The northern capital of Israel, the habitat of the seven religions, the third largest city in the country, the industrial and technological center with its “Silicon Valley”, a magnificent resort on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea – all this is the city of Haifa. They go here to rest, study, be treated and just live, enchanted by a fairy charm and an unusual friendly atmosphere. Where to stay, where to go and what to see in Haifa?
The history of Hayfa
Throughout Israel, the city Hayfa is the most tolerant, where representatives of seven faiths coexist peacefully. It is not for nothing that the Bahá’í religion, which professes the unity of God and humanity, has chosen its center. However, this situation did not always reign here. For two thousand years of history, the city was repeatedly destroyed to its foundations, its religious shrines were wiped off the face of the earth and rulers from all over the world appointed the centers of their possessions. The first mention of Hayfa refers to the third century of a new era, but archaeologists find settlements of primitive people living in these places 250,000 years ago on the slopes of the Carmel Ridge. On the shore, large fishing villages began to take shape during the Roman period: then these places were used as a transit point on the way to Israel. The second name of the city – Porphyrion – appeared due to the development of purple from mollusks Halazon: extremely valuable, it was used to paint the robes of rulers and noble costumes.
For a long time Hayfa entered the province of the Roman Empire, Judea, later renamed Palestine. With the advent of the Vyzantines, shipbuilding added to the fishery in Hayfa: over the course of a century, local residents, mostly Jews and Arabs, built ships and served the neighboring large port of Acre. After the fall of Vyzantium and until 1100 there were troubled times: the rulers from Baghdad, Egypt, Damascus succeeded each other until the crusaders established power here and brought Christianity with them. However, the world did not last long – the Mamluks, who came from Egypt, practically erased the city from the face of the earth, passing under the authority of Bedouin sheikhs.
The serious changes that laid the foundation of the current state of things occurred in the XIX-XX centuries. A new seaport was built in Hyifa Bay, which quickly became the most important in the region, and a railway line was built. A powerful Carmelite monastery was erected in the city, the Bahay temple was laid, the Technion was opened, the first technical school in the Middle East. This gave a sharp push to the rapid development of the city and the growth of the population, mainly Jews and Christians, which led to interethnic clashes. In 1948, Hayfa left Jerusalem for the partition plan of Palestine: traces of bloody battles are still preserved on the body of the city, in the Wadi Salib, the City of the Dead, now become a terrible decoration for Hollywood militants. In the rest, the city does not remind anything of the past. A lively modern, progressive and industrial center of the country, a city of students with prestigious higher educational institutions.
The districts of Hayfa
The symbol of the city Hayfa Carmel also determines the location of its quarters, located on the slopes of the ridge and along the Mediterranean coast. The city is divided into Upper, Middle and Lower. The lower part, located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is the oldest: the construction of the city began here. Today, it blends past and future, attracting beaches and supermodern offices, a measured resort atmosphere and a tough world of “white-collar workers”. In the Lower City there is the Government Quarter, which houses administrative buildings, downtown with the highest in Haifa, the skyscraper “Parus” and offices of large companies. Particular attention should be paid to Porto: the largest in Israel. On its territory can not get, but feel a lively atmosphere, after sitting in one of the local pubs, you can do it. The middle city is the commercial part of Hayfa, indispensable for walking and shopping, but it’s better not to settle here. Noisy, hot and dusty: not as comfortable as it is at the top and not as picturesque as on the coast. But for shopping it is worth to go here, to the largest Hayfa market “Talpiot”, for fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, spices and authentic street food. In addition, there are many restaurants and cafes with kitchens around the world to relax in between shopping.
The upper city is the best place in Hayfa for living and the main attraction center for tourists. Here are better restaurants and clubs, fashionable hotels, shopping complexes, boutiques and interesting sights. Thanks to a light breeze and the cleanest mountain air, mixed with the scents of flowering gardens, it’s easy to breathe and be comfortable to stay. Here are the best areas of Hayfa: the lively and picturesque French and Central Carmel, as well as the elite sleeping Romma and Denia.
The sightseeings of Hayfa
The sightseeings of Hayfa are so diverse that the fans of culture, history, religion, nature and lovers of long walks along the atmospheric streets will be able to taste to themselves. One day you can not get around, but if you are limited in time, you should pay attention to the main “mast”. This is the Bahay Gardens in Hayfa, the Monastery of the Carmelites with a viewing platform, the cave of Elijah the Prophet, the wonderful promenade of Taliet Louis and the German quarter of Moshava Germanit at any time of the day. Start the inspection is from the Monastery of the Carmelites: you can climb it by metro or cable car. The lower station of the latter is located in Beit Galim. The Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris was erected in the beginning of the XIX century by the monks, who formed the monastic order of the Carmelites, named after the sacred for three religions of Mount Carmel. The monastery was destroyed three times and rebuilt again: today it strikes with cleanarchitectural lines, magnificent frescoes and exquisite interior decoration.
Nearby – an observation deck, which offers a stunning panorama of the bay and in 20 minutes walk from it – the cave of Elijah the Prophet, where, according to legend, a biblical saint lived here some time ago. From here along the picturesque road you can reach the promenade of Louis – the main tourist center of the city with the best hotels and restaurants. It is worth to calculate the time so that by noon to get to the entrance to the upper tier of the Bahay Gardens, which is on the street Yafe-Nof. At this time a free tour of the main sight of the city begins here. The Bahays of Hayfa are magnificent hanging gardens located on the 19 terraces of the slope of Mount Carmel. They surround the Bahay temple with a golden dome – the main shrine of the Bahays, where one of its founders Baba is buried. The construction of the temple began at the beginning of the last century, and in 2008 the garden and park complex and the temple were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The gilded dome, towering at 11-meter height, can be seen from any part of Hayfa: for its creation, more than 12,000 gilded tiles were used. From the temple to the bottom of the park, decorated with sculptures, fountains and unusual compositions, conducts 1,700 steps. Only pilgrims can climb them from the bottom up, for tourists only the opposite direction is available.
The lower terraces end in the area of Moshav Germanit – a block, founded by German immigrants. It is necessary to leave time for a walk in this atmospheric place: here typical Hayfa streets are replaced by European ones: tiled roofs, well-kept houses and alleys, citrus groves, houses with wine cellars, cozy restaurants with excellent service. An interesting place is a restaurant with a transparent floor, through which you can see the wine cellar: you can have a delicious lunch and rest after a long walk. For the cultural program in the German area is responsible for the Museum of the history of the city. It is noteworthy that it is located in the Templar house, built in 1969. To complete the exploratory walk with the city you can see the business quarter of the Lower Town. Here the attention is deserved by the quaint Paris Square, the court building in the Government Quarter and the highest in Hayfa skyscraper with the romantic name “Parus”. Nearby there is a railway station and a bus station, as well as a picturesque promenade, where you can pass the time, admiring the impressive Mediterranean sunset.
