COME AND ENJOY THE SUMMER VACATION IN THE WESTERN GALILEE
The western Galilee has the perfect summer combination to offer you, fellow travelers. The unique landscape between mountain and sea enriches your days with great opportunities. All you have to do is choose between the green high mountains, offering you cooler days and cool beautiful nights and the sea side with that great Israeli sun and the perfect water temperature.
All of us at the Western Galilee Now association planned a great summer for all of you, with events, workshops, tours, culinary delights and more.
ALL OTHER SUMMER EVENTS
We are waiting for you here all summer long to enrich your summer vacation. Be sure to follow our monthly events.
We have created various day tours you can enjoy here in the Western Galilee. Here is one family day tour we think you can enjoy:
THE CHILD FRIENDLY TRAIL #1
We have set up a route throughout the Western Galilee suitable for the whole family.
1. LAKE MONFORT
The first point on the route is Lake Monfort. A perfect combination between natural and artificial. Come enjoy a walking path encircling the lake providing a pleasant walk around the lake including the new JNF-USA waterfall promenade. Paddle boats an ice-skating rink on site, Karting, Extreme Climbing Park and more!
Opening hours: Sun-Sat 8am-8pm For: Ice skating, Boating, Karting - please call in advance. +972-4-957-4004 No entrance fee to the Park
A short distance from Lake Monfort is the village of Peki'in. From the Hosen junction near Lake Monfort (on road 89). Turn left onto road 864 and soon you will reach Pekiin Village. We will cross the village, and close to the exit we will see a sign pointing to the Rashbi Cave, and we will park in the parking lot next to it.
2. PEKIIN VILLAGE
A quaint village with winding cobbled lanes, historic stone homes and picturesque plants and flowers in the many gardens. The historic village is perched on a hill top at an elevation of 600 meters above sea level with gorgeous views and has a fascinating history and a current population of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze.
Description of the route: The route starts from a vantage point on the village and descends to its alleys. We will descend with the path about 30 meters to the Cave of Rashbi, and the trail will lead us down to the village spring, which is Ein el Balad. The next stop is the ancient synagogue in Peki'in, built in 3781 on ancient foundations, from there we will continue the tour by foot. We will end on the main road, where we left one vehicle.
After the visit in Pekiin, you can continue along Route 89 until you reach the Alkosh junction, where you turn left until you turn left again to the Abirim village where the Hefer Farm is located.
3. HEFER RANCH
Edna and Eyal Hefer’s Ranch (Meshek Hefer) at the village of Abirim is right in the middle of a natural grove with vast wild landscapes and beautiful roads leading to Kziv stream. On the farm there’s a goat pen, horses, camping space and two cabins, Rangers to ride, hammocks and a refrigerator stocked with home-made goat cheese from Edna’s Cheeses dairy, made by Edna.
After the visit, we will return to Route 89 and drive to the village of Hurfeish. A Druze village located in one of the coldest settlements in the Galilee due to its location on the mountain peaks. About Hefer Ranch
4. DRUZE VIILAGE HORFESH
Drive through the small Druze village Horfesh. You will find statues along the way including the statue of Sultan al-Atrash a prominent Druze leader on his horse, sambusak parlors (savory pastry) along the road and if you enter the old part of the town look out for the special women project - “Lace Making” maintaining traditional art and a source of income for the local women.
Length of the route: about 2.5 km Difficulty: Easy
How to get there: Take Route 89: Nahariya-Maalot-Tarshiha-Hurfeish-Sasa leading to Zefat. The village has two entrances: west of Ma'alot and east of Sasa - Mount Meron, you can enter with vehicles to the heart of the village
Description of the route: The route starts at the main western square in the village of Horfesh. The tour will start with an alley that goes north from the village square, into the village core, touching the stone houses on both sides and disappearing between the old stone houses.
Further to Kfar Hurfeish, we will see the peak of Mount Meron, on Route 89, between Horfesh and Sasa, near the 32nd kilometer, following the signs to the Meron Field School. Continue with the road all the way up and park in the parking lot where the road ends.
5. MOUNT MERON VIEW POINT
The peak of Mount Meron, the highest mountain in the Galilee, surrounds a path that serves as a crown. An abundance of Mediterranean vegetation accompanies the trail and wonderful views open to the landscape below. The trip becomes much more special if you catch Mount Meron on a good day (and there are quite a few), with his head above the clouds.
Length of the route: about 1.5 km Difficulty: Easy
Description of the route: A circular route suitable for the entire family. The route encompasses the peak of Mount Meron, which is the highest mountain in the country, with the exception of Mount Hermon. The path allows viewing the landscape in all directions. There are balconies where you can enjoy the wide view to the Galilee mountains.
At the end of the route, continue with Route 89 north until you turn left onto Kibbutz Sasa and visit Buza.
