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The Golan, synonymous in the Bible (along with the Bashan) with a heavily wooded area, was still covered with dense woods and forests in the recent past. Unfortunately, those forests have been cleared for agriculture and grazing over the last few generations, but in the northern part of the Golan and in copses and thickets in the south, the endemic trees of the region can still be seen. The oak

and terebinth forests of the Golan give rise to an impressive landscape, the numerous deciduous trees lending the terrain a European feel in the winter. In the late winter and spring, the ground between the trees is covered with blossoms from the rarest of orchids to anemones, tulips, and a patchwork of other wildflowers, some of Them unique to the Golan. On the upper slopes of the Hermon range, alpine meadows and vegetation can be found. There the flowers bloom in early summer, in contrast to the winter florescence in the rest of Israel, making the Hermon a unique destination for nature lovers.

The wildlife of the Golan is the most varied in Israel. The human population on the Golan is sparse, the region has relatively large open areas, and significant segments of it have been declared nature reserves. The Golan is a meeting place for fauna that migrates north along the Syrian-African rift from Africa and the desert areas, fauna that makes its way westwards across the steppes of Asia, and European fauna that arrives from the north.

Fifteen species of fish swim in the rivers and ponds of the Golan, while seven species of amphibians and thirty-five different kinds of reptiles (only one of them poisonous!) populate their banks. Millions of birds fly over the Golan during their biannual migration from Europe to Africa and back: one hundred
vulture couples nest in the Gamla Nature Reserve, together with eagles and other raptors.

The Golan is home to thousands of gazelles, rock rabbits, hyenas, wild boars, foxes, and even a rare subspecies of wolf unique to the Golan. They cohabit with badgers, jackals, wildcats, and an extremely uncommon leopard or two. Seventy years ago Mount Hermon was still home to the Asian brown bear, but none have been sighted for three generations now.

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Sea of Galilee - a picturesque lake, Israel's largest fresh water lake

Sea of Galilee - a picturesque lake, Israel's largest fresh water lake

Located east of Lower Galilee and west of the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee is a picturesque lake. Israel's largest fresh water lake, the Sea of Galilee is the largest source of water for drinking and irrigation in Israel (about 25% of its water consumption is derived from it). There are dozens of regulated bathing beaches along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, which is fed by the Jordan River and other streams.  Despite the relevant law, few beaches are open to the public free of charge, and some offer challenging activities like boating, jet skiing, and water skiing.  As part of the Christian faith, Jesus performed various miracles at the Sea of Galilee, such as walking on water and multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish for thousands of believers.  In addition, the Sea of Galilee is a popular tourist destination for Christian pilgrims because the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee there where Jesus was baptized. Itineraries Jesus Trail Expanded encyclopedic entry on Wikipedia A 65-kilometer road in the Lower Galilee and in the Land of Kinneret. The path starts in Nazareth and ends in Capernaum and passes through the holy sites of Christianity. editing Kinneret Circular Trail - a trail initiated by the Society for the Protection of Nature, which allows an orderly and free walk around Lake Kinneret. The trail is marked with white-purple-white trail markings. As of 2010, approximately 30 kilometers of trails have been prepared around the lake, the total circumference of which reaches approximately 60 kilometers. Annual events and festivals Below are the most prominent annual events in the Kinneret region: Kinneret swimming event - Every year, in the autumn season, a popular swimming event called Sea of Galilee takes place in Kinneret. The name Sachiha is a little misleading, since it is a 1.5, 6, and 3.5 km long swim (up to 4.2 km, depending on the level) and not the crossing of the lake in its entirety. The Sea of Galilee is the largest popular swimming event in Israel. Kinneret Marathon - Once a year in January the Kinneret Marathon takes place. Its route from Tiberias to near Kibbutz Ein Gav and back. Once a year there is also a circumnavigation of the Sea of Galilee by bicycle.

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 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.

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