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Amazing time for Nature Hikes – near Netanya, Hurvat-melah (near the industrial zone of Or Akiva)

It’s winter in Israel now, but from the beginning of November to mid-February daffodils bloom in our country. Heavy rains are good for them and now whole carpets of beautiful flowers can be seen in different nature reserves.

Before you go to admire the daffodils, remember that in Israel it is forbidden by law to pick them. But you can get close, look at and smell their wonderful fragrance – as much as you like.
The nearest place to Netanya, where daffodils are now blooming, is Hurvat-melah. It is located near the city of Or Akiva. In ancient times, there was a quarry of King Herod, but now what is most interesting are the flowers.

Hurvat-melah is located near the industrial zone of Or Akiva. Having entered from highway 4, turn right on the first square into Ilan street and go all the way. Stop and walk along the sandy path to the hill on the right and you have arrived! Here they are – magic daffodils in the midst of Israeli winter.

In addition to daffodils, here you can see the flowering of Palestinian irises and anemones, also very beautiful.

Admission to Hurvat Melah is free.


“SOHO” in Netanya – opening of art exhibition Friday, January 24, 11 a.m.

A collaboration between the Cultural Center Association, the management of the Center for Home Design – SOHO, and the Netanya Artists’ Association will introduce cultural and artistic activities to the commercial center.

Art is an integral part of home and office design. Cultural-artistic activity will enrich the shopping experience at the center, adding to it movement, emotion and color.

Netanya Artists Association is pleased to open a pop-up exhibition as is customary in Tel Aviv. The former “Shefa Teva” store will become a temporary gallery where paintings, photography, sculpture and more will be displayed.

A festive opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 24,  11 a.m.

The public is welcome!

The Soho complex is located in the southern industrial area of Netanya (“Sapir”), adjacent to Ikea to the north.
The gallery is opposite the “Tiv-Taam” parking complex, across the road.


Yom Haatzmaut: Israeli Independence Day. May 8-9, 2019

Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence.  Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In 2019, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on May 8, to sundown on May 9.

Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the Twelve Tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact on the country.  At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.

The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including military fly-pasts (see the schedule for the Independence Day Fly Over), parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president.

Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.

 

For a fantastic list of things to do on Yom Haazmaut,including free entry to 71 Heritage sites, click here to see the list compiled by Love Love Israel.


The Irises are blooming

The Iris reserve is south of the city, close to the beach, and is one of only two places in Israel where you can still see the colorful bloom of rare and impressive flowers that grow in Israel. The irises bloom in February – March and attract visitors from around the country who come to see them in bloom. The area has mainly sandy paths and one can see not only the irises (which are deep purple in colour) but also occasional red Calaniot – the national flower of Israel.  Walking is allowed on the marked paths only.  Motor vehicles are prohibited in the reserves.  The reserve can be accessed from Ben Gurion Boulevard, or the pedestrian bridge near to the Winter Park.    This year, there are:

✔ More marked trails
✔ More explanatory signs
✔ More guided tours

Netanya Municipality works hard to preserve and enhance this reserve to ensure the survival of one of the rare flowers that grow in Israel.

 



Netanya welcomes Giro d’Italia (5 May 2018)

 

Israel is hosting the opening three stages of the 101st Giro d’Italia in May 2018. The ‘Big Start’ in Israel will be the first time that any of cycling’s three ‘Grand Tour’ races; Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana has been held outside Europe.

176 of the world’s top cyclists will begin the race with three stages in Israel, before a further 18 days of racing across Italy, culminating in a finish in Rome.

Commencing on May 4, the race will begin against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s Old City. Over the following two days, the competitors will ride from the North of Israel to the tip of the Red Sea, taking in breathtaking views from start to finish. The ‘Big Start’ will comprise of three stages of the Giro d’Italia:

• Day One will see riders begin the race against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s iconic Old City on a 10km time-trial tour of the city.

• Day Two will begin in Haifa, then passing through historic Acre and Caesarea, before riders head to the finish line on Tel Aviv’s beachside promenade, totaling 167km.

• Day Three begins in Beer Sheva and takes in southern Israel’s most dramatic scenery including the breathtaking Ramon Crater, finishing at the Red Sea resort of Eilat, totaling 229km.

STAGE 2: HAIFA – TEL AVIV | SATURDAY MAY 5, 2018

The first inter-city stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv is 167km long and will take place on Saturday May 5. Following the start, the route undulates around Acre and includes the first GPM (KOM) to find the best climber of the 2018 Giro in Zikron Yakov. The second part of the route is substantially flat on wide roads, with the last few kilometres within the city of Tel Aviv and the finish line on its iconic seafront.

OF NOTE:

Closure of Highway 2 in the Giro d’Italia Race in the Sharon Region

As part of the preparations by the Israel Police for the security of the Giro d’Italia race, on Saturday 5/5/18, Highway 2 will be closed in both directions from 13:00 to 19:00.

Entrance to Road 2 from the following localities will not be possible at the following closing hours:

Beit Shean, Giv’at Shapira, Avihail, Netanya, Wingate, Beit Shean, Hofit, Kfar Vitkin, Beit Herut, Ga’ash, Shefayim, .

Drivers are asked to obey police orders and use alternative routes


What’s happening for Yom Haazmaut 70? – Israel Celebrates 70 years!

ISRAEL’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

We posted about what is going on in Netanya for Yom Haazmaut 70, but with Independence Day festivities around the country you have plenty of options to pick from, so click here for up to date information with 2018 flyover (Matas) times, free Heritage sites and museums, great ideas, beaches, shows and more!

Have a great one!!!

What an amazing country we have!!

 

 



Worth a visit – Children’s Museum in Holon

With the Pesach holidays coming up, and summer not far behind, you may wish to travel further afield !

If so, the Children’s Museum has a varied selection of events and exhibitions for children (and adults) of all ages.  Booking is required, so please see the website (English available) for more detailed information of all that is on offer there click here :

241 Sderot Yerushalyim, Holon   +972 3-650-3005



Blankets of red Anemones ‘down south’

Highly recommend by our friends at Love Love Israel : loveloveisrael.com

Throughout February 2018 the northern area of the Negev has a plethora of stunning red Anemone flowers and is therefore aptly named ‘Darom Adom – Red South’.  The whole area is wonderful for hiking, picnic-ing and of course, admiring the beautiful Anemones –  also known as Calaniot – the national flower of Israel.

There are many free activities, and special emphasis this year will be on Israel’s 70th Birthday with historical tours in the area.  For more information visit their website –  www.habsor.co.il