Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel

In the north of Israel, where it touches the Mediterranean sea, there is an amazing amount of history and nature to see. After exploring Galilee and it’s many religious sites along the Jesus Trail in Northern Israel I continued on to check out some historic and natural places to see in Northern Israel.

Three Faiths Lookout at Mount Precipice

Just 10 minutes out of Nazareth you will find yourself at the Three Faiths Lookout on the peak of Mount Precipice.

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If the name sounds familiar, it’s the hill where an angry mob tried to throw Jesus off. Legend has it that he then leaped 9 kilometres over to Mount Tabor, which gave rise to its Arabic name Jebel al-Qafzeh (mount of the leap).

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The peak offers awesome panoramic views of the Jezreel Valley below. It would probably be quite amazing at sunrise and sunset.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Jazreel Valley From Mount Precipice.

Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel – Haifa

Haifa in Northern Israel is a beautiful port town looking out on to the Mediterranean Sea.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. View over Haifa Port

One of the main attractions in the town, besides the sea, is the Baha’i Gardens.

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These gardens are set on several levels, with many places for quiet contemplation.

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They even have a place for worship.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Place of Worship at Baha'i Gardens

You could easily spend an hour wandering around the gardens.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Baha'i Gardens Path

The best part is that despite their obvious beauty, the gardens were quite void of people. Which was lovely!

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Baha'i Gardens

Another attraction is the Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Monastery on Mount Carmel. Just down the road from the gardens.

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Its current incarnation was opened in 1836 by the ‘Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel’, commonly known as the Carmelites.

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The history of the place is both sad and amazing. I’m not going to give too much away, but you can see some of it for yourself when inside.

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And even outside you can find a memorial to those who helped defend the Carmelites.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Napolean Memorial at Stella Maris in Haifa

Historic Places to See in Northern Israel – Old Akko

Just 20 minutes north of Haifa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth. It has been known by many names throughout its history but is currently known as Acre. When it was founded in the Bronze Age, it was known as Akko.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Akko Old City Waterfront Wall

It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and there are many ruins to be found around town.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Old Akko City

There’s even an old partially intact battlement with canons overlooking the sea.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Old Akko Battlement

Most people head to the Old Akko Market to get a little taste of yesteryear. The narrow, twisting and turning paths of the Market could easily lead you astray if you let them. Or you could just end up finding some really delicious food.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Old Akko Market

If you manage to find your way through the market, you might end up at the waterfront.

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There are a few overpriced restaurants near the waterfront, but if you keep walking past them, you can enjoy a view of Haifa Bay.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Haifa Bay

Natural Places to See in Northern Israel – Rosh Hanikra

Less than half an hour north of Akko is the beautiful coastal town of Rosh Hanikra. It’s set on cliffs high above the Mediterranean Sea. It is also on the Israeli border with Lebanon. But don’t think that means you can get a glimpse of Lebanon while you’re there. Given the animosity between Israel and Lebanon, the border is a no-go zone patrolled by UN peacekeepers.

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That means the big white fence marks the start of the buffer zone between the two countries instead of the actual border. Not far from there, you can find a steep cable car that descend to the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes.

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The area is known for its striking white cliffs and rock faces that are regularly kissed by the Mediterranean Sea. Over time, the power of the water caused caves to develop at the base of the cliffs.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Rosh Hanikra Grotto

You can walk around inside the caves and have a look around. There are several different caves, but the water is always amazingly blue.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Rosh Hanikra Cave

Even as the caves get darker, you can still marvel at the blue waters.

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Natural Places to See in Northern Israel – The Golan Heights

The area spanning 1800 square kilometres east of the Sea of Galilee is known as the Golan Heights. Due to the fact that the area has been internationally recognised as Israeli occupied Syrian land since 1967, you could say you’ve been to Syria if you visit. Of course that’s not the main reason to visit. The place is scenically amazing.

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Firstly, there are the Banias Waterfalls in the Hermon Stream Nature Reserve. They are the biggest falls in Israel. The stream that creates the waterfalls is fed by glacial water from Mount Hermon, on the border of Lebanon and (occupied) Syria. Yes, glacial water! Isn’t it beautiful?

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Hermon Stream.

