Mount Carmel Israel (Har HaCarmel in Hebrew) is a coastal mountain range bordered on the South by my hometown of Zichron Yaakhov, to the southeast by Yokneam, and to the northwest by Haifa and the Mediterranean Sea. The mountain range is about 4-5 miles wide and 24 miles long, with a gradual slope on the Southwestern side and a steep ridge on the Northeast.
The southwestern Mt. Carmel Israel region is especially lush with all types of vegetation including various types of oak, pine, olive, and laurel trees that are very unique to this area. This part of the mountain range is known as the Carmel forests, and is a great area for hiking and outdoor activities. From the Zichron and Binyamina area, drive just a few short kilometers and you find yourself in a totally different world.
Towards the southern tip of the Carmel Range is the village of
Keren Maharal surrounded by the Ofer Forest.
Thanks to Itai Sikolski for this amazing aerial video.
Interesting Fact: The Nature Reserve of Mt. Carmel Israel - This is one of the largest nature reserves in the entire country accounting for 80 Dunam (20 Acres). For Israel, that is a huge area.
Great Places to Stay: Stay at one of our featured Bed and Breakfasts in Zichron Yaacov, Binyamina or Kibbutz Nahsholim. You can use this as your home base and make day trips to the Carmel region, Galil, and the Golan Heights.
Mount Carmel Israel Top Tip:
As with any nature trip and tour that require physical exertion, use common sense and wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, and a hat. Also don't forget to always carry with you at least 2 Liters (1/2 galllon) of water. Be aware of sundown as these are remote areas and will become very hard to navigate during the late hours.
Shtu Mayim! (Drink water in Hebrew)