The Golan Heights in Hebrew Ramat HaGolan is the northernmost part of Israel, east of the Galilee. It is in Israel’s hands since the Six Day War in June 1967. Today it is one of the most beautiful sites in Israel and one of the top attractions for Israelis and tourists alike.
Some people come back and back again due to the ample area for touring, the many sources of water and springs and many historical and archaeological sites. Once you are on top of the heights the view is awe inspiring, you may see the whole Galilee and on a clear day the waters of the Mediterranean, next to the mountains of Lebanon.Click here to Share your Story
Mount Hermon covered with snow is the delight of skiers of all ages
The Six Day War
I have my personal story about this place. Before the war when the Syrians used the Golan to constantly bombard the settlements of the Jordan Valley and to infiltrate people to kill and steal in the Israeli side, when children of the kibbutzim and Moshavim slept endless nights in shelters, I spend a full month serving in the area trying to capture those people.
Then during the war, actually on the fifth day we went up to the Golan and reached the Syrian city of Quneitra and stayed there and on Mt Hermon for a full month. At that time I left at home a young wife and two little girls.
Well, this was many years ago and the Golan of today has no resemblance with the dark and dirty place we encounter after the Syrians fled the scene.
Merom Golan Country Lodging on the Golan Heights
The Golan Heights Law
On 14 December 1981, the Knesset passed The Golan Heights Law by a vote of 63-21. Its first paragraph states: "The law, jurisdiction, and administration of the state shall apply to the Golan Heights."
Following the passage of this law, the Israeli military administration on the Heights was dismantled and regular civilian authorities were established.
The Golan's Druze residents are permitted to maintain their
previous citizenship, but were given the option of becoming full Israeli
For various reasons, few have done so.
Inhabitants of the Golan Heights
The Druze town of Majdal Shams on the slopes of Mount Hermon
It is based on three pillars: Agriculture, Industry and Tourism. They produce a great variety of crops including grapes for wine. They also maintain large areas for cattle and sheep to support the production of dairy and meat products.
There is a substantial tourist infrastructure on the Golan, including the Mt. Hermon ski slopes, archaeological sites, hotels, restaurants, guest houses in some communities, and three Societies for the Protection of Nature Field schools.
How to get there
If you are in the area of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem it is a ride of almost two hours to reach it. But if you are already in Tiberias or any other site in the Galilee it’s just a short ride up the mountains and you are in the Golan.
The Golan Heights is a long stretch of land from Mt Hermon in the north to the Kineret and the Jordan Valley on the south. So you can visit it south to north or vice versa.
Organic Wineries on the Golan Heights
Country Lodging in the Golan Heights
The Afik Country Lodging Kibbutz Hotel is located in Ein Gev. All guestrooms have all the amenities expected in a hotel of its class.
Room amenities include air conditioning, desk, separate shower and tub, kitchenette, balcony/terrace, 24hr room service, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, disabled facilities. In addition, the guests can enjoy the leisure and sports facilities provided on the premises: outdoor pool, garden.
Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction.
Located 1,000 meters above sea level in the northern Golan Heights, Merom Golan Kibbutz Country Lodging offers guest rooms and family suites at the foot of the volcanic Mount Bental.
Located just 45 minutes from Tiberias and all of its urban amenities and attractions, Merom Golan Country Lodging, near the historic and outdoor sites in the Golan Heights, offers an array of recreational activities, as well as restaurants and a cafe.
Merom Golan Kibbutz Country Lodging's 32 rooms and 40 chalets are air-conditioned and feature cable television, a refrigerator and kettle, while some rooms - and all of the chalets - offer a Jacuzzi.
Guests can register for horseback tours through the Golan's majestic landscape, and may also go on jeep and ATV tours near the Syrian border, through the region's orchards and farmland. Guests who are carnivores looking for a country-style restaurant need look no further than HaBokrim Restaurant (The Cowboys).
The restaurant belongs to the Golan Heights Winery and ages its meats on the premises. The restaurant is open every day from noon to 11 p.m..
Afik Country Lodging near the Sea of Galilee
You’ll find lots of activities in the Golan
The type of activities depends on the time of the year. Summer is very hot during the day and fair at night. But winter is very, very cold. It snows during the winter months.
in the Golan
A view towards Syria from the Golan
A visit to the Golan Heights is a must for tourists that want to understand the importance of this plateau for Israel’s security.
Once you stand on top and see the whole of northern Israel you will understand the threat that Israel encountered from the 1920’s until that historic day in June 1967.
majdal shams by leif knutsen
hermon by amit moscovich
view syria by photo8.com
vineyard by hedva senderovich
nimrod by david king
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