The Galilee – two seas, two ranges of mountains, lots of villages, walks and magical spaces. Here are some of our favourite places.
Zefat a city of artists and Kabbala set in the mountains. One of the key battles in 1948, but with a history hundreds of years old. Wander through the Zefat old town artists’ colony and visit the synagogues of the Kabbalists in the Old Jewish Quarter. If you can manage a Shabbat in Safed – it is highly recommended – go on a synagogue crawl.
One of the first Jewish agricultural settlements built in the 1880’s and supported by Rothschild. Now a pleasant town, full of boutique B&Bs and restaurants, en excellent base to relax, enjoy and then explore the surrounding area. On road 90.
Pretty village overlooking the Galilee and perched right on the Lebanese boarder. Home to the Canada Centre with an ice rink – a perfect antidote to an August day. Some pleasant walks in the area.
Boasts the longest cable car in Israel climbing from Kiryat Shemona to Kibbutz Menara. Enjoy the amazing views of Lebanon, Galilee, Golan. Children’s and adult adventure activities on the site. See Manara Cliff Info (Hebrew Only) or call 04 6905830. See Manara Cliff Photos for more images.
Arbel has some stunning views over the Kinneret on this sheer cliff face and is a rite of passage for Israeli children.
Acre – Ancient town, Crusader town, with many of the fortifications still intact despite the best intentions of Napoleon. The fortress was used as a jail during the Mandate and was the scene of a legendary escape. The old city is a UNESCO world heritage site. On the main coast road north of Haifa.
Sea grottoes and blown up bridges. See Rosh HaNikra
Beautiful Mediterranean beach, between Nahariah and Rosh Hanikra. Sea creatures and the remains of a crusader castle. Overnight camping. See Achziv Park Further south there are also the highly recommended Haifa Beaches.