Yehudiya Nature Reserve (Hexagon Pools)
Israelis are born nature lovers, and this is a favorite spot. The hiking around the area is relatively easy and accessible, with good parking and even a pamphlet you can pick up at the entrance.
The trails follow the route of the Zavitan River and are visibly marked. One of the primary reasons to hike this area is to see the little known "Hexagon Pools" (“Brechat HaMeshushim” in Hebrew). These pools feature hexagonal formations caused by cooling of molten rock in the area, long ago.
It was December when we went there so the water was a bit too cold for my taste - but we did see a family splashing around and enjoying the day.
Take a Cruiz in the Lake in Sunset time
You can find those in both in the Western and eastern side (in En Gev) of the lake.
It can be nice mostly if you're with Kids.
I dont remember how long is the cruiz i think something like 40min' aprx. it can be nice if doing that in the right hours of the day.... and this are the real morning hours when its not yet too hot and visibility is still good and at the sunset hours ..... unless if its windy and then its not so fun cause the lake become wavey and high and it doesnt feel relaxing and nice at all.
I dont remember how much we paid but ok its not so expensive, a few Euro's i think.
Gamla Nature Reserve
This is sort of a like a little "Masada" of the Galilee area. We walked the "Ancient Trail" which is about a half a mile, and not all that difficult. There's a special observation point overlooking Gamla Hill (see photo) and then the path goes beyond it toward the ancient town of Gamla. Gamla is famous because the residents supposedly revolted under the Romans, and jumped off the hill (like Masada).
You'll find a lot of Judas trees and almond trees along the path and the slopes of the hills here. There are also a lot of animals such as foxes and boars, porcupines and gazelles - although we didn't spot any when we were there. It makes for a nice day trip from Tiberias or anywhere in the Lake Kinneret/Galilee area.
Boat Trip in Galilee sea
Although Galillee sea is a very small lake you can enjoy a trip with wooden boats ..Replikas of old models and you can even have the chances to get a certificate for tempting your chances to have a trip with such boats ..Nevertheless you can visit Copernaum from the sea
and you can have the chances of see The Golan heights considerably safely...If you are lucky enough you can even ask to show the flag of your country..
Baptism in Jordan River
In the synoptic gospels, Jesus is baptised by John the Baptist. In these accounts, John the Baptist preaches repentance before the coming judgment, baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and the imminent arrival of one far greater than he. Jesus comes to the Jordan River and is baptised there by John.
After the baptism, the heavens open, the holy spirit like a dove descends, and God acclaims Jesus is his Son. Jesus then goes into the wilderness where the devil tempts him, and when he returns he begins his ministry. In the Gospel of John, John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God but there is no mention of Jesus' baptism..Its very peacul area even for a Muslim ...
Kfar Nahum - The Greek Orthodox church
This Greek Church is located near Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), which is the lakeside town where (according to christianity) Jesus was preaching and his disciples, Peter & Andrew used to live. Its also believed that this is where Jesus has told his followers "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
The story says that Jesus spent here 3 years and has made many miracles, but he was rejected by the town's people.
About two miles south is Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), the lakeside town where Jesus preached, and his disciples, Peter and Andrew lived. This is where Jesus told his followers, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." He spent three years based here and performed many miracles, but was rejected by the townspeople, provoking Jesus to curse them, "And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto Heaven, shall be brought down to hell!"
The synagogue may be on the site where Jesus preached, but was built two or three centuries later. We know it is a synagogue because of the Jewish symbols " a menorah and a shofar "inscribed on one of the columns....
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On the summit of the mountain is a restored bunker which by all counts is fascinating. You don't have to be a military buff to appreciate how difficult and challenging it must have been for the IDF to be perched atop this site, crouching inside the man-made bunker which not only included sleep barracks, but also a kitchen, meeting room and lookout point.
The Crocodiles Farm
Except for the special Mineral pools in Hamat Gader There is also a Crocodile farm which (at least used to) have aprx 200 crocodiles.
Most of the crocodiles where brought from Florida, Some from Africa and some from South America.
Its not the main attraction though as obvioulsy people come to Hamat Gader to enjoy the special Mineral pools and Spa treats.
