Right now: 24 hours in one of the most special cities in the Middle East

In the hectic routine of our lives we sometimes feel like a break. That someone else will take care of everything and we will just enjoy. And if it comes with a walk in breathtaking scenery, good food and fine beer – there is nothing more wonderful than that. We flocked to Nazareth for 24 hours of disconnection and pampering, and even after so many trips in the area – we had fun experiences in this place, which many tend to refer to only during the Christmas period and forget what an amazing foreign atmosphere there is in the summer.

And apparently, this summer, too, the range of destinations to which we can fly is limited, so it’s time to experience familiar areas in the country in new ways. This time we chose to enlist the help of experts who know the environment well, who have discovered new and exciting places for us.

There’s nothing more wonderful than letting someone else plan your trip, right? At least that’s how I feel. If I am already going on vacation – pamper me and take away from me the responsibility for building the routes and organizations. When I came across “Grill”, it was clear to me that I must try. In the “Grilled Trip” of, a certified tour guide of Brazilian origin, there is a combination of a tour route tailored to the group with a festive meal of grilled meats at the end, depending on the Brazilian culture.

Rodrigo Cardoso (Photo: Meital Sharabi)
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We met Rodrigo in the Birdy National Park (which is a short drive from Nazareth). We started with a wild coffee cafe, a few pleasant hours of walking through forests, mountains and historic sites full of stories and legends. , Light meat tartare, potato salad in a homemade mayonnaise sauce (according to a secret recipe by the Cardoso family), roasted vegetables on the fire, divine garlic bread with cheeses and special salads.

Then start to flow into the table chunks of meat: Electra with lemon seasoning – a juicy piece of meat that has been soaked for 24 hours in traditional South Brazilian seasoning, plank steak (or perladina, if you insist) and picania – the Brazilian meat queen. It was so much fun to let go of the worries, to dedicate myself and know that someone else takes care of everything, and I was left to just enjoy the scenery, the stories and the food.

More details on registering for Rodrigo Cardoso’s hiking and dining itineraries can be found on the “Trip on the Grill” Facebook page, or on mobile: 055-2412019.

After such a celebration there is no chance of traveling back to the center. We decided to stay for the night and take advantage of another day in this magical area, which gives an atmosphere of a vacation abroad. We stayed at the Golden Crown Hotel Nazareth (Jump Mountain) from the Golden Crown hotel chain, which took advantage of the corona year and closures to renovate and add pampering innovations.

A new wing has been established with 26 family guest rooms and a spa complex with a heated indoor pool and a breathtaking view of the Jump Mountain. They also added a sun terrace and facilities that turn any holiday into a pan, such as a Turkish bath, dry sauna, treatment room and a gym for addicts. The dining room has been upgraded and “islands” have been added to hold a frontal activity of cooking, preparation and serving – which enriches the experience.

Golden Crown Nazareth Pool (Photo: Itai Sikolsky)Golden Crown Nazareth Pool (Photo: Itai Sikolsky)

The location of the hotel is critical to me, probably on short trips of 24 or 48 hours. Its convenient location allows for a star trek in an area full of attractions, from the nearby Jezreel Valley to the historic sites of the Galilee and the north of the country.

Even those who choose to stay in the place can enjoy lots of wonderful experiences that Nazareth has to offer, even in summer and not just during the Christmas period. The best way to get to know Nazareth, with its crowded alleys, is to go on a guided tour. Both abroad and in Israel I like to choose tours of local guides, because their stories add a lot of value to the trip and most of the time they discover cute corners that we will probably not find if we walk around alone.

Nazareth is rich in guides and fascinating storytellers, one of whom is Bassam Hakim, a young Nazarene who has been in the local tourism industry for about 13 years. Bassam, who grew up in Nazareth and knows every corner of it, brings the tour guides together with the people behind the local tourism, lets you see the city from a slightly different angle, and tells fascinating stories as you walk through the alleys and lesser known streets of the city.

For more details on the tours led by Bassam Hakim: 054-9436120.

If you want to travel alone, get my recommendation for two places you must not miss in Nazareth. The first is of course the original Nazareth sesame – a small shop located in the city center, where Walid Abu Sinai produces natural, non-industrialized and preservative-free sesame candies. The secret recipe that has been passed down in the family for eight generations has been inherited from his cousin.

His family has been in the business for more than 100 years, and he himself has been making the sweets for more than 30 years and sells them here. We arrived just in time to watch the preparation work – and it is certainly fascinating and especially delicious.

The original Nazareth sesame: Ixel 2, Monday-Saturday 9: 00-18: 00, it is recommended to call first and find out if Walid instead: 052-7416790.

The second place is the wonderful Nazareth Brewery, which goes by the name “Nazareth Beer”. The brewery was established in 2016 by two partners, Amir Iluti and Basel Masad. The two studied electrical engineering together at the Technion and even then, during the joint pastimes, they were exposed to the world of drinking and beer. Upon graduation they began working together as engineers at the same company and looked for a hobby that would allow them to “see a world” beyond computer screens.

Following a beer brewing course, they discovered that their interest in the field was greater than they thought, got into the thick of things and started making homemade beer. Over the years they visited European breweries, and then the decision to turn the hobby into a real profession came to their hearts.

Preparation of sesame candies in Nazareth (Photo: Meital Sharabi)Preparation of sesame candies in Nazareth (Photo: Meital Sharabi)

Initially, a brewery was established for the production of beer with a volume of 100 liters, and in just three years, following the high demand, it was decided to increase the volume by ten, to 1,000 liters. The brewery, which started out in a tiny space in the city’s al-Mutran neighborhood, is now located in the Salsian neighborhood, facing the spectacular view of the Dome of the Gospel Church – so it’s a chance to sit down for a drink and take a walk in the beautiful neighborhood. There are also guided tours by prior arrangement and at a cost of 35 shekels, including tastings.

Nazareth Beer Brewery – 6122 Street, Nazareth. Open Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00. It is recommended to coordinate the visit in advance and be updated by phone: 054 – 5907696.

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