The True Hidden Treasures
of Northern Israel
Northern Israel is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and
diverse area in the country, and a magnet for adventure lovers.
First a bit of geography:
- Sometimes referred to as the 'the North' by locals,
it is defined geographically by a border with Syria
and Lebanon to the North, the Mediterranean Sea to the West,
the southern tip of Mount Carmel to the South, and
the Jordan River to the East.
- The Jordan River empties into the Sea of Galilee
(Kinneret in Hebrew) from the north and then flows out of its southern edge.
- A common misconception is that the Sea of Galilee is a sea, when in fact it is a lake
(Lake Kinneret). It is the primary source of fresh water for the entire country and,
unfortunately, is in danger of extinction primarily due to the lack of rainfall and increased water demand of the population.
- The Golan Heights (Ramat Hagolan in Hebrew) is a large, relatively barren piece of land
on the northeastern tip of Israel, which leads straight into Syria. Along with Jews and Arabs,
about 20,000 Druze populate the Golan.
- Haifa is the major port city in this area. It is an absolutely breathtakingly beautiful city
situated in the Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea; which reminds me a lot of San Francisco.
In fact, Carmel Valley on the California coast was named by Carmelite Friar Sebastian Vizcaino after the Lady of Mount Carmel,
otherwise known as the Virgin Mary.
- Tiberias is located in the Lower Galil just west of the Kinneret. It is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Israel and a truly excellent holiday destination for the entire family.
- Acco is small coastal town north of Haifa. With its incredible history, you can visit the ancient crusader castle and wander the old city with its colorful markets stalls and amazing spicey aromas.
- Tzefat a beautiful ancient city, considered by Judiasm as one of the the Four Holy Cities, is a must to visit. The city's mild climate, beautiful surroundings and history attract both religious
and secular Jews and tourist from a afar.
For me, northern Israel is the antithesis of Tel Aviv; quiet, serene, and peaceful. But don't let looks
fool you! Many battles have been fought on this land and you can still see the remains on the deserted
battlefields of the Golan.
The Golan Heights - climbing an old tank
In fact, the Golani Brigade is one of the most highly decorated infantry units in the Israel Defense
The L.A. Times refers to the Golan Heights as 'A battlefield for the Ages'.
As promised, not only will we show you the must see mainstream attractions, but also the affordable
hidden adventures, based on our own personal travel experiences.
Lisa and I have visited the area and taken hundreds of family photos, which are featured throughout
the site (our kids reluctantly agreed).
Top Tips: Check out our recommended family northern day trips below and also our recommended day trips
for the whole of Israel:
It is our pleasure to share with you what we consider to be the top treasures and must see attractions:
- Unforgettable Lodging and Rafting/Tubing on Kibbutz Hagoshrim.
- The gleaming white cliffs of Rosh HaNikra.
- The ancient port city of Caesarea and Aquaduct beach.
- Sachne; an amazing series of natural pools fed by hot springs and a stream with mini-water falls.
- Fascinating Hula Valley; a unique nature reserve below the Golan Heights.
- Most Spectacular Crusader Castles.
The white cliffs of Rosh HaNikra
There are countless historical sites to see, authentic Druze restaurants to enjoy, and great B&B's
(referred to as Zimmerim) to stay at for you and your family.
Northern Israel; 'The Tuscany of the Middle East'
Le'Hitraot BaTtzafon (See you soon up north in Hebrew)