Days Out in the Galilee & Golan


Gamla was foritfied during the time of the Great Revolt of the 1st century CE and is known as the Masada of the North. As a site it is less well preserved than Masada and it really does resemble its name (Gamal = camel) – a humped hill set between two peaks.

Gamla was an ancient Jewish city inhabited since the Early Bronze Age.  Gamla is regarded as a symbol of heroism for the modern state of Israel and an important historical and archaeological site. It currently resides within the Gamla Nature Reserve and is a prominent tourist attraction.

Gamla was one of the five cities in the Galilee and Golan that stood against the Roman legions. At the time of the revolt, the town minted its own coins, probably more as a means of propaganda than as currency.

The Nature Reserve is worth visiting to view the nesting vultures which are magnificent and a favourite with children. This is definitely a place for the long lenses and tripods on the camera.

Israel’s highest waterfall is also in this reserve.

You can explore further, but, most of Gamla’s attractions can be visited along a fairly accessible (for wheelchairs and strollers) cliff top promenade. The visit to the site itself is interesting, but requires a fairly strenuous walk back up the hill.

See·Gamla Nature ReserveNature Reserves

Getting To Gamla

On road 808

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