Golan Heights 370.
(photo credit: Joe Yudin)
The Golan Heights are at their most glorious now. One of the least populated
areas in Israel, they are studded with small rural communities and many
The basalt hills are covered with grass and flowers, the streams
are flowing with water and Mount Hermon, with its snowcovered summit, gives an
But scenic views are not all the Golan has to offer
visitors. A number of kibbutzim in the area are offering varied tourist
attractions, wineries, olive-oil presses, cafes and restaurants, as well as many
different places to stay.
You may still catch some snow on
the slopes of the Hermon, or enjoy a hike to the Ayit waterfall. But if you are
on a vacation with the kids, Kibbutz Merom Golan has something for every member
of the family – from allterrain vehicles to guided tours, bicycle or horse-back
riding in the beautiful trails, and much more.
“cowboy-style” two-room cabins are adorable. There is a main bedroom and a living
room, with a small kitchenette, television, garden furniture and a vast lawn
around the cabins. The kids can run outside while you relax and take in the
clean air. There are also playgrounds and animal-petting stations open to
guests. The adjacent kosher Cowboy Grill restaurant offers excellent meats,
salads and and kids dinners.
For more info and rate call (04)
Not very far from there on the slopes of the Golan
Height is Kibbutz Gonen, home of another vacation “village.” The Nofey Gonen
hotel offers beautiful bungalows, each equipped with a Jacuzzi, small
kitchenette and four rooms. The view from the rooms are beautiful and the
landscaping, with fresh herbs and flowers won my heart.
A new lobby was
recently opened and it offers a large bar and sitting area, as well as a dining
area offering different levels of meals, including family dinners and gourmet
dinners prepared by Chef Yftach Zafrir.
A vast porch offers a scenic view
of the Naftaly mountains and the Hula valley.
Nofey Gonen offer’s a
unique touring service – they will tailor a tour for you according to your
specifications and even advise where to stop on the way. An inventive
interactive touring presentation will show the many touring options open to you
in the area with detailed explanations and all the information you may need,
short videos and photos and they will make all the reservations for you if you
so choose. For more info and rate call (04) 6955220