Impressive Ruins of BEIT SHE'AN
Beit Shean was first settled in the FIFTH MILLENIUM PRIOR to JESUS CHRIST. Excavations have revealed no less than 18 successive ancient towns; ancient Beit She'an is one of the most impressive Roman and Byzantine sites in Israel.
It was an important junction from which roads led north to Syria, east to Jordan, south to Egypt and west to the Mediterranean and was always a supply center for the various produce growing in the area.
Biblically, Joshua 17:12 states that the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants; and I Samuel 31:8-10 tells of Saul and his 3 sons deaths in battle with the Philistines, who "fastened his body to the walls of Beth-shean".
During the time of Christ, the city was one of he Graeco-Roman cities of the DECAPOLIS.
In 749 an earthquake felled the town and it then fell into obscurity.
and Lawrence of Arabia was here in more recent times!
The Wikipedia site noted below has a wealth of information; or let the photos tell the story and of course there are many websites to add to my photos.
Another excellent website to the National Park is: http://www.parks.org.il/BuildaGate5/general2/data_card.php?Cat=~25~~961220707
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water level Surveyor at Sea of Galilee
Tiberias is built on the slopes of western shore of Galillee Sea, between the elevation of -200 and 200 meters! Yes it’s true, the area next to the lake is actually -200meters below the sea level. We noticed a 5m high structure at the promenade (pic 1) that is made out of stainless steel in the shape of the lake. It was erected in 2006 and measures the water level at every given moment and displays it digitally!
According to Wikipedia:
Since the 1990s, the importance of the Tiberias port for fishing was gradually decreasing, with the decline of the Tiberias lake level, due to continuing droughts and increased pumping of fresh water from the lake. It is expected that the lake of Tiberias will regain its original level (almost 6 meters higher than today), with the full operational capacity of Israeli desalination facilities by 2014.
The lake has a beautiful color but we really saw it the day after from other spots but also up above from Arbel Cliffs lookout.
Pic 3 was taken from a beach outside of Tiberias, a spot where we tried to walk on water (!) :)
Outside the bunker is a sign-post showing the distance to Damascus, Baghdad, Beirut, and other strategic points. Perched alongside the bunker are metal effiges of Israeli soldiers on guard....a haunting depiction of what it must have been like to be perched atop this mountain, fighting off aggressive enemies.
On a lighter note, the "Cloud Cafe" is a nice little coffee shop next to the parking lot area. It's definitely worth going into the shop even if you're not in the mood for a snack or coffee, because along the walls you'll find terrific photos and short histories of the geography and people of this important and very strategic area.
Whether you know anything about the Yom Kippur War - and even if you don't - this place should be included on your agenda of sites to see while in the area. The summit of Mount Bental offers a spectacular panoramic view of Syria, Lebanon and Northeastern Israel. From this strategic point, one can look over the famous Quinetra Valley, aka "Valley of Tears" - named so for hosting one of the Yom Kippur's bloodiest battles.
Military Practicing Maneuvers Overhead
Don't be surprised if you hear/see the Israeli military practicing air maneuvers overhead while you're in the Golan. Sometimes they are a couple of helicopters flying back and forth, and sometimes they are fighter jets whizzing overhead. It's not distracting and in fact can be very interesting - a serious reminder that this tiny country must constantly be on its guard against hostile neighbors.
Always About Itself and Something Else...
While in the Golan, you may even come face to face with practicing troops. Though these young men are casually smiling, I have to quote Tom Friedman again for his poignancy:
"...from the moment a baby is delivered and the nurse says "ben" (Hebrew for "boy"), every Israeli mother starts to worry. She starts to count the days until her son will join the army. It's a mental calendar...10 years to go...1 year to go...And then once he's in the army she counts the months and watches the map. Will he be assigned to Lebanon? Nablus? Hebron? Or, G-d willing, a desk job? Every mother secretly wishes for a desk job, every son openly aspires to join an elite unit - ideally the air force. It is no wonder that Israel is the only country where people's moods soar and dive on the basis of what they hear hour by hour on the radio news. The beep-beep-beep that comes at the top of each hour announcing the news reminds me of one of those heart monitors, only it's hooked up to the country's heart, giving an hourly status report on its vital signs. And it all goes back to that moment of birth, and the clock that starts ticking when the nurse announces "ben" or "bat, boy or girl."
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