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The Galilee (Hebrew: הגליל HaGalil, Arabic: الجليل al-Jalīl) is a northern region of Israel, generally a forested highland area with relatively sparse population. Its landscape and historical associations make it a great draw for the traveller.

Cities

  • Afula — a medium sized town, not very interesting on itself, but it is the largest city in the Jezreel Valley
  • Amirim — a vegetarian village
  • Beth Shean — explore the remains of Canaanite, Egyptian and Romano-Byzantine cities
  • Gush Halav (Jish) - the only surviving Maronite village in Israel with Roman and Talmudic remains
  • Korazim - a Talmudic town overlooking the Sea of Galilee. It features the remains of a lovely basalt synagogue.
  • Metula — known as being the northernmost populated place in Israel
  • Nahariyya — boasts the Montfort Castle, a crusader castle located in a beautiful forested area east of town
  • Nazareth — the hometown of Jesus, now the largest Arab city in Israel
  • Pekiin (Buqe'a) - an old mixed city with Druze, Christian and Jewish sites
  • Qiryat Shemona — town in the far north of Israel, the name translates as "the town of the Eight"
  • Rosh Pina - a stylish touristic town with multiple restaurants and a 19th Century reconstruction site
  • Safed — this fascinating city is filled with artists and mystics, boasting home to ARI, who established Kaballah
  • Tiberias — located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, a modern resort town with an ancient background

Other destinations

  • Belvoir Castle — a magnificently-located crusader castle located high above the Sea of Galilee
  • Beth Shean Valley — the core of the north Jordan River valley
  • Beth Shearim — Jewish catacombs from the Roman period
  • Tel Dan - the largest water spring in the Middle East with a beautiful nature reserve and the remains of a Canaanite town. It includes the Gate of Abraham which is among the world earliest attested arch structures.
  • Tel Hazor — the largest ancient ruin in modern Israel
  • Hula Nature Reserve - a world class site for migrating birds' birdwatching
  • Jezreel Valley — an extensive inland valley, largely rural, extending inland from east of Haifa to the Jordan Valley
  • Kibbutz Geva — one of the original kibbutzim still not privatized, this kibbutz found by settlers from Poland and Russia is popular among travellers for short and long-term volunteering
  • Megiddo — an ancient Canaanite and Israelite city and the location of several key battles, both ancient and modern
  • Mount Meron — Israel's highest mountain, if excluding the Golan Heights, at 1208 meters above sea level with several hiking trails
  • Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) — diverse landscapes and settlements around the lake, many with connections to the life of Jesus
  • Zippori — an archaeological site with the best preserved mosaics in a Roman town

Understand

Talk

Hebrew. In some Arab villages you can talk Arabic. English is widely understood.

Get in

Get around

See

  • A number of Druze villages have an interesting and distinctive culture.
  • Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is buried in the town of Meron, near Safed. Once a year on "Lag beOmer" (around May), hundreds of thousands of Israelis gather to Meron to celebrate the rabbi and his legacy of kabbalistic learning.

Do

  • Dvorat Hatavor - Honey farm, Moshav Shadmot Dvora (On road 767 just off the northern road 65), +972-6769598, [1]. 09:00-15:00. A unique visitors center located at the foot of Mount Tavor in the Galilee. A live demonstration of the production of silk and honey as it was done in biblical times and up to this day. The tour also include explanations regarding the healing capacities of honey and its products. The visitors center includes all the necessary facilities for the visitors convenience and enjoyment: toilets, kiosk, gift shop and an art gallery. The visitors center is open every day, call to schedule a visit.

Eat

Drink

  • By the river, Kibbutz Kineret (Near the baptism location). 19:00-00:00. A very nice local pub in the baptism site


Sleep

Many visitors to the Upper Galilee sleep in a tzimmer - a kind of bed-and-breakfast place run out of a private house. Pretty much every town and village in the Galilee has a few of these.

  • Halomot Naftali Boutique Hotel, 972-4-6802202, [2].
  • Mizpe Ha Yamim, P.O.B. 27 Rosh Pina 12000 (north of the Sea of Galilee, midway between the artist colony of Rosh Pina and the city of Sefat.), (+) 972-4-6994555, [3]. In Eastern Galilee close to Hermon Mountains, Golan Heights, Sea of Kinneret and between the artist village Rosh Pina and the city of Sefad.
  • Naftaly Estate, Moshav Ramot Naftaly, Upper Galilee, [4]. Naftaly Estate is an all wood-structured, boutique hotel built in 2000 on the Ramot Naftaly Moshav in the upper Galilee.
  • Golden Crown, Mt. of the Precipice 2015 | Nazareth, [5]. The Golden Crown Hotel is situated at the southern entrance to Nazareth - one of the loveliest and most fascinating cities in the world
  • Villa Galilee Boutique hotel, Hagdud Hashlishi 106 (Har Cnaan, Safed), +972-4-6999563, [6]. Villa Galilee boutique Hotel & Spa, This unique and charming hotel is desined in the traditional classic European stayle. Our professional spa offers a wide range of treatments. The Chef Resturant La Marjolaine specializes in authentic Galilean cuisine.
  • Golan Rooms (Rural), Moshav Ramot, +972-4-6731814, [7]. In a hillside in the Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee, we've built with love and care our 10 Guest Cottages suitable for both families and couples, and surrounded them by a large garden.

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