There are four trails in the Reserve that contain natural and historical wonders. If you just want to see the falls, you can access them from the trail that starts at the Waterfalls Car Park.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Hermon Stream Trail

If you like hiking downhill, then you’ll love going to the falls. Just remember that you’ll need to walk back up that hill to get back to the car park. The site of the falls makes it all worth it though.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Banias Waterfalls

Natural Things to See in Northern Israel – Mount Bentai

A short distance from the Hermon Stream Reserve is a dormant volcano called Mt Bentai.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Mount Bentai Sign

You might be thinking this is just another hill, but it’s definitely a bit different! Firstly, there’s no climbing required. You can drive almost all the way to the top. Secondly, They have pizza.

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Of course, the view over into Syria is pretty amazing too.

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They even have some art made out of some recycled materials.

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But things start getting a bit weird when you realise that there are barbed-wire fences with warning signs everywhere.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. Looking Down From Mount Bentai

Then there’s this. Have you ever been on a hill that has a UN bunker on it? If that’s on your bucket list, then Mount Bentai is the place for you!

K in Motion Travel Blog. Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel. UN Post on Mount Bentai

Just in case all the shenanigans on Mount Bentai confuse you, there are some signs to tell you where things are.

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Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel

Even if you’re not religious, you might have heard people referring to Israel in Western Asia as the ‘Holy Land’. As you would expect, the north of the country is full of sites of religious significance. What you may not know is that it is also full of amazing nature. After checking out some interesting sites in Southern Israel, the next logical step was to explore some of the major religious sites and nature of Northern Israel.

Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel – Nazareth

As Israel is a relatively small country, it only takes around two hours to get from Tel Aviv in the south to Nazareth in the north. The change between the two cities is nothing short of amazing. You could be forgiven for thinking you had slipped into another country. Tel Aviv is a mainly Jewish city whereas Nazareth is known as the Arab capital of Israel. You may also have thought that the town would be full of Christians, given its biblical significance, but almost 70% of the population are Muslims.

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Nazareth

Not to say that the residents in the south are unfriendly, because they’re not, but the north just seemed friendlier. Arabs were an almost invisible minority in the south, yet they seem to share a genuine camaraderie with people from other ethnic and religious groups in the north. You really get the sense that no one in the north cares about race or religion, which means the atmosphere is very welcoming. You can expect to be greeted like a long lost friend upon entering almost any restaurant or sweet shop in town.

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Sweets in Nazareth
Thoughts on Palestine in Nazareth

With such a huge Arab population in Nazareth there is definitely a lot of support for a two-state solution for occupied Palestine. Sometimes, you can even find people’s thoughts on the walls.

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Walking Into Another Century

Staying in the old town of Nazareth was like walking into another century. If you’ve heard any of the stories of Jesus in Nazareth, being there can make those stories come alive for you. The people of Nazareth from olden times must have been very fit. The old town is built on a hill, so if you want to get anywhere else in the city you’re going to have to walk up or down the hill. There is also no vehicular access to the old town, which makes it lovely to walk around!

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The Jesus Trail – Combining the Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel

If you have not heard of the Jesus Trail, it’s a 65 kilometre hiking trail from Nazareth to Capernaum; ‘The Town of Jesus’. The route has 8 sections, from J1 to J8. It runs through many religious sites of importance that Jesus visited throughout his lifetime. I have to confess here that although I am aware of many of these religious sites, I am not actually religious. I wasn’t doing the Jesus Trail for the religious aspects, I just wanted to hike!

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J1 – Nazareth to Zippori

As the trail is quite long, I was only planning to do the first two sections; J1 and J2. The first section of the trail starts uphill from the old town of Nazareth.
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At this point, you need to walk along a road to find the start of the trail. On the way, this shiny thing caught my eye.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Mosque in Nazareth on the Way to the Jesus Trail

The trail markers were painted on rocks or trees along the trail, but as I found out, some markers had been lost to the elements. Of course, I didn’t get lost at all because of missing markers. Nah uh. Not me!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Jesus Trail Marker

Full disclosure, I lost a bit of time trying to find some markers, but luckily someone had prepared a resting place for me!
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And I got to chat to some locals.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Cows on the Jesus Trail

Eventually, I made it to Zippori and it felt like I was in the middle of nowhere! I hadn’t seen another soul since I’d left Nazareth. Apparently, Zippori is the midway point between the Mediterranean coast and the Sea of Galilee. Jesus may have also done some work there.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Zippori National Park on the Jesus Trail.

It was hot and I wanted a bit of relief from the searing heat. So I went and spoke to the attendant for the Zippori National Park. I wanted to use his little booth’s shadow to shield me from the sun for a bit. He also gave me some cold water before I continued on my way. That was nice. You see, I actually had plenty of water, but the intense heat had made it almost too hot to drink.

