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Kiryat Shmona,Israel

  • The City of...

    Kiryat Shmona was established in 1949 and was initially a transit camp for immigrant farm workers. Kiriat Shmona is the northernmost city in Israel is nestled in the Hula Valley, in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Today it is a vibrant city and a great base for touring the Upper Galilee.
    "The City of the Eight', as it is called in Hebrew, commemorates the eight members of nearby Tel Hai, who were killed by Bedouins in 1920.

  • Story of...

    Kiryat Shmona is located just 5 km (3 mi) south of the Israel–Lebanon border,  185 km (115 mi) north of Tel Aviv.

    Five Great Reasons to Visit Kiryat Shmona:

    • Very close to Kiryat Shmona is Tel Hai, where you can visit the national monument commemorating eight Jews, six men and two women, including a one-armed Russian named Joseph Trumpeldor, who died in a combat with Bedouins on March 1, 1920. Trumpeldor and his comrades faced a much larger attacking force, and their bravery became an inspiration and is the stuff of legends. The statue of the roaring and defiant lion came to symbolize Trumpeldor and his friends.

    Agamon Hula Tourism Park, in the heart of the Hula Valley, is world renowned as a prime location for bird-watching. The magical lake at the heart of the park allows you to experience nature in all its glory, as the area is awash with migrating, courting and nesting birds, as well as many other wild animals.
    • The cable-car climbing up Manara Cliff is the longest in Israel, and the climb affords breathtaking views of the Upper Galilee. In addition to the ride itself, Manara Cliff has a wide variety of activities for the young and the young at heart.
    The Banias is a national park, with hiking trails and the roaring Banias Waterfall - the tallest in Israel.
    The park is also home to the ruins of an ancient Greek city, where the god Pan was worshipped, (hence the name Panias, or Banias in Arabic and Hebrew). The park is also popular among Christian tourists, as traditionally, this is where Peter identified Jesus as the messiah.
    • Kiryat Shmona itself harbors a few gems: visit the Khan, the former home of Kamal Effendi, who killed Trumpeldor and his comrades. The historic building was renovated, and serves today as an arts center. The city mosque is the only remaining stone mosque left in the Upper Galilee, and today it is home to the city's history museum. Kiryat Shmona has a number of natural springs, the largest of which is the Ein Zahav (Golden Eye) Spring - now marketed under the brand name of Neviot.
    The Municipal Golden Park, built on either side of this brook, has expansive lawns and a small forest of poplars and ash trees. An Ottoman flour mill still stands beside the brook.
  • Attractions

    The Upper Galilee, from Rosh Pina to Kiryat Shmona, has excellent opportunities for outdoor and indoor activities: at Kfar Blum, you can choose between rafting or kayaking down the beautiful and celebrated Jordan river, and don't say we didn't warn you when you find yourself bracing for a little whitewater action! There are also bike rentals for trips down scenic country trails, while kids will surely go crazy for the adventure park, where they can zip-line, scale a climbing wall and practice archery.
    The Canada Center is the largest ice-skating rink in Israel, with a wide range of other recreational activities you can enjoy even on a rainy day: an indoor pool, Olympic skating rink, luxurious spa, bowling alley, shooting range and much more.

    Tranquil Metulla is hidden in the shadow of Mt. Hermon, among rolling hills and orchards. The town's quiet main street is ideal for a stroll, and you can peek at some of the historic homes built by the pioneers who settled the area.
    If you're looking for a more serious walk, you can hike to the nearby Oven Fall (on the Ayoun Stream).
  • Restaurants

    Hatachana in Metula is a famous grill restaurant, with a rustic décor, a roaring fire in the winter and excellent food.
    Also in Metula is Luiza, located in an ancient stone building. The menu is extensive: high quality steaks, fresh fish, homemade pasta and more.
    A few kilometers south of Kiryat Shmona, Dobrovin Estate in Yesod Hama’ala is a kosher restaurant, with a varied international menu that excels in smoked and aged meat.
    Muskat, at Mizpe Hayamim Hotel and Spa, offers an expansive view of the Golan Heights.

    The Chef uses produce from the organic farm on the premises and creatively blends recipes from Galilean cuisine with flavors from his mother's kitchen.
    Since you're in the area, you cannot miss Dag al HaDan, one of Israel's most famous restaurants. The location alone is magical, amid trees and the rush of the Dan River.
    What's more, the bucolic setting is matched by the delicious food - fresh grilled fish, especially the trout.
  • Best Shopping

    Kiryat Shmona has three run-of-the-mill shopping centers:
    For something extra, you'll have to venture out of the city.
    Shulman Sweets is a chocolate legend in Kibbutz Hagoshrim: pralines, hot chocolate from natural ingredients, chocolate cakes, chocolate workshops and excellent sweets.
    You can also visit the welcoming Druze villages of the area, which offer fascinating antiquities and authentic foods.
    And just 30 km (20 mi) south of Kiryat Shmona is Rosh Pina, a true shoppers' paradise!

    The Restoration Site in Rosh Pina harbors many hidden treasures:
    • Haruzula is a magical place, with a huge array of beads, crystals and arts and crafts supplies for making jewelry, feng shui and good luck charms.
      • The Well Delicatessen is a "gallery of arts and flavors," specializing in dressings and spreads, jams and a selection of killer homemade liqueurs, such as cinnamon, pomegranate or Limoncello.
      • The Colors of Light is another beautiful artisan shop, set in a historic building. Inside is a whole world of lamps, shades and other decorative pieces from paper maché and stained glass.
    • Tips and trips

      • The Israel National Trail (Shvil Israel in Hebrew) is a hiking trail that crosses the length of Israel. It starts near the Lebanese border, very close to Kiryat Shmona, and extends all the way to Eilat, a length of approximately 940 km (580 mi).
      The trail is marked with white, blue and orange stripes, and will take you an average of 45 days to complete (you can also walk just a few segments).
      • Don't forget to dress appropriately when visiting the ice-skating rink at the Canada Center.
      • You can join any number of day trips to the area, including a visit to the Israel-Lebanese border, where you can see what was once called the Good Fence.

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