Visitors of the Darom Adom - Scarlet South Festival .
(photo credit: KKL)
Guided tours, flower walks, cycling trails, arts and crafts workshops, outdoor challenges and activities for the entire family take place over the four weekends of the festival, and turn the region into a major tourist attraction.
The Negev is covered by a cloak of green grass at this time of year and is adorned by magnificent carpets of red anemones. The 13th Scarlet South Festival (known in Hebrew as Darom Adom), which takes place annually during the month of February, is entitled “Israeli Scarlet South” (Darom Adom Yisraeli) this year in honor of Israel’s seventieth anniversary. The festival attracts many visitors to the region, who come to celebrate the anemones and to enjoy diverse activities in nature.Guided tours, agricultural walks, cycling trails, arts and crafts workshops, sports and outdoor challenges, and a long list of activities for the entire family take place over the four weekends of the festival, and turn the region into a major tourist attraction.
“It’s really fun to be in this beautiful and green landscape, and especially to see the anemones,” said Tehilla Oren, an 18 year-old from Efrat. Tehilla was on a morning hike at Be’eri Forest, together with her two friends, 19 year-old Tamar Rozevich and 20 year-old Miriam Shizgal from Beit Shemesh.
Be’eri Forest covers an area of about 2,700 acres in the Besor region in the Western Negev and is also part of the ANZAC trail. The scenery in this region includes green fields, open spaces and badlands that were created by erosion of the soft loess soil. KKL-JNF cares for the forest and its unique sites with the help of its friends throughout the world, including from Germany, France and Australia.
“We came to enjoy nature, the flowers, the birds and the quiet here,” said Tamar. “It expands one’s heart when you see all this red before your eyes.”
“It’s heartwarming to see all the flowers and growth after the recent rains,” Miriam added. “It makes me happy to enjoy the quiet of nature.”
KKL-JNF is a central partner in the Scarlet South Festival along with government ministries and local authorities. Some of the most outstanding events at the festival are organized by KKL-JNF, including the anemones walk, the anemones race, wildflower walks, guided bicycle tours and an amongst-the-anemones bike happening.
“This festival has been happening for over a decade, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region,” said KKL-JNF Western Negev Regional Director Danny Ben David. “During an entire month, it’s possible to enjoy the anemones, which are in full bloom, and lots of activities for the entire family.’
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