What to do in “The Galilee”, Israel
The Galilee is a mountainous region in northern Israel. Thanks to the abundance of water and the good soil found in the valleys of the Galilee, it has been relatively densely inhabited since ancient times and today is the most diverse area of Israel regarding ethnicity.
In the Galilee, there are Druze villages (Beit Jann, Peki’in) and Circassian villages (Rihaniya and Kafr Kama) that preserve their ancient traditions. There are Arab communities with a Muslim majority (Kafr Yasif) or the Christian majority (Fassuta).
Events & Attractions:
In the Galilee you can find dozens of tombs of the “righteous,” especially from the Tannaim Period, the main ones being the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rabbi Elazar in Meron. In the ancient cemetery in Tzfat, the Ari and other rabbis of his time are buried, and dozens of synagogues from the Talmudic period were located throughout the Galilee.
The Galilee is one of the most prominent tourist centers in Israel and has dozens of sites to visit. For example, there are ancient national parks including Baram, Tzipori, Beit She’arim, Monfort and Kochav HaYarden, colonies from the beginning of the settlement that tell the story of Zionism (Metula, Yesod HaMa’ala, Rosh Pina), beautiful nature reserves (Hula Lake, Mount Meron, And many others), sites sacred to Judaism, including tombs of the righteous and ancient synagogues and sites sacred to Christianity, which are frequented by many pilgrims during their visit to the Holy Land (Nazareth, Capernaum, Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee).
In the Galilee region, festivals and events take place every year, such as the Western Galilee Sea Festival, which includes shows, sporting events, culture, and tours that take place throughout the weekends of May. Also, you can enjoy the “Lo BaShamayim” festival – a celebration of Jewish-Israeli study in the Upper Galilee, which takes place at the Tel Hai Academic College.
Transportation in the Galilee consists mainly of private cars, city and inter-city buses and taxis.