In the foothills of the Lower Galilee lie Israel’s olive groves. Nick-named the “generous tree” for its all-giving qualities, the olive tree is a source of food, energy, medicine and[...]
The North of Israel
The north of Israel is a land of beauty – lush green scenery, quaint towns and villages, as well as history, culture, and incredible outdoor and leisure pursuits. The Galilee is the region covering most of the north of Israel. On Tourist Israel things to do in Haifa, Israel’s third city, separately to the rest of the Galilee. Beyond the Galilee, in the far north-east of Israel, are the impressive Golan Heights.
The beautiful village of Beit Lechem HaGalilit, in English, Bethlehem of Galilee, is located in the hills of the Lower Galilee, between the cities of Haifa and Nazareth. Overshadowed in[...]
Beit Shearim is a national park in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel. Beit Shearim is known for the remains of a Roman city located on a hilltop and the ancient Jewish burial catacombs located within it. Today the Beit Shearim National Park incorporates both the ruins of the city and the burial tombs.
Achziv is located in the Western Galilee region of northern Israel, on the Mediterranean coast about 15km north of Akko, south of Rosh HaNikra, and close to the city of Nahariya. The Achziv National Park is the main attraction in this quiet coastal village. The national park consists of a stretch of beach bordered by rocky cliffs, lagoons and sea pools both natural and manmade.
Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee region of Northern Israel rises with its distinctive shape from the flat and fertile Jezreel Valley. Mount Tabor is important as a Biblical site from both the Old and New Testaments, and today, as a place of leisure, with awesome hiking trails and as one of the most important paragliding locations in Israel.
Akko (Acre) represents tumultuous the history of the Land of Israel possibly better than any other city in the country. Akko is a city that has been shaped by the Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Byzantines, and British, and fittingly is today home to a brilliantly coexistent mixed population of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Old City of Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest ports in the world, and the city is also home to part of the Bahai World Center (the other part being in Haifa, just down the road), another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ramat Hanadiv is a unique site located just south of Zichron Yaakov on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel. Ramat Hanadiv is the memorial for the Baron Edmond de Rothschild whose influence was of great importance in establishing communities in the Land of Israel in the early twentieth century. The centerpiece of Ramat Hanadiv, and the fact for which it is most famous, are the beautifully maintained formal gardens which have incredible views and many peaceful and tranquil corners. Ramat Hanadiv also has a visitors center which tells the story of Ramat Hanadiv, and the eco credentials of the building itself which was the first ever certified green building in Israel.
Mount Carmel towers over 15 miles of Israel’s Mediterranean Coastline between Hadera and Haifa. Mount Carmel has always been a symbol of beauty, and whilst it is not especially high, with a peak of just 550m above sea level, the change in scenery from the flat Coastal Plain makes it a striking landform. Ranging views across the flat coastal plain and onto the Mediterranean to the West, and the Alona and later Jezreel Valleys in the Galilee to the East are breathtaking.
Nahariya is Israel’s northernmost coastal city, a last testament to the seaside settlements that reach up along the sunny Mediterranean shoreline. Being the end of the train-line and just a few minutes from Rosh HaNikra, with its famous white sandstone grottos, tourists often find themselves Nahariya, a vibrant, little city. With a lively nucleus, comprised of a wide boulevard, divided by a river and lined with shops, restaurants, bars and hotels, and the seafront bars and restaurants, Nahariya provides sun-lovers with an idyllic vacation spot.