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The Golan Heights

The Golan Heights

Golan Heights travel guide

The Golan is one of the least visited and known regions of Israel. This Web Guide seeks to help you discover the secrets of this beautiful and serene landscape, whose hills and cliff faces are replete with natural and historical sites.

For the nature lover the Golan has much to offer. Here, in this untamed land, flora and fauna from different habitats come together in a unique and natural setting.

Here you’ll find wolves and gazelles, squirrels and coneys and much, much more.

For the history buff, the Golan is a region of endless fascination ‘ Prehistoric sites and megalithic edifices, whose purpose remains a mystery, are dotted through the hills and valleys; Hellenistic towns, Roman fortresses and Crusader castles stand guard over the roads and ancient highways of the Golan.

For the pilgrim the Golan is the place where Jesus sought his last moments of peace before embarking on his final journey to Jerusalem. Three of the disciples were born on the Golan, the miracle of the Gadarene Swine took place here as did the healing of the blind man, the second miracle of the loaves and the fishes and the transfiguration. It was here, too, that Jesus bestowed on Peter the stewardship of the kingdom of God.

Over the past few years a range of attractive accommodations have opened on the Golan, from rustic bed and breakfast facilities to exclusive guesthouses and hotels. Hiking trails, parks, picnic sites and cycle paths await the visitor, affording a range of exciting touring possibilities

We very much hope that this guide will help you plan and enjoy your trip to the Golan and look forward to hosting you here.

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The Panda Resort & Spa is situated in Moshav Neve Ativ, at the foot of Mount Hermon

The Panda Resort & Spa is situated in Moshav Neve Ativ, at the foot of Mount Hermon

The Panda Resort & Spa is situated at the foot of Mount Hermon - Moshav Neve Ativ. Neve Ativ is a seat at the northernmost end of Israel and belongs to the Golan Regional Council. Neve Ativ was established in 1968 by the fighters of the Nut Patrol. About 150 residents live in the settlement and the nature of the community is secular. Over the years, it became a worker's seat of the Agricultural Union movement. The area is surrounded by green mountains and blooming fields, and the winding roads to the settlement infuse its residents with a pastoral and picturesque atmosphere. In Neve Ativ we celebrate the holidays together, memorial day gatherings, nature walks, lectures and shows for children. In Moshav you can find community services such as a pool and a synagogue. Imagining your vacation in a beautiful wooden cabin at the foot of Mount Hermon would be wonderful. With a refreshing cup of coffee or herbal infusion picked fresh from the garden, you wake up each morning to the sound of birds chirping in the trees, the wonderful silence, the mountain air and a view of breathtaking nature. Here in the heart of a quiet and pastoral nature reserve, it's a vacation unlike any other: the Neve Ativ Resort and Spa Hotel from the Panda Hotel chain. There are 40 dunams of forest and wild nature at the resort, a perfect mix of luxury and peace for guests who want a quiet and peaceful vacation in a perfect location in the country's north. After the re-establishment of the hotel, the hotel team, headed by the hotel's CEO, works to provide you with the hospitality experience and service down to the smallest details. In addition to outdoor parking, there is 24-hour reception service, daily room service, and an outdoor swimming pool complex which is exclusively available to hotel guests. Neve Ativ Resort and Spa Hotel from the Panda Hotel chain offers couples and families a variety of seasonal packages. Winter guests can enjoy a wonderful ski vacation, while summer visitors can enjoy wild spaces with nature corners, green carpets of grass, and mountain views that will make them feel like they are in Switzerland.

