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  • The City of...

    Safed is an ancient city, dating back to the era of the Second Temple, nestled in the mountains and soaring above the Sea of Galilee. Safed's sanctity was born from its mystical or Kabalistic roots, dating back to Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Ari) in the 15th Century. It has managed to preserve a profound sense of mysticism, alongside breathtaking panoramic views of northern Israel.
    It is said that when the Messiah comes, he will come from Safed. Until that time, it is an excellent place to immerse yourself in history, spirituality and nature.

  • Story of...

    Safed is a city in northern Israel, about 13 km (8 mi) from Rosh Pinna and 37 km (22 mi) from Tiberias. Located 900 m (2950 ft) above sea level, it is also the highest city in the country. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters.

    Five Great Reasons to Visit Safed:

    • The town's number one cultural event is the annual Klezmer Festival, dedicated to Jewish folk music that originated in Eastern Europe. This huge open-air festival spans three days in July-August, and is an explosion of music and creative force.
    • The Old City was developed by Spanish Jews (Sefaradim), who settled in the area after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.
    Today it is a maze of narrow alleys, hidden yards and loads of magic.
            • Beit Hameiri Museum has fascinating exhibits tracing the city's history and way of life. The guides are all actors, and will take you back in time to the 18-20th century. It might come as a surprise, but the Old Cemetery is another major tourist attraction. Thousands of tombstones spread on the mountainside are evidence of the city's long dynasty of scholars and saints.
    • The city of Kabbalah has always been an important spiritual center for the Jewish People.
    You have probably heard a lot of hype in the media in recent years, as Kabbalah study has become popular among A-listers like Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears. But did you know that the origins of Kabbalah and its study come from Safed? You can learn all about it at the International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah, in the Old City of Safed.
    • Thanks to the gorgeous landscape and the mild climate, the area has become a summer holiday resort.
    Between Rosh Pinna and Safed lies the Hotel Spa Mizpe Hayamim. With 37 acres of fragrant gardens, trails and pools, this is the perfect place for relaxation. The hotel is well-known for its home-grown organic fruit, vegetable gardens and dairy farm. The hotel has a full spa center, a lounge bar, a crafts gallery, a soap and candles workshop, and a library
    • Safed is a great base for hiking and nature trails in the Upper Galilee. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, travel north and visit the Hula Nature Reserve, a world renowned location for bird-watching.
  • Attractions

    You can spend the afternoon in the Artists' Quarter.
    Sloping down the mountainside, this picturesque neighborhood is a heady mix of hidden niches, art studios and galleries.
    One of them is the Doll Museum, with a fascinating collection of hand-made porcelain dolls, dressed in costumes from different eras and portraying the history of Safed.

    Safed has many synagogues, both ancient and modern, and these were not just places of worship, but also the centers of community life. The city was ravaged by earthquakes in the past, but most of the ancient synagogues survived, which is one of the reasons they are so steeped in mystery and legend. Some of the best known synagogues are HaAri Synagogue,Abuhav Synagogue and Avrutch Synagogue.

    The Citadel
    (Metzuda in Hebrew) is more than just a lovely park in the center of Safed, on top of a hill with a great view of Tiberias. It's actually a very ancient site, where you can walk around the remains of what was in its heyday the largest Crusader fort in the Middle East.

    Take a day trip to Rosh Pina, one of the oldest Zionist settlements in Israel, founded in 1882 by immigrant families from Romania. Today it is a quaint little village with cobblestone lanes and historic buildings, dotted with many galleries and fine eateries. Visit the historical Restoration Site, stroll in Baron de Rothschild's gardens, planted in 1886 and designed by a French landscape architect, and browse the lovely artisan shops to your heart's content.
  • Best Restaurants

    Being a religious city, the variety of restaurants in Safed is relatively limited:
    Gan Eden Quality Restaurant lives up to its name (Dinner in Paradise). It's an old and picturesque stone house, with breathtaking views of the Upper Galilee Mountains, that was turned into a dairy restaurant specializing in fish, pasta and pastries.

    The Tree of Life is an excellent vegetarian restaurant, specializing in organic and natural foods.
    Pizza da Leone is great for a lighter fare - cold beer and excellent thin crust pizza at this little pizzeria on Yerushalaim St. For more options, visit the Rosh Pina page (link to Arkia page).
    Don't 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, and the bucolic setting is matched with its delicious food - fresh grilled fish, especially the trout.
    It is a long drive to Kibbutz HaGoshrim (45 km or 28 mi), but well worth it.
  • Best Shopping

    If all this sightseeing gets too much, give yourself a rest and try something a little different.
    A visit to Safed will never be complete without a stop at HaMeiri Cheese Shop, with recipes dating back almost 200 years. Buy some bread and cheese, and enjoy a fabulous picnic, maybe in Steven's garden, with panoramic views of the area.

    For a more serious shopping experience, stroll down Gallery Street, where you will find a great deal of artisan shops, galleries and souvenir stands. Some galleries worth checking out are Dadon Gallery, the Judaica Gallery, Cana'an Gallery, the Living Art Gallery and the Fig Tree Courtyard. 

    Every Wednesday Safed hosts an outdoor Middle Eastern market, for produce, ready-made food, clothes and much more. And don't miss the famous Safed Candle Shop, or a little browse through Eliezer's Book shop
  • Tips and trips

    • The Tourist Information Center, in the Old Jewish Quarter on Alkabetz Street, has everything you'll need to know about Safed and the area.
    • You'll hear a lot of English spoken on the ancient streets of Safed, as the city has a large number of native English speakers. So if you want to immerse yourself in the Anglo-American community in Safed, there's no better place to visit than the Edyth Geiger English Library (Midrahov 38).

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