Amirim - Vegetarian Moshav
in the Galilee Hills

The views from Amirim over the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) and the Golan Heights are awesome.  If you want to chill out and get away from the stresses of modern living, this is THE place!

Just walking around the village is a treat - it's situated in a sunny spot on a hill about 600m above sea level and the air is fresh and clear.

Just walking around Amirim is a treat!



Sleep

Not surprisingly, this has become a popular place to stay for Israelis and foreign tourists. There are no end of zimmers (B&Bs) and country lodgings but it still remains "unspoilt".


Accommodations are many and varied and I haven't had the pleasure of visiting them all, but Ohn-Bar and Nof 10 (or View 10, in English) come highly recommended.


If you are looking for something a little more budget-priced, try At the Campbell's - two very pleasant guestrooms with great views - each sleeping two persons. These zimmers are owned and run by Phillip Campbell, an ex-Londoner who moved out to this idyllic spot many years ago. You can contact Phillip directly on: 04-698-9045, 054-5322640 or email: alitamirim@hotmail.com 


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Eat

Amirim was founded in the late 1950s as a vegetarian and vegan moshav (farming settlement). Until today, no meat or fish are allowed in the village - so NOT a place to go for your barbecue!


But there are a variety of cool vegetarian restaurants to choose from - the most famous of which is Dalia's which has been going for at least 30 years. It's not trendy, but it's good, wholesome, home-cooked food - no chemical additives or caffeine. 



For around 100 shekels (prices may have changed since I was there), you get a set menu of soup, a main course of stuffed vegetables or whatever Dalia has decided to prepare that day, dessert and tea made with fresh herbs. I was there on a sunny, winter day not long ago and we finished our meal sitting on the balcony sipping Dalia's delicious herbal tea and enjoying the uninterrupted views over the surrounding hills and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) ... Heaven!


For a romantic evening meal, I can recommend Gili's, named after the chef who runs this gourmet restaurant in the Amirey Hagalil boutique hotel. The entrance to the hotel is signposted from the 866 road leading up to Sfat (Safed) on the right-hand side, after Kibbutz Parod and just before the entrance to Amirim itself. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Saturdays but is open Sunday to Friday from 19.00 - 24:00. I recommend you phone ahead of time to reserve your table. Phone: 04-698-9815.


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It's also a great area for hiking and there are marked trails through the forests and in the neighbouring Amud Stream (Nahal Amud) nature reserve. Or you can take a guided jeep trip to get off the beaten track and see the unspoiled countryside and wildlife in its natural habitat.


There's a mini-market if you want to buy groceries, a bakery, shops selling local wines and olive oil and galleries displaying arts and crafts. 


In the summer, you can enjoy a concert of folk or classical music on Friday evenings at the amphitheatre.


This is the perfect place to pamper yourself at one of the spas offering various wellness treatments and alternative therapies. Take a weekend break here and you will go home feeling healthy and rejuvenated!


Where?

Amirim is located in the Upper Galilee, in a central position for sightseeing. It's about a 15-minute-drive from Sfat (Safed), 20 minutes from Rosh Pina and 20 minutes from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret).


From route 85, turn off onto route 866, a winding road which leads up the mountain to Miron and Sfat (Safed). Look out for the signpost to the right, opposite Moshav Shefer.



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