Nimrod Fortress: A Historic Castle with Stunning Views in the Golan Heights

Nimrod Fortress: A Historic Castle with Stunning Views in the Golan Heights

Nimrod Fortress, also known as Nimrod Castle, is a castle built by the Ayyubids and expanded by the Mamluks to guard a major access route to Damascus against armies from the west. It is located on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon, overlooking the Golan Heights. The fortress was first built in the Hellenistic or Byzantine period and was rebuilt around 1228 by Al-Aziz Uthman. It was further expanded by Sultan Baibars and given to his second-in-command, Bilik. After the Muslim conquest of Acre, the fortress lost its strategic value and fell into disrepair. The Ottoman Turks later used it as a luxury prison for Ottoman nobles. The fortress is currently managed by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and is open to the public. Visitors can explore the excavated and restored portions of the fortress, including secret corridors, loopholes, and the remains of a keep surrounded by large rectangular towers. One day tour idea for the region could be visiting Nimrod Fortress and exploring the surrounding area. The tour could start with a visit to the fortress, where visitors can learn about its history and architecture and enjoy panoramic views of the Golan Heights. After exploring the fortress, the tour could continue to nearby Banias Nature Reserve, which offers hiking trails, waterfalls, and natural pools. Visitors can hike along the river, explore the ancient ruins of Banias, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings. The tour could also include a visit to the nearby Druze village of Majdal Shams, where visitors can learn about Druze culture and enjoy traditional Druze cuisine. Overall, this day tour offers a combination of history, nature, and culture, making it a great way to experience the region.

Discover the Unique Beauty of El Al Stream: A Comprehensive Guide to Hiking in Golan's Scenic Terrain

Discover the Unique Beauty of El Al Stream: A Comprehensive Guide to Hiking in Golan's Scenic Terrain

Unraveling the Etymology of El Al Creek. The captivating El Al stream in the southern Golan winds through the narrow Wadi Dufila canyon, colloquially known as the "Haunted Bush Creek." This picturesque stream spans 20 kilometers, the trek through its alluring central section offering a sight to behold. Adorned with two grand waterfalls, each with their own unique charm and inviting water pools at their bases, Nahal El Al holds the title as the southernmost perennial stream in the Golan region. The "Black Waterfall," a beautiful basalt spectacle, cascades from an impressive height of about 8 meters. In stark contrast, the "White Waterfall" is a limestone structure that flows from an approximate elevation of 20 meters. This year-round stream and its idyllic natural pools are sightseers' delights. The pathway through this wondrous terrain can commence at Moshav Eliad and conclude at the parking lot adjacent to the waterfalls, near Moshav Avni Itan. Alternatively, the journey can be experienced in reverse order. Strollers can enjoy a route parallel to the stream, teeming with life throughout the year. Exploring the Route Embarking on this journey, you'll descend into the stream as directed by signs, following the red-marked path through an olive vineyard, between hedgerows, and into the gorge that descends from the El Al village ruins. After crossing the gorge, you'll encounter a picturesque viewpoint. It's here where the stream forms a "knee," altering its flow direction from southwest to northwest. Continuing along the red path near the olive grove, you'll descend a white chalk rock slope towards the white waterfall after about 500 meters. Once you near the waterfall, a staircase fashioned from railway sleepers diverts you to the pool at the base of the waterfall. Progressing further to the Black Waterfall, you'll resume your journey along the red-marked path, situated at the top of the white waterfall, and cross the stream. The path meanders alongside the stream, within a thicket of haunted bushes, and ascends slightly after about 500 meters. The path stays a few meters above the gorge, where the white rock gradually transitions to black basalt rocks. As you continue your trek, ensure you follow the "transparent" marking (two white stripes with no color in the middle) towards the black waterfall. This waterfall cascades onto basalt rocks, forming a small pool surrounded by dolav trees that cast a cooling shade. Finally, return to the red trail, cross the stream's shallow bed, and ascend a steep climb back to the parking lot in Moshav Avni Eitan. Geological Wonder The coexistence of a white waterfall and a black waterfall is a truly unique and fascinating spectacle. The Golan's basalt kilhos blanket thick layers of white marine sedimentary rocks. The water first creates a waterfall as it travels beneath the black basalt rock, then continues to cut deeper until it reaches the sedimentary rocks beneath the basalt, forming a second waterfall. Note: Swimming in the creek pools is undertaken at the swimmers' own risk. Given the route's length, it's recommended to arrange transport at the endpoint. You can return to the starting point via a 3.5 km boardwalk connecting Eliad and Avni Eitan. Travel and Safety Guidelines: In the Golan, adherence to the marked path is critical; crossing fences or straying off the path can lead to dangerous minefields. Never venture into areas designated for army shooting training! Always pass through cattle fences at designated points, opening and closing gates as needed. Avoid climbing or cutting fences, and exercise caution when crossing or walking on roads. Overnight stays are only permitted at designated sites, and fires should never be left unattended or lit under trees. Toilet paper should not be burned, and all trash should be taken with you to preserve the natural beauty of the area.

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