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 atrip with such boats ..Nevertheless you can visit Copernaum from the sea
and you can have the chances of seeing The Golan heights considerably safely...If you are luck enough you can even ask to show the flag of youýr 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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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.
Swim At the Lake
Lake Kinneret is very popular among Israelis and also by the tourists.
However although its "only" a lake and although its looks nice and fun to swim in it can be a very dangerouse one at some areas and at some hours of the day.
At the late afternoon hours on its eastern side when there are winds the lake become more rough and it cause whirlpools.
The most important rull in this lake it to swim Only in the formal beaches where there are signs of where to swim and where not + where there is first aid stations.
If you have a few days to be at the north area i definitely suggest you to AVOIDE the Lake area on Saturday which is the Jewish weekend and the most crowded day around the lake. In Any other day you'll have a much better time.
Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
Outside the Yigal Allon Museum, on the Sea, there are several boats which can be engaged for a sail......our group filled 3 of them, so they were able to keep us togethe by tethering us together!
In Israel, the Sea is known as Lake Kinneret, being very important to Christians, as it is where Jesus called his Disciples and is the site of much of his teaching. But the Sea is also important to non-Christians as well, as a few decades later, it was occupied by the Romans and the lake was the site of a naval battle between the Jews and the Romans.
The YIGAL ALLON MUSEUM is located here
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 08:00 – 17:00
Friday: 08:00 – 16:00
Saturday and Holydays: 08:00 – 17:00
Ticket Prices: Adult ticket: 20 Nis; Child ticket: 15 Nis
This is for the museum, but entrance to the extensive shop is free, which inlcudes items such as movies, music and books, Messianic gifts, Anointing oils, Holy Land Jewelry, wall hangings, and the usual T-shirts, and souvenirs.
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