J2 – Zippori to Cana

I continued along a very open trail with no shade as far as the eye could see.
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After an hour of that, I was on a ridge looking down on a farming settlement.
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Then a short while later, after passing through an eerily quiet village, I came across these structures.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Structures on the Jesus Trail

Having walked 16 kilometres in what I later found out was 40°C heat, I arrived in Cana around four hours after leaving Nazareth. I did not pass one single person on the trail or even bump into any people in the villages I went through. The locals were clearly smarter than me and were staying inside where it was cool. I may have been feeling a little bit like this guy.
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Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel – Cana (Modern Kafr Kana)

If you’ve heard of Cana, you’ll know it’s famous for the first miracle and weddings. In fact, people come from all around the world to renew their wedding vows at the Wedding Church.
The Wedding Church in Cana

Right near the Wedding Church was another fenced in church. I guessed it was a church from it’s gate, but all I could really see was the fence. The fence had biblical inscriptions on it.
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Inside, the Wedding Church was a bit smaller than I had expected. Some of it was closed off and there were some ruins in another section.
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Strangely enough, even though I’d walked 16 kilometres along the Jesus Trail to get to Cana, it was only a 5 kilometre walk back to Nazareth via the road. So Jesus could do miracles, but couldn’t walk in a straight line!

Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel in Galilee – Capharnaum/Capernaum

Another site of importance along the Jesus Trail is Capharnaum, the Town of Jesus. It is also the end of the Jesus Trail.
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You have to pay a small fee to enter the ‘town’, but it is quite clearly well-tended. There are gardens and ruins.
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And more ruins.
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They even built the White Synagogue on top of the remains of the Jesus Synagogue.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. New Synagogue on the ruins of the Old One

The area is quite small, so you would need an hour at the very most. Just remember to go all the way to the back of the ruins to get this view.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. View at Capharnaum

Sea of Galilee

You’ve probably heard of the Sea of Galilee, but did you know it’s not a sea? Just like the other ‘sea’ in Israel, the Dead Sea, it is actually a lake. Before heading to the shore of the Sea of Galiee, I stopped at Mount Beatitudes where the Church of the Beatitudes has been built.

Jesus is said to have given the Sermon on the Mount there. One interesting thing about the hill is that it is the lowest peak in the world, at only 25m above sea level. It’s still 200m above the Sea of Galilee though. That means you get a pretty good view of the lake from the manicured gardens surrounding the church.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. View of the Sea of Galilee from Mount Beatitudes

But nothing beats dipping your toes in at shore level.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel. Sea of Galilee Shore

As you can see, there’s SO much to do and see in Northern Israel. So much, in fact, that it can not be contained by just one post! Stay tuned for the next installment; History and Nature in Northern Israel.

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Interesting Sites in Southern Israel

Known as the Holy Land by the practitioners of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Israel has been a focal point of many events throughout history. Come along on a trip to see some interesting sites in Southern Israel.

Thanks to Cathay Pacific Fanfares (weekly fare discounts) I had managed to snag myself a super cheap ticket for the carrier’s inaugural direct flight from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv. I was extraordinarily excited to be on the way to a place I’d heard so much about as a child. As the Holy Land for three major religions, Israel has always been a bit of a mystical fascination for me. My trip started off well when I had a whole row to myself on the plane. Being able to lay down on a 10 hour flight is awesome.

You may be aware that the mostly Muslim Palestinian Territories are currently occupied by Israel. Due to the issues between the two countries, everyone entering Israel gets thoroughly questioned. Apparently being a single female means that ‘thorough’ is taken to a whole new level. It’s uncomfortable and you get asked ridiculous questions. If you have stamps in your passport from countries with Muslim communities, like Indonesia and Malaysia, you get more questions. It’s a pain, but it’s just something you have to endure to be able to enter the country.

Interesting Sites in Southern Israel – Tel Aviv

Luckily, things get a whole lot nicer once you get out of the airport. The city was generally clean and beautiful.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Tel Aviv, but I found out almost instantly that it thinks of itself as the fun Israeli city.

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Judging by some of the things I saw while walking around, I would have to agree.

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I’d never thought of it as an artistic city, so it was surprising to see a fair amount of street art while walking around town. Who doesn’t love a bit of street art!

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It seems that the contemporary art scene was alive and well in Tel Aviv.