The beach rest in Hayfa
Although Hayfa is not considered a typical seaside resort, the beaches here are one of the most attractive in Israel. The friendly Mediterranean Sea in Hayfa is unusually clean, even despite its proximity to Israel’s largest port. A five-kilometer sand strip passes along the Lower city, and the total length of the coastline in the bay is about 17 km. That’s why tours to Hayfa especially from April to October are especially popular, when sightseeing can be combined with beach rest. Beaches, even remote from the center, are equipped with the necessary resort infrastructure. In rent for 15-30 shekels you can take sun beds and umbrellas or settle right on the sand: often so rest locals, getting out on sunny weekends on picnics on the beach. There are active beaches on the beaches: water scooters and catamarans, beach volleyball courts and surf spots. And, of course, hundreds of cafes and restaurants, located on the shore or along the waterfront, will satisfy even gourmets.
The most popular beach in Hayfa is Bat-Galim, stretched along the coastline of the eponymous district. This is the only beach in the city, you can get to it without crossing the railway tracks and highways. Due to the proximity of the famous Israeli clinic Rambam, Bet-Galim was chosen by tourists, whose priority is treatment and beach rest.
In the southern part, kiting and windsurfing fans gather, which means a lively youth and relaxed atmosphere. Closer to the center of the beach is a play area for children in the form of a wooden pirate ship. Along the coastline stretches a picturesque promenade with dozens of shops, cafes and restaurants, where you can have a snack during the day or dine in a romantic setting, watching the sunset.
To the south of the lower Hayfa Neve David district is located the no less popular beach area of Hof-Ha-Carmel, which you can learn by the same towers nearby. A breakwater that protects the coast in this part of the Hayfa bay, holds back the sea element and ensures the absence of waves. This attracts here families with children from among tourists and Aborigines, so on weekends the beach is crowded. Infrastructure Hof-Ha-Carmel is not inferior to Bat-Galim: the same cozy restaurants, playgrounds for children, rental of beach equipment and sports equipment. According to the results of the Ministry of Ecology of Israel, the Dado beach area is the best in Hayfa: two kilometers long and comfortable, with unusually clean sand and water. In addition to the mandatory infrastructure, there is a mini-pool for toddlers, a summer amphitheater and a dance area. The southern part of Dado is great for picnics: there is a place for barbecue. Fans of a measured and quiet rest will enjoy the beaches of Ha-Hof-Ha-Shaket and Kiryat-Chaim. The second can be called quiet only because of its relative unpopularity: there are no breakwaters here, so the waves interfere with bathing. But Ha-Hof-Ha-Shaket protects two breakwaters at once, so the water here is quiet and calm. Both have fenced specialized areas for believers: here are organized days of visits for men and women, when only one sex can rest.
What to do in Haifa
What else to do in Haifa, if the main attractions have already been inspected? Fortunately, this cosmopolitan and versatile city has prepared many more interesting things. The families with children should visit the zoo, located near the metro station “Carmelit”, walk along the park of the same name or the Hi-Bar reserve: everywhere you can see animals and birds of Israel, as well as exotic fauna, for example, Bengal tigers brought from Russia. In Hayfa University for children an archaeological site has been created, where they can try themselves in excavations. Here you can climb to the highest point of the city – 30-meter tower Eshkol, where the best view of the city opens.
Will than pamper yourself in Hayfa and lovers of shopping. It is impossible to pass by the shopping complex “Panorama” with elite boutiques In the Upper City. In the Middle – past Adar district: there is a food market “Talpiot” and the main shopping street Goetzel. Well, admirers of antiques should go to the shops of the street Masad, where they sell real treasures at pleasant prices. In the southern part of Hayfa, there are also shopping centers. In the most remarkable of them, “Castra”, is a unique museum of dolls and unusual puppet shows. Nearby is the picture gallery, the Museum of Archeology and the Israeli “Silicon Valley” – offices of Intel corporations, Netvision and Google.
Hayfa is an extraordinary place with a special charm, in which one wants to return again and again. Amazing nature, noteworthy attractions, cozy streets, tempting restaurants, magnificent Mediterranean Sea and friendly people – in general, everything that is required for a wonderful holiday.Read More
The “Zimmer” means “room” in translation from German. In the past, zimmers in Israel were simply single rooms that were handed over to tourists or to the Israelis themselves, who decided to save a little on a night’s lodging. Now the tourism industry of the country has become so developed that in all corners of Israel there are zimmers, designed for any purse and for a different number of guests. Still there are miniature houses or extensions to the owners’ houses – for budget tourists. Those who want to feel more vividly and more fully the rural Israeli life, await the authentic and unusual guest houses – at a higher price.
What is Zimmer?
The main difference between the zimmer and the simple room for change is its isolation from the home of the owners, which is convenient and pleasant for a tourist: you feel at home. In most cases, the zimmer is a solitary guest house, or an extension to a master’s house with a separate entrance.
The atmosphere of Zimmer has to rest. The guest rooms are equipped with everything that a tired tourist might need: a soft bed with fresh sheets, a warm shower (often with a hydromassage), a jacuzzi, a miniature kitchen, a TV, air conditioning. Dishes, towels, soap supplies, kettle – in the zimmere there is all the most necessary for the tourist. Often next to this house is a private pool. In the courtyard guests will be waiting for a shady garden, BBQ, sitting area with gazebos and sun loungers.
Usually the zimmers are located in a quiet rural area. Here you can experience the amazing atmosphere of Israeli life! Tired of standard hotel rooms, the tourist will be surprised by the unusual, carefully thought out design of the Zimmer. The additional advantages: delicious homemade fruits, fresh bread, natural cheeses, jams and other products, which the owners generously treat to breakfast.
How much is overnight accommodation
The cost of living in the zimmer depends on many factors: the category, location and, of course, the day on the calendar. In the midst of the tourist season, on holidays and weekend, the price of the zimmer will increase. A tourist should take note: with the owners it is possible and even accepted to bargain. The longer the guest lives in the house, the cheaper will be the cost of one night.
The category of the zimmer depends on its area: the more spacious the house, the higher its class, which starts with the standard number and ends with the presidential suite. Zimmer of the highest category is a luxury cottage with many rooms, the most modest option is a compact room with everything you need. And for a couple of lovers, and for a large family with children there is a comfortable zimmer in which you can stay and have a good rest. Those qualities that unite all categories, classes and types of such guest houses are comfort and distance from noisy cities, for which tourists and love cozy guest rooms. And the fact that renting a zimmer will often be cheaper than a hotel room – another plus in favor of this type of accommodation.
