What to do in “Ein al-Assad”, Israel
Ein al-Asad is a Druze village in the Upper Galilee, east of the Beit Hakerem Valley, in the area of the Merom Hagalil Regional Council. It is between 550 and 600 meters above sea level.
The village was established in 1899 by Druze from the settlement of Beit Jann. In 1949, several families of Arab Muslims who had been expelled from the nearby village of Al-Faradiyya settled there, but due to disputes between them and the residents, most of them left shortly afterward. Today, only two families remain in the village.
The name of the village is derived from its spring, next to a large eucalyptus tree. A Druze legend says that in the days before the establishment of the village, the Druze sheikh Jolani, son of Asfiya, was wandering around. One day, when he reached the spring, he saw a lion drink from its waters. He returned to his village and told what he saw Sheikh Hamdan. The Sheikh could not believe his ears and decided to look into the matter. He went to the spring, put some meat on the ground, and waited in hiding. Before long the lion came to the spring and ate the meat. The sheikh and the lion became friends, and when the lion died, the sheikh named the spring after his name.
Events & Attractions:
Near the village of Ein al-Asad, you can visit the charming spring and nearby is an amazing view of the Beit Hanania Valley.
Other springs, including Ein Levia and Ein Hari, spring from the channels adjacent to the village. The village has observation points overlooking the Lower Galilee, Mount Tabor, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Sea of Galilee.
Transportation in the region of Ein al-Asad is based on inter-city buses, taxis, and private cars.