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.
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. After a weekend at Amirim I feel healthy and rejuvenated - I'm sure you will too!
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 100 shekels, 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!
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 come highly recommended.
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 Pinna 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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