Hare Gilboa` Travel Guide

  • Mt. Sha'ul, Gilboa ridge
    Mt. Sha'ul, Gilboa ridge
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  • Mt. Sha'ul, Gilboa ridge
    Mt. Sha'ul, Gilboa ridge
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  • The Gilboa Iris
    The Gilboa Iris
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Hare Gilboa` Things to Do

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    Mt. Sha'ul, Gilboa ridge 2 more images

    by iblatt Written Apr 11, 2010

    The Gilboa Ridge is linked to Biblical history: King Saul (Sha'ul), the first king of Israel, fought a losing battle against the Philistines on this ridge. He died in this battle, as did his son Jonathan.

    King Saul was a tragic figure who was caught between the people's wish for a king to lead them after the long period of the Judges, and prophet Samuel's constant reprimanding: It was not an easy job to be the first lay king, and even tougher during the period of ongoing wars against the Philistines.

    A prominent peak of the Gilboa ridge (approx. 500m above sea level) was named after King Saul. It is easily accessible: The Gilboa scenic route will take you to the Har-Sha'ul parking lot and picnic site. A circular trail (marked in green) will take you to various lookout points affording beautiful views towards the Jezreel Valley, the mountains of Nazzareth, Mt. Tabor and more.
    The best time to visit is in March, when many flowers blossom.

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    The Gilboa Iris 4 more images

    by iblatt Updated Mar 20, 2010

    Every spring, usually in early March, many Israelis flock to the Gilboa Mountains to see the majestic Gilboa Iris, with its lush purple-violet colors.

    This flower (iris haynei) was first described in 1876, is endemic for Israel, and its distribution is restricted to the Gilboa and northern Samaria Mountains. It is a protected flower, and its area of growth now is a nature reserve.
    The Gilboa Scenic Route brings you to the Iris Parking Lot, and a circular trail starts near the parking lot.

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  • by Israelmawa Written Aug 6, 2011

    We're from New York City living in Haifa for 2 1/2 years, and this is one of our favorite restaurants in all of Israel. Don't let the rustic ambience fool you - this place is a gem. Every single bite is excellent! Fresh herbs are used in everything from the carafe of water to the desserts, and a collection of herbs even graces each of the tables for decoration. The wait staff speaks English and will provide menus in English. We've never ordered something we didn't love. The waiters are friendly; the service is prompt and thoughtful; the views of the Jezreel Valley are spectacular; and the food is so good you'll come back again and again. It's near the western entrance to Mt. Gilboa National Park, which is a MUST drive-through if you're in the area. We always call ahead to reserve a table, just in case it's packed when we arrive. Though gas in this country is $8 a gallon, we don't hesitate to make the one hour drive to eat here.

    Favorite Dish: We especially love the Cornish Hen with baby potatoes. The phyllo appetizer with lamb flavored with cinnamon is awesome. The focaccia is wonderful - crusty and warm with a selection of four different toppings which can change each time you come. The desserts are nicely small, both in size and price, (which we consider a HUGE advantage) so you don't even have to hesitate to have one. We like to end the meal with the house tea made with fresh mint and lemon grass (grown right outside the front entrance) - simply delicious.

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  • by Israelmawa Written Aug 6, 2011

    We're from New York City living in Haifa for 2 1/2 years, and this is one of our favorite restaurants in all of Israel. Don't let the rustic ambience fool you - this place is a gem. Every single bite is excellent! Fresh herbs are used in everything from the carafe of water to the desserts, and a collection of herbs even graces each of the tables for decoration. The wait staff speaks English and will provide menus in English. We've never ordered something we didn't love. The waiters are friendly; the service is prompt and thoughtful; the views of the Jezreel Valley are spectacular; and the food is so good you'll come back again and again. It's near the western entrance to Mt. Gilboa National Park, which is a MUST drive-through if you're in the area. We always call ahead to reserve a table, just in case it's packed when we arrive. Though gas in this country is $8 a gallon, we don't hesitate to make the one hour drive to eat here.

    Favorite Dish: We especially love the Cornish Hen with baby potatoes. The phyllo appetizer with lamb flavored with cinnamon is awesome. The focaccia is wonderful - crusty and warm with a selection of four different toppings which can change each time you come. The desserts are nicely small, both in size and price, (which we consider a HUGE advantage) so you don't even have to hesitate to have one. We like to end the meal with the house tea made with fresh mint and lemon grass (grown right outside the front entrance) - simply delicious.

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    Havat HaTavliniem, Gilboa Mountain, Israel

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 30, 2005

    Okay you ask WHY avoid this place...well it is "pretentious"...to me anyway.
    We started out poorly I guess, we got our menus and when we asked for several items they were "out of season" (4 different things to be exact)...then there were discrepancies between the English and Hebrew menus, they told us this was because they were done at different times...
    When we finally got our food, we saw the waiter approaching and I was happy to see him carrying a huge, HUMONGOUS, plate, more than 35 centimeters (15 inches) across, I was just waiting to dig into a big and tasty meal......To my suprise when he put the plate down what did I see...some small portions "scattered" around the plate as if someone had sneezed while arranging the items....and then decided to connect them back together with a few drippings of some sauce. Noveau Cuisine is fine as art, but not if you want to EAT.....I went hungry till we got back to our room at the Bed&Breakfast to eat.

    Favorite Dish: The two factors that made it not totally unsatisfactory, or rather three actually, were, in terms of importance -
    1) The porch where we sat gave us a center front seat for the beautiful view of the mountain and the sunset.
    2) The waiters were very polite and efficient.
    3) The food (what little there WAS) did taste quite good.

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Hare Gilboa` Local Customs

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    The International Gilboa Walk 4 more images

    by iblatt Written Mar 20, 2010

    Once a year, in spring time, thousands of Israelis and hundreds of hikers from many countries participate in this beautiful walk.
    The route is scenic, and there are many observation points on the way, with magnificent views of the Yizreel Valley with its cultivated fields in a quilt of green and brown squares, the fish ponds adding shades of blue to the picture; the Jordan Valley and the Gilad Mountains across the valley, beyond the Jordanian border; Mt Tabor and the mountain range of Nazzareth further north. Other parts of the route traverse fields and woodlands.

    The event is very well organized; cars have to be parked at the foot of the mountains, in the Maayan Harod National Park, and there are plenty of buses which take the hikers to the starting points of the various routes: 20km route, 11km route and a short family route of 5km. There are free refreshment stops along the way; in the first stop hot onion soup is served, in the second stop you can bake your own pita bread, and in the third stop there are juicy red grapefruits.

    We met hikers from Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Finland on the way. At the end of the route, in the Maayan Harod National Park, the atmosphere is festive, with picnic grounds, various food stalls and artisans, music and Israeli folk dancing.
    This popular event has a long tradition (the 44th annual International Gilboa Walk took place in March 2010), and is one of the best popular sports events in Israel. The weather in March is usually dry but still pleasant and not hot, although rain is still possible.

    If you like hiking events, try to include the Gilboa Walk in your Israel itinerary!

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