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This is Galilee (TIG) Newsletter, Issue #016 CORRECTED VERSION -- Cool Ideas for the Summer!
July 22, 2012


Welcome to the Galilee Newsletter - A monthly e-zine about the north of Israel and all that's new at (TIG)

NOTE:The July edition of the TIG Newsletter was delayed due to the tragic news about the terrorist attack on Israeli holidaymakers in Bulgaria - our thoughts and prayers go out to the wounded and the families of the victims.

The hot weather started early this year - after an exceptionally cold winter, we're experiencing an exceptionally hot Spring/Summer with temperatures above average so far for May, June and July. As I'm writing we're in the middle of a heat wave and it's 40 degrees in the shade! If you're in Israel this summer, here are some cool tips ...

When it's hot, the best place to be is near the water. Here are some suggestions and recommendations in the Galilee ...

The best swimming beach in the coastal region of Western Galilee, in my opinion, is at Achziv. You need to pay a small entrance fee for the beach - it's clean, there's shade and you can hire chairs. But, before you go in the sea, check out the situation with stinging jellyfish - which invade our shores in the hot, summer months.

A little further north is Park Achziv which is a bit more expensive but there you have two nice natural seawater pools (see photo), and you can relax in the shade of the trees in the adjacent park.

There are various beaches around Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) - some sandy and some not - entrance prices vary.

There are water parks at Gai Beach (pronounced Guy Beach) and Golan Beach (on the eastern side of the lake) where you can enjoy giant water slides and much more!

In Tiberias, at the south marina (near the Leonardo Plaza), you can rent a jet ski or motor-boat, water-ski or go for a banana boat or inner-tube ride. From the Lido, you can take a trip across the lake on a cruise boat (see photo) or a biblical fishing boat.

Rafting (or kayaking) is a popular activity in the summer - here are some suggestions ...

Most hotels and quite often B&Bs (zimmers), have their own swimming pool or access to one that's open for the summer season.

If you're looking for an indoor pool to get out of the sun, here are some recommendations for public pools ...

  • The Country Club, Nahariya, north of the promenade has a great view of the sea from its large glass windows (see photo).
  • The Palm Beach Country Club in Akko, adjoining the Palm Beach (Hof HaTmarim) Hotel
  • Merom HaGalil Country Club near Meron, which is open weekdays until 10.00 pm and has different hours for men, women and mixed bathing. (If you need swimming lessons, my husband teaches there twice a week!).
  • The Canada Centre in Metulla has an indoor and outdoor pool as well as Israel's only Olympic-size ice- skating rink - another cool place to hang out in the hot weather.

In the hot, summer months, it's recommended to stay in the shade - preferably in an air-conditioned room - during the hottest part of the day. This, of course, is the perfect opportunity to start writing your story for our summer contest!

The Story Writing Competition page is now live on This Is Galilee so click here for full details.

The best three entries will get coupons for Kidron soap which is handmade in Israel and there is a special bonus prize for the best story written by a resident of Northern Israel - yummy Galilee produce!

It's so simple - there are only two rules:

  1. The length of the story must be between 300 - 800 words.
  2. The story must be your own original work and not something that has been published elsewhere on the Internet.

So, if you haven't started yet, now is the time to get writing/typing!!

And finally, here are some must-do's for a healthy summer ...

  • Drink plenty of water - don't wait till you feel thirsty - and always take a bottle with you when you go out.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible between the hours of 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.
  • Wear a hat with a shady brim.
  • Invest in a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Apply sunscreen on exposed areas (at least 15 SPF)

Have a great summer!
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