Great views , clean air , quiet and holy place
if you want city life and action it is a boring place for you
Religious community - lots of study centres
Every summer there is a Klezmer festival in Zefat. Kleyzmerim are the the traditional eastern-European Jewish musicians who used to play in weddings and other events. This music is the the Jewish "Blues" music. It developed from the religious hymns of the Jews of eastern-Europe, the brithplace of the Hassidic movement. Part of the Hassidic ritual...more
During the Independance War 1948 here in front of the British Police Station much shooting happend. Have a look at the building and you will notice well visible bullet holes in the facade. On the small square in front of the building you will find several plates describing some of the history that took place here.more
A hand holding a burning torch above the two peaks of Mount meron is the emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat', the Zefat Defenders, who faught for the Dependence of Israel in 1948. It was designed by M. Arieh, a member of the underground fighters group Hagannah. Walking around Zafet you will come across the symbol at several places.more
This is one of the first Mameluke buildings that were set up in Israel. It was built in 1276 AD by Baybars, who was the ruler of Egypt between 1260 to 1278 AD. After conquering Zefat, he set it as the capital of the northern region.The Red Mosque is built in Mameluke style which evolved in Cairo. Have a look at the artwork above a wooden door.more
Rabbi Yosef Caro was one of the most influential people in the Jewish history. His book Shulchan Aruch (Set Table), even though was written in the 16th century, is still considered the ultimate authority in Jewish religious laws. This little synagogue is attribued to Yosef Caro. It is located in the old city, right next to the artists galleries.more
Zefat is known for its artists and art galleries. As you can see in the picture there is a whole market full with them. As you might expect most of them are tourist traps, trying to sell corny paintings. But, if you are lucky you can still get some finds. And even you don't, it's still a nice experience to explore this area.more
This building has a lot of history connected to it. It has been in the family - passed father to son - for 150 years and was reopened in 1950 and has been in production ever since. Within this building is a factory shop (see my travelogue on Zefat), and a restaurant selling light dairy meals. See a magnificent view of Mount Meron from the balcony...more
Hagdud Hashlishi 106, Mt. Canaan, Safed, 13100, Israel
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Artist Colony, P.O.Box 1011, Safed, 13110, Israel
Good for: Solo
Tet Vav 60, Artists Quarter, Safed, Israel 13201
Good for: Solo
We picked this place because it looked like the only offering something different than Falafel or Shoarma. Well, it was too hot to eat any of these heavy dishes. (I have a gentle stomach) I ordered Blintches with mushrrom and cheese. It was dry, mushrooms were canned and didn't feel the chesse. It wasn't a good gastronomic experience after all. But I have to admit, they have a great seating area outside, situated on the hill so you do have a great view. Just to enjoy the view, drink something here but don't eat.
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Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.Klezmer festival is held annually in Tzfat, the holy city, city of Kabbala, on August.This festival is a...more
The Lag Ba'Omer fest is celebrated 33 days after Passover. Whence its name, which stands for "the 33 day in the Omer count". This is the count of 7 weeks from Passover to Pentecost. Accodring to Jewish tradition there are no weddings from Passover until Lag Ba'Omer to commemorate the death of Rabbi Akiva's pupils during that time, in Roman times...more
Zefat is a very reliogious city. If you visit on a Saturday, everything will be closed. The city is full with Hassidic groups and followers of the Kabbala, the Jewish mistic cult. They came here for centuries to practice Kabbala, which was founded here. These colourful cults have spirituals rituals, practiced here and in the forests around. The...more
Probably you will notice the same as me. There are a thousand possible writings of the name of this town. It was pretty confusing to me at first, but due to the many cultural influences and the translations, there are many possible ways how to spell it.
Some examples here: Safed, Zefat, Tsfat, Zfat, Safad, Safes, Safet, Tzfat
Like mentioned in the other tips, most of the art galleries in Zefat are just tourist traps. So, prepare yourself not to be sucked into the touristic hype. You can walk around, enjoy the picturesque area and go into the galleries. But, be firm not to get anything you really don't want to have.
One famous grave in the forest north of Zefat is the grave of Yonatan Ben-Unizel at Ammuqa. This grave is supposed to have mystical powers if you look for a match. Believers come from all over Israel, in specially arranged buses just to get married with the help of these mystical powers. I stayed single after visiting the place, so I probably was...more
Favorite thing: While in Zefat, take a moment to visit the edge of town on the eastern side. This picture was taken on the new road toward Rosh Pina. Sorry for the poor quality, the day was quite foggy and cloudy, but what you can see in the background is the Sea of Galilee, almost the entire lake is visible from here, only Tiberius is invisible (it would be on the right hand side), but you can see one of the suburbs..