The Golan Heights is a much talked about and visited area in the northern part of Israel. During my military service I spent almost a year in the Golan and learned to appreciate the awesome beauty of the place.
The Golan borders with the Galilee and the Sea of Galilee in the west and south west. On the south east it borders with the kingdom of Jordan. On the eastern border you will find Syria and on the northern border is Lebanon.
The Golan is unique as far as its topography, as it is the only place in
Israel where you will be able to ski. Yes, amazingly enough you can ski in
Israel – on Mount Hermon. I know, it's hard to imagine but it's true!
The Golan is also the only place in the country in which you will find dormant volcanic activity. The evidence for the volcanic nature of the place is seen by looking at the basalt black stones that are abundant there.
The history of the Golan is at least 5,000 years long. The Golan changed
hands along the course of ancient history between many cultures,
including the Amorites, Israelites, Assyrians, Persians and even
Alexander the Great.
The Golan is mostly a rural area. If you are into outdoor activities and sports, nature, fascinating archeology – you will love the Golan. It is perfect for people who love to hike, and a great escape from the city.
What should you see while in the Golan?
Actually there are quite a lot of cool and interesting sites to visit:
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