Tel Dan is one of the most charming places in Israel. Here you have a rare combination of plenty of water, plenty of shade and an archeological site. The Dan is one of the three tributaries of the Jordan river and from the three it is the biggest (and has the coldest water...). The spring feeding the river is the biggest in the Middle East. So, this is a perfect place to come for a nice walk in nature at summer when most places in Israel are too hot and too exposed to the sun to go to.
The reserve offers 4 hiking trail varying in length. One of which is suitable for wheelchairs. You can just walk along the water, in the shade, soak your feet in the wading pool. Or you can explore the entire park, including the 3500 years old Canaanite city found there. This city is mentioned in the Bible and is one of the two worship places of the northern Israel kingdom which split from Judea after the death of king Solomon.
If you like fish, you must visit this restaurant. It is located right on the water of the Dan stream, right where it converges into the Hazbani stream. You sit right on the water surrounded by nature and get great fish. If you order trouts you'll get them fresh right from the trout farm which is right there. You can also buy fresh fish there if you want to prepare them at home.
On top of the restaurant there is also a camping site there and you also do some white water kayaking there.
Favorite Dish: Fish...
Ok, It's a not small-not big restaurant with a real good atmosphere. The food here is very good, delicious and they're very generous with portions. You'll most likely find yourself asking "why did I eat so much??But it was delicious!" when you're finished. First of all, you immediately get a Foccacia, which is their specialty and it's fresh, warm right out of the taboon! That's to keep the Impatient Israelis happy because when it comes to food, they're impatient. On the side you'll get 2 dips which won't be enough to finish the Foccacia unfortunately. You shouldn't stuff yourself though, the portions are big I said. After this, you can choose among the pastas, pizzas or steaks which are all good. I'm warning that the meat dishes such as pasta & pizza ragu might be a bit heavy for the stomach if you're not use to middle-eastern style.
Very crowded Friday evenings and try to get the tables by the window to enjoy the nice hill scenery. This is a place visited by the locals very often so you can trust me it's good.
And check out nice the bathroom with the turquoise sink!
Favorite Dish: I personally would reccomend the pasta with cream, mushrooms and pesto or the new seafood pasta they serve as well as the chicken steak which is absolutely delicious!!! IUf you're feeling like pizza, try the one with gooe meat, it's interesting. To finish, if you can still eat that is, I would reccomend the pecan mousse. But do share it, cuz as delicious as it is, it's quite heavy and should be enjoyed being shared by 2 or even 3 people. I know they will soon start making their own desserts instead of buying.
Pitriya is a small student hang-out. It's a very fun place with theme parties, DJ nights and jam sessions on Wednesday night that start at 10pm. You can also see very fine musicians such as Yehuda Ravitz, Shoti Hanevua, Aviad Banay etc... There's also a backyard with a big screen. We watched the live 8 there, it was loads of fun.
Dress Code: Just dress as yourself, unless it's a theme party!