6. BUZA - SIMPLY ICE CREAM
Buza is first of all a dream. The name means ice cream in Arabic, a delicious ice cream that everyone loves. Buza’s roots are planted deep in the Galilee - with love for the raw materials, flavors, smells - this is the basis of our ice cream, which is made daily. Buza was founded by Adam Ziv from Kibbutz Sasa and Alaa Sweetat from Tarshiha, a co-existance on an Ice Cream Cone. Today they have 5 stores - 3 in the Galilee and 2 in Tel-Aviv.
Kibbutz Sasa Opening hours: Daily 11am-6pm +972-4-6918880 About Buza
FOOD AND DRINK
After visiting Rosh Hanikra and enjoying the beach, be sure to stop at Tosha Bakery for a light lunch and delicious pastries to go with your coffee. While you are at there, book a great baking workshop for everyone and enjoy the Tosha secrets for a happy kitchen. Read More >>
WHAT TO DO
Make your vacation special this year. Invite your loved ones to a special workshop and have your own hand made souvenir. Don’t miss out on Omanya. Omanya provides workshops for creating with leather for all ages. In his beautiful studio, Eldad Bahar, teaches and instructs groups, organizations and families.
During the workshop, each participant learns techniques of creating and stamping (leather), with which they will turn natural raw material into a useful product of their choosing, such as hairpins, wallets, shoes or bags. Read More >>
WHERE TO STAY
SEA LIFE SPA HOTEL
Enjoy the Western Galilee’s beautiful beach and come stay at SEA LIFE. A luxurious boutique hotel, uniquely and fantastically located on the waterfront, at one of Israel’s last untouched beaches, the Nahariya Achziv beach strip.
THE SPACE GALLERY – new exhibition! Opening July 27th 2019
Our Space gallery is preparing for our new and beautiful exhibition – "Grandma’s wall". The theme of the exhibition is a tribute to weaving, embroidery, knitting and sewing, and we continue to present, expose and promote local artists and creators.
Artists: Eytan George Hurwitz, Barak Aviam, Kobi Sibony, Hasia Naveh, The Lace Embroiders and Gonit Porat.
Curator: Asia Dublin
What’s up next? We figured that if we have a great running art gallery, open for the public all week, free of admission.
Why not make a deeper dive together into this enchanting world of art? So coming September, we will be conducting a workshop lead by our Exhibiting artists.
It will be an active workshop and an open talk. Be sure to follow our publications. You are also welcome to register to our monthly newsletter and we will keep you updated.
We enjoy making tourism in the Western Galilee interesting, enjoyable and unique. Come make your vacation memorable with a workshop, performance, wine tasting, ice cream factory tour and more and more. Check out our upcoming events or make a reservation for a special event for you and your loved ones. Travel the adventuress roads of the Western Galilee and meet new people and places. Discover, Explore and Enjoy.
Happy, cool, adventuress, exciting, restful summer to you all.
If you just feel you want to relax today- Here is a fun summer recipe for a cool summer night. Given to you be Adelina - Chef restaurant in Cabri.
Ingredients for the Fish:
Fresh Salmon cut into cubes of 100 grams each.
Ingredients for the Crust:
1/2 a bunch of parsley
2 fresh leaves of rosemary
2 fresh leaves of thyme
80 grams peeled almonds slices
2 cups of panko
1/2 of 1 hot green chili pepper
1 table spoon of ginger cut into tiny pieces
1/2 tea spoon of dry ground coriander
Ingredients for the sauce:
Lemon juice from 2 lemons
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 peeled tomato cut into fine slices
2 garlic cloves cut into fine slices
80 grams of butter
Rushdi’s tip: add 1/2 cup of fish consommé
Preparation of the crust:
Grind together all the fresh herbs with the green pepper - until it is very fine.
Add the panko, almonds, ginger and dry coriander until it turns into a flaky paste.
Put in a bowl to dry.
Preparation of fish:
Cover the fish with the coating from all sides.
Put on a baking tray (with baking paper).
Sprinkle on top coarse salt.
Bake for 8-10 min, 392°F.
Preparation of sauce:
Take half of the butter and cook tother with the garlic.
Add the lemon juice and the white wine (and the fish consommé).
Cook on a low fire until you are left with half of the liquid you started with.
Add salt, pepper according to taste.
Add the tomato.
Add the butter which is left, to thicken the sauce.
Bring to a boil and decorate with herbs.
For the finale:
Take the fish out of the oven, scut the fish into 2 cubes of fish and serve with the sauce decorating the plate alongside the salmon (make sure it doesn’t touch it so that it doesn’t soften the crust).
You are invited to the JNF Western Galilee Tourist Information Center in the old city of Akko (Acre), Israel on Salah a’din Street (connecting the Turkish Bazaar and the Fruit and Vegetables market) for a free map and more information regarding the city.