Galilee Panhandle

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23 things to do

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Tel Hai

Established in 1907 by workers from the nearby Jewish town of Metulla, Tel Hai was attacked by an Arab militia in 1920. Eight people were killed in the attack, including Joseph Trumpledor, one of the few Jewish pioneers at the time to have any military experience. In retrospect this is often seen as the very first military confrontation of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Trumpledor's alleged last words were "No matter, it is good to die for our country" and for decades afterwards he was seen an Israeli military hero. Now the site has been restored as a museum about the early Jewish pioneers who lived here.

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Tel Dan

A beautiful nature reserve with Israel's largest spring. It also contains a Biblical tel, which was an important site in ancient Israel. You can see the remains of the altar built by King Jeroboam as an alternative to worship in Jerusalem, as well as "Abraham's Gate" which is one of the world's earliest attested arch constructions, dating to around 1700 BCE when (according to the Bible) Abraham visited the area. Nearby '''Ussishkin House''' is a museum documenting the tel and its natural environment. The '''Israel National Trail''' begins here.

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Hula National Park

The Hula Lake was once a massive area of wetlands, which served as a stopping place for huge numbers of birds on their yearly migration from Europe to Africa and back again. Most of the wetlands were drained to eliminate malaria and create new farmland, but one part of the lake was revived and is now a national park. Every year 500 million birds pass through this park, especially in the migration seasons of fall and spring. There is a 3-story lookout tower, a boardwalk over the lake, and other facilities to help you observe them.

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Manara Cliff

Located on a steep 800-meter-high mountain just south of Kiryat Shmonah. The highlight is a cable car which leads to the top of the hill, where there is a beautiful view of the Hula valley and Lebanon. Other attractions include rappelling, climbing walls, and a toboggan run. The site is relatively expensive - a round-trip cable car ride costs about NIS 70 per person, and the other attractions have separate tickets.

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The northernmost community in Israel. Somewhat yuppified. Until 2000 it was home to the "Good Fence", a border crossing where Lebanese citizens could cross into Israel to work and receive medical care. But since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, the border has become heavily militarized and little trace of the Good Fence can be seen.

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One of Israel's best-known nature sites. The river Nahal Hermon, one of the Jordan River's main tributaries, originates here, passing through a series of rapids and the most powerful waterfall in Israel. You can also see ruins from the Hellenistic city of Paneas (after the Greek god Pan), whose name became Banias in Arabic.

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A bit more luxurious than Kfar Giladi's hotel, Pastoral is located in the middle of the Huleh Valley and, as such, can be a little hot during the summer. This is offset by the overall quality of the services but also renders the bill a bit higher.

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Galila Bed & Breakfast

The best known bed & breakfast resort tsimmer in the Metulla area. Air conditioning and TV. Magnificent view, Jacuzzi in open garden, and Israeli breakfast. They can also recommend attractions. Cell-phone: +972523494349

Shulman Chocolate Museum

A small chocolate factory with attached visitors' center and boutique chocolate shop. You can see or buy interesting chocolate sculptures, and you can take part in chocolate activities, mostly intended for kids.

Prehistoric Man Museum

Exhibits prehistoric artifacts recovered in the area, particularly from ancient burial caves located near the museum. Among the exhibits is the oldest known domestic dog skeleton in the world, 12,000 years old.

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Nahal Iyun nature reserve

A beautiful nature reserve following one of the tributaries of the Jordan River, next to Metulla. The river flows through a canyon and goes over several waterfalls, the highest of them over 20 meters tall.

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Kibbutz Manara hotel

A more basic - and much less expensive - hotel service than Kfar Giladi or Pastoral, but gives the advantage of truly stunning views of both Lebanon and the Huleh Valley right from your hotel window.

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Canada Centre, Metulla

Go skating in Israel's only full-sized ice rink, fittingly located in the northernmost inhabited place in all of Israel (though the weather is no colder than elsewhere in Israel).

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Nachal Snir nature reserve

A nature reserve on one of the Jordan River's tributaries. The river has a powerful flow here, and if you're lucky you can see various forms of wildlife.

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Kfar Giladi

The eight pioneers killed in Tel Hai are buried here. Near their grave, in 1934 a large statue of a lion was erected as a memorial to them.

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Hagor Tzafon

Hiking and camping goods

Abu Kayak

Closed on Saturdays

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HaGoshrim Kayaks

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About Galilee Panhandle

It borders Lebanon to the west and north, the Golan Heights to the east, and the rest of the Galilee region to the south. It is a rural area mostly known for its natural beauty.

Geographically, the Finger of Galilee mainly consists of two parts: the Hula Valley, a very flat region known for agricultural kibbutzim and as a focus of bird migration, and the Naftali Mountains, a steep hilly region along the Lebanese border. Route 90, the main road in the area, runs north-south on the boundary between these areas.

Kiryat Shmona is the urban center of the region. It has facilities like stores and restaurants that will be of use to travelers, and it's the destination for all the area's buses. However, it's not very interesting in and of itself.

Source: wikivoyage