Terrible heat outside, but do not miss a trip: the State of Israel abounds in caves

The heat does not allow us to spend much time outside, but we also have a solution for you. If you are a hiking enthusiast who finds it difficult to lie down aimlessly on the weekends, you are welcome to embark on a journey to the cool caves. Throughout the year, you will discover a fascinating world and also find refuge from the sun.

Stalactite Cave (Photo: Gabriela Reshef Schwartz)

Stalactite Cave and Nahal Katalev

This is one of the most visited caves in the country and rightly so. The Stalactite Cave is no less a natural wonder located in the heart of the country. Like many natural treasures, it was discovered by chance during work at the nearby Har Tov quarry. Today it is completely regulated, and includes a route that starts at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. From the starting point, and after more than 150 steps, you will reach the entrance. Inside, a similar number of stairs await, but walking in it is pleasant and cool. Inside the cave there is a circular tour that takes about 20 minutes to walk, at the end of which you can climb up again.

The trip to the cave with the tour lasts less than an hour, so it is very worthwhile to combine it with a visit to Nahal Katalev, which is not far away, a short drive away. The stream has a shady and easy to walk route with cool springs.

How to get there? Write in Wise: Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve.
Admission is conditional on pre-registration on the Nature and Parks Authority website.

A view from a finger cave (Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik)A view from a finger cave (Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik)

Finger Cave

A circular route in the heart of the Carmel takes us to the prehistoric Cave of the Finger, which in the past has been associated with quite a few tales and legends. The route is not short, about three kilometers, but even on hot days it is pleasant to walk thanks to the much vegetation.

The route starts near Oren Junction, from a regulated parking lot, and you must follow the route marked with black marked trails and climb up. After about an hour and a quarter of easy walking that includes a stop for observations, you will reach a finger cave. At the entrance to the cave you will see that the cave is elongated, hence its name. It is recommended to enter the cave with flashlights.

A finger cave is a karst cave formed from the melting of rock using carbonic acid. According to the evidence, it was inhabited as early as the time of ancient man. Inside there are three spaces, with different lighting levels.

How to get there? Take Route 4, turn onto Route 721 and park according to the signs.

Tiger Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)Tiger Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)

Tiger Cave

There are quite a few lovely corners in the Galilee where you can spend time, water sources and also beautiful beaches, but this time we recommend you come to the area because of the spectacular Tiger Cave. The cave, which is a short drive from Nahariya, is suitable for adventure enthusiasts. Tiger Cave is not far from another cave, no less well known, the beautiful Rainbow Cave. And while Keshet Cave provides a magical view of the Galilee landscape, Tiger Cave provides a glimpse into a wonderful natural phenomenon – stalactites that form in the dark.

Entering the cave is a bit challenging, so if hiking with small children, this should be taken into account. The cave is hidden inside the path, so it is easy to miss it, and you have to crawl to get into it from the beginning. After entering, one has to rely on flashlight light, go through narrow places and go down the ladders.

The cave’s unique name was probably given to it because in the past it was an area for tiger hunting. And despite the challenges of hiking in it, it is not worth giving up due to the beautifully preserved stalactites.

Getting there is relatively easy, parking the vehicles in a parking lot near the road, and descending following the black trail markings. As I mentioned, the entrance to the cave is inconspicuous, so be careful not to miss the entrance. Once you have located the entrance, you will have to go up to it, go through the stones that block it and turn on flashlights. As soon as you cross the threshold, you will move to another world, where you will need to be alert and focused. If you are traveling with children under the age of 8, be especially careful and support them with ups and downs.

The route in the cave is circular, and is controlled by tiny reflectors. The route leads to several rooms, and the highlight is the large stalactite hall.
How to get there? Road number 899, parked in a small plaza next to the “Tiger Cave” sign.

Alma Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)Alma Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)

Alma Cave

A large number of caves have been found in the Upper Galilee over the years, but the most impressive of them is Alma Cave, a beautiful crest cave about 500 meters long. In the cave, which is not easy to access, many stalactites are hidden, and at the bottom of it you can even find a spring of water.

The opening of the cave is in the heart of an open area, and is marked with a sign. Near the opening they stuck a pillar, with the help of which it was possible to descend into the cave. The descent is a bit slippery, so be careful. The cave can only be entered with flashlights, and more than that, it is highly recommended to enter with someone who has already walked in it before. The route inside it includes climbing and descending with the help of a railing and pegs. The trajectory is easy to identify because it is controlled with the help of reflective arrows: white in the forward, red in the back. Walking in the dark is challenging, and you will feel the nature of the cave as you pass through the various spaces. Part of the experience is crawling in the narrow “birth passage”. At the end of the route, after going through the corridors and rooms, you will reach a small bend.

How to get there? Drive on road 886 in the direction of Kfar Rihaniya. To the right of the entrance to the village there are several dirt roads, choose the one marked with red trails.

Zedekiah's Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)Zedekiah’s Cave (Photo: Hadar Yahav)

Zedekiah’s Cave

Under the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem is the mysterious Zedekiah Cave, which also allows the city’s mice to experience a little of the experience of walking in the caves. The cave, which is located just below the hikers’ noses, between the Flower Gate and the Nablus Gate (the Muslim Quarter), was probably hewn as early as the First Temple period. The visit to the cave is suitable for the whole family, and although the descent to it is sloping, the walk is comfortable and leads to a large room. In fact, Zedekiah’s Cave is considered huge, it covers an area of ​​9,000 square meters. There is also a water spring deep, and next to the quarrying marks that can be seen along it, there are also graffiti in Armenian, Greek, English and Arabic.

Inside the cave there is a short, circular hiking trail, as not all parts of the cave are accessible to the public. And since it is a slightly different cave from the caves created by nature, you will not have to crawl in it, get dirty and not even be equipped with flashlights.

How to get there? The entrance is about 100 meters from the Nablus Gate. Entrance fee. Closed on Saturday.

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