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Galilee , Israel

The Galilee is not a large region. A mere 80 miles separate its northern border-the peak of Mount Hermon from its southernmost boundary along the Jezreel Plain, the site of biblical Armageddon .

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The Galilee is not a large region. A mere 80 miles separate its northern border-the peak of Mount Hermon from its southernmost boundary along the Jezreel Plain, the site of biblical Armageddon .
Its eastern reaches, on the far edge of the Golan plateau, lie only 50 miles from the Mediterranean sea in the west, but these 5,000 square miles encompass amazingly beautiful and contrasting scenery: mountains and valleys, fertile plateaus and stark cliffs and glimmering seacoast.
The drive just one hour from one end of the Galilee to the other, and it is also a short hop from major attractions all around Israel: a two hour drive to Tel Aviv, under three hours to Jerusalem or the Dead Sea.

Six thousand years ago, the Galilee was already bustling with human activity. The natural forests that covered Galilee mountains were cleared, and replaced with farms and villages. On the plains, large cities sprung up.
About 4,000 years ago, Hazor, of biblical fame, was a world famous trading centre.
Some 3,500 years ago, Joshua and the Israelite tribes conquered the Galilee and settled there, side by side with the pagan indigenous population.

The Galilee mountains were the birthplace of Jewish mysticisim. Shimon Bar Yohai, regarded as the first Jewish mystic, lived in the Galilee in the second century CE.
In the sixteenth century, the small town of Safed became the birth-place of Kabbalah.


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The Galilee today is still a relatively unknown destination. Its tourism facilities have developed slowly but in the past few years the hospitality of its people, and the growing world wide interest in agro-tourism and eco-tourism, have made the region increasingly popular. The Galilee’s ancient sites have been preserved and restored-the old city of Acre, the town of Safed, the antiquities of Hazor and Dan, to name a few.
Natural treasures, such as the sources of the Jordan River, the Hula National Park, and the Biriya forest, await the visitor who loves the great outdoors.

The Galilee as a travel destination is a place to take in slowly, a place to sit in the shade of an ancient olive tree, bask in the sun on a quite beach, or walk along a cobblestone lane still echoing with footsteps of countries. Its mystical atmosphere takes the visitor far away from the frenetic world we live in today.

We hope to welcome you to the Galilee, and help you to discover a new and rewarding travel destination.

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
Prehistoric Museum of the Khula Valley, displaying prehistoric utensils and remains of ...
The winery was established in 2004 and it produces approximately 17,000 bottles annuall...
Bird-watching and bird-ringing center located on the international axis of bird migrati...
The winery was established in 2003 and it produces approximately 100,000 bottles annual...
The cemetery at the foot of the Sea of Galilee where members of the farm, the moshava a...
The winery was established in 2004 and it produces 2,500 bottles annually. This is a ho...
 

 Accommodations

 
The Shlomi Hostel is located right at the foot of the Khanitta mountain range, offering...
Modest hotel also serving Jewish religious families with children.
The Poriya hostel, located on the Southern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is a convenien...
Seafront hotel with private beach at the southern end of Acre. Rooms face the Mediterra...
 

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