Where is situated the ideal zimmer
With the appearance of the Internet, problems of the type: how to remove the zimmer, where to find a suitable place to relax in Israel began to be solved much easier. It is only necessary to enter in the search line a query about the search for the zimmer, as the system will give out a lot of tempting offers.
The easiest way to find the zimmer in the north of Israel, next to the tourist routes – in Galilee, on Mount Carmel, among the Golan Heights. But it is possible to find guest houses located in more “difficult” (in combination with picturesque) places: in the mountains, in the forest, on the banks of the river or the sea. Choose the most convenient location and start your journey! By the way, often in the role of a guide, the owner of the Zimmer himself, who knows the surrounding area and its history, paints and details, can act.
The advices to the tourists
Zimmer is a popular type of accommodation for tourists, therefore it is recommended to agree in advance about accommodation with the owner of the house, especially in the “hot” season.
Since zimmers are mostly located in rural areas, the tourist is advised to take care of the availability of transport – own or rented. Of course, you can travel by taxi or public transport, but your own car will help the tourist to enjoy Israel at his own pace, regardless of bus schedules. Exception – the city of Eilat: there is a zimmer right in the city, which facilitates the problem of movement.
The zimmer is a great alternative to hotels. Living in these houses, you can autonomously travel or idle at your pleasure, be in harmony with nature and find rare and interesting sights in the area.Read More
Growing garden strawberry or strawberry is a highly profitable sector of farming industry. In case of year-round growing in a greenhouse the profitability is 70-100% with payback during the very first season.
Different natural factors such as stone land, desertification of 60% of the territory, scanty rainfall and lack of fresh water, complicate the development of the farming industry in Israel. Nowadays the farming industry produces enough crop to provide the local population with required products. Also it enables export to other countries and continents. In fact, one of the main reasons is considerable government financing of scientific researches and developments. That is done along with rapid manufacturing application of innovations.
Growing strawberry in Israel
Farmers in Israel mostly grow strawberry in greenhouses that occupy a territory of 400 hectares. In 2017 the total harvest was 30,000 tons. Harvesting and sales are done during the winter period from November to May. That is because the most favorable temperature for strawberries is in winter. Farms are working on mastering technologies for growing strawberries in summer. In mountain kibbutzes (agricultural communes) Merom Golan and Ramat Rachel they practice year-round growing.
Garden strawberry mostly grows in the Sharon region. Surprisingly, the best harvest of garden strawberry is collected in greenhouses in the very heart of the Arava desert. Since 2000, ecologically clean production without the use of pesticides has been promoted. So you can be sure that Israeli strawberries are safe for health. Besides, each tourist can visit a greenhouse or a plantation and eat as many berries as he can right from the bush.
Strawberry harvest in Israel reaches 200 tons per hectare. Advanced farms install automated greenhouses and eliminate the influence of natural factors.
Popular cultivars of Israeli strawberries: Tamar, Yael, Sheik, Orly, Rocky, Ruthhey, Herut, Hadas, Barak, Yuval. Breeders are trying to improve taste, transportability, crop yield, marketability (shape, size and aroma) and adaptive properties in hot climate.
Features of strawberry growing technology
The Israeli technology of strawberry growing is based on hydroponics. This method implies dosated plant nutrition with fertilizers through a system of drip irrigation.
Plant roots are in an airy, inert sterile substrate. Thereby the substrate solves two problems: it provides good aeration of roots and reduces risk of fungal diseases.
Farmers install a metal frame in the greenhouse and after that they attach the plastic channels for the substrate at a height of 1 – 1.5 meters.
Attributes of Israeli technology:
- the use of everbearing strawberries;
- processes automation: control over microclimate parameters, calculation and preparation of nutrient solution, drip irrigation, light intensity;
- hydroponics with the use of coco coir substrate;
- introduction of a biological method in pest control;
- raising beds for better ventilation and easier harvest.
Strawberry harvest in Israel is semi-automatic. The workers move along the aisles in a special transport. They manually collect and put berries into containers ready for sale. Thus improving keeping capacity and transportability. After collecting they cool down the berries.
Some people believe that strawberry grown according to the Israeli technology is watery and tasteless. Moreover skeptics even believe it to be a source of toxins and chemicals. These delusions are easy to refute.
Taste of hydroponically grown berries differs from the taste of strawberries grown on soil due to the features of everbearing varieties. Considering rapid growth and multiple bearing, the berries just don’t have time to accumulate a lot of sugar. For example, if you eat a remontant berry grown on soil you can feel the difference in taste with the regular one. Though they grow in the same conditions, the sugar content is different.
When breeding industrial varieties Israeli breeders focus on:
- transportability: berries are more dense;
- early maturity: fast yielding ability;
- crop capacity: increasing amount and size of berries;
- decreased sensitivity to daylight hours duration;
- resistance to diseases: gray rot and spot disease.
Over the past 5 years, taste requirements are increasing and farmers claim that you will never find a strawberry sweeter than theirs.
The statement about mineral fertilizers overfeeding is also unfair. Strawberry is not a cucumber and it doesn’t require nitrate nitrogen to grow. Imbalance will have an opposite effect. Besides, such fertilizers cost a lot, so no one will excessively use them to feed the plants.
Another myth – chemicals in berries. Considering that bumblebees are used for garden strawberry pollination, usage of pesticides is strongly bounded. Israeli farmers prefer the biological method of pest control. To reduce the development of diseases they apply different agricultural methods. However, all garden strawberry diseases are a consequence of overwetting and contact with infected soil. The Israeli strawberry greenhouse is equipped with a moisture control system. Thanks to that nematode worms and fungi spores will not appear in the substrate. Seedlings growing technology excludes possibility of viral diseases.
Main manufacturers and exchange of experience
Each farmer or a holding company specialist can come and see himself the process of strawberry growing in Israel. Israeli scientists and farmers gladly share their experience. Also they offer their help in supporting business. The Alecon company arranges on-site training courses and seminars for foreign farmers.
You can order a turnkey greenhouse directly from the manufacturer. Israeli technology requires significant financing at first, but 100% profitability compensates it.
Strawberry is grown in the following kibbutzes: Kadima, Ein Yahav, Geulim, Gan Shmuel, Mishmar HaSharon, Yesha.
The largest strawberry farm is Joseph Farm.
In addition, there are open for visitors plantations. In case of interest tourists can see how strawberries are grown in Israel. The following farms offer such kind of excursion: Meshek Bagiva, Agronen, Meshek-6, Meshek Tal, Ruach Shtut, Stalbetut, Sadot, Uri Tutim Farm, Ariel, Tut Gil.