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I was lucky to have some friends in Tel Aviv, that I’d met while travelling in India a few years beforehand. They took me along to a couple of underground performances. Art wasn’t the only thing happening around town. The annual Pride festival was also taking place.

Pride Festival

With the Pride festival going on, there were a lot of rainbow flags around town, both outside and inside.
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As well as posters for current and upcoming events happening around the city.
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It was a hot day and I had been walking for a while, so I decided to cool off in the Pride Market. I’m sure it was just a normal market with rainbow flags. Almost everything you could buy in the market came with a pride flag or two.
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Including this strangely named, ridiculously large and slightly overpriced meal.
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Interesting Sites in Southern Israel – Old Jaffa

There’s nothing like a walk into history after a satisfying meal, so I headed to Old Jaffa, the historical centre of the area. To be honest, it seems more commercial than historical these days. Although the narrow cobbled paths did have an old-timey feel to them, the buildings were mainly full of expensive seafood restaurants, galleries and souvenir shops.

K in Motion Travel Blog. Interesting Sites in Southern Israel. Old Jaffa Clock Tower

The old Clock tower still stands and is quite impressive. It can be seen from many places within the old town, including Abrasha Park, above the old city. From Abrasha park, you can look over the city and out into the Mediterranean Sea. The park also contains the Wishing Bridge, complete with Zodiac sculptures along its railings. The idea being that you wish on your zodiac sign for your wish to come true.

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A walk over the bridge brings you closer to the ‘new town’ and more rainbows.

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Then a walk through a tunnel brings you to a popular beach with modern Tel Aviv as its backdrop.

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Seems like a good place to relax for a bit, right?

K in Motion Travel Blog. Interesting Sites in Southern Israel. Beach in Tel Aviv

After an interesting few days in Tel Aviv, I headed to Northern Israel to discover its wonders. I’ll cover that trip in my next posts here and here. From the north, I made my way southeast to see one of the most interesting sites in Southern Israel; the Dead Sea.

Interesting Sites in Southern Israel – Kibbutz Ein Gedi on The Dead Sea

I had prearranged a stay in a Kibbutz called Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea. If you’ve never heard of a Kibbutz, it’s a collaborative community based on utopian and zionist ideals of equality. Basically, everyone contributes equally to the community and therefore shares everything that the community has. It’s quite amazing that so many of these mostly agricultural communities survived into the 21st century. Of course, some of them have moved with the times and now rely on manufacturing or tourism as their main source of income. Especially around the Dead Sea.

As I entered the Kibbutz, there were a few sculptures that gave a subtle nod to the community’s agrerian past. Obviously, a modern day Kibbutz looks much different to those of olden times. This one was like an oasis in a desert. You might know that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, at around 420 metres below sea level. Ein Gedi is a little bit uphill from the ‘Sea’ where it is surrounded by desert mountains.

Interesting Sites in Southern Israel – The Dead Sea

I had travelled all that way to see the Dead Sea, which isn’t actually a sea at all. It is in fact the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Pretty much everyone that goes there, does so to float in the lake. The high salt content makes swimming a little difficult and dangerous. My host, Ran told me that spending longer than 15 minutes in the water was a bad idea.

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Ran had taken me to a private beach on the shore of the Dead Sea that was owned by his Kibbutz. He had asked if I wanted to visit at night and that sounded amazing to me. The Israeli summer is hot and I’m not much of a beach person. We had the whole beach to ourselves and it was amazing to see the lights from Jordanian villages on the other side while floating under the stars!

What is Floating in the Dead Sea Like?

To be honest, it was kind of weird being in the lake. You feel it’s oddness as soon as you take your first steps into the water. It feels really weird between your toes. It also feels like the water is trying to push against you slightly as you go further into the lake. I could see why swimming wasn’t an option; it would take far too much energy. Floating in the lake was a rather odd sensation and I wasn’t too interested in staying in the water for too long.

As I exited the lake, I noticed that a thin film had developed on my skin that looked both greasy and dry at the same time. It’s very hard to explain and I rinsed it off as quickly as I could under a shower on the shore. Ran advised that it was important the rinse my swimming clothes straight away and wash them as soon as we got back to his place. Apparently, the salinity of the water can destroy the fibres of some clothes if left for too long.

I’m glad that I was able to find out first hand what the lake is like and even if it’s a bit weird, I’d still recommend it.

Keep an eye out for upcoming articles in this series –
Religious Sites and Nature of Northern Israel
Historic and Natural Places to See in Northern Israel
What is it Really Like in Palestine?
Cyprus
Canada

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