The midsummer Mediterranean sun can be brutal, so look for hikes with water, shade, or – ideally – both! Susannah Schild of Times of Israel has compiled this great list – take a look and tell us about your best summer trails.
Join us for a first of its kind event – A countrywide beach clean-up from the south to the north. Our goal is to reach every single beach in Israel at the same time and leave no beach behind- LEAVE NO TRACE!
The plastic pollution is no longer a problem we can ignore, its damages are felt and seen, and it is threatening the sea and biodiversity. Let’s unite for this cause and break a world record that has never been seen before! The future is here, and it is time to wake up so our next generations could enjoy clean beaches.
What to bring?
Yourself, water, and most importantly- GOOD ENERGY!
So spread the word, invite your family and friends and together we will make history.
If you love the beach too and want to be a part of something big, Join us:
Waiting to see you!!!
You are invited to a one-time experience to meet the future in Space 2024, to tour the moon, try out the astronauts’ tasks, meet the scientists of the future, and fly to the moon and to Mars at the Planetarium .
Sunday January 26, Wednesday January 29, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The activities are rotated. Entrance is free .
Conditional on advance registration at www.planetanya.org.il The event is for ages 7+
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 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.
With acknowledgement to our friends at LoveLoveIsrael
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.
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
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!!
Once again our friends at Love Love Israel have produced a jam packed list of great days out in Pesach.
For the full list – click here.
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