You can see large ripe berries of Israel strawberries in the photos taken by people who already visited the plantations.Read More
Israel is a country with an amazing history, traces of which are still kept in the sights, and are well-preserved to this day. Special tourist routes are formed, which allow you to get acquainted with several places at once. The northern district of Israel is particularly rich in amazing places worthy of attention. The cities are located there, where the main Christian events took place.
The special tour will allow tourists to meet the main landmarks of the country and will help to learn about a variety of interesting places in comfortable conditions.
The North of Israel: what to visit?
It is better to begin the journey with Caesarea, the port city created by King Herod. The city was the center of the development of Roman culture. There is a legend that in this place the Crusaders kept the Saint Grail before they were taken out to Europe. In the southern part of the city you can see the kibbutz in the north of Israel – the famous agricultural commune, which will allow you to see the life of the inhabitants of the country with your own eyes.
Sdot Yam is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and its inhabitants are engaged in fishing. Kibbutz is also famous for the museum dedicated to the heroine Khana Senesh related to the Second World War. Here, tourists can enjoy the view of the ancient palaces that were built by Herod, the racecourse and the amphitheatre, where the famous gladiatorial fights took place. The last mentioned sight is more than two thousand years old. Here, tourists will see the north of Israel, and tours also mean an inspection of the fortress of the Crusaders and aqueducts.
The journey also includes visits to the following places:
If you want to see the north of Israel, attractions and places of interest, you should definitely visit this city. Its history is more than four thousand years old, and in the 12th century the capital of the Crusaders appeared here. Acre is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here, tourists can walk through the underground halls of the Crusaders, stroll through the strange streets of the medieval city and see the fortress that withstood the siege of the army of Napoleon Bonaparte.
This city, which was the center of the Baha’i faith and the Order of the Carmelites, bears a rich history. Here tourists can visit the Maris-Carmelite Monastery, which is located near the cave of the Prophet Elijah. Another attraction, which is famous for the north of Israel is the Bahai Gardens, where the Shrine of the Bab, the founder of the Baha’i religion, is located. During the trip it is also worth visiting the Templer colony.
This name of the city appeared due to the location and is translated as “watching”. Safed is at an altitude of 900 meters from sea level. It was here that the Jewish religion developed. Tourists will be interested to see the famous Abuava synagogue, where Tor’s book is kept, which was transported from Spain. It is believed that it has amazing properties. Rest in the north of Israel will allow you to stroll through the Jewish quarter and see the main sights of the country.
The name of this place comes from a quote from the book of Psalms. The city will be pleased with the developed infrastructure and amazing architecture, which had been preserved since ancient times. Here, tourists will see the strange synagogue and the Chancery House which was built for baron officials. You can also see the traces of the Eretz Yisrael settlement.
This city is considered one of the three most important places for the Christian religion. It was here Christ spent his childhood and youth. Now the city is well-developed, but it retained its ancient identity. Here tourists will see the famous temple of the Annunciation and get acquainted with the gallery of icons of the Virgin, which are collected from all over the world. However, vicinity will be no less interesting. The north of Israel is famous for the village of Nein, which lies near the Mount Tabor. According to tradition, it was here Christ performed a miracle, turning water into wine. Another interesting place of Nazareth is the Mount of Precipitation, from where the inhabitants wanted to dump Jesus after his sermon.
The city was named in honor of the emperor Tiberius and was at first considered “unclean”. However, later Tiberias became the center of the Jewish religion, here the Sanhedrin was transferred, which was considered the highest judicial institution. In addition, great sages and figures of that time gathered here, as a result, a number of burial places appeared in the city, which became places of pilgrimage. Tourists can also visit the famous healing springs, where they can perform wellness procedures.
This small city is located at the ridge of Carmel and is famous for its wine making company. In addition, in Zichron Yaakov, during the First World War, LLLR was active. In addition to visiting places related to the clandestine struggle, a tourist can walk along the “Wine Road” – a special route that will help to appreciate the uniqueness of the city.
This city arose at the stream of Kziv and was created by the French crusaders. Its name translates as “strong mountain”. Tourists can explore the remains of a 12th century fortress. In addition, the place of interest offers stunning views.
The extreme northern points of Israel
In addition, tourists need to see Metula – the northernmost city of Israel. This place is famous for its unique natural species, which will affect the souls of even the most experienced travelers. From the highest point of the city, an amazing panorama opens up that allows you to view the Naftali mountains range and the Hula valley.
You can also get to the Mount Hermon from here, this is the northernmost point of Israel, which is the only top of the country covered with snow. The mountain is also the highest point, which reaches a height of 2814 m. This place is mentioned in the Bible. It is believed that it was here that the angels sealed their agreement, intending to descend to human daughters.
Some theologians believe that the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ took place on this mountain. The peak is picturesque and offers breathtaking views.
Tourists who want to appreciate the charm of the northern district of Israel, it is worth to visit these attractions. However, these lands are famous for the huge number of amazing places that reflect the ancient and majestic history of this country.Read More
If the decision to become a volunteer abroad is taken consciously and deliberately, then you can proceed to the implementation of the first step. There are several projects that allow you to get a volunteer visa to Israel. Consider them.
The variant 1 (Europe and Russia) – EVS.
EVS (European Volunteering Service) is an action of the EU program in the field of international youth mobility. The action is called Erasmus +. The motto of Erasmus +: “I study while working.”
So, let’s step through the procedure of turning an ordinary person into a foreign volunteer.
The requirements to the candidate of EVS-project.
- the age 17-30 years (gender does not matter);
- the knowledge of English (or the language of the country of arrival);
- the motivation to work 30-38 hours a week.
The conditions of participation in the EVS-project.
The participation in the project on time is from 2 to 12 months. Use the opportunity to participate in the project only once. An exception! If you participated in a short-term project (for example, 2 months), then you can apply for the second time in such a way that the total duration of stay in the project does not exceed 12 months (in this case, a project lasting no more than 10 months).
Step 1. The choice of the sending organization.
Successful implementation of the EVS project requires the active cooperation of three parties: the sending and receiving organizations and the volunteer. The sending organization necessarily has its representative offices in social networks, where the most current offers are published. (https://vk.com/interrasibir is an example of sending organization in Russia).
Step 2. The choice the subject of the volunteer project.
The projects of this volunteer direction is a social sphere, that is why such projects can be made, for example:
- the work with children;
- the work with people with disabilities;
- the caring for the elderly;
- the work with animals;
- the ecological direction;
- the legal direction (legal protection of human rights and freedoms);
- the advocacy of combating racism
and other projects.
The projects search bases: www.europa.eu (official job search site), www.youthnetworks.eu (the site of urgent vacancies).
