Northern Israel is home to many attractions that make it a rich region for tourism. While many tourists tend to focus on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Northern Israel is not a place you want to leave off of your list of sights to see during your next trip to Israel.
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Sea of Galilee: Located between the Galilee region of Israel and the country’s border with Syria, the Sea of Galilee is a great sight to see on your visit to northern Israel. The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea). If you visit the lake in September, you will be able to attend the annual Kinneret Crossing race.
Acre (Akko): If you are craving some tasty hummus, Acre is the place to go. This northern coastal city is located just north of Haifa and is shared by large Jewish and Muslim populations. Acre’s Old City was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. The city is home to the Al-Jazzar Mosque, the Tunisian Synagogue known as Jariva and several Bahá’í holy sites.
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Caesarea: Children will especially get a kick out of the Caesarea Harbor National Park. The port of Caesarea was built during the Roman period by Herod the Great and remains a main attraction for Israelis and tourists alike. Besides the archeological exhibit that Caesarea has to offer, there are many restaurants and boutique shops at the port.
The Golan Heights: The Golan Heights region is known as one of Israel’s most attractive areas. The region is filled with many points of observation that offer breathtaking views of Israel and its neighbors. If you visit the region during the winter, you may want to check out the Mount Hermon Ski Resort. Even if you don’t ski, you can take a nice cable car ride and capture some breathtaking pictures of the views.
Safed: Safed is not just a must-see if you are interested in visiting historical sites. This city is also rich in natural beauty and boutique stores that sell one-of-a-kind artworks and hand-made jewelry. Of course, there are also great souvenir shops in the city.
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Haifa: Haifa is home to the Bahá’í World Center, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tours in English, Russian, Arabic and Hebrew are offered at the Bahá’í Gardens free of charge. Haifa is also the home to many museums. If you are traveling with children, they will love Madatech, Israel’s national museum of science, technology and space. In addition, the Haifa Educational Zoo is a wonderful place to visit while in Haifa. The zoo is home to over 100 types of animals including wolves, hyenas and apes.
Hula Nature Reserve: This nature reserve is an important stop for birds migrating between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. There is a three-story observation tower in the nature reserve near the walking trail around the lake.
Zikhron Ya’akov: Zikhron Ya’akov is a small town located between Hadera and Haifa. Many enjoy visiting the Zikhron Ya’akov Midrachov (pedestrian mall) and shopping at the boutique artistic shops and having a bite to eat at the local cafes.
Inside the Rosh HaNikra grottos Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/Flash 90
Rosh HaNikra: Rosh HaNikra is unlike any other place you will see in Israel. When you show your friends back home the pictures you took from the Rosh Hanikra grottoes and caves, they will be very jealous. They will also be jealous after you tell them about the cable car ride you took at the site.
Daliyat al-Karmel: The Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel is located near Haifa. On your visit to the village, you will have the opportunity to shop in the local market and taste some of the delicious Druze cuisines.