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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 Golan Geography

The Golan Geography

The Golan has two geographically distinct sections-the Hermon Range in the north and the Golan plateau in the south. The former is one of the highest mountain ranges in Israel; In the entire region, in fact. Actually, only seven percent of the range lies in Israel: the rest is divided equally between Syria and Lebanon. The total length of the range is 80 kilometers, and Its width varies between 17 and 23 kilometers. The summit of the Hermon Range, Mount Hermon in Syria, is 2,814 meters above sea level The range's second highest peak, Mitzpeh Shlagim in Israel, is 2,224 meters above sea level. The Golan plateau begins Immediately to the south of the Hermon Range. It is a startlingly large, sixty- kilometer-long, basalt-covered tableland, sliced off by deep canyons at its edges. The plateau slopes gently from north to south, descending from 1,200 meters above sea level on its northern edge to 300 meters above sea level at its southern rim. The area to the west of the Golan, however, encompassing the Hula Valley and the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret), is 200 meters below sea level, and the dramatic disparity creates some majestic scenery along the sharp escarpment that marks the Golan's western border. On that side of the Golan, water courses down ravines and canyons to basalt waterfalls that hurl the melted snows of winter into a series of deep secluded pools. The basalt on the Golan comes from a series of now extinct volcanoes whose thumb-like contours and craters dot the Golan. serving as good scenic lookouts alongthe flat plateau. Volcanic activity on the Golan has also resulted in geological formations created by the lava that once flowed out of the volcanoes, as well as a myriad of paleornagnetic phenomena. https://www.inisrael.com/golan/geography.htm

The Golan is a traveler's dream destination

The Golan is a traveler's dream destination

The Golan is a traveler's dream destination. Its natural landscape comprises wide-open spaces, woodlands and water-filled canyons, hot springs and ski slopes. Its wild life includes elegant leopards and wolves, bashful gazelles and timid rock rabbits, vultures and eagles, and much, much more. The history of man in the Golan dates back to prehistoric times. Many of the area's most ancient archaeological remains, such as its Stonehenge-like megalithic circles, remain undeciphered. Some ruins-such as the site of the Masada-like battle of Gamla during the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans ail that is left of historic moments of bravery and freedom. The Golan is clotted with the archaeological records of various periods and cultures, including those of the Greek world and early Christianity. Susita, one of many Hellenistic cities found throughout the East, Caesarea Philippi, the capital of the Golan in the time of Jesus and the site of one of the most important episodes in the New Testament, Mount Hermon, one of the traditional sites of the transfiguration, and Kursi, the site of the miracle of the swine, are all situated within minutes of ancient synagogues, churches, villages, and medieval fortresses-the historic legacy on the Golan. The residents of the Golan today are another reason to visit this area. From the Druze villagers in the northern mountains to the Jewish kibbutz and moshav farmersof the southern tableland, the people of the Golan are deeply attached to the soil. Farmers and cattlemen, apple growers and vintners, they make this region one of the most productive In Israel, as well as one of the most inviting. For a real vacation, an adventure of exploration and appreciation, the Golan is the place to spend your time during your next visit to Israel. https://www.inisrael.com/golan/destination.htm

Golani Distillery - The Golan Heights Israel

Golani Distillery - The Golan Heights Israel

Established in 2014, this family-owned and operated craft distillery is dedicated to sharing their passion for fine spirits by creating the finest whiskey, continually improving and pushing boundaries. With a blend of local and imported grains, spring and well water, and the finest casks available, Golani Distillery produces their whiskies from grain to bottle. Arak, Gin, and Absinthe are all created from beet/cane sugar alcohol and with only the best botanicals grown locally and imported, selected by a master distiller. Golani Distillery, 18 St, Qatsrin +972-533394787 +972-543843069

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