Step 3. The documents for filing an application
For the host organization:
- CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Resume (www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu, a site that really helps to write a good resume.) It is very important to try to write a good and honest resume.
- The motivation letter (a letter whose task is to convince the reader of the correctness of the choice of your candidacy from a dozen others).
- The cover letter (it is not necessary to send documents in an empty letter is a gross mistake, it is necessary to write at least a small greeting).
- The application form (the organization often offers a sample itself).
Be prepared for a Skype interview. Be patient, sometimes it takes up to six months to find a suitable project. Do not despair! In 80% of cases, the response of the host organization is positive.
Step 4. You were answered positively. Your actions:
- To notify the organization that sends you.
- To send the coordinator your CV and Motivation letter.
- To notify the host organization of its consent to participate in the project.
- The organizations in Russia and Israel apply for financial support. Your action is to wait!
- The decision on your project is made no later than three months after the deadline (the date below) (remember the statistics – 80% of applications are positive!).
- The project is approved, it’s time to conclude a tripartite agreement: the sending party, the host party, and you.
- To solve the transport and visa issue and collect the suitcases.
EVS has three deadlines per year. This is: February 15, April 26, October in 2018.
And at last about financing.
- 100% are reimbursed for transportation costs of the volunteer “from threshold to threshold”.
- 100% refunds of monetary expenses for a visa.
- The volunteer receives the amount for personal needs (90-100 euros).
- The provision of rented accommodation or accommodation with the host family.
- The provision of medical insurance company Cigna.
- The registration fee for participation in EVS is not charged.
The variant 2. The voluntary visa abroad to Israel (B4) – as required by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia, Europe, USA)
To work as a volunteer in Israel and not violate the law you need to have a volunteer visa.
The basic nuances.
- Together with the volunteer visa, the volunteer is given a list consisting of organizations that have permission from the authorities to invite foreign volunteers.
- The request of the organization that wishes to accept volunteers to work for itself from other countries is served before the volunteer enters the country.
- The volunteer can enter the country only after approving a visa request.
- By agreement with the authorities, there is a possibility of exchanging a tourist visa for volunteer work.
- The B / 4 visa can be issued for up to six months.
- At the end of the validity period for a volunteer visa, the country becomes closed to volunteer work for a year.
- The volunteer family who has received a volunteer visa for foreigners has the opportunity to obtain a tourist visa for the same period.
- The responsibility for the volunteer is borne by the host organization.
- A citizen of another country who is on the territory of Israel and does not have a valid visa or who has not fulfilled the conditions of the visa risks to receive a ban on visiting the country for up to ten years.
- The application form for obtaining an entry visa to Israel 1 / אש. It specifies the purpose of the volunteer work, the place of work and the visit to the country in the past, if any.
- When the visa B / 4 is renewed, the application form 3 is filled in, with an explanatory letter.
- The international passport.
- The written commitment to the host organization on liability.
- The medicine certificate of good health volunteer.
- The certificate of absence of previous convictions (original).
The variant 3. The volunteer military program “To serve to Israel” (Russia, Europe, USA).
In 1983, the Israeli national volunteer project “To serve to Israel” was created. Since then, the volunteers from more than thirty (!) Countries of the world come to Israel to participate in this project.
How to participate in?
The requirements for the candidate: age from 17 to 30 years (gender does not matter), the confident physical shape, the strong moral health, the desire to help the Army of Israel’s defence .
The first step: to write to the coordinator of this program. It is desirable to communicate with the coordinator in one language to avoid misunderstandings.
The second step: the filling in an application for participation, a questionnaire, a questionnaire or something like that.
The third step: the filling of a medical document, the registration of insurance in an insurance company.
The fourth step: the set of documents collected above, together with a photocopy of the passport, must be sent to the coordinator.
The fifth step: after receiving a positive response (!), you need to make a contribution of $ 55.
The sixth step: after the coordinator reports the start date of the project, you can safely acquire space on the plane and collect suitcases.
The features of the project
The official site of the project « To serve to Israel» www.sar-el.org
The lasting is mainly for 3 weeks.
The working days are Sunday –Thursday. The holidays are Friday – Saturday
The project does not assume responsibility for you.
The volunteering in the Army of Israel’s Defence is a rare chance to make a truly necessary and important business in life. The same conditions, the same form, joint work – this changes attitudes towards life, its values and priorities. Russian, Jewish, African-Americans, Hindus, French, Americans, Spaniards, Bolivians come to volunteer. The unification force in this case is the desire to render all possible assistance and support to soldiers defending the Holy Land.
The variant 4. The program of rural volunteering Kibbutz Volunteer Program (USA, Europe, Russia)
What is Kibbutz?
Since the Soviet times, in many people, not only in Russia and the CIS countries, but the whole world, the idea of coexistence coexists, based on equality and brotherhood. The slogan “To each according to their needs, from each according to their possibilities,” the peaceful labor, the light and unreasonable ideas of communism and socialism, realized in separate points of Israel, that’s what the kibbutz is. Of course, no one will impose on you these ideas, just people live there as they like, and work for themselves and others in harmony with nature and the world around them.
The requirements for candidates
- the age – 18-35 years (sex is not important);
- the knowledge of the English language;
- the good physical and mental health;
- the pregnant women and children are not accepted.
The terms of the project
The entry of the project is not tied to a specific date. You can enter the project for a period of two months to six months.
What should you pay for?.
The commission is $ 40 for the reception and processing of the application. The volunteer pays his travel expenses to the place of work. It will also be necessary to pay for the insurance (about 500 shekels) and the admission fee (550 shekels). All the wasting of money ends. All other expenses are paid by the kibbutz. Also, the kibbutz gives money to volunteers for personal needs and pays excursions to Israel.
The spheres of labor activity
- The agriculture;
- The livestock breeding;
- The production;
- The services sector.
What documents are needed?
- The photocopy of the passport;
- The medicine insurance;
- The round-trip tickets;
- The confirmation of the application for registration from the volunteer program.
How to apply?
The application is filled in after registration on the official website of the volunteer project (https://application.kibbutzvolunteers.org.il/ – by the link, you can start filling it right now). Specify your current data!
After the approval of your application, the volunteer center submits an application for a volunteer visa to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Get a visa and go to Tel Aviv, to the address: Leonardo da Vinci street, 13. This is the headquarters of the volunteer program. Here you will find the distribution of the communes. Then transfer to the chosen kibbutz, and you begin to fulfill your duties. The visa is valid for 3 months with the possibility of extension for the remaining period of staRead More
A trip to Israel and the Judean desert is interesting for the Cristian pilgrims and tourists, who love active leisure, unique views and traveling to the places of ancient civilizations.
