At the Galilee Panhandle Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Hike   |   Itinerary duration: About- 3 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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In the northern edge of Israel, right near the border with Lebanon, is the old town of Metula, which was founded at the end of the 19th century. The tour goes between the historical sites of this old town and continues to a lovely trek in the Ayun stream.
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This is a monument to the twelve Israel Defense Forces soldiers who died in Lebanon when a roadside explosive exploded near a convoy of IDF Safari vans in Marj-Ayun. The monument, which is located at the entrance to the National Park in Metula, was designed by the architect Israel Gudovich. The monument is made of stone and an iron chain. In the information provided next to the monument it is said that this monument stands for the affinity, brotherhood, and familial relationship that existed between the members of this unit, which were so characteristic of them. The close relationship is demonstrated by the chain that links the soldiers' names together with the unit's tag in the monument.
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There are sites that maintain such a strong atmosphere that sometimes it seems that walking around them takes one to a different time. Such is the charming picturesque HaRishonim Street in the peaceful town of Metula, which is located right at the top of Israel. Walking around this semi-European street of HaRishonim seems to take one back to the time when the town of Metula was founded in 1896. The surprising level of reconstruction and preservation reflects the past without overdoing it. Among others, HaRishonim Street includes "Beit HaIkar” (the Farmer’s House)- a local nostalgic museum. In some of the low stone houses on HaRishonim Street are found the galleries of artists and craftsmen as well as good restaurants and lovely cafés.

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The Metula Synagogue, located at the center of Metula, is the first synagogue that was built in Metula and the only one that still stands there today. The synagogue’s stone structure was built in the 19th century by the settlers of Metula, farmers from the various settlements founded by the Baron the Rothschild. They built the synagogue on top of the highest hill around. The building of the Metula Synagogue was financed by whom if not the Baron the Rothschild. It is said that the people who came to pray here argued among themselves whether to pray in the Ashkenazi or Sephardic style and as a result the Ashkenazi moved to the town of Yavne'el. Today, the serving Metula Synagogue Cantor decides as to the style of the prayer. In recent years the Metula Synagogue has gone through extensive renovations.

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In the town of Metula, which was founded in 1896 in a place which was then considered to be at the end of the world, in an old house which once served as the home of the town’s Rabbi and that has maintained its look and character despite the passing time, is now housed Beit HaIkar (the Farmer's House) Museum. Beit HaIkar (the Farmer's House) offers a small museum and an opportunity to go on a journey into an especially pastoral past. In Beit HaIkar (the Farmer's House) Museum one can find original furniture from the beginning of the 20th century, various items and house ware, a library, kitchenware, a set table, and, of course, photographs, maps and authentic documents from which one can learn first hand about the way of life which prevailed at this far away place in those long gone na?ve days. In the courtyard adjacent to the Beit HaIkar (the Farmer's House) Museum there is a lovely display of work tools. The Beit HaIkar (the Farmer's House) Museum is located on 8 HaRishonim Street.

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Even though it is reconstructed, it seems that the Spring Park (Park HaMa’ayan) in Metula was always here. This is due to the fact that it assimilates into its surrounding admirably. This is a reconstruction and rehabilitation project of the spring which served the residents of the town of Metula in its first days. The residents of Metula came to this spring to draw water and take it back to town with the help of mules. Today, at the well-kept Spring Park (Park HaMa’ayan) there is a light trail with pleasant benches, lovely corners fun to stay at for a long while, strawberry and poplar trees which provide wonderful shade and of course the spring and a cool modestly sized pool of water.
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On the top of Mount Tsfiya which is located in the western part of Metula, is found the Dado Observation Point. The Dado Observation Point provides an eyeful of breathtaking views of the vast spaces of Mount Hermon which covers in snow in the winter, the landscape of the Galilee and the mountains and valleys of Lebanon. This romantic place (especially during sunset), was established in memory of David "Dado" Elazar, who served as the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War. Those who are interested in more than quiet views are invited to listen to the recorded information that is offered here and learn a thing or two about the view. During the spring, the whole near area fills with colorful blossoms. And not less important, from here one can also receive a special view of one of the more beautiful and well-kept towns in Israel, Metula. Arrival to the Dado Observation Point through Ma’ale Dado Street.
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The strongly flowing Nahal Ayun (Ayun Stream) creates one of the most magnificent displays in the Galilee region. In travelling alongside it one passes by four wonderful waterfalls, colorful wild flowers, trails, wooden bridges and steps, and all leading to every beautiful corner of this Nature Reserve, with the accompaniment of the lovely trickling sound of brooks in the background. The Ayun Stream is a deep channel which passes between erect rock walls near the town of Metula.  One of the waterfalls here, the Tahana (mill) waterfall, pours down a wide rock wall from the height of 21 meters. This waterfall is named after an old gristmill which was built at its feet. The most famous of all of these waterfalls is the Tanur (oven) waterfall, which pours down vigorously from the height of 30 meters, and is named so because of its famous oven’s chimney like shape caused by the water’s erosion of its limestone wall.
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The Galilee Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Hike
Tour Duration: About- 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy

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