Hamat Gader is a unique recreation site in the Golan Heights. It is a sort of a mish-mash of a site but is mainly a mineral hot springs source in which people come to bathe.
The mineral spring water is warm – 50º Celsius or 122º Fahrenheit – and relaxing. The hot springs are mainly known for their healing properties. The water has a funny smell though…
Now you might think that a recreation center like Disneyland, which was opened in 1955, has a long history. But let me tell you: nothing beats Hamat Gader. This has been a recreation area for much, much longer. You see, the Romans – man, they really loved to pamper themselves – used the place for bathing and entertainment some 2,000 years ago. You can still find their ancient Roman Theater and other archeological findings on site.
What else can you find here?
In a sort of non-related way there is an alligator farm on site and an exotic birds reserve. I know, it does sound bizarre…
The location of this recreation spot, also known as El Hamma, is close to the junction of borders of Israel, Jordan and Syria. If you are at the Golan stop and visit at this place as it is definitely worthwhile and a lot of fun!
Other residents of the site include beautiful birds like these:
And here is a short video I found about the place:
Hope you have a great time at the park and in the water!
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