The Judean desert on a map
The Judean desert is the most famous desert of Israel. It is the world`s smallest one. It is extended on 60 km along the Northern-Western coast of the Dead Sea and its width is about 10 km. The Judean desert is a plateau covered with sand and clay, it has a rare flora, but a large number of caves, formed in the hills with height up to 500 m.
A large number of caves became a fundamental part of forming the history of Israel. The Judean desert is mostly famous for its hermits, Bible prophets, who were looking for seclusion and kings, who were searching for the shelter. Among them are also Jesus Christ, David the King, Ilya the prophet, and John the Baptist. In the Bible – the holy book of Christians – the desert is mentioned on many occasions. Moreover, near the Jordan River archaeologists have found cave paintings of ancient people from the early Paleolithic
The Attractions of the Desert:
The most famous tourist route covering all Israel`s holy places is the Israel National Trail. It is the 1040 km long road, made for a two-month journey. Walking along the Trail, Pilgrims stop to sleepover at local inhabitants’ houses or in tents. All along the route, you can see some marks on the rocks and trees – three stripes: white, blue and orange. The direction of them means a future course of moving. The marks are found through each 10 – 100 meters, so it is difficult to lose your way.
The route on the survivor monastery of the Judean desert is considered to be the one of the most popular. Not many places like these exist because of the numerous hostilities and these sighs are located in hard-to-reach places for keeping their atmosphere of Holiness.
The Mosaic Museum
You can start your introduction with the Attractions of the Desert from the Mosaic Museum – a former coaching inn during the time of Jesus Christ (the parable of Samaritan), now is a result of eight-year work of painters and mosaic masters. Here you can see Jewish, Christian, and Samaritan subjects of archeology and art such as “Mosaic from Gaza”, “Mosaic of David”, “Mosaic of Susia”.
Monastery of George Hosevit
Next, you can visit the monastery of George Hosevit in a Celt valley. Celt is a parched riverbed; its length is 45 km from West to East through the Judean desert. The monastery located in lower part of the valley on the territory of Palestine, in 5 km from Jericho. This is an orthodox church. The 6th century-era monastic buildings from a distance remind nests of a sand martin on almost sheer cliffs, so an access to the temple will be not easy. The monks are still living in the temple.
The next holy place, requiring special attention of the tourist – the city of Jericho. The first mention of this city dates back to the VIII century B.C., therefore the age of this city is about 10,000 years. Tel-es-Sultan are the ruins of an ancient city, one of the oldest on Earth, located east of the eponymous modern city of Jericho. Or “the city of palm trees” (in Hebrew). According to the Christian tradition, the tree of Zacchaeus survived in Jericho. He was the one who climbed the fig tree to see the Messiah (Gospel of Luke).
The Mount of Temptation
To the west of Jericho stands an equally important landmark on our path. Mount Quarantania or the Mount of Temptation. According to legend, it was on this mountain that the devil for forty days tempted the fasting Jesus Christ. Now on this mountain, there is an Orthodox Christian monastery of the Temptation. In 1872, the Grand duke Nikolai Nikolayevich wrote about this temple. Nowadays the monastery can be visited by climbing the cable car from Jericho and making a fifteen-minute walk. There is an opportunity to do all the way to the monastery on foot. It will take no more than forty minutes.
One of the most significant places in the history of Orthodoxy is Bethabara. Here there was a ford. This is where Jesus comes, and John the Baptist performs a rite of baptism in the waters of the Jordan. Long before that, Joshua makes an altar of twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of Israel, and then crosses the river, entering the Promised Land. Since then, the main spiritual symbol of the church is the promised land, and in the ritual of baptism, ablution has become an integral part.
The Monastery of Gerasimos of the Jordan
Another one monastery of the route of the tourist attractions of the Judean Desert is The Monastery of Gerasimos of the Jordan. It is divided into lower and upper temples, the lower one is more ancient. In the restoration of this temple in the nineteenth century, Russian icon painters have been quite important. In the iconostasis of the upper church, there are a number of icons written by Russian masters. In our time this monastery is perhaps the most benevolent Greek temple to the guests in the whole Holy Land. Pilgrims from all over the world want to visit this fertile place.
The Dead Sea
You can finish the tour by swimming in the Dead Sea. Drowning in it is impossible to even after fatigue from a long walk. Healing mud and even the air itself are curative, thanks to the special effect of soaring and a high concentration of nutrients. Water stands transparently at any depth, the bottom of the crystals of salt sparkles and plays in the sun. Beaches on the Dead Sea are small, but fully and comfortably equipped with fountains with drinking water and showers.Read More
Israel is an amazing country, where three world religions peacefully coexist. Jews, Muslims and Christians revere the ancient history of this land and consider it sacred. It was on this earth that the Jewish people formed their spiritual and religious concept, it was here that Judaism, the oldest of the world’s religions, was originated.
The Jewish religion is monotheistic. Believers from all over the world, even if they do not adhere to a religion such as Judaism, visit holy places regularly, hurry to touch the walls of the cities that remember the heroes of ancient legends. Going on a trip to Israel, create a real Jewish route for yourself, make a list of holy places that are required to visit.
Mount Meron and the city of Safed
“Urban” Judaic shrines are concentrated in several settlements. For example, one of the four “holy cities” is called Safed. Many years ago, this particular settlement was the center of the spread of Kabbalah – the mystical teaching in Judaism. Here are the graves of the teachers of this current. There is another important landmark in the city of Safed – the Abuhav synagogue. And there are holy places on the Mount Meron, from which you can see the stunning panorama of the city and the tomb of Savlan the Prophet, the graves of rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and rabbi Eliezer Papo.
Cave of Elijah the Prophet in Haifa
Haifa is the third largest city of Israel. The famous shrine – the cave of Elijah the Prophet, where the righteous spent many years of life, is located there. People come to the cave for asking the prophet to give miracles; they ask for help in recovering their health, ask to bless before major transactions or help find the love.
The small and very beautiful town of Tiberias, which is included in the four “holy cities”, attracts Jews with a lot of places of worship. The sacred places are the tombs of Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes, Maimonides and other teachers. Many righteous are also entombed there, there is the tomb of Miriam.
Joseph’s tomb in the city of Nablus
This ancient monument is located on the west bank of the Jordan River, in the city of Nablus, which in the Bible is called Shechem (Sichem). Shechem is the land where the biblical events unfolded, the grave site of the forefather Joseph and his sons is especially revered for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
The main revered sacred places of Judaism are located not only in the cities, but also in the Judean desert. For example, the Jordan River is associated with the transfer of Jews to the Promised Land, which was accompanied by divine miracles. The Judean desert, whose attractions are spread over picturesque sandy fields, will please a pilgrim or a tourist with the impressive ruins of ancient temples and functioning monasteries. The monastery of Gerasim of the Jordan, the Monastery of the Temptation, the Holy Monastery of Saint George of Hazeva and St. John Jacob the Hodzebite are the most impressive shrines.
