking trail! … Read more

The Carmel Area

The Carmel Area

Mt. Carmel is Haifa’s huge green lung.  Today most of Haifa’s neighborhoods occupy the mountain’s northwestern slopes, but the majority of the Carmel range is park land. Mt. Carmel National Park is recognized as a UNESCO biosphere.  The Bible mentions its dense Mediterranean woodland several times, most notably in Joshua regarding the … Read more

Golan Winery

Golan Winery

For wine lovers, there is no perfect place to be than in the Golan Heights. The region’s high elevation, volcanic soils, and black basalt stone make the perfect factors for growing high-quality wine grapes. Viticulture industry in the Golan Heights began pretty recently, during the 1970s. Today, the Golan Heights is home … Read more

Beit Alfa – An Ancient Synagogue with Naïve Charm

Beit Alfa – An Ancient Synagogue with Naïve Charm

In a country like Israel, a mere scratching on the surface of the ground can lead to real surprises. Two such surprises were uncovered at Kibbutz Hefziba in 1928 to 1929. In 1928 while clearing land, kibbutz members discovered the ruins of an ancient synagogue – known today as the Beit Alfa … Read more

Guide to Art Museums in the Galilee

Rami’s Guide to Art Museums in the Galilee

When people think of the Galilee they think of rolling green hills, agricultural villages, the Kinneret and less of art museums. Emek Yizrael (the Jezreel Valley) is one of the cradles of the Zionist settlement of the early 20th century. Inhabited with all kind of settlements forms, Kibbutz and Moshav, and younger … Read more