Three in Galilee

September 30, 2011 by

Best Of Lists, Sightseeing

Waterfalls in the Hermon River Nature Preserve in Upper Galilee
- photo courtesy of Grauesel via Creative Commons

There is much too much to recommend in one sitting amid the lush landscape of Upper Galilee in Israel, but the following are a few of my personal favorites.

1). Manara Cable Car. Travelers interested in getting vertical (with all the excitement and trepidation that entails), can avail themselves of this novel cable car and accompanying entertainment complex that climbs into the Naftali mountains. The nearly 6,000-foot trip up to the top is worth the price of admission all by itself for the commanding view of the Hula Valley that it affords. The more adventurous can partake in a number of activities, including climbing, rappelling, an elaborate zip line, and mountain biking.

2). Experience some nature. The region as a whole is home to a number of noteworthy nature parks and preserves, a tour of which would help perfect any extended vacation. Some of the better parks include the Tel Dan Nature Rreserve, the Nahal Ayoun Nature Reserve (best visited in winter), and the Hermon River Nature Reserve, all of which are fed and made verdant by gushing streams, waterfalls, and rivers.

3). Mt. Hermon. Home to Israel’s only ski resort, Mt. Hermon is also the nation’s highest summit (just over 9,000 feet). The mountain’s slopes are popular year-round with skiers, trekkers, hikers, and pleasure seekers. The approach to the mountain has attractions of its own, including the ancient village of Majdal Shams (a good place to scare up a meal), and a peculiar little settlement in the Golan Heights called Neve Ativ that was designed to resemble a resort town in the Alps.

John Reality

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