From north to south: How will you celebrate the long Passover holiday in nature?

Many families will sit around the holiday table tonight, fill plates and glasses and start thinking about how they will celebrate the long Passover holiday after days full of cleaning, shopping and cooking. After the big evening we will be able to celebrate the arrival of spring in nature, and join the thousands of travelers who plow the land from north to south. So what are the attractions that await us in the sand of time? Here are some recommendations.

Open Economy Festival

During the week of Passover you can take part in a special desert agricultural experience, as part of an open farm festival. Travelers who come to the southern region will be able to get up close and personal with the successful desert agriculture of Fatah Nitzana and pick up experiences for the whole family on the Passover holiday at a nominal cost of NIS 15 per participant. This is the fourth year that the “Open Farms in Fatah Nitzana” festival is held, and this year it includes a variety of tours and experiences in greenhouses and farms, workshops and guided walks in the desert landscapes of Fatah Nitzana.

Among the variety of activities: a tour of the desert song farm – an experiential tour where you can be exposed to the world of herbs and spices; A tour of vineyards and olive groves and rich fruit orchards of a resourceful farm, at the end of which you can buy desert wines; A fascinating tour of the route around Nitzana, during which you will be exposed to the secrets of the hidden desert – the Pillars of Peace, an ancient agricultural farm, animal tracks, the ancient Tel Nitzana; And a host of other fascinating activities.

When: 17.4 – 21.4.
For more details: Phone – 050 – 6577747 or on the “Negev Mountain Tourism” website.

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Nitzana route (Photo: Noam Shalev)

Urban tours in the capital of the Negev

During the week of Passover, urban nature tours will be held in Be’er Sheva under the guidance of the “I LOVE BASH” tourism project. As part of the tours, which cater to a wide range of ages, you can embark on a journey into the past of the Jewish people then in Egypt directly to the Promised Land and the desert city of Beersheba.

The tours will depart from the Red Sea Rift Station located in the southern part of the city, and will pass through the Turkish Bridge Promenade – where you will hear short stories about the past and get to know the regional animals and plants a bit. After crossing the bridge, you will tour the landscapes of the renewed Beer Sheva River Park. In the park you will tour among the orchards, lovely corners, spring blooms, groves and observation points over the city. The meeting point is at the entrance to Cinema City Beer Sheva.

When: 18.4, the first tour at 10:00, the second tour at 12:30.
Cost: NIS 20 per participant from the age of 4.
For more details: Naama – 0527751565 or on the I LOVE BASH website

Passover at Castel Winery

During the Passover holiday, Castel Winery will open its gates to the public and offer tours and wine tastings at the visitors center in Moshav Yad Hashmona. Castel is a family winery owned by the Ben Zaken family, which began in 1988 with the planting of the first vineyard plot in Ramat Raziel. The family is the pioneers of wine in the Judean mountains. On the tour, which will be offered throughout the week, you will hear about the history of the winery, visit the barrel cellar and hear an overview and explanation of the production processes.

Visitors can choose between two routes: a tour and wine tasting – a visit to the barrel cellar, or an overview and explanation of the winery and the production processes and a tasting of six wines accompanied by a cheese platter.

When: 17.4 – 20.4, 10: 00 – 17: 00, 21.4, 10: 00 – 15: 00.
Cost: NIS 145 per person for the tour. NIS 90 per guest for a guided tasting of six wines.
For more details: on the “Ontofo” website (entry by prior reservation only).

Castel Winery (Photo: Elad Barami)Castel Winery (Photo: Elad Barami)

Caesar’s Festival in Caesarea

If you want to spend the holiday in front of the views of the Mediterranean, during the week of the festival, a colorful festival with music and theater performances will take place in Caesarea National Park. The Imperial Festival will take you to the Old City, and amidst a wealth of archeological finds that tell the story of the bustling port city you can tread the narrow streets – once ridden by horses – and view King Herod’s palace. Apart from the archeological dimension, during the festival you will meet the court clown, hear tunes from the kingdom’s musicians and watch gladiatorial battles.

When: 17.4 – 20.4, 11: 00-15: 00.
Cost: No extra charge on the site entrance fee, free for cache subscribers.

Caesarea National Park - Antiquity (Photo: Mano Greenspan)Caesarea National Park – Antiquity (Photo: Mano Greenspan)

Rotate Zichron Yaacov

Zichron Yaacov Local Council and the Gideonim Tourism Association will hold guided tours of nature sites, artists’ workshops, a walk on the old sidewalk with art fairs and musical ensembles, museums and heritage sites. Among other things, the association has joined the Society for the Protection of Nature and together they will conduct guided tours of the green and flowering paths in the Zichron Yaacov area, one of which is a family trip for a memory circle. Not many know, but in the colony hides a charming route that runs between the houses along a stream and wild wild vegetation to an amazing view of the Carmel coast, Kibbutz Maagan Michael, the fish ponds and the Mediterranean. During the tour you will get to know the seasonal blooms and look for animals and traces. The meeting point is at the “Hand for Founders” monument.

When: 17.4, 20.4, 21.4, 9: 00-11: 00.
Cost: NIS 35 per person.
For more details: 046438320.

Easter in Mi’ilya

Miilya, an Arab-Christian town near Maalot Tarshiha, right on the road that climbs to Mitzpe Hila, is getting ready for the Easter celebrations. The picturesque town, surrounded by Galilee landscapes, is decorated these days with lots of color and joy, and you can experience the unique atmosphere up close on a guided tour with the guide Ayelet Bar-Meir. Ayelet invites travelers to the area for a fascinating Easter tour of Miilya, where you can be exposed to the colorful ceremony in the village’s ancient church. Later in the tour, you will pass a magical stone house, where you will be entertained with special holiday cookies, you will become acquainted with the holiday customs and its most familiar sign – the colorful eggs of Easter. You will end with an easy tour of the village and a meeting and festive wine tasting at Julia Winery, after 40 days without drinking wine.

When: 18.4.
Cost: NIS 120.
For more details: 0723971232.

Olive oil and snacks

At the visitor center in Kibbutz Parod in the north, you can learn about the tradition of producing olive oil and how to make tahini with millstones, and sip on the delicacies of “Saba Habib”. Grandpa Habib was a pioneer in the olive oil industry in Israel and the owner of an oil mill that has been producing oil since 1913. At the visitors center you can learn about the olive oil production tradition, get explanations about olive oil production and the health benefits of consuming it. In addition, you can experience the production of tahini in millstones and hear about the place of cylindrical plants and products in folk medicine. And if all the explanations whet your appetite, do not give up the tasting table that will be waiting for you at the end.

When: All week, 9:00 – 17:00.
No charge.
For more details: 0522047310.

Hermon site (Photo: Hermon site)Hermon site (Photo: Hermon site)

White spring at the Hermon site

The Hermon site is celebrating 50 years of activity this year, and it seems that in honor of the event, spring will be white and on Passover, visitors will still be able to enjoy spending time in the snow. The white landscape blends wonderfully with the spring bloom that covers the Golan Heights area. During the week, the site will be open to the public and will offer a ride on the cable car to the upper level, recreation in the snow sled pit for children on the upper level, extreme sleds and Sky Rider. In the spirit of the holiday, there will be an award-winning “Look for the Afikoman” game in the snow.

When: All week, 08: 00-16: 00.
Cost: NIS 34 for a child from the age of 3 to 12. NIS 39 for an adult.
For more details: 1599-550-560 or on the Hermon website

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