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Western Galilee

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The Western Galilee is the most northern coastal region of Israel.

Cities[edit]

  • Akko – A historical city on the far north coast of Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a pilgrimage site for the Bahá'ís.
  • Nahariyya – the northern terminus of the coastal railway line. A modern city with beaches and water activities.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Rosh Haniqra – A dazzlingly white coastal rock cliff formation, close to the Lebanese border.

Understand[edit]

The Western Galilee aka North Coast of Israel extends along the Mediterranean Sea shoreline for 40 km, from the Carmel Range to Rosh Haniqra on the Israeli border with Lebanon, and inland across the coastal plain for 5-10 km until it reaches the hills of the Upper Galilee and Lower Galilee. It is a relatively isolated and tranquil region of great natural beauty, great opportunities for outdoor fun and full of historical and cultural interest. The "Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee" in the region have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Most people speak Hebrew but many residents also speak Arabic, even English and so much more. The people of Israel are very good at understanding other people's accents. Because it is such a diverse state in language and even religions (surprising to some), the people have to be able to communicate with everyone so they get used to listening to and hearing other accents from their own.

Get in[edit]

Train, bus, car or hitch-hiking into the the Western Galilee are the options you have. See Akko on more specifics.

A train extension to get to and from Karmiel, in the central Galilee, is scheduled to open in 2017.

Get around[edit]

  • Israel's main train line serves the coast up until Nahariyya, coming from Haifa.
  • Regular bus services also run along the coast until Rosh Haniqra.
  • By car you should take highways 2 (south of Haifa) or 22 (north of Haifa) which are motorways, or highway 4 which is a more local road.
  • Hitch-hiking is also possible and relatively easy north of Akko.

See[edit]

Apart from the sights within Akko and Nahariyya and the dazzling Rosh Haniqra, the following are of interest.

  • 1 Achziv National Park (​Akhziv),  +972 4 6937069. Apr-Sep 8am-5pm, Oct-Mar 8am-4pm. An idyllic, if sleepy, site on the coast. The secluded beach is known for its abundant sea life, including sea turtles during July and August when they come ashore to lay their eggs. North of the beach, the shore is lined with small rock formations which house a lot of sea life in their water-filled pools. You will see fishermen standing on the rocks, giving the illusion that they are standing on the water. Another sight is "Achzivland" - in the 70's Eli Avivi, an Israeli hipster, declared this piece of land next to the Achziv National Park an independent nation. Avivi's micro-nation has not been officially recognized by the Israeli government, but he will stamp your passport if you enter through the foreboding fence that surrounds this tiny bit of land. (Remember that proof of having been to Israel in your passport can cause unintended visa trouble with many Islamic countries.) Achzivland boasts its own private beach, a cheap hostel, and a museum. National park: ₪35/21 adult/child (includes access to the secluded beaches, nearby Crusader Castle, picnic areas). Achziv on Wikipedia Q340747 on Wikidata
  • 2 Kibbutz Lohame Hageta'ot. The kibbutz has as its western perimeter wall an actual Roman Aqueduct which is a great sight to behold. Lohamei HaGeta'ot on Wikipedia Q536383 on Wikidata
  • 3 Roman Aqueduct (Accessible from Kibbutz Lohame Hageta'ot (via the museum) or from the Shomrat village south). This aqueduct has conquered time far better than the Ceasarea aqueduct, and it has almost completely been preserved in height and look on a distance of about 400 m. Best to walk in from 1 the most northern point of Shomrat village, because probably from the museum you will not be able to climb on top of the aqueduct. You might also just walk straight towards the aqueduct from the highway – it is clearly visible from there.
  • 4 Ghetto Fighters House Museum +972 4 9958080. Su Th 9:00-16:00 F 9:00-13:00. Located in Kibbutz Lohame Hageta'ot, whose name means "Ghetto Warriors" since it was founded in 1949 by Holocaust survivors, Jewish partisans, and survivors of the Ghetto Uprising. The museum contains many things related to the Warsaw Uprising. Ghetto Fighters' House on Wikipedia Q260983 on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • Sea to Sea hike from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee. A 3-4 day hike, and a pleasant way to experience the Upper Galilee.
  • 1 Tel Kabri Expedition. An archaeological dig that takes place every odd year's summer. If you're studying archaeology it's great for field experience. It is for students who sign up only, no tourists are permitted.

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Sleep[edit]

Not many remote accommodation options. Have a look at the main cities to find a place to stay.

  • 1 Beezet Beach (camping) (Betset) (just 1.5 km south of Rosh Haniqra). Not accessible in summer, but September to April. There are even some parasols (of the Banana Public Beach) there, against potential rain.
  • 2 Achziv field school (Western Galilee Field School) (5 km north of the city),  +972 3 638 86 88, +972 4-952-2599, e-mail: . Great option for budget travellers. Most mini apartments come with bunk beds as well as multiple rooms and bathrooms. The common kitchen including stove and fridge are available for use. Though, they don't do bookings via email or website but you have to call.

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