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

Belvoir or Kochav HaYarden

Belvoir or Kochav HaYarden

Belvoir or Kochav HaYarden (Star of the Jordan) is a massive and very impressive Crusader castle perched high on a plateau above the Jordan Valley, hence its name. Its location provided strategic control of the area and a stunning view to match. Construction of the fortress began in 1168. It is considered … Read more

Eden Spring

Eden Spring

Mei Eden (“Waters of Eden”) is a very popular brand of mineral water in Israel and you can visit the Salukia Spring which is the initial source of the bottled mineral water. The park which encompasses Salukia is called Eden Spring (or Eden Springs). This is a great spot, easy and accessible, … Read more

Zefat’s Old Jewish Quarter

Zefat’s Old Jewish Quarter

A good place to begin a walk in Zefat’s Jewish Quarter is the junction of Beit Yosef and Arlozorov streets. From here, proceed up Beit Yosef St. A stone-paved path crossing Beit Yosef Street marks the border of the Safad Jewish Quarter. Looking up to the top of the steps on the … Read more

Don’t Miss in the Galilee

Don’t Miss in the Galilee

The Galilee – two seas, two ranges of mountains, lots of villages, walks and magical spaces. Here are some of the places that will quickly become your favorite. Zefat Zefat (or Safed, Tzfat, Zefat, Tsfat, whatever you want to call it) is a city of artists and Kabbalah set in the mountains. It … Read more