Beautiful Northern Israel
Updated: Feb 26
Northern Israel has a lush and beautiful landscape, but also boasts a religious and historic significance. The winter months are a great time to get out and view the northern nature in all its beauty. From snowy mountain tops, green forests, a Mediterranean coastline and the Sea of Galilee (the lowest freshwater lake on earth) there is so much to see and explore.
The Golan Heights is a relatively small area in Israel, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty and travelling opportunities. Winter is a perfect time to visit this area, as the mountainous terrain, lakes and rivers are all on full display in the colder months. In general, Israel does not get a huge amount of yearly rain, and the season last only on a few months, with weather being quite mild.
While in the Golan Heights, you can check out the Banias Nature Reserve, or Saar Falls; both are spectacular to see and provide a great outdoor experience that is easy and enjoyable for people of all ages.
Another great attraction for all ages is the Hamat Gader Hot Springs which have been drawing people in for thousands of years. If you are particularly adventurous, you can also check out their crocodile farm, which is the only one in the country of Israel.
Some great ways to get outside and into nature is with a Jeep tour, or for those of you who are not afraid of getting a little muddy, you can take and ATV tour and see the nature really close up.
While you are in the area, you can also check out Nimrod’s Fortress (aka Nimrod’s Castle), built around 1229 and inhabited by both Mongol and Turks, and was damaged in the 18th century by an earthquake, but is still rich in beauty and history.
The Northern Coastline of Israel also offers a number of amazing places to see, many with great historical significance to many religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim), The Carmel Mountains, Acre (Akko) and Nahariya are just a few of the places to see. Whether you are looking for a day trip, or a holiday, there is so much to see and choose from, that you will keep coming back time and time again.
Inhabitants in Acre can be traced back thousands of years to the Early Bronze age, but has been continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze age (c. 2000-1550 BC) and played a large role in the Crusades. The Templars used Acre strategically, and today, you can travel back in time and through the tunnels they left under the city that lead them from the Fortress at the South-western tip to the Port. The architecture of the tunnels is a feat of ingenuity that was far beyond its time and is a trip you will never forget.
If you are looking for some culture and beauty in one place, during the months of February and March, every Tuesday, at the Knight’s Hall, there is an extraordinary Opera performance, From Baroque to Bjork, with classics By Purcell and Monteverdi, but also featuring songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bjork, Shlomo Gronich, Leonard Cohen, the Beatles and many more.
With so many different things to see in Northern Israel, we have only uncovered just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travelling up North. Eshet Incoming can help you arrange the best holiday for your needs, whether you want to travel back in time and see all of the ancient historical sites, or you want to get down and dirty out in nature we can do it all for you so that you can just sit back and relax and enjoy your vacation.
Next time, we are staying up North, to check out the amazing culinary experiences and find out some of the best ways to eat your way through Northern Israel.