Welcome to my insider site about the Galilee and Northern Israel!
Whether you live in Israel or are just visiting ...
check out my top tips for where to stay, where to eat and
what to see and do.
Looking for an alternative lifestyle?
Read my story about moving north!
But first, my top tips for a great vacation ...
Although it is only a tiny area on the map, Northern Israel is a very special place. There's so much to see ... as well as being a centre for Christian and Jewish Holy Sites, each area has something else to offer. Whether you're into sport, history, archeology or just getting close to nature - there's something for everyone.
Northern Israel is the perfect place for green tourism. For a change from the usual deluxe hotels in the urban centres, why not try one of the rural accommodations in the beautiful Galilee countryside?
Or there are no end of privately-owned guest rooms called zimmers - the Israeli version of a B&B.
They come in all shapes and sizes - from deluxe accommodations with a private swimming pool to rustic log cabins for a romantic get-away.
We've even built one of our own! So if you're planning a trip to the Galilee, click here to read all about it - you can be sure of a warm welcome!
Check out my personal recommendations for the coolest eateries in the area!
Indulge yourself with local culinary delicacies - home-made cheeses, locally reared meat, fresh farm produce and fish from the Mediterranean or the freshwater rivers in the north. Go wine-tasting at one of the excellent boutique wineries - always an enjoyable experience!
For the independent traveller it's easy to find your way around and visit some of the spots mentioned in this website - just follow my simple directions. Or take a guided sightseeing tour ... or a jeep trip if you want to get off the beaten track and see wildlife in its natural habitat. And talking about nature, here's a short video of Nahal Amud park - a great place for hiking!
With courtesy of the Aliya Lift Shipping company.
Lower Galilee (Galil HaTachton)
Northern Israel has the perfect climate for outdoor activities, and here you can hike, swim, cycle and even ski on an artificial ski slope, all year round.
Wander around the ancient alleyways in the mystical city of Sfat (Safed); visit the Hula Valley Nature Reserve - a stopover for hundreds and thousands of migrating birds. Or have fun kayaking or rafting on the Jordan River.
Western Galilee (Galil HaMa'aravi)
This is the northern coastal region of Israel. Swim in the blue waters of the Mediterranean and sunbathe afterwards on one of the long, sandy beaches.
Don't miss the historical old city of Akko (Acre) and the beautiful limestone grottoes at Rosh Hanikra, or the view from the Arch Cave at Adamit Park - a great place for rapelling - or so I'm told! Hike up to Montfort Castle and enjoy the spectacular view over the wooded hills of Park Goren.
Galilee Panhandle (Etzba HaGalil)
Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the countryside in the northernmost point in Israel.
Looking for a good base for touring the area? Metulla has great views, country lodging, restaurants and Israel's only Olympic-size ice-skating rink in the Canada Centre. While you're in the area, don't miss the Manara Cliff adventure park with the longest cable car in the country and other attractions for all the family.
Golan Heights (Ramat HaGolan)
The Golan and the Hermon are rugged mountainous areas, with springs and waterfalls like the ones at Banias (Hermon Stream) Nature Reserve.
Take a tour around Nimrod Fortress - a crusader castle high up in the hills with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Or visit the historic site of Gamla - but look out for low-flying Griffon Vultures!
Looking for an alternative lifestyle? Fed up with the ever-increasing cost of living in the centre of the country? Want a greener, healthier way of life?
Many Israelis are making the move north, and I'm one of them. Have you ever considered a life in the Galilee - or Hagalil - as we say in Hebrew? Read my personal story!
I'm adding new pages all the time and I can't list them all on my homepage. That's why I've created a sitemap to help you find your way around.
This website is a work in progress - I'm always adding new and interesting things as I come across them - so keep in touch!
Here's how ...