Even though it’s wintertime, Israel still has plenty of sunshine! Take advantage of the sunny days by spending them in the great outdoors. All of these locations are in or near Jerusalem, and easily accessible by public transportation. So grab some friends and some water and take a hike!
This site is a great place to visit on Friday mornings before shabbat. The pool is gorgeous and the water is clear. Although it can get crowded, it’s large and there’s usually enough space for everyone. Ein Lavan is adjacent to the Biblical Zoo, and is easy to find from the zoo’s parking lot.
Halilim means “flutes” in Hebrew. Located off of Highway 1 near Mevasseret, this site features a short family-friendly hike and ancient ruins. In addition, there are some caves with interesting natural pattern formations, and the Eynot Telem Springs for cooling off.
In English, Spring of the Orchard. This beautiful spot is located in the Ella Valley, a 40 minute bus ride from Jerusalem. The nearby town is named Mata, after the spring. The hike is suitable for everyone, and for all seasons as well. The trail is circular, meaning you will finish off where you began. Notice the large eucalyptus trees near and around the spring.
In previous days an Arab village, Lifta was declared a nature reserve in the mid 80’s. It is in a valley about a 10 minute walk from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. The spring at the bottom of the valley collects the water from the area and serves as a Mikvah, or body of natural water used for ritual immersion.
This serene spring sits to the north of Jerusalem, near the town of Givat Ze’ev. Benches are in place for those who want to look out at the view of Jerusalem’s rolling hills. As there aren’t very many trees for shade, it is recommended to visit this site during the winter, when it isn’t too sunny.
Which of these springs is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!