The lovers of the antiquity will be interested in visiting the Qumran national park, which is located in the Judean desert. This historical monument is known not only because of the archaeological excavations of the ancient settlement, but also because treasures were found there. It was here that the Dead Sea scrolls were accidentally found in the last century. Most of these literary works are written on a religious, biblical theme.
The Golden Gate in Jerusalem
Jews and Christians identify the oldest gates of the Old City, located in the tower of the eastern wall, with those very gates mentioned in the famous prophecies. It is believed that it is through the Golden Gate that the Messiah will enter Jerusalem. Now the gates are closed and built up, it is possible to see them from the outside.
Tombs of the Prophets, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
The Mount of Olives is in the east of Jerusalem. It is mentioned in the Old and New Testament, it is here that King David worshipped God. Here are buried the prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These are the sacred places for Jews.
The Temple Mount, Jerusalem
Another mandatory point on the “Jewish route” is the Holy Mountain for Jews, which is called the Temple Mount. Long ago, the King David bought this land, and later the First Temple was built here. Here was the Second Temple, and according to legend, the Third will be built. Now on the territory of the Temple Mount you can visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque – for those who want to touch not only the Jewish, but also the Muslim religious shrines.
The Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Jerusalem
The Holy Western Wall is in the Jewish Quarter. This wall is only a part of a large stone wall, built around the Temple Mount. The Wailing Wall is a symbol of faith and hope for Jews, the place of their regular pilgrimage and prayers. Believers leave their messages to God between the massive stones.
King David’s tomb, the Mount Zion, Jerusalem
The King David’s tomb is a cult place for representatives of the three religions. And although the authenticity of the tomb is not proven, and scientists still debate about the reliability of its location, the tomb located on the Mount Zion has become a deeply revered place for the Jewish people.Read More
Israel National Trail (Shvil Israel) – a unique network of hiking trails that annually attracts admirers of natural beauties and attractions, pilgrims, adventurers, fans of tracking and those who want to check yourself for toughness. According to the editorial staff of National Geographic, the path of the trail is included in the world’s 20 most epic, along with the Appalachian trail, Mount Fuji routes and the Himalayan route.
The Trail of Israel passes through national parks with unusual flora and fauna, enters through desert with unearthly landscapes, wanders along ancient monasteries, traditional villages and lively cities. Here date groves are replaced by pastures, sand dunes by smoothness of lakes, narrow gorges by an immense sea space.
Even roads themselves in some areas deserve close attention: built in the Roman period, they felt traces of biblical prophets who walked along them. The same way, on foot, thousands of pilgrims are doing it today. However, this path attracts not only believers: lovers of tracking, hiking and extreme travels, an Israeli youth and other inhabitants of the country come here for a new experience, natural beauties and portions of attractions.
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History of creation
The idea to create in Israel an extraordinary way, comparable to the Appalachian trail, was brought back in 1985 from a trip across America by the Israeli journalist Abraham Tamir. This idea was also supported by his friend, Ori Dvir, who created the commission, which for 20 years developed this project. The official opening of the National Trail of Israel in Israel took place in 1995: it united the most scenic hiking trails, along which it is possible to go through the country from north to south.
Initially its length was 940 km, but over time it increased to 1040 km. The reason for this is the accession of new sites and the rout transfers due to the unstable political situation. Today the road starts in the Dan National Park in the northern part of the country, passes through Galilee, the extraordinary Gennesaret Lake and the beautiful Mount Carmel. Scenic and inspiring part of the route is the route along the Mediterranean coast, through raving Tel-Aviv and further to the ancient Jerusalem, through the Judean mountains and the Negev desert. It ends on the coast of another sea – Red, in the friendly resort of Eilat.
Features of the route
Shvil Israel crosses the entire country from north to south, its length is more than 1000 km. Not everyone will pass it all at once: even if you cover at least 20 km a day to conquer the route, it will take at least one and a half months. Those who plan to spend some time for sightseeing and hiking in national parks, it is necessary to add another 10-15 more days. Optimum travel time is 48 days.
Many people share the journey into several stages: for this purpose the Israeli route is divided into 48 segments, which can be traversed at different times. All of them are designed for pedestrian crossings, some can be overcome on bicycles and only some areas, for example, the road of Burma, on an off-road car.
For the travelers’ convenience, difficult sections of the National Trail of Israel are equipped with handrails and steps, observation platforms, camping sites, places for rest and garbage collection. Small villages, hotels and hostels, campsites and shops are built at a day’s distance. Even for beginners it will be difficult to get lost here: every 10-100 m there are blue-white-orange tags indicating the direction.
If the top part of the tag is white – the color of the snow of Mount Hemron – the path goes the north, if the top part of the tag is orange – the route tends to the south, to the dark sands of the Negev desert. The blue color symbolizes Gennesaret Lake and allows one to distinguish the designation of the Israeli Path from others crossing it. Adjacent trekking routes (for example, the Golan hiking trail or the Burma Road) run in parallel or in part replace the main trail. In this case, it is worth to focus on the two-color labels.
When to go and what to bring
The mild Mediterranean climate that prevails in most parts of Israel gives an opportunity to conquer the National Trail of Israel at any time. For the development of the southern part of the trail fits winter, for travelling through the northern part – summer season. Spring and autumn are better suited to overcome the route as in winter it often rains and even floods. In summer debilitating heat and stuffiness will add some difficulties: it will be more difficult to walk, and you will need to stock up more water reserves for long transitions.
Those who planned to follow the route at one time in the classical direction, from North to South, should start in October. If a path is planned from Eilat to the Northern part of the country, it is better to start moving in early March or April. The second option is preferable: the section from Eilat to Arad is one of the most challenging on the route. It’s worth to go through it at the beginning, while there are still many forces: in the end it will take more effort to overcome it.
Rules of conduct on the road
The National Trail of Israel goes through the most beautiful places of the country, national parks, near natural and historical monuments. To save the route in its original form, the rules of conduct for pilgrims and travelers have been devised. On the way you can not litter, to kindle fires (you can use a gas burner), cut down trees and bushes, pick flowers, and grass.
Special rules apply to overnight stays: it is forbidden to stay in the dark at Shivel Israel, so it’s time to get to campsites or hotels before dark. You can stay overnight with the Angels of the Trail – local residents who provide travelers with water, food and lodging for free or for a nominal fee – from 20 shekels.
Some of the angels are believers, so they should not be invited to visit during the religious holidays of Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Shavuot, Sukkot and Pesach, and also from Friday evening to Saturday evening. In the homes of volunteers it is necessary to observe the rules of conduct: to warn about the arrival at least for two days, not to disturb the hosts at night or early in the morning, to observe silence and clean up the room.
Attractions on the way
The Trail of Israel does not capture all the historical and man-made monuments of the country, more focusing on natural beauty. In the northern part of the trail one should see waterfalls of the Banias nature reserve and enjoy breathtaking views of the Hula valley with scattered here and there picturesque villages, moving away from the Hermon peak to the village Navey-Ativ.
An indelible impression Barack and the Vardit – canyons with unearthly landscapes. In the park of Timina – extraordinary cliffs of snow-white and red colors, where you can meet chamois and gazelles, stroll through the gardens of blooming acacias and fabulous Mines of King Solomon. More attention should be paid to walks in the conservation area of the Amud River: according to one legend, in this enchanting place in the Upper Galilee there was the heavenly garden of Eden.
Lovers of historic monuments will enjoy the number of ancient churches and monasteries, Roman ruins and the medieval Fortezza, encountered on the rout. In the Banias nature reserve preserved buildings of the Roman period: the dungeons of the castle of Agripa, the ruins of the temple of Pan, – deities from Greek mythology, operating until today, the water mill of Matruh. Here is a viewing platform overlooking the panorama of the Druze villages, the Nimrod fortress and mount Hermon. As for the main historical and cultural magnets of the Israeli Trail – Jerusalem and Eilat: ancient cities that deserve special attention.Read More
Israel has a nice and propitious climate which allows you to spend marvelous time out-of-doors. Therefore, such kind of tourism is very popular and common here. Spending your holiday in a camping gives you a unique opportunity to experience all the peculiarities of life in a new country meanwhile enjoying picturesque scenery.
This is a perfect option for those who want to relax the mind, spend some time in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Camping in Israel is rather developed, thus it will be easy for you to make a choice. There are many tourism organizations in the country that offer you to spend your leisure time in comfortable conditions. You can find accommodation with electricity, Internet, parking and security.
If you need to decide where to go camping in Israel, first of all you need to familiarize with the list of camping sites located in the most picturesque places. Before the journey you should also clarify what clothes you might need there with you. Also you need to make sure that there are available camping sites for the required dates.
Below you will find a selection of the 15 most popular campsites in Israel.
Camping in Yehudiya reserve
Located in a pictorial place with fresh air and nice atmosphere. There are drinking water sources, security, furniture and showers. It is possible to use your own tents. Camping in Yehudiya gives you a chance to relax being surrounded by unique plants and pure nature.
Camping in Dafnapark
If you want to discover Israel with tent, you should choose camping in Dafnapark. It is located by the river which divides into three bright streams. Besides, there you have an opportunity to relax in spacious pool and visit unusual places. There is a toilet, shower and electricity in the camping territory.
Camping in Hurshat Tal
Hurshat Tal is located in oak grove with breathtaking waterfalls. A reserve where camping is located, has an area of 300 square kilometers. In the center of it there is a lake. The park is a home for rare animals and unique plants. In addition, you can fish in a special pond and have a fun time on amusements in summer.
Ha’maayan lies near the Hasbani River and is highly comfortable. The territory is equipped with tents and lighting, shower, toilet, shops and a playground. At the same time the prices here are quite affordable.
Dag Al Hadanis campsite
A little bit further down the river Dag Al Hadanis located. It is surrounded by a pecan grove and is also very comfortable. There is a toilet, shops, shower, electricity and a place for barbecue at the disposal of the tourists. Rates are also very affordable here.
Kfar Blum camping
Closer to the center of Israel there is another one unusual place – Kfar Blum. Camping is located not far from Jordan river, in a park with the biggest waterfall, whose melodic splashes complete the atmosphere and beautiful nature. Camping has all the required conditions for a comfortable stay – shower, toilet, shop and bedding.
Hukuh beach camping
Hukuh beach camping is located near the Kinneret lake. It offers tourists two different areas where they can spend the night in a tent. Visitors can use electricity, barbeque and shower. Also there are shops in the territory where you can find things you might need during your stay there. Territory of the camping is rich for picturesque views and is favorably located.
Camping on the coast of Hof Dor
Camping on the coast of Hof Dor. This is a site for those who value comfort, as there are showers, shops, kayak station, refrigerators and a swimming pool in the territory. Camping is located near the shallow bay which is great for swimming.
Ashkelon camping is located in the eponymous national park where the tourists can observe archeological excavations that once took place there. This is a perfect place for those who enjoy unity with nature. The camping has a shower, electricity and a well-kept beach.
Camping at the Bianca beach
Camping at the Bianca beach is located on the shore of the Dead Sea near Kalia. Supplementary to the main facilities, there is a bar, restaurant and a dance floor. Campsite is located in a picturesque place, which appeals for some rest.
Camping Chan EretzHamirdafim
Camping Chan EretzHamirdafim is located near the Jerusalem in the territory of the Judean Desert. Camping has basic amenities such as kitchen, shower and toilet. But its main charm is in breathtaking views and unique landscapes. Here the tourist can really become one with the nature.
Desert Camping Israel
Desert Camping Israel is only in 13 kilometers from Jerusalem. It is a perfect opportunity to see the city and enjoy the Israel nature. In the camping tourists can spend the night in a chateau or a bungalow. Here you can also find a bar, free parking and a sun deck.
Dugit Beach Campsite
Dugit Beach Campsite is on the shores of the Kenneret, which is well known for its unique views. Also here are eucalyptus groves,famous for their special smell and medicinal properties. In the territory of the camping there is 24-hour shop, shower and toilet. But its main advantage is a well-cared-for and picturesque beach.
Kibbutz Palmachim Camping
Kibbutz Palmachim Camping is located near a beautiful beach of the Mediterranean Sea. There are benches, tables, shower and toilet. In addition, a tourist can spend time fishing here or have a walk around the territory, which is considered a reserve.
Sussita Camping is not far from EinGev kibbutz. Here a tourist can enjoy a picnic by the water or under picturesque cypresses. In the territory there is a bar, shower, toilet and parking. Quite close to the camping there are many places where a tourist can try some extreme sports: water skiing, surfing or boat trips.
Wild camping in Israel
Another one option often chosen by the travelers is wild camping in Israel. In this case tourists just choose a place where they’d like to spend a night and put up a tent on the available site. It’s perfect for those who love unusual routes, wildlife and recreation in complete solitude.
However before you make a stop you need to make sure that the chosen territory is not someone’s property or does not belong to the armed forces of the country. Also there is a list of objects in the territory of which unauthorized stay is prohibited – for example, in some places on the banks of the Jordan River.Read More