"Giv'at ha-Zeytim", as it is called in Hebrew, is a small hill, yet it is the highest hill on the outskirts of Rehovot, east of the built-up area.
There is a nice path leading from the city to the hill. The hill is covered with olive trees,and when you have reached the top, after a short and easy climb, you can enjoy the views in all directions: Rehovot to the west, Ramla to the north-east, Kibbutz Netzer-Sireni to the east. The Judean Hills are on the horizon.
East of Rehovot, ovelooking the Ramla-Bilu road, the old watchtower is a prominent landmark. It is 10 meters tall, with a conical shape and a capped top. It is a unique structure, one of its kind in the country.
Its history goes back to 1938: The Arab Revolt took place between 1936-1939, and a well-built watch and observation post was badly needed in this area. In those days erecting such a tower was an ambitious plan. It was Engineer Glick, who had served in the Czech army and acquired some experience in building fortidications, who planned this tower. The workers who constructed it often had to work under fire. Today the watchtower is a silent remnant from days long gone.
East of Rehovot there is a small nature reserve called the "Rehovot Pond Reserve" (in Hebrew: "Shmurat Breichat Rehovot"). The locals simply call it the "Bassa": the swamp.
This is a seasonal swamp, covered by water only during the rainy season. The typical swamp flora, however, exists throughout the year.
The swamp is created by rainwater trapped between the basins of Wadi Soreq and Wadi Ayalon. It's a nice nature walk from Rehovot to do in the winter or spring.
This nice hill is in the new Rehovot neighbourhood in the south. It used to surrounding with orange trees but as the water has gone and construction came